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    Seimei Jinja Shrine

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    Seimei Jinja Shrine

    Old shrine enshrining the great Onmyoji for warding off misfortunes

    The Onmyoji (Japanese sharman), Abe no Seimei, was a bureaucrat of the capital in the Heian period (794-1185), he has become famous for the movie and novel entitled “Onmyoji”. He established the Japanese-style Yin and Yang, learning the astronomy and the way of Yin and Yang, and played an active role as the master of astronomy and Japanese Yin and Yang (onmyo) who foresaw incidents at the court.  The Seimei Jinja Shrine was established was built to enshrine Seimei by the order of Emperor Ichijo in 1007 at the place where his residence used to be located. Seimei Jinja Shrine has long been fondly known as “Seimei-san” with miraculous virtue for warding off evil and the misfortune of unlucky directions. Star-shaped shrine emblem can be seen in the shrine.  This emblem is a Yin and Yang’s talisman called “Kikyo-in” that is said to have a power of avoiding an evil.  There is a well called “Seimei-I” which is said to have been created by magical power by Seimei.  Besides, peach tree that can ward off misfortunes and the statue of Shikijin that was employed by Seimei to help him, also Kikyo (Chinese bellflower) park is situated in the precinct. Its lovely flowers adorn the garden during the middle of June to September every year.

    Fujin-gaho,February issue,2012


    Name Seimei Jinja Shrine
    Address 806 Horikawa-dori Ichijo-agaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-441-6460
    Hours Entry (gate open): 9:00-18:00
    Recommended There is a famous well in the shrine ground where pure water springs out which is believed to be auspicious since the water comes out faces the direction of good luck.