About Shiramine Jingu Shrine
Shiramine Jingu Shrine is located in the northeastern corner of Horikawa Imadegawa in Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City. Sutoku Emperor and Junnin Emperor are enshrined.
Emperor Komei was ordered to the shogunate to transfer Emperor Sutoku’s Holy Spirit enshrined in strange land to Kyoto to comfort the his spirit , in the end of the Edo period, but Emperor Komei emperors death soon thereafter. Emperor Meiji who is the child of Komei succeeded in Komei dying wishes, built the shrine to the present land, and created the Shiramine shrine in the fourth year of Keio (1868).
In 1873, the Holy Spirit of Emperor Junnin was welcomed from Awaji, and was enshrined together, and Shiramine Miya became a shiramine shrine.
Shiramine Jingu Shrine is located at the site of the court noble “Asukai family” which was the head of Waka and Kemari. The Seidaimyojin, which is enshrined in the landowner of this shrine, is the guardian deity of the Kemari, and is now a guardian of “Mari” and attracts the pilgrimage of sports officials including football. On the day I went to shoot, there were a lot of football, baseball and basketball balls in the main shrine, and many of the students who seemed to be playing clubs were coming to visit. Moreover, the amulet named Kanauwa is famous as a lucky charm of shiramine Jingu shrine. It mimics the ball used for ball games (soccer, baseball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, badminton, table tennis).
On July 7 every year, Komachi dance is held, and elegant and dainty dances are offered by the local girls who have Genroku-era style costumes, hairstyles and stage makeup. And, the Kemari will be held on April 14 and July 7 every year, and the training will be held on Sundays twice a month.
Shiramine Jingu Shrine photos
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Photographer: Taisuke Yamada
261 Asukai-cho, Imadegawa-dori Horikawa-higashi, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
|Usual viewing season||Kemari Preservation Society – April 14 and July 7 every year
Kemari practice – twice a month on Sundays
|Parking lot||Enter from the front and parking lots are located on the left and right|
Recommended places to visit in conjunction with
Seimei Shrine is a shrine located in south west of Horikawa Imadegawa intersection. It enshrines the Abenoseimei who is an astronomer in the middle of the Heian period.
Goo Shrine is a shrine on the West side of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and it enshrined the Wakenokiyomaroko contributed to the founding of Heian-Kyo.
Kyoto Imperial Palace
The Kyoto Imperial Palace is called "Gosho" by the neighboring residents and is popular. From the 14th century to the early Meiji period, this is the place where successive emperors lived, priest rituals and public service.