Tōgō Shrine

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The Togo Shrine, in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan.

The Tōgō Shrine (東郷神社 Tōgō-jinja) was built in 1940 and dedicated to Gensui (or 'Marshal-Admiral') The Marquis Tōgō Heihachirō shortly after his death. It is located in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan.

There, The Marquis Tōgō Heihachirō is celebrated as a shinto kami.

A small museum and a bookshop dedicated to The Marquis Tōgō are located within the grounds of the shrine.

The shrine is located near the intersection of Takeshita Street and Meiji Avenue, and is accessible from Harajuku Station.

The physical remains of the Gensui (or Grand Admiral) himself are interred at Tama Cemetery in Tokyo. According to The Telegraph, the Tōgō Shrine took possession in 2005 of Admiral Tōgō's original Z flag raised at the Battle of Tsushima; the flag had been in Britain since 1911.[1]

Until 2010, on the first and fourth Sunday of each month, one of Tokyo's best flea markets could be found at the shrine with upwards of 100 vendors. Rare finds included inexpensive silk kimonos. This flea market has been discontinued.

Other shrines[edit]

As for General Nogi Maresuke who had several shrines throughout Japan named for him (Nogi Shrine), there are other Tōgō shrines, for example there is one at Tsuyazaki, Fukuoka, within earshot of the Battle of Tsushima won by The Marquis Tōgō.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colin Joyce (January 6, 2005). "Japan proudly flies battleflag again". The Telegraph. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  • Togo Heihachiro in images (図説東郷平八郎、目で見る明治の海軍), Tōgō Shrine and Tōgō Association (東郷神社・東郷会), (Japanese)
  • Togo Jinja (Shrine) at Find a Grave

Coordinates: 35°40′16″N 139°42′26″E / 35.67111°N 139.70722°E / 35.67111; 139.70722