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    Shimogamo Jinja Shrine

    One of Kyoto’s World Heritage Shrines

    Local people in Kyoto endearingly call this shrine nestling by the Kamo River as “Shimogamo-san.”  The official name of the shrine is Shimogamo Jinja Shrine, or Kamo Mioya Jinja.  A powerful clan who ruled this region before the Heian period (794-1185) founded this shrine and worshipped it deeply.  The shrine has an extremely old history with one historical record noting renovation work on the fence in B.C. 90 and another record is still kept that explains about the origin of the Aoi Festival.  The shrine also had a strong support from the imperial family as it enshrines two deities: Kamo Taketsunumino Mikoto as the guardian of the nation and Tamayori Himeno Mikoto as the deity of good matchmaking and childcare.  According to the shrine legend, Tamayori Himeno Mikoto was playing along the Kamo River one day and discovered a lacquered arrow carried down from the upper stream.  At that moment she became pregnant and gave birth to Kamo Wake Ikazuchino Mikoto, now enshrined in Kamigamo Shrine.  Since then, Shimogamo and Kamigamo Shrines are called collectively as Kamo Shrine.  Every year on May 15th, an important festival for both shrines is held.  This festival is called Aoi Festival.  Not only the grand festival but also the shrine has been loved and worshipped by many people in Kyoto for centuries.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,February issue,2012

    INFORMATION

    Name Shimogamo Jinja Shrine
    Address 59 Shimogamo Izumikawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-781-0010
    Hours 6:30-17:00
    Closed
    Resevation
    URL http://www.shimogamo-jinja.or.jp/
    Recommended One of the sub-shrines, Kawai Shrine is worshipped as the deity of protecting women. Many women visit this shrine and pray for beauty. This shrine also has a connection with Chomei Kamo, the author of the Hojoki.

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