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

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Kono Shrine in Tango, Kyoto


One day bus tour is good. We can visit many places and the bus takes us there.
However, we can’t stay longer time as we want to.

I had been wanting to visit Kono Shrine and Manai Shrine, but when I went there this time, the time was limited. The time there was too short to go to Manai Shrine.

Kono Shrine is called “Moto Ise”, which means former Ise Shrine. Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture is well known, but before it was settled at that place, it moved from many places to many places. Kono Shrine is the major former Ise Shrine.

In Shinto world, Amaterasu Ohmikami is in the highest rank. All other shrins follow Ise Shrine no other shrines precede Isa Shrine. So Amaterasu Ohmikami is the highest of all.

That’s why it’s the important place.

It’s far from Osaka, but I would like to return to Kono Shrine and Manai Shirne again.
Manai Shrine is said (by some people) that it has something to do with Manna.

These are very “mysterious” places.

by berry-raspberry | 2014-01-03 23:06 | Kyoto | Comments(0)
I introduced Koryuji Temple in the previous article. The origin of this temple is actually not sure, but it is sure that Hata family started this temple.

Some scholars say Koyuji did not started as a Buddhist temple but started as a Shinto shrine.

As a matter of fact, there is a Shinto shrine that is said that Hata family started near Koryuji Temple.

It’s called Kaiko no Yashiro. Kaiko means silkworm, and Yashiro means shrine.
It is clear that Toraijin brought technology of textile.

But its official name is “Konoshima ni masu Amateru Mikami Jinja”. It sounds like “Amaterasu Omikami is in this island.” , but I'm not sure.

Anyway, in Kaiko no Yashiro, there is a peculiar object.
Torii, the gate of the shrine is like this, and usually, it’s at the entrance.

Look at this.

This place is a pond, and there should be water in here, but the water supply was stopped on this day, I don't know when it's open.

The explanation board says there is a theory that this is originated from the Nestorius sect of Christianity, which was brought about 1,300 years ago.

If the theory is correct, the object represents Trinity.

And this is a Christian shrine, temple, or church.

This is the pond for purification. In Christian term, for baptism?

by berry-raspberry | 2012-01-24 18:11 | Kyoto | Comments(0)

Koryuji Temple in Uzumasa, Kyoto


I went to Kyoto the end of last year, but I did not have enough time to upload anything then.

Well, this article is about the temple in Kyoto, but I’m going to start with Abiko Kannon in Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka.

In the previous article, I introduced about Abiko Kannon, which is said that Prince Shotoku started. Before he built it in 546, a clan called “Yosamino Abiko” was given a small Kannon statue from Kudara. Kudara used to be a part of Korea.

Similarly, in a Buddhist temple, Koryuji Temple in Uzumaza, Kyoto, there is a statue called “Miroku Bosatsu” It was brought from the Korean Peninsula. It is said Prince Shotoku handed it to Hata Kawakatsu.

Hata Kawakatsu started this temple in 603.


(This is Taishi-do. "Taishi" means Pricne Shotoku. So, this is Prince Shotoku Hall.")

Hata Kawakatsu was the brain of Prince Shotoku. The statue of Miroku Bosatsu is the very first designated national treasure in Japan.

Pictures of Miroku Bosatsu and other treasures inside are not allowed to take. I took this picture from the net.

Hata Family was Torai-jin, the people who migrated from the continent to Japan.

There is an explanation about Koryuji Temple and Hata Kawakatsu,

but surprisingly, the part of Hata Kawakatsu's explanation erased!

by berry-raspberry | 2012-01-15 23:07 | Kyoto | Comments(0)

Fushimi Inari Shirne in Kyoto


Fushimi Inari Shrine was started in 711, and it is said that it was started by one of Hata Family members, Hata Irogu. Hata family is one of Torai-jin families. Torai-jin means the people who migrated from the direction of Eurasia in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th centuries.

Unfortunately, the main shrine is under the construction until September 30. There is going to be a big ceremony for 1300th anniversary in October.

This shrine has lots of lots of Torii.

Torii means the gates like these. It is said the color of red prevents from evil.


People and companies have kept dedicating torii to show appreciation, so the number of torii has been increasing.

There are a lot more on these mountains.

It takes about 2 hours if you want to go around the whole Fushimi Inari Shrine.


Why don't you buy a miniature torii at a souvenir shop?

by berry-raspberry | 2011-09-11 01:34 | Kyoto | Comments(0)

Ajiki Shrine in Toyosato-cho

Ajiki Shrine is in Toyosato-cho.

It is said the name Ajiki is the one of Torai-jin. Torai-jin is the people who immigrated from the direction of the continent, like Korea, China, and even as far as Persia, from 4th to 7th century.

There came a lot of Torai jin in Kansai Area, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, and Shiga. They brought Japan advanced technologies, culture, and what they believed. There were a lot of Torai-jin living on the east side of Lake Biwa.

Kansai Area was a very international place. They settled down in Japan and there should be a reason these Torai-jin did not return to their own places.

The architect of this shrine is the one of Edo Era, beginning of 19th century.

The date when the shrine itself was founded is not sure. It was already exixted in the 10th century's record, but it is not sure when the garden was made.

It is considered this is the early stage of Japanese gardens, and one of origins of Japanese gardens.

Here came a swan.

This garden is surely spiritual and mysterious.

by berry-raspberry | 2011-08-22 17:52 | Shiga | Comments(0)