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Tokyo Dai Jingu – 東京大神宮

Posted in Japanese Traditions, Places by tokyobling on October 29, 2011

I really thought I knew all the major shrines of Tokyo, all the jingu and all the jinja. But Tokyo keep throwing me surprises! One evening while taking a walk near Kudanshita (and passing Yasukuni Shrine) I saw a sign mentioning Tokyo Dai Jingu (東京大神宮) and had to take a look. It turns out that in the middle of a quite new high rise residential area one of Tokyo’s big five shrines lies quietly tucked away. It is associated with the grand shrine at Ise and was constructed originally in Hibiya, in the 13th year of Meiji (1880), under the name Hibiya Dai Jingu. After the big Kanto Earthquake in 1923 it was reconstructed at its present location and renamed Iidabashi Jingu in 1928. In 1945 it was again renamed to the Tokyo Dai Jingu. The main deity (kami, or sprit) worshiped at this shrine is none less than Amaterasu herself, the sun goddess and one of the major Gods of Japan. The shrine itself is rather small, with a newly refurbished main garden and buildings, it reminds me very much of Nogi Shrine, which has a very similar look and feel. I was surprised to see so many young visitors to the shrine, the 30 minutes I spent there saw many people in their 20 drop by to pray. There was also a wedding going on in the main shrine building, very beautiful! I love the smells and sounds of a wedding ceremony, even if I can only take part of it from the outside.


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  1. D... said, on October 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I find the topic of spirituality interesting. I do like the idea that people in their 20’s still create a place for it in their lives. I also like to learn about their beliefs, it’s so different from the Western Christian thinking. I’m not necessarily one for ceremony (I think I tend to lean towards the informal a lot of times) but I do like and respect the traditions of others, and sometimes a ceremony can have it’s beauty and eloquence. Although I feel sorry for those shrine maidens during New Years. I saw a special on it and it seemed like a bit of bitter conditions they have to withstand.


    • tokyobling said, on October 31, 2011 at 2:14 am

      Hi! I agree. Don’t worry about the shrine maidens, they probably make more money than I do! (^-^;) It does look a bit cold though. I often think that the Japanese have gotten this religion thing down perfect. They have the ceremonies, which are comforting and beautiful without having all the “we are the best” and “there’s only Our GOD!” and all the other stuff the book religions like to throw around to make themselves feel better. I prefer these shrines!


  2. Timi said, on October 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    So mistycal and beautiful! I wish I could visit a place like this every day in the would calm me down after every rush I have to make


    • tokyobling said, on November 1, 2011 at 12:41 am

      Thank you for the comment Timi! Yes, it is quite relaxing. And it is easy to enter, no special rules or fees or musts. Just come quietly, relax, leave quietly.


  3. rommel said, on November 17, 2011 at 3:52 am

    My Word! The 5th capture is so awesome! I love your blog!


    • tokyobling said, on November 17, 2011 at 6:22 am

      Thank you Rommel! That is the ceremony going on at the main shrine building. It’s a really gorgeous, rich shrine, kept in perfect shape!


  4. rommel said, on March 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Hi tokyobling, there’s the link above. If you want me to retract your blog and this blog post from mine, just let me know.


    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Not at all, I’m honored and flattered! (^-^)/


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  6. Ali said, on February 11, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Hello Tokyobling,

    I was trying to find out about Tokyo Daijingu and I stumbled across your beautiful blog. So much great stuff to see here!!
    If you have time please check it out:


    • tokyobling said, on February 11, 2013 at 3:55 am

      Glad I could help! (^-^) Lovely photos you took too! I wish I could have gone there for the ceremony!


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