Learn about Mitsuke-Tenjin
This is a Jinja(Shinto shrine) to enshrine Shinto's Kami(deities).
It's official name is Yanahime-Jinja.
But it is familiar as Mitsuke-Tenjin, because it is located in the town of Mitsuke.
Mitsuke Tenjin is a famous Shinto shrine in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
This shrine enshrines the Kami(deity) of safe delivery and study.
It's famous for Hadaka Matsuri festival, and folklore of heartful holy dog.
Shinto is an indigenous faith of the Japanese.It is a way of life and a way of thinking that has been an integral part of Japanese culture since ancient times.
The Kami Yanahime-no-mikoto
(The Kami goddess of safe delivery and good health.)
Yanahime-no-mikoto has been widely worshiped as the Kami of safe delivery since long ago. Yanahime-no-mikoto is enshrined only here in the Japan.
Enshrine together with:
The Kami Sugawara-no-Michizane
(The Kami god of study and success in the exam.)
Sugawara-no-Michizane is an important historical figure who has made a great achievement.
Mitsuke-Tenjin Hadaka Matsuri Festival
Important intangible folk cultural property of the nation
Hadaka Matsuri is the annual festival at Yanahime Jinja.
This festival is very unique.
The origin is said to have started in the Kamakura period, and it is held every year from August 4th to August 10th of the lunar calendar.
The most famous event of this festival is the Oni-odori. Oni-odori is a brave dance of men who wearing Koshimino (skirt made of straw) in the hall of worship to prevent evil spirits.
Worship in Year of the Ox
Ox is servant of the Kami Sugawara-no-Michizane.
In the year of Ox, many people visit Mitsuke-Tenjin.
There are oxen enshrined in front of the hall of worship, because Sugawara-no-Michizane was born in the Year of the Ox.
Please touch the part of the ox where you want to improve.
The ox is one of the 12 Japanese zodiac signs.
The Japanese Zodiac is one of Japanese customs which 12 animals circulate every year and call each year by the name of animal.
Worship in Year of the Dog
Many people visit Mitsuke Tenjin in the year of the dog, too.
This is because it enshrines the holy dog, Shippei-Taro.
Shippei-Taro is enshrined as a Kami because he is a brave dog who saved the town of Mitsuke.
People come pray to deities for happiness and preventing evils.
Nowadays people pray for the health of their pets, because dog is deity.
There is statue of Shippei-Taro located right next to the red Torii sacred arch.
This page has been translated with the cooperation of Ms. Aki Tanaka.
Special Thanks for Ms.Aki Tanaka..