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Kitami

Odakyū Line

Tōkyō-to, Setagaya-ku, Kitami 4-3-23

東京都世田谷区喜多見4-3-23

須賀神社

  Suga Jinja

Home page: None

October 3, 2017

History

Although this Suga Jinja in Kitami is no more prepossessing than its Inari counterpart it is nevertheless included in the official guide to shrines in Setagaya published by the Setagaya Shrine General Association (Japanese), unlike the Inari shrine. The reason for this inclusion would seem to be that Setagaya-ku has designated the Yubana (湯花, (hot-springs mineral deposits resembling flowers) ritual conducted at the shrine on the first two days of August an important intangible folk cultural asset, jūyō-mukei-minzoku-bunka-zai.  As regards the history of the shrine, we are told that it came into existence sometime during the Shōō Period (1652-1654) as the result of Kitami Shigekatsu dedicating a shrine in the garden of the Kitami family building. 

Enshrined Kami:  

Main

(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names

refer to position in How Many Kami table)

Susano-o-no mikoto (57)  素盞嗚尊

 

From Merged Shrines

None

In-ground Shrines: 

None

Earliest mention of: 1652 (?)  

Annual Festival:    August 1,2

Description

The shrine does have a shinboku in its grounds, a roughly 400-year-old scabrous aphananthe tree (muku-no-ki), which provides a nesting place for migratory Eurasian scops owls from Southeast Asia between June and August. Just across the street from the shrine is the Sixth Amazuka ancient tomb, one of the kofun, ancient burial mound, in the Kitami area.

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Suga Jinja Kitami Setagaya  須賀神社 喜多見 世田谷
the Sixth Amazuka ancient tomb
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