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Shimo-Shinmei

  Tōkyū-Oimachi Line

Tōkyō-to, Shinagawa-ku, Futaba1-3-24

東京都品川区二葉1-3-24

下神明天祖神社 

Shimo-shinmei-tenso Jinja

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April 16, 2017

Description

In 1644 when the village of Hebiko, now the Futaba district of Shinagawa-ku, was split into two, Upper (kami) and Lower (shimo) Hebiko, its tutelary shrine was renamed Kami-shinmei-tenso Jinja and a new shrine, Shimo-shinmei-tenso Jinja, was consecrated in Shimohebiko. In 1909 an Inari Jinja was dedicated in the grounds of the shrine. In 1932 the koma-inu in front of the 2nd torii were dedicated and the following year those in front of the main hall were dedicated.  With a body height of 1.4 m and 4 m overall height the latter are said by the shrine to be the largest in Shinagawa-ku. In 1973 the main hall was rebuilt.  The temizuya (lit. "hand washing hut") shown in the photo directly below is relatively unusual in that it employs a pump rather than running water.

Enshrined Deities:  

Main

天照大御神     Amaterasu Ōkami 

応神天皇        Emperor Ōjin 

天児屋根命     Ama no Koyane no Mikoto 

In-ground Shrines: 

          

稲荷社         

Earliest mention of:   1644    

Annual Festival:    Starting nearest Friday to Sept 16 for 3 days 

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