Rinjinja shrine

The tourist spot that I will introduce today is the Rinjinja shrine in Nara.
[ Gods in Japan ]
We have the thought of "yaoyorozu-no-kami (myriads of gods)" in Japan.
"Yaoyorozu-no-kami" means that various gods can exist in various places.
There are many shrines in Japan.
There are many Gods enshrined there.
The most common are the emperors and their families.
The Emperor Jinmu of the first emperor is enshrined in Kashihara Jingu Shrine.
The 122nd Emperor Meiji is enshrined in Meiji Shrine.
As a famous person enshrined except by the Emperors and their families., for example, there is Tokugawa Ieyasu of Nikko Toshogu Shrine.
[ Kangojinja shrine ]
Well, Let's go to Rin-jinja Shrine.
The Rinjinja shrine is not a famous tourist spot.
But you can visit.
First, we will head to Kango-jinja Shrine.
Because Rinjinja Shrine is in the Kangojinja shrine precinct.
There is a sidewalk on the eastern side and the west side in the Yasuragi-no-michi road.
We walk the western sidewalk about 150 meters north from the intersection of Kamisanjo-cho.
You have to look closely at the left side because the Kangojinja shrine is inconspicuous.
We could see the Kangojinja shrine.

Torii gate of Kangojinja shrine

Torii gate of Kangojinja shrine

Entrance of Kangojinja shrine

We will enter the Kangojinja shrine precinct.

Kangojinja shrine

This is the Kangojinja shrine.
[ Rinjinja shrine ]
The Rinjinja shrine is north of the Kangojinja shrine.
This is the Rinjinja shrine.

Rinjinja shrine

In the Rinjinja shrine, Mr. Rin (Join Rin) is enshrined.
Mr. Rin was from China.
He came to Japan in 1349.
China has food called Manto.
At that time, it has meat in the skin made from flour.
In Japanese Buddhism there was discipline that priests and monks should not eat meat.
Mr. Rin made a manto with red bean paste instead of meat for them.
This new manto is the manju.
The manju spread not only at temples but also to other people.
A descendant of Mr. Rin made a shop in Kyoto, too.
This shop made the name "Shiose" afterwards.
Tokugawa Ieyasu loved manju of the shop "Shiose".
(Tokugawa Ieyasu is the man who established the Edo shogunate.)
The shop moved to Edo (now Tokyo) in 1659.
And it has become one of purveyors to the Imperial Household Agency from the beginning of Meiji era.
There is the Manju-zuka mound beside the Rinjinja shrine.

Manju-zuka mound

It is said that Mr. Rin had filled a pair of red and white Manju here when the wedding ceremony.
Mr. Rin wished for descendants prosperity at the time.
There are many gods in each special field in Japan.
Rinjinja shrine is one of those.
It is for people who make and sell Japanese sweets.

[ Approximate Latitude and Longitude of tourist spots etc. ]
On Google Maps, you can find the location of tourist spots etc. with latitude and longitude.
The following latitudes and longitudes are not officially announced, they are what I found out.
So they may be wrong.
(1)Kangojinja: N34.68348 E135.82529
(2)Rinjinja: N34.68362 E135.82528


(January 25, 2018)

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