Kanagawa-ken, Kawasaki-shi, Saiwai-ku, Kashimada 684
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February 7, 2018
This is the only Kashima Daijin in Kanagawa-ken, there are five Kashima JInja. I visited it looking for any Sacred Deer (神鹿, Shinroku) connotations following my visit to Kashima Jinja in Tōkyō's Edogawa-ku. While I did find such a connotation, in the form of a carving, the shrine itself can hardly be described as interesting, and but for the sacred Deer aspect I would probably not write about it.
Origin is thought to have been during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333) when pioneers moving in to develop the land in what is now Kashimada set up a jinja enshrining the kami of Kashima Jingū through the kanjō process (Kashima Jingū is the Ichinomiya of Hitachi
From Merged Shrines
Annual Festival: 2nd Sunday of October
Province). During the Edo period it became the tutelary jinja of Kashimada-gun, the existence of which is attested to by a record held at Kamakura's Tsuruoka Hachiman-Gū dating to 1289. It was moved to its present location in 1927 following the construction of a nearby signalling equipment factory.
About five min on foot from Shin-Kawasaki Station. Basically a neighbourhood shrine with no particular visual appeal. On passing through the torii there is a kindergarten affiliated to the jinja on the left.
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