Hi! I'm Miyuki, a Japanese woman from Osaka, Japan. This blog is mainly about the introduction of places, events, and various stuff in southern part of Osaka City, Osaka, Kansai, and Japan

by berry-raspberry

カテゴリ:Sumiyoshi Shrine( 60 )

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There are the stones which are called “birth stones” in Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine.
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It is said, Shimazu Tadahisa was born here.
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Shimazu Tadahisa lived in 13th century, and is a founder of Shimazu family who reigned Shimazu-han (now it’s Kagoshima Prefecture) for several hundred years until the end of Edo era.


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by berry-raspberry | 2011-03-04 19:56 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)
It has been raining for these couple of days, so I thought there might be some water at the cascade, Misogi no Taki, in Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine.
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I went there again this afternoon.
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No Water except rain.
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There were two of Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine’s janitors today. They take care of this waterfall.

I asked them when the water runs at this waterfall.

They said the water used to run all the time a long time ago when this shrine used well water.

After they started to use water from public water service, water ran three times a month, on 1st, 15th, and when there was Hattatsu-san Festival.

Now, it has been under the construction. There are constructions here and there in Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, and they don’t know when the construction of this fall is actually going to be finished.

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Well, it will take a while until we can see running water at this Misogi no Taki.
But still, we can experience the sacred atmosphere.


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by berry-raspberry | 2011-03-01 17:26 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)
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There are cats in Sumiyoshi Shrine around Misogi no Taki. They look as if they guarded the cascade.
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Surprisingly, these cats pose for pictures! They know how to be photogenic.
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by berry-raspberry | 2011-02-22 20:23 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)
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There is a “hidden place” in Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine. It means it’s so unknown that few people know about this place.
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Actually, even I hadn’t known this place until recently.

The place is “Misogi no Taki”, which means the waterfall for purification.

Misogi means purifying and cleansing with water and removing evil spirit and sin.

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As you approach the place, we could feel the sacred atmosphere even though I don’t have any supernatural ability.

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There is a small shrine beside the place.


This is the place, surrounded by numbers of rocks.
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Let’s step down.
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There was no water today.
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But the atmosphere is beyond description.

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by berry-raspberry | 2011-02-21 21:56 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)
Plum Blossoms have started to bloom in Osaka City.
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by berry-raspberry | 2011-02-17 17:56 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)
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Daikai Shrine (or Owatatsumi Shrine) is located just next to Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine. It is said it already existed when Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine started.
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Toyotamahiko-no-mikoto and his daughter, Toyotamahime-no-mikoto are enshrined.
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According to Kojiki, the oldest chronicle in Japan. Toyotamahime and Yamasachihiko met at this well.
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There is a legend the power stone “Shiomitsutama” was put under the water by the deity of the ocean. It is said that it has a power to control tide to make high tide.


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by berry-raspberry | 2011-02-05 16:24 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)
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10 days after the New Year’s Day, there were still many people visiting Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine.
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The first shrine,
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The second shrine,
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The third shrine,
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And the fourth shrine.
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Those people were waiting in line to get Omikuji, a lucky slip, to predict how lucky they are this year.
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by berry-raspberry | 2011-01-15 18:15 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)
Ebbessan Festival of Imamiya Ebisu Shrine is famous nationwide. The festival is held on January 10 and around this date.

Ebisu is a deity who is considered to bring good luck and prosperous business.
Ebbessan is an Osaka dialect form of Ebisu-sama. Sama is a suffix to show respect.

There is a shrine which enshrines Ebisu, or Yebisu in Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine.
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Sounds like it has everything!
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Ebisu is a deity who is considered to bring good luck and prosperous business.
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by berry-raspberry | 2011-01-14 17:42 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)
I have introduced a lot about Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine a lot, but I realized I haven’t told the most important thing about it; who is enshrined?

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I am going to take you there.
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When you enter, you will see two buildings, the third shrine, and the fourth shrine.
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Three shrines which are positioned parallel are called Sumiyoshi’s Three gods.
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In the first shrine which is in the back, Soko tsutsu no o no mikoto is enshrined. Soko means the bottom.
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In the second shrine, Naka tsutsu no o no mikoto is enshrined. Naka means the middle.
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In the third shrine, Uwa tsutsu no o no mikoto is enshrined. Uwa means the surface.
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According to Kojiki, a Japanese history record book with legend and mythology, While Izanagi, a father of Japan, his mind and soul were being purified in the water, these three gods were born in the bottom, in the middle, and the surface of the water. That is why Sumiyoshi ‘s three gods are said that they are gods of the water, and for safe travelling, culture, industry, agriculture, trading, foreign affairs, and stuff related to the water and overseas.


Next to the third shrine, Empress Jingu is enshrined in the fourth shrine.
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These four buildings are national treasures.


Girls to celebrate Shichi Go San (7-5-3) in kimonos:
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Shichi-Go-San (七五三, lit. "Seven-Five-Three") is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three and seven year-old girls and three and five year-old boys, held annually on November 15. As Shichi-Go-San is not a national holiday, it is generally observed on the nearest weekend.
(from Wikipedia)



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by berry-raspberry | 2010-11-17 17:00 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(1)

What photos are they taking?

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What photo is the cameraman taking? I was curious.

They were taking a bride and groom’s photo.
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Yes, Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine is a popular place for wedding. You can run into the ceremony especially on weekend.
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There is a good place for reception “Kisshoden”.
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by berry-raspberry | 2010-10-23 17:36 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)