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Motomishima Jinja – Uguisudani

Posted in Places by tokyobling on May 22, 2014

Earlier this month I visited the tiny Motomishima Jinja, a shrine hidden in the middle of Uguisudani’s maze-like streets around the south exit of JR Uguisudani Station. Despite being a stop on the famous Yamanote line the station is amazingly tiny and easily overlooked. I arrived early for the annual festival of the shrine so I had a bit of time to explore the shrine itself.

The shrine is most famous for being dedicated to one of the seven gods of fortune, the originally Taoist deity Jurojin whose symbol is a fan, a deer and a scroll. It also enshrines the god Oyamatsumi (大山祇命), the older brother of the legendary goddess Amaterasu. He is a god of war, mountains and seas. The shrine is also dedicated to Izanagi (伊佐那岐命), on of the two original gods that created the Japanese islands according to the Japanese creation mythology.

The shrine is a combination of at least two older shrines associated to the villages that used to be located in the valley. It was founded in 1710 and renamed, but the original buildings were destroyed in World War 2 and only rebuilt in 1966.

If you are doing the mini-pilgrimage to honor the seven gods of fortune, this shrine is a must visit!













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  1. Anas Azhar said, on May 22, 2014 at 4:59 am

    i want to visit there … but not to pilgrimage 🙂


  2. Anas Azhar said, on May 22, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Reblogged this on JoUrnal to sUccess and commented:
    how can i go there now … :0 ….hahaha , maybe next time, or next life ?


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