Shrines & Temples

    Shiramine Jingu Shrine

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    Shiramine Jingu Shrine

    Deity of kemari and popular for unique sports amulet

    Shiramine Jingu Shrine was established by the order of Emperor Meiji in 1868.  It enshrines the spirits of the Emperor Sutoku and the Emperor Junnin who both died in exile. The site on which this shrine stands was formerly the residence of the Asukai family, the head family of Japanese poetry and kemari, a traditional ball-kicking game. It enshrines Sei Daimyojin, deity of kemari, therefore it receives a lot of attention as the guardian for not only soccer but all ball games and sport in general, and as well as the benefits for improving skills and techniques of the performing arts. Therefore the amulet is popular too.

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


    Name Shiramine Jingu Shrine
    Address 261 Asukai-cho, Imadegawa-dori Horikawa Higashi-iru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-441-3810
    Hours Entry (gate open): 8:00-17:00 (for special prayer: until 15:00)
    Recommended The water called "Asukai" is springling out in the pricinct, which appears in the essay by famous female writer, Sei Shonagon's "Makurano Soshi".