Learn about Mitsuke-Tenjin
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.