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Otoyo Jinja Shrine

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Otoyo Jinja Shrine

Famous temple facing the Path of Philosophy and for its Koma-nezumi statue

Otoyo Shrine, facing the path of philosophy, was established in 887. Their main deity is Sukunahikona-no-mikoto, and later the Emperor Ojin and Michizane Sugawara were enshrined together. One of the shrine rituals is Oharae (great purification). People walk through a large wreath which is made of thatch that is said to have a strong life force, to purify the body so they can avoid any misfortunes. The ritual is held on 30th June and visitors are given an amulet “Josaishofuku Kaya-no-wa” by Ujiko for the safety and well-being for their family for another half year. It is also called as “Nezumi (rat) Shrine” and is familiar to many people in Japan. In the temple, “Koma-nezumi” stands (instead of typical “Komainu shrine guardian dog”), also it has “Koma-zaru (monkey)”, “Koma-tobi (kite) ”, and “Koma-hebi (snake)”.

Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
Fujin-gaho,August issue,2010

INFORMATION

Name Otoyo Jinja Shrine
Address 1 Shishigatani Miyanomae-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Tel 075-771-1351
Hours 8:00-18:00 (shrine office)
Closed
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