The season of autumn festivals had arrived. Although I did not visit a shrine specifically for that period of the year, I always find myself at a festival when I visit shrines. The same was true of the Kameari Katori Jinja Shrine, which I visited on that day. It was the first time in three years that the annual festival was being held at the shrine. The shrine grounds were crowded with food stalls, and people were walking around, eating their fill of food. It looked like fun.
This is the Katori Jinja Shrine, and Futsunushi no Kami is the deity of the shrine. Futsunushi no Kami is the deity of the Amatsu Goddess, who does not appear in the Kojiki, but only in the Chronicles of Japan. The reason why such a deity is enshrined here, more than 50 km away from Katori Jingu, the head shrine, is that this place was the territory of Katori Jingu Shrine. Like one would expect from a venerable shrine, the shrine territory was also located in a remote location.
The precincts of the shrine, where Futsunushi no Kami, the god of swords and the god of war, is enshrined, were lined with food stalls, and many children with sparkling eyes were in attendance, so there was no sense of ferocity. The stalls where I stopped had so many water flutes on display that it was hard to decide which one to choose, and the crowd was so lively that many children were having a hard time deciding which one to buy.
|Dec 2022 PEOPLE TOKYO|
|FESTIVAL KAMEARI SHRINE STALL|
December 22, 2022
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF