Founded in 1627, Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine was the birthplace of Edo Kangen Sumo (the forerunner of today's Grand Sumo Tournament) and has been a very popular Shinto shrine since the Edo period. The Fukagawa Hachiman Festival, an annual festival, is also depicted in the "Fine Views of the Eastern Capital at a Glance", a book of illustrated poems written in 1800 by Katsushika Hokusai, who went by the name Hokusai Tatsumasa. The Fukagawa Hachiman Festival is still held mainly on August 15 every year and is considered one of the three major festivals in Tokyo.
As the land around the shrine became more crowded, it was developed and allowed to be used for cooking teahouses, and it seems to have naturally become a place where unauthorized private brothels gather. The shrine grounds where the god resides and the brothel where the prostitute resides are both from the same unreal world. They go well together. The brothel district in Fukagawa was in existence until the beginning of the Heisei era (1989), so it had a long life.
As I entered the precincts of Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine, I saw a large painting by the main shrine, "Goldfish Courtesan," by an artist named GOMA, who personified the goldfish Nebuta used in the Nebuta Festival in the Tsugaru region. At first glance, it may seem out of place to have a prostitute, a courtesan, in the precincts of a shrine where a god sits, but considering the relationship between shrines and brothel districts, it is not such a strange combination.
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August 25, 2021
Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine, Tokyo
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