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3 Dec 2018

EDO - Magome district Ota

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Magome district Ota

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Magome 馬込 Magome district, Ota ward
大田区, Magome 馬込 / 北馬込 Kita, 南馬込 Minami, 東馬込 Higashi, 西馬込 Nishi, 中馬込 Naka-Magome、
Magome-machi, Magomemachi 馬込町


Magome station map

ma 馬 horse // .. gome (komi) 込 bring in, include -- groups of horses
This was an important area where horsed of the Samurai were kept.

Magome is in the North of Ota ward.

In 1889 the village was named 馬込村 Magomemura, Magome-mura, together with part of 池上村 Ikegami-mura.
In 1928, Magomemura was re-named 馬込町 Magomemachi.
In 1932, Magomemachi became part of 大森区 Omori ward.
In 1947, Magomemachi: Kamata and Omori became one ward and Magome became part of Ota ward.

Magome was part of the land belonging to the temple Zoojooji, Zōjō-ji 増上寺 Zojo-Ji.
This temple has a strong relation to the Tokugawa Shogunate.


Kita-Magome
北馬込一丁目 - 北馬込二丁目 from the first to the second sub-district

Minami-Magome
南馬込一丁目 - 南馬込六丁目 from the first to the sixth sub-district
- History
A retainer of the Hojo clan of Odawara, 梶原助五郎 Kajiwara Sukegoro, was awarded the area and built the Magome castle 馬込城.

Near the castle was a temple named 萬福禅寺 - 萬福寺 - 万福寺 Manpuku-Ji, with the graves of the Kajiwara clan. There are many items found related to keeping horses from the Sengoku Period in the fifth sub-district.

Higashi-Magome
東馬込一丁目 - 東馬込二丁目 from the first to the second sub-district

Nishi-Magome
西馬込一丁目 - 西馬込二丁目 from the first to the second sub-district
- History
Photos from 1947 show that West-Magome was a large area of fields. Many remain to our day.
It became famous for its vegetables and later マゴメテニスクラブのテニスコート Magome tennis courts were established.

Naka-Magome
中馬込一丁目 - 中馬込三丁目 from the first to the third sub-district


- Other districts related to horses in Edo
. Komagome 駒込 Komagome districts "groups of horses, crowds of horses" .
There are two districts with this name, one in 文京区 Bunkyo ward and one in nearby 豊島区 Toshima ward.

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Manpukuji 萬福禅寺 - 萬福寺 - 万福寺 Manpuku-Ji Zen Temple
1 Chome-49-1 Minamimagome, Ōta



The temple is famous for the Haiku memorial stone of Muro Saisei, see below.


The temple is already mentioned in the 江戸時代名所図絵 Edo Meisho Zue.
The three main statues are Amida Nyorai, Kannon Bosatsu, Seishi Bosatsu.
The temple was built by 梶原景時 Kajiwara Kagetoki (?1140 - 1200).
Kagetoki was a spy for Minamoto no Yoritomo in the Genpei War, and a warrior against the Taira clan. He came to be known for his greed and treachery.
- - - More about Kagetoki in the WIKIPEDIA !
The temple burned down in 1320 and fell in despair. In 1575, it ws re-built as a Zen temple by 明堂文龍大和尚 high priest Meido Bunryu.
In 1606, after the death of members of the Kajiwara clan it fell in despair again.

- HP of the temple 曹洞宗萬福寺
- reference source : manpukuji.or.jp... -

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Magome no tsuki 馬込の月 Moon at Magome



Kawase Hasui 川瀬巴水 (1883 – 1957)
. Tokyo Niju Kei 東京二十景 Twenty Views of Tokyo .

Magome no sanbon matsu 馬込の三本松 three pine trees at Magome
at 北馬込二丁目 Kita-Magome second sub-district

They date back to the Muromachi period and lived more than 600 years. Pilgrims to the Ise Shrine passed here on their way back, planted the trees and used it as a prayer place to express their gratitude for a safe trip.
The three trees were lost in the early Showa period, but names of shops and a bus station in the area still remind of them.


photo from 1940.

In this area there used to be many pine trees, called the Pine Field of Magome village 馬込村松原 Magome mura Matsubara.

There used to be a mound, Sanbonmatsu-zuka 三本松塚, thought to be a Kofun mound, in the compound of the
Shrine 天祖神社 Tenso Jinja. a shrine also refered to as 伊勢宮 Ise Shrine.
2 Chome-28-14 Kitamagome, Ōta.
It was the protector shrine of the valleys of Kita-Magome, 北久保 Kitakubo, 松原 Matsubara and 堂寺 Dotera.



Further research in 1992 found that the moat was not a Kofun after all.


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Magome Writers' Village (馬込文士村 Magome Bunshimura)



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In the early 1900s, the area of Magome in Ota Ward attracted a number of Japan's top writers and artists. Novelists, sculptors and calligraphers all moved to the quiet countryside outside the capital to practice their crafts in a supportive community. Today, their cultural contributions are remembered in a comprehensive walking trail around the area known as the Magome Writers' Village.
A mural just outside Omori Station
depicting the faces of the Magome writers marks the eastern end of the walking trail. Much of the route is highlighted simply by plaques detailing individual writers or artists and their connection to a particular spot in the ward. However, several extant structures allow a more intimate glimpse into the lives of these cultural giants of the Taisho and Showa Periods. Visit the peaceful grounds of the home of Ozaki Shiro, a driving force in the local writer's community. Nearby, a detailed exhibit showcases the life and works of newspaper founder Tokutomi Soho. Along the southern end of the route, samples of the art of calligrapher Kumagai Tsuneko fill the rooms of her tiny home.
The Ota Folk Museum
sits at the midpoint of the route and offers a detailed look at not only the resident writers and their works but also the geography, culture and prehistory of the surrounding area. While exhibits are signed in Japanese only, an English pamphlet provides a thorough introduction to the museum's main themes.
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. Edo Tokyo Yasai 江戸東京野菜 vegetables of Edo .


source : amanaimages.com/info...
Magome sansun ninjin 馬込三寸人参(まごめさんすんにんじん) small carrots




Magome hanjiro kyuuri 馬込半白胡瓜(まごめはんじろきゅうり half-white cucumbers


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笹鳴や馬込は垣も斑にて
sasanaki ya Magome wa kaki mo madara nite

nightingale in winter -
the fences of Magome
have become scarce

Tr. Gabi Greve

. Murō Saisei 室生犀星 Muro Saisei (1889 - 1962) .



There is a memorial stone of this haiku near the temple Manpuku-Ji 万福寺の句碑.

. WKD : sasanaki 笹鳴 nightingale in winter .
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Magome 馬籠, Magome-juku - a postal station along the Nakasendo highway.
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. Oota, Ōta 大田区 Ota ward .

. Famous Places and Powerspots of Edo 江戸の名所 .

. Edo bakufu 江戸幕府 The Edo Government .

. Doing Business in Edo - 商売 - Introduction .

. shokunin 職人 craftsman, craftsmen, artisan, Handwerker .

. senryu, senryū 川柳 Senryu poems in Edo .

. Japanese Architecture - The Japanese Home .

. Interior Design - The Japanese Home .

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .


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25 Nov 2018

EDO - Shirahige district Sarutahiko

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Shirahige district Sumida

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Shirahige 白ひげ / 白鬚 Shirahige district "white beard"



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Shirahige Daimyojin 白鬚大明神 // Shirahige Myojin 白鬚明神 Deity
The white beard is a symbol of longevity.

Shirahige is another name for the deity
. Sarutahiko no Ookami 猿田彦大神 the Great Deity Sarutahiko .
Sarutahiko is also called 比良明神 Hira Myojin.

The oldest, main Shirahige Shrine is in Shiga, 近江 Omi, with a history of more than 2000 years.
It has about 300 sub-Shrines in Japan.
The Shirahige Shrines are often included in a pilgrimage to the Seven Gods of Good Luck.
They feature the deity 寿老神 Jurojin.
. Seven Gods of Good Luck 七福神 Shichifukujin  .



The Revelation Of Shirahige Myojin, The White-Bearded God
Tsukioka Kogyo (1869 - 1927) - Pictures of Noh plays
- 白鬚の曲舞 Shirahige no Kusemai, 観阿弥 Kan-Ami, performed in 1374
The story tells the founding of temple Enryaku-Ji, Mount Hieizan, according to the Taiheiki.
Kusemai was a medieval Japanese art-form believed to consist chiefly of narrative chanting (kuse), accompanied by dance (mai).


Kunisada Toyokuni


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- - - - - 白鬚神社 Shirahige Shrines in Tokyo
- Sub-Shrines of the Shiga / Omi Shirahige Shrine


墨田区東向島 3 Chome-5-2 Higashimukojima, Sumida
The deity in residence is 猿田彦大神 Sarutahiko.



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Shirahige Shrine Festival
This is a festival held at this shrine, which is one of Sumida River's Seven Gods of Good Fortune. It is said that "Mukojima's summer begins from here."
The Aori Lion Dance has recently been revived. A large number of people come creating a lively atmosphere. Zushina (names) of parishioners still remain making one feel the tradition. The shrine's mikoshi (portable shrine), Jusanban, parade around the town at the Main Festival held once every three years.
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- reference source : shirahigejinja951.wixsite... -

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4 Chome-36-18 Higashiyotsugi, Katsushika 葛飾区東四つ木
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6 Chome-19-18 Tachibana, Sumida 墨田区立花
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Shiga - Omi - 滋賀県高島市鵜川215 Ukawa, Takashima city, Shiga
The main Shirahige Shrine in Japan.

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Sarutahiko 猿田彦大神 / 猿田彦命
Shirahige Myojin 白鬚明神


This is the oldest shrine in the Omi region.



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Shirahige Jinja, Omi
An earlier post gave the lineage of the family called Shirahige. This post is about a visit to Shirahige Jinja in Omi. Remember how Yamato began in Awa-no-kuni, around Lake Biwa in Omi-no-kuni.
Shirahige Jinja (白鬚神社)
is in Takashima, Shiga-ken, located on the western shore of Lake Biwa. It is separated from the lake by a busy highway. Its first torii stands 58 m offshore at a height of 10 m. From the second torii of the jinja, the sun will rise through the torii on the lake on equinox days, for the shrine faces east, as most old shrines do.
This old shrine
was established by Yamato-hime, daughter of Suinin Tenno in the 25th year of his reign. The enshrined kami are Sarutahiko Okami and Shirahige Myojin. Sarutahiko is best known as the kami of the land who guided Ninigi, grandson of Amateru, in the tenson-korin tale. He is called the kami who opens the way.
Shirahige Myojin is an old man with a white beard, and he represents longevity. From our studies, we consider Sarutahiko and Shirahige (Sirahige) to be one. Recall our earlier post describing the great healing abilities of Sarutahiko and how he was the only one that Amateru met with just before his passing.
The haiden hall is unpainted wood that gives it a rustic feeling.
There are eleven sha on the premises. On the mountain beyond the red torii is the Toyouke Daijingu. It enshrines Toyouke Okami, grandfather of Amateru and great-grandfather of Oshihomimi.
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- - - - - HP of the Shrine
- reference source : shirahigejinja.com... -

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Kanagawa - Miura - 神奈川県三浦市三崎町小網代1516


In the 16th century, a fisherman had caught a statue in his net and built a sanctuary to worship it.
The present-day hall had been erected by the governor of Sagami, 三浦道寸 / 三浦義同 Miura Yoshiatsu (1451 - 1515).
The deity in residence is 中筒男命 Nakatsutsu no O no Mikoto, also called Shirahige Myojin.
Fishermen from the region come here to pray for a save and bountiful catch.

. Sumiyoshi Jinja 住吉神社 Sumiyoshi Shrines of Japan .
The three main deities are
Sumiyoshi Sanjin -- Sokotsutsu no Onomikoto, Nakatsutsu no Onomikoto, and Uwatsutsu no Onomikoto

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Saitama Koma-jinja 埼玉 高麗神社 Koma Shrine
833 Ooaza Niihori, Hidaka, Saitama Prefecture
Koma Shrine is located in Niihori, Hidaka City, Saitama Prefecture. The enshrined deities are Koma no Koshiki Jakko, Sarutahiko no Mikoto and Takenouchi no Sukune (a legendary statesman).
The shrine was founded in 716 by an emissary from Goguryeo, Koma no Koshiki Jakko, as the head shrine to guard the Koma district (present-day Hidaka City).
It was originally named Shirahige Myojin and is the headquarters of all the 55 Shirahige and Shirahige Myojin shrines in the Musashi province (present-day Saitama Prefecture), from which it is also called Koma Soja Shrine (the head shrine).
In the precinct are a lot of cultural properties including the Old Koma Family Residence. Since the Meiji period, a lot of people, who had visited this shrine to offer a prayer, became powerful politicians including prime ministers, the shrine has been worshipped as Shusse (career success) Myojin. Koma Shrine is also famous for cherry blossoms in spring and chrysanthemum flowers in fall.
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Shirahigebashi 白鬚橋 Shirahigebashi bridge
connecting Arakawa, Sumida and Taito.
Named after the Shirahige Shrine.
Built in 1914 by the company 白鬚橋株式会社.
There used to be a river crossing for the Shrine, 白鬚の渡し Shirahige no Watashi, at least since 1594.


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Higashishirahige Koen 東白髭公園 Park
2 Chome Tsutsumidori, Sumida

This is a long, narrow park along the Sumida River.
You can walk from Asakusa along the Sumida River and enjoy the nature.

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. Sumidagawa hakkei 隅田川八景 by 広重 II Hiroshige II .
白髯 落雁 Descending Geese at Shirahige




白鬚神社 Shirahige Jinja - 墨田区 Sumida ward


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. Kawase Hasui 川瀬巴水 (1883 - 1957) .
woodblock prints


Yuki no Shirahige 雪の白ひげ / Shirahige in the snow
Snow at Shirahige Bridge

Twelve Scenes of Tōkyō


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Momodayū / Shiradayū Shinkō
Momodayū is also called Hyakudayū.
The name Momodayū appears as the kami worshipped by courtesans (yūjo) of Eguchi and Kanzaki in Ōe no Masafusa's Yujoki, and Masafusa also wrote in his Kairaishiki that Kugutsu worshipped "the hundred kami" (hyakushin). The Ryōjin hishō records courtesans "praying to Momodayū for the love of men" and calls it "that which courtesans like". Momodayū is a kami worshipped by puppeteers (Kugutsu, also written as Kugutsushi) and sangaku, and was also the kami of courtesans.
Momodayū was regarded as a male kami and many hundreds of wooden images of him were carved and enshrined. Momodayū is enshrined as a massha at various shrines in western Japan, including the massha Momodayū shrine worshipped by Ebisu Mawashi at Nishinomiya Shrine, and those at Nagato ichinomiya Sumiyoshi Jinja, Hiyoshi Taisha, Iwashimizu Hachimangu, and Usa Jingu. He is also worshipped as a "tutelary of roads" (dōsojin) and as a "kami that prevents pox" (hōsō yoke no kami).
Shiradayū is the first massha of those at the shrine Kitano Tenmangu, and is worshipped at Tenmangu shrines in various regions.
Shiradayū is often confused with Momodayū. One story relates that a shrine priest (shikan) of Ise's Outer Shrine, Watarai Haruhiko (862 - 944) who became a follower of Sugawara no Michizane, evolved into the "enshrined kami" (saijin) Shiradayū.
Another tells that the saijin at Shirahige Jinja in Ōmi was enshrined as Shiradayū.
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宗像市 Munakata city

At the Shirahige Shrine people make offerings of red auspicious rice for the annual festival of the ninth day of the ninth month.
The next morning exactly half of it is gone. The deity must have eaten it, they say.


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南原町 Minamiharamachi

In 1659, there was a huge flooding of the river.
Villagers saw an old man with a white beard floating by, sitting on the water practising Zazen meditation.

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. Edo, Tokyo 江戸 - 東京 - 伝説 Legends Index .


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白鬚の鳥居に波や神渡し
Shirahige no torii ni nami ya kami watashi

the waves at the gate
of Shirahige Shrine -
gods are leaving


宮地恒子 Miyachi Tsuneko

. kami watashi 神渡し "Gods are leaving" .
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According to the old lunar calendar in Novemer, when the deities of Japan, who gathered in Izumo, take leave and go back to their local areas.
There is usually a strong wind in the Izumo area.

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白鬚の鳥居をくぐるはぐれ鴨
Shirahige no torii o kuguru haguregamo

stray ducks
fly under the gate of
Shirahige Shrine


倉持嘉博 Kuramochi Yoshihiro



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. Sumida-ku 墨田区 Sumida ward, "ink field" .

. Famous Places and Powerspots of Edo 江戸の名所 .

. Edo bakufu 江戸幕府 The Edo Government .

. Doing Business in Edo - 商売 - Introduction .

. shokunin 職人 craftsman, craftsmen, artisan, Handwerker .

. senryu, senryū 川柳 Senryu poems in Edo .

. Japanese Architecture - The Japanese Home .

. Interior Design - The Japanese Home .

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .


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22 Nov 2018

EDO - Senzoku district Ota Sensoku

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Senzoku district Ota

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Senzoku 千束 / 洗足 Senzoku districts - Kita and Minami
大田区 Ota, 北千束 Kita North Senzoku, 南千束 Minami South Senzoku
Senzoku district itself is in in Taito ward, see below.


Kita-Senzoku 北千束
北千束一丁目 - 北千束三丁目 from the first to the third sub-district


Minami-Senzoku 南千束
南千束一丁目 - 南千束三丁目 from the first to the third sub-district


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Senzoku 千束 Senzoku district "1000 measures"
Taito ward 台東区 千束, in the Shitaya area



The name Senzoku is very old. The area was near 浅草天王町 Asakusa Tenno-Cho, reaching all the way to 千住 Senju.
One explanation of this name "1000 measures of rice" say the area was near the 浅草寺 Asakusa Temple Sensō-Ji and had to provide kuyoo 供養 food offerings (rice) for the 1000 priests and monks of the famous temple district:
senzoku 千僧供 food offerings for 1000 monks.
But this explanation is most probably wrong.
soku (zoku) 束 was a measurement for the amount of 穎稲 rice before the harvest, 1束 - 稲10把
(10把 - 1刈)- 束刈(そくかり)sokukari / 束把刈(そくはかり)sokubakari
This would suggest that on the fields of the temple, they harvested 1000 soku of rice.


Shrine Senzoku Inari Jinja 千束稲荷神社
東京都台東区竜泉2丁目19番3号 / Taitō, Ryusen, 2 Chome−19−3

Built around 1670. It used to be in the compound of 浅草寺 Asakusa Temple as
上千束稲荷(西宮稲荷)Nichinomiya Inari and
下千束稲荷 - the protector shrine of the district 北千束郷 Kita-Senzoku.



Known as "the shrine of 樋口一葉 Higuchi Ichiyo".
- reference source : senzokuinari.tokyo-jinjacho.or.jp -

. Higuchi Ichiyo 樋口 一葉 (1872 - 1896) .
pen name of Japanese author 樋口奈津 Higuchi Natsu.

. Taitō ku 台東区 Taito Ward .


. Yoshiwara 葦原 / 吉原 pleasure quarters in Edo .
Senzoku 4-chome in Taito-ku
Yoshiwara 葦原 "reed plains" - and 川柳 Senryu poems


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Sensoku ike / Senzoku ike 千束池 / 洗足池 Senzoku pond
洗足池 "pond for washing the feet"

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Senzoku-ike is located in Northern Ota Ward, six stops from Ikegami Station. The area is named after the famous Buddhist priest Nichiren Shonin who washed his feet here on his way to Ikegami Temple. Senzoku literally means "washing your feet" which is exactly what Nichiren Shonin and many priests after him did at the large pond located here.
Senzoku-Ike (Pond)
Senzoku-Ike pond is famous for its scenic views and is a spiritual power spot where the natural energy from local vegetation is abundant. The park and pond are an ideal place for both walking and boating. There are paths around the water that will take you past small temples and the area where priests used to rest on their pilgrimage to Ikegami Honmonji Temple. Much of the path is covered in shade and trees and the pond can be circumvented fairly quickly taking a path approximately one and a half kilometers in length.
Small boats and swan boats can both be rented nearby the station side of the pond for those interested in spending 30 minutes or an hour on the water.
Senzoku-Ike Park
The park area surrounds the pond and includes wooden paths that cross over the water and a wide variety of trees and vegetation. There are many spots to stop for a picnic and during certain seasons and holidays, there are several food stands and activities to liven up the walk.
The graves of Katsu Kaishu and his wife who wanted to be buried with a view facing Mount Fuji. Katsu Kaishu was commander of the Tokugawa Navy and is famous for his role in the surrender of Edo.
Senzokuhachiman Shrine
The small shrine here is located on the opposite side of the pond from the station on a small hill. The shrine is surrounded by nature and a few statues in the shape of large horses. There are interesting events held in the shrine during festivals such as the Edo-Sato-Kagura (Japanese holy Shintoism dance).
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Senzoku Hachiman Jinja 千束八幡神社 Senzoku Hachiman Shrine


Edo Meisho Zue 江戸名所図会

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... Another story suggestive of the mysterious charm of the Senzoku pond tells how Minamoto-no Yoritomo (1147-99), the founder of the Kamakura shogunate, camped overnight in 1180 at Senzoku Hachiman shrine (glimpsed in the woods on the left of the woodblock print). While he was admiring the moon reflected in the water that night, a magnificent wild horse emerged from nowhere, its satin-smooth coat shining in the moonlight. Yoritomo caught the stallion, which he named Ikezuki ("Moon in the Pond"), and the steed became the shogun's beloved companion in his subsequent battles — he rode the horse during his entry into Kamakura later the same year.
..... Senzoku and Katsu Kaishu (1823-99)
..... Senzoku Fuchi Kyokai.
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. Kawase Hasui 川瀬巴水 (1883 - 1957) .
woodblock prints



千束池 Senzokuike, 20 views



洗足池の残雪 Lingering Snow, 12 views


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16 Nov 2018

EDO - Kameari district Kochikame Ryo san

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Kameari district Katsushika

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Kameari 亀有 Kameari district
Katsushika 亀有 一丁目 - 五丁目 first to fifth district / 西亀有 Nishi-Kameari



kame 亀 turtle / ari 有 there is
During the Muromachi period, this area was called Kamenashi (亀無、亀梨) "no turtle".
At the confluence of the former river 隅田川 Sumidagawa and 葛西川 Katsushikagawa there was a small island in the form of a turtle.
In 1644 the people living there did not like the name NASHI and changed it to ARI.

In 1889, 青戸村 Aoto village was merged with 亀有村 Kameari village、砂原村(西亀有付近)、上千葉村 as the village 東京府南葛飾郡亀青村 Kameao mura.
In 1918, 青砥駅 Aoto station was built.
In 1932, when the ward of Katsushika was created, 青戸町1 - 4丁 Aoto cho was allocated from the first to the fourth sub-district.
. Aoto 青砥 / 青戸 Aoto district, Katsushika .

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The area is perhaps best known for being the location of the long-running manga and anime series
こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所 Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo
about the misadventures of a cranky middle-aged policeman working in a police box next to Kameari Park.
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Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen Mae Hashutsujo (こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所,
lit. "This is the Police Station in Front of Kameari Park in Katsushika Ward"),
often shortened to KochiKame (こち亀), is a Japanese comedy manga series written and illustrated by Osamu Akimoto. It takes place in the present day, in and around a neighborhood police station (kōban) in the downtown part of Tokyo, and revolves around the misadventures of middle-aged cop Kankichi Ryotsu. The official English title is KochiKame: Tokyo Beat Cops.

It was continuously serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump for 40 years, from September 1976 to September 2016. Its 1,960 chapters were collected into 200 tankōbon volumes, making it the manga series with the highest number of volumes. The manga has been adapted into an anime television series, produced by Studio Gallop and broadcast in Japan by Fuji TV, three theatrical animated films (by Tatsunoko and Gallop, respectively), two live-action movies, several stage adaptations, and a live-action television series. As of 2014, the series had sold over 157 million tankōbon copies, making KochiKame one of the best-selling manga series in history. In 2005, TV Asahi named the anime number 36 on its list of the Top 100 Anime. The series was awarded a Guinness World Record for "Most volumes published for a single manga series."
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Real-life KochiKame
The real neighborhood police station on which the manga one is based.
Kameari Koen is an actual park in Tokyo's Katsushika ward. The police station is fictional, but it is modeled after a real one located on the north side of Kameari railway station. The manga has brought considerable fame to the neighborhood, and it draws sightseers from all over Japan to a (usually vacant) station in a nondescript residential neighborhood. There is only a vacant lot where the police station is actually supposed to be located.
In February 2006, two life-size bronze statues of Ryo-san were erected at the north and south gates of Kameari Station. There is currently a trail of 14 statues in the area.
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Ryosan Dorayaki 両さんどら焼き

As the popularity of this district was falling, the local merchants thought of using KochiKame for their revitalization programs.
They asked the publisher of the manga for agreement, but he refused. Then they asked the author of "KochiKame" and he was quite pleased.
They begun to make Kochikame dorayaki sweets and statues of Kochikame at the station, at benches in the park and other places. Now visitors could take photos and as Instagram flourished, so florished Kameari.
Now a KochiKame character walks along the shopping street on Saturday and Sunday and they have popular drum concerts at the station.




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亀有香取神社 Kameari Katori Jinja
3 Chome-42-24 Kameari, Katsushika, Tokyo



This shrine has two large turtles instead of Komainu guardian dogs at its entrance.



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- amulet for beautiful legs from 香取神社 Katori Jinja

健康美脚のお守り
okobo おこぼ okobo pokkuri sandals for maiko




. Katori Jinguu 香取神宮 Shrine in Chiba .
Katori-jingu Shrine, Sawara-shi, Chiba. Women perform the rice-planting ceremony to music.


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Kameari Takagi Jinja 亀有の高木神社
葛飾区西亀有4-15-20 // (旧称:第六天社 former Dairokuten Shrine)

The patron Shrine of the village 砂原村 Sawaramura in the Edo period.
The main deity is Dairokuten.
Re-named Takagi Shrine in the Meiji period.



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. Dairokuten Ma-O 第六天魔王 Big Number Six Heavenly Deity .


. 高木神社 Takagi Jinja .
Ōta-ku, Chūō, 6 Chome−3 太田神社
The Binbogami of this shrine is
Kuroyami Tennyo 黒闇天女 Lady Ten Deity of the Darkness
A sister of Benzaiten 弁財天の姉 (other sources quote 吉祥天 Kichijoten).


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29 Oct 2018

EDO - Nakano ward

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Nakano ward

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Nakano ku 中野区 Nakano ward - "Middle Wild Field"



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- History
The ward was founded on October 1, 1932 when the towns of Nogata and Nakano were absorbed into the former Tokyo City as Nakano Ward. The present administration dates from March 15, 1947 when the Allied occupation reformed the administration of Tokyo-to.

1447: Ōta Dōkan defeated Toshima Yasutsune in a battle here.
1606: The Naruki Kaidō, predecessor of today's Ōme Kaidō (a road to Ōme) was established.
1695: In connection with the Shorui Awaremi no Rei (a law for the protection of animals), a facility for keeping wild dogs opened.
1871: The twelve villages that comprise present-day Nakano became part of Tokyo Prefecture.
1889: The Kofu Railway opens. The forerunner of today's Chūō Main Line included a station at Nakano en route from Shinjuku to Hachioji.
1897: Nakano becomes a village.
1932: Tokyo City expands to encompass the district that included Nakano.
1943: With the abolition of Tokyo City, Nakano becomes part of Tokyo-to.
1947: Nakano becomes one of the special wards under the new system.
1961: The Tokyo subway system extends to Nakano.
1973: Construction of Nakano Sun Plaza near Nakano Station reaches completion.
- Five special wards surround Nakano:
Shinjuku, Suginami, Nerima, Shibuya, and Toshima. It lies just west of the bustling Shinjuku area.
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- Sub-districts - see below for details
Arai 新井 
Egota, Egoda 江古田
Honcho 本町
Kamitakada 上高田
Minamidai, Nandai 南台
Numabukuro 沼袋
Saginomiya, Sagi no Miya 鷺宮
Shirasagi 白鷺 "White Heron"


- Rivers
江古田川 Egotagawa
神田川 Kandagawa
旧桃園川 former Momozonogawa
妙正寺川 Myoshojigawa
善福寺川 Zenpukujigawa
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荒玉水道 Aratama Suido waterway
千川上水 Sengawa Josui waterway


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東北復興大祭典 Tohoku Recovery Festival in Nakano

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Nakano is convenient as a place to live or visit, with fifteen train stations in the ward, the Seibu Shinjuku line and the Toei Oedo line running in the North, the Marunouchi line running in the South, and with, at the center of the ward, Nakano station, which is only four minutes on the JR Chuo line from Shinjuku station.
At the North Entrance to Nakano Station is "Nakano Broadway", which is known as a hub for subcultures such as manga and anime. Not only subcultures, but also stores that handle antique high-quality watches, model train stores, and other stores that support various enthusiasts are gathered there. Also, it contains stores like grocery stores, butchers, fish shops, and eateries like the underground one known for its extra large eight-tiered ice cream cone. It is a shopping mall that contains everything necessary for everyday life.
..... When you exit Nakano station's North exit and head West, Nakano's new face, "the City of Four Seasons", spreads out before you.
..... In Nakano there is a famous Tokyo scenic spot called Tetsugakudou (Temple of Philosophy) Park. ... built by the late Dr. Inoue Enryo.
Near Tetsugakudou Park is the Nokata Water Tower. A building with a unique form, it is designated as the country's Tangible Cultural Property.
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One of the oldest temples in Nakano is Jooganji 成願寺 Jogan-Ji
Joganji (2-26 Honcho, Nakano-ku). 東京都中野区本町二丁目

. 明王山 Myoozan 聖無動院 Shomudo-In 宝仙寺 Hosen-Ji .
(中野区中央2-33-3)- Chuo, Nakano
Nr. 12 of the Gofunai 御府内八十八ヶ所霊場 88 Henro Temples in Edo

. 十善山 Juzenzan 密蔵院 Mitsuzo-In 蓮花寺 Renge-Ji .
中野区沼袋2-33-4 / 2 Chome-33-4 Numabukuro, Nakano ward
Nr. 41 of the Gofunai 御府内八十八ヶ所霊場 88 Henro Temples in Edo

. 瑠璃光山 Rurikozan 禅定院 Zenjo-In 薬王寺 Yakuo-Ji .
中野区沼袋2-28-2 / 2 Chome-28-2 Numabukuro, Nakano ward
Nr. 48 of the Gofunai 御府内八十八ヶ所霊場 88 Henro Temples in Edo

. 七星山 Shichiseizan 光徳院 Kotoku-In 息災寺 Sokusai-Ji .
中野区上高田五丁目18-3 / 5 Chome-18-3 Kamitakada, Nakano ward
Nr. 58 of the Gofunai 御府内八十八ヶ所霊場 88 Henro Temples in Edo

. 江戸三十三観音霊場 Pilgrimage to 33 Kannon Temples of Edo .
17 宝福寺 Hofuku-Ji- 中野観音 Nakano Kannon
(中野区南台3-43-2) - 如意輪観世音菩薩


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Arai 新井 Arai district - "new well"
Nakano, Arai 新井三丁目, 四丁目 third and fourth sub-district

In 1413, the villagers dug a new well and named their village 新井村 Arai mura.
Later the temple 梅照院 Baisho-In was built, with a statue of Yakushi Nyorai to protect children.

. Baishoo-In 梅照院 Baisho-In 薬王寺 Yakuo-Ji .
中野区新井5-3-5 / Nakano ward, Arai 5-3-5
Arai Yakushi 新井薬師.
There is even a station for the temple, 新井薬師前駅 Arai Yakushi mae eki


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Egota 江古田 Egota district
Nakano, Egota 一丁目 - 四丁目 first to fourth sub-district


The station 江古田駅 is called Egoda eki 「えこだ」.

The name might refere to the location
tanima no chiisa na shitsuden 谷間の小さな湿田 a small wetland in a valley.
Another theory - more probable:

Around the fields (田 ta )were many ego no ki エゴノキ Japanese snowbell trees, Styrax japonica.



Egota no mori kōen 江古田の森公園 Egota no Mori Park
Egota-no-Mori Park is a public park, the largest in Nakano ward.
Within the grounds of the park there is a large, six-story building called Tokyo General Health and Welfare Center Egota-no-Mori (東京総合保健福祉センター江古田の森 Tōkyō Sōgō Hoken Fukushi Shisetsu Egota no Mori).
The park also has a multipurpose open area, wooded area, wooden playground equipment, sandbox, swings, water fountain, toilet (with wheelchair access), study room, benches, lawn, biotope pond, and dogwood hill.
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. Toofukuji 東福寺 Tofuku-Ji - 金峯山 Kinbozan 世尊院 Seson-In ..
中野区江古田3丁目 / 3 Chome Egota, Nakano ward
Nr. 02 of the Gofunai 御府内八十八ヶ所霊場 88 Henro Temples in Edo



江古田富士塚 Egota Fujizuka Mound is in Nerima:
Ekoda Fuji Mound - 1 Chome-59-2 Kotakecho, Nerima
at Shrine 江古田浅間神社 Egota Sengen Jinja


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Saginomiya 鷺宮 Saginomiya district - "Shrine of the Heron -
Nakano, Saginomiya 一丁目 - 六丁目 from the first to the sixth sub-district
- - - Kami-Saginomiya 上鷺宮 一丁目 - 五丁目 from the first to the fifth sub-district

Saginomiya eki 鷺ノ宮駅 Station

Shirasagi 白鷺 Shirasagi district - "white heron" -
Nakano, Shirasagi 一丁目 - 三丁目 from the first to the third sub-district.
This district was separated from Saginomiya in 1965.

Since many herons lived here, the area was called Saginomori 鷺森 (Forest of the Heron) or Saginomiya.
In the Heian period, Minamoto no Yoriyoshi 源頼義 (988 - 1075) erected a Hachiman shrine here and many herons came, so the shrine deity was called
鷺宮大明神 Sagi no Miya Daimyojin.
The Shrine 鷺宮八幡神社 Saginomiya Hachiman Jinja
is in the South of this district, called Shirasagi 白鷺.
1 Chome-31-10 Shirasagi, Nakano



There is also a temple named in the compound:
. 白鷺山 Shirasagizan 福蔵院 Fukuzo-In 正幡寺 Shoban-Ji .
中野区白鷺1-31-5 / 1 Chome-31-5 Shirasagi, Nakano

. Heron (aosagi) - Egret (shirasagi) .


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daija no hone 大蛇の骨 bones of a huge serpent
At the temple 円照寺 Ensho-Ji in Shinjuku and 豊仙寺 / 宝仙寺 Hosen-Ji in Nakano there are parts of the bones of one huge serpent kept as secret treasures.
River water can be poured over the bones for an oracle about coming rain.
At the temple Hosen-Ji the waster from the well 井の頭 Inokashira is used for offerings.

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. Inokashira 井の頭 "Head of the Well" .

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. Legends about Jizo Bosatsu - 地蔵菩薩 .
A stone mason had very strong pain in the back and could not get up.
In a dream he saw Jizo Bosatsu, telling him if he would make a stone statue of Jizo, his body would heal.
And indeed, waking up he felt well enough to make a statue.
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Jizo no hoosoo 地蔵の疱瘡 Jizo Bosatsu with smallpox
At the temple Hosen-Ji there was a rumor that the statue of Jizo had caught smallpox. But, well, it was just a rumor.

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kitsune-tsuki 狐つき bewitched by a fox
Around 1775, there was a Hatamoto samurai well versed in
kitsune otoshi 狐落とし getting rid of the bewitching from a fox.
Once a man from 武州中野村 Bushu Nakanomura village was brought to him. The Hatamoto in trance tried to hear the story of the bewitchment from the fox.
The father of the man had been to the 加茂明神 Kamo Myojin Shrine and behaved in a bad way, thus he became bewitched. But the father had soon died of poverty and hunger and thus the bewitchment had been passed on to the son.

. kitsune densetsu 狐と伝説 fox legends .

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