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Yokohama-shi, 'Totsuka-ku, Totsuka-chō, 3827
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December 17, 2018
In 1062, during the reign of the 70th emperor, Go-Reizei, the father-team son of Minamoto Yoriyoshi and Yoshiie were on their way to take part in the Early Nine Years War in the northern Mutsu Province. and for a short time they bivouacked in what is now Totsuka. During their stay, Hondawake-no-mikoto and Tumudaka -hiko-mikoto appeared to them in a dream and instructed them to build a jinja enshrining them in the event of victory. Victory was achieved, and a shrine built in 1072. The main hall was rebuilt in 1086 by a retainer of Kamakura Kagemasa
Tomiduka -hiko-mikoto 富属彦命
From Merged Shrines
Tamamori Inari 玉守稲荷
Tomiduka Tenjin 冨塚天神
Annual Festival: First Sunday of August
( 鎌倉 景正), a military commander of the time. The retainer’s family name was Totsuka Shūrokurōtomoharu (?) (戸塚修六郎友晴).
It is said that the hill on which the shrine stands was the kofun of Tomiduka -hiko-mikoto, and he gave his name not only to the shrine but also to the area, although there are other possible derivations for the place name, including the Totsuka Shūrokurōtomoharu mentioned above. Perhaps the most interesting point of the shrine is the collection of Kōshintō, each with its three wise monkeys, tucked away to the left rear of the main hall. Of more literary than visual interest is the stone tablet inscribed with a haiku (kuhi), in this case one written by Matsuo Basho in 1693 when he was 49 years old. It reads "鎌倉を 生きて出でけむ 初鰹" (Kamakura o ikite ide ken / hatsu katsuo). I have been unable to find this in R. H. Blythe's four volume "Haiku" set, so the following translation is my own tentative one "On leaving Kamakura probably still alive the first tuna." The connection with Totsuka is that the first caught tuna were highly sought after by the people of Edo and after being caught in the shore off Kamakura they were shipped to Edo passing Totsuka on the way. The kuhi was erected in 1849 by a group of haiku poets in Totsuka.
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