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Sakai

   Nankai Main Line

Ōsaka-fu, Sakai-shi, Sakai-ku, Sakaebashi-chō 2-1-22

大阪府堺市堺区栄橋町2丁1−22

神明神社

   Shinmei Jinja

9 September, 2020

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This is the thirteenth of my ex post facto shrine reports.

History

This Shinmei Jinja is said to have been founded as Asahi Jinja in 1833 with Ukanomitama-kami, Sumiyoshi-Ōkami, and Kamayamahiko as the enshrined deities. Just eight years later, however, the governor of Sakai, Mizuno Wakasano kami (?) decided that Aamaterasu-Ōmikami and Toyōuke-Ōkami would be the jointly enshrined main deities and the shrine’s name changed to Shinmei Jinja.

In 1909 the shrine was designated as a Shinsen-heihaku-ryōkyōshin-jinja, meaning that during the Kinen-sai, Niiname-sai, and Rei-sai festivals prefectural governors would make offerings on behalf of the imperial family. It was basically destroyed during the 1945 firebombings and reconstruction was not completed until 1997. 

In light of the fact that Ukanomitama-kami, Sumiyoshi-Ōkami, and Kamayamahiko, are its ehshrined kami, it seems likely that the in-ground Toyohiko Inari Jinja, was the original Asahi Jinja.

Enshrined Kami:  

Main

(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names

refer to position in How Many Kami table)

Amaterasu Ōkami (55)   天照大御

 

From Merged Shrines

None

In-ground Shrines:

Toyohiko Inari Jinja             豊彦稲荷神社

 

​Annual Festival:    

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© Rod Lucas 2016-2020

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