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Todoroki

  Tōkyū-Oimachi Line

Tōkyō-to, Setagaya-ku, Todoriki 3-27-7

東京都世田谷区等々力3-27-7

玉川神社

   Tamagawa Jinja

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April 30, 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

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

Kotosakao-no-mikoto                    解男命

 

From Merged Shrines

Amaterasu Ōkami (55)                   天照大

Ōnamuchi-kami                             大己貴神

Sukunabi-kona-no-kami (101)       少名毘古那神

Tateminakata-no-mikoto (111)    建御名方命

Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto 186E   日本武尊

In-ground Shrines:

Daikoku-sha               大国社

Inari-sha                 稲荷社

Mitsumine-sha          三峯社

Tenman-sha               天満社

Haraedo-sha              祓戸社 

Hachiman-sha           八幡社

 

​Annual Festival: September 29  

History

It is said that this shrine was founded sometime in the Bunki Period (1501-1504) as Kumano Jinja by the seventh Lord of Setagaya Castle, Kira Yuriyasu, through the cloning (kanjō) of the Kishū Kumano deity. It was recognized as the tutelary deity of what was then Todoriki Village and its betto-ji was Mangan-ji, which is still located right across the street from the shrine at Todoroki 3-15-1. In 1872 it was formally given village ranking and in 1907 was merged with three other local shrines, Shinmei-sha, Mitake-sha, and Suwa-sha. The latter is the predecessor of the current Higashi Tamagawa Jinja. Reflecting the location, the name of the new entity was changed to Tamagawa Jinja. In 1964 a nearby Hachiman-sha, which had administered Tamagawa jinja, was absorbed. The current Main Hall was built in 1929, the previous one had been burnt down in 1918, and in 1940 the Prayer Hall and other buildings were rebuilt. The same year saw the erection of the main torii.  The shrine escaped damage during WWII.

Description

Among other things Tamagawa Jinja has three torii, three pairs of koma-inu, and a stone lion. A signboard next to

the latter says it is associated with an old folklore belief about child rearing: throw a newly born baby into the bottom of a ravine and leave it to fend for itself. Those that survive will develop into splendid people. The in-ground shrines offer more, particularly kitsune.

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Tamagawa Jinja 玉川神社

This pair of koma-inu are dated 1915

 
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