High school girls in school uniforms also came to visit the Okunitama Shrine

High school girls visiting Okunitama Shrine to pray
Shot at Okunitama Shrine, a Shinto shrine in Fuchu, Tokyo ©Tetsu Ozawa
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After walking down the long approach and passing through the magnificent Zuishin-mon gate and then the Chujaku-mon gate, I finally arrived in front of the shrine. The approach to the Okunitama Shrine in Fuchu is long, even though it is not located in the outskirts of the city.

The deity enshrined in this magnificent Shinto shrine is Okunitama-no-okami, who is considered to be the same as Okuninushi-no-kami. In other words, it's the same deity enshrined in Izumo Taisha Shrine in Shimane, far away from here.

Why would a deity enshrined in Izumo, so far away from here, also be enshrined in Fuchu? According to the history of Okunotama Shrine, it is casually written that the shrine was built in 111 according to the oracle of Okuninushi-no-kami, but I don't think it is a historical fact.

Whether or not this is a historical fact, it must be true that Okunitama Shrine has been worshipped for a long time. Okuninushi-no-kami is the god who created Japan, and Okunitama-no-okami is the god who means the divine spirit of the great nation. The image of Okunitama-no-okami managing the land gradually came to be compared to that of Okuninushi-no-kami, who created the nation, and eventually they came to be regarded as the same.

While I was thinking about this in front of the shrine, a group of high school girls with umbrellas appeared and crossed in front of me. The high school girls slipped past the shrine without paying their respects, and headed for the fortune shop.

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Nov 2021 PEOPLE TOKYO

Where is Okunitama Shrine?

PHOTO DATA

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12098

Shooting Date

Jul 2021

Posted On

November 22, 2021

Place

Fuchu, Tokyo

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF

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