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Yasuzumi Shrine / 安住神社

Yasuzumi Shrine
Yasuzumi Shrine

Yasuzumi Shrine was founded in Shoutai 2 (CE 899) by Arai Yoshiaki, and I believe it’s still managed by the Arai family. Revered here are three gods from Osaka’s Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, as well as Empress Jinguu, who lived from Seimu 40 to Shinkou 69 (CE 170 – CE 269). After the death of her husband, the Emperor Chuuai in CE 200, she mounted an expedition to Korea, and, by the grace of the Sumiyoshi Sanjin, she and her Imperial Army returned triumphantly. They are, thus, enshrined together.

The structures now on the site were erected, maybe, in Houreki 4 (CE 1754), and in Showa 53 (CE 1978) were designated as Prefectural Important Cultural Assets.

In Heisei 2, to commemorate the enthronement of the new emperor, they acquired two golden liondog statues (which I somehow missed on my visit) which were made by the same guy who made the Nagasaki Peace Statue.

To celebrate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of the shrine, a new Torii was erected, and it is now, according to the people at the shrine, the largest Torii in Kanto.

The shrine’s traditional music and dancing has been designated a Municipal Intangible Cultural Asset.

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The golden lion dogs are allegedly in that gate down there that I didn’t go to. Ah well, I’ll go again some day.

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The shrine is a really nice place. Beautiful, quiet, serene, AND THEN YOU SEE THE HIDEOUS WEDDING HALL THAT HAS BEEN RECENTLY BUILT. OH JEEZ WHO THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA? There must be moneygrubbing Buddhist clergy involved in this idea.

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I collect safe driving charms, and so here’s the one I bought at this shrine.