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Learn about Mitsuke-Tenjin

見付天神 矢奈比賣神社

This is a Jinja(a Shinto shrine) to enshrine Shinto’s Kami(deities).
Shinto is the indigenous religion of Japan.

It is a way of life and a way of thinking that has been an integral part of Japanese culture since ancient times.

This shrine’s official name is Yanahime-Jinja.
But it is familiar as Mitsuke-Tenjin, because it is in the town of Mitsuke.

This shrine enshrines Yanahime-no-Mikoto is the Kami(deity) of safe delivery.
And it enshrines Sugawara-no-Michizane is the Kami of study.

Mitsuke-Tenjin is a famous Shinto shrine in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. It’s well known for Hadaka-Matsuri(festival) and the folklore of a holy dog named Shippei-Taro.

Learn about Shippei-Taro

Summary of the Story

Once upon a time, there was an unusual ritual every year on August 10th at Mitsuke-Tenjin.
After a long and hard-fight battle, Shippei-Taro emerged victorious and put an end to the dreaded ritual.

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