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Todoroki

  Tōkyū-Oimachi Line

Tōkyō-to, Setagaya-ku, Noge 2-14-2

東京都世田谷区野毛2-14-2

六所神社

   Rokusho Jinja

Home page: None

May 4, 2018

Enshrined Kami:  

Main

(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names

refer to position in How Many Kami table)

Izanagi-no-mikoto (13A)                 伊邪那岐命

Izanami-no-mikoto (13B)                伊邪那美命

 

From Merged Shrines

Amaterasu Ōkami (55)                   天照大

Homuda-wake-no-mikoto             品陀和氣命

Ōyamatsumi-mikoto (22)           大山都見命

Sugawara no Michizane                 菅原道真

In-ground Shrines:

Sui Jinja          水神社

Kitano Jinja   北野神社

 

​Annual Festival:    4th Saturday/Sunday of September

History

This shrine is said to have come into existence when the Tamagawa river flooded its banks sometime during the Genna  Period (1615-1624). A hokora (small shrine) apparently came floating downstream and was caught in a tree. The local people commemorated this by calling the hokora Ōkunitama Jinja with Fuchū Rokusho-Myōjin as its kami (Fuchū was upstream from Noge and was the home of Ōkunitama Jinja, the Ichinomiya of Musashino Province). The shrine's betto-ji was a temple called Zenryō-ji, which was then and is now  less than 200m south of the shrine.

In 1890 four local shrines--Yamagiwa Jinja (山際神社),  Hiei JInja (日枝神社), Usa JInja (宇佐神社and Kitano Jinja--were merged into another

local shrine, Tenso Jinja, and this was in turn merged into the Rokusho Jinja in 1898; the new entity was then moved to its current location. In 1941 Hiei Jinja was demerged. By 1969 the shrine was showing its age and most of its buildings were replaced with ferro-concrete structures.

 

Description

The in-ground shrine, Sui Jinja, is of particular interest. On a stone memorial inside it  there are some carvings in Sanskrit referring to Varuna, the vedic god of water and sky, who came into Buddhism as the god of water and protector of the west. In Japan he is known as Suiten (水天), and is particularly revered by the Shingon sect as one of the Twelve Vedas. After the Shin-butsu Bunri, Varuna was identified with Amenominaka-nushi.

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Sui Jinja 水神社

 

Kitano Jinja 北野神社

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