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Shitennōji-mae Yūhigaoka

Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line

Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Tennōji-ku, Yūhigaoka-chō 5-40

大阪府大阪市天王寺区夕陽丘町5−40 

大江神社

   Ōe Jinja

17 June, 2020

homepage (Japanese)

This is the seventh of the ex post facto shrine reports I compiled while under self-isolation during the  (now-lifted) Covid-19 State of Emergency in Tōkyō. I visited it in November 2014.

Ōe Jinja’s home page tells us  that it is said to be one of the Seven Tennōji no Miya, meaning that it  was founded in the late seventh century. While Toyouke Ōkami was the jinja’s original kami, Bishamonten was also enshrined along with the intermingling of Shintō and Buddhism and the shrine came to be known as Inui-no-Sha 乾の社, in recognition of its position to the northwest of Tennō-ji Temple. 

It fell under the jurisdiction of said temple and a shingūji神宮時was built within the shrine grounds. With the enforcement of the Shinbutsu-bunri in the early Meiji Period the shrine adopted its present name in 1867 and 

Enshrined Kami:  

Main

(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names

refer to position in How Many Kami table)

Toyōuke-Ōkami                                     豊受大神

Susano-o-no mikoto (57)            素盞嗚尊

Ōnamuchi-no-mikoto                  大己貴命

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

Emperor Kinmei                              欽明天皇

From Merged Shrines

None

In-ground Shrines:

Hiyoshi Inari Jinja  日吉稲荷神社

Ōe Gokoku Jinja     大江護国神社

Hanekure Jinja       羽呉神社

 

​Annual Festival:   July 16 

Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社

in 1871 it was given village shrine ranking. In 1911 two of the Seven Tennōji no Miya, Kaminomiya Jinja and  Dotō Jinja were merged into it, and the following year another of them, Shōgi Jinja, followed suit. Also in 1911 a non- Seven Tennōji no Miya, Otokoyama-Hachiman Jinja, was merged into Ōe Jinja. During the air raids of early 1945 the shrine was largely destroyed by fire and it was not until 1963 that the Main Hall and Prayer Hall were rebuilt. The shrine grounds are still extensive, almost 6,000 sq.m., and house 130 camphor and lotus/nettle 榎木 trees. It has been designated a forest conservation area by Ōsaka-shi.

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Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社
Ōe Jinja  大江神社

© Rod Lucas 2016-2020

All text and photos by Lucas unless otherwise stated