Sasuke Inari Shrine

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Sasuke Inari Shrine (佐助稲荷神社, Sasuke Inari Jinja)
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Sasuke Inari Shrine
Sasuke Inari Shrine (佐助稲荷神社, Sasuke Inari Jinja) is located in Japan
Sasuke Inari Shrine (佐助稲荷神社, Sasuke Inari Jinja)
Sasuke Inari Shrine (佐助稲荷神社, Sasuke Inari Jinja)
Location within Japan
Information
Founder(s) Meiji Emperor
Address Kanagawa Kamakura
Coordinates 35°19′27.88″N 139°32′20.01″E / 35.3244111°N 139.5388917°E / 35.3244111; 139.5388917
Shinto torii icon vermillion.svg Glossary of Shinto

Sasuke Inari Shrine (佐助稲荷神社, Sasuke Inari Jinja) is a Shinto shrine in Kamakura and the site of the Hidden Village of Kamakura. It is located very near the Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine.

History[edit]

Tradition holds that Sasuke Inari Shrine was created by Minamoto no Yoritomo. While in exile in Izu, Yoritomo was visited in a dream by an old man from the Hidden Village of Kamakura who instructed Yoritomo of the timing to begin battling his enemies. When Yoritomo succeeded and became shōgun, he created this shrine in gratitude.[1] An alternative to this story has an Inari Fox messenger appearing in Yoritomo's dream.[2]

According to Kamakura Historian Shimizu Ginzō, the hidden village that was adjacent to the shrine was the dwelling of a band of people that were the antecedents to the Ninja. The remoteness and easy defensibility provided the necessary seclusion to conduct their activities which included elimination of enemies of the Kamakura shogunate.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Moriyama, p. 103
  2. ^ Mutsu, p. 208
  3. ^ Moriyama, p. 103

References[edit]

  • Moriyama, T. (1998). "Weekend Adventures Outside of Tokyo", Shufunotomo Co. Ltd., Tokyo Japan, ISBN 4-07-975049-8.
  • Mutsu, I. (1995). "Kamakura Fact and Legend", Charles E. Tuttle Company, Inc., Rutland Vermont, ISBN 0-8048-1968-8

Coordinates: 35°19′27.88″N 139°32′20.01″E / 35.3244111°N 139.5388917°E / 35.3244111; 139.5388917