A Shinto priest wearing a raven hat was being greeted by the shrine parishioners in front of the shrine

Shinto priest in Sanya Hachiman Jinja
Shot at Sanya Hachiman Jinja in Musashi-Koyama, Tokyo
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On the way from Musashi-Koyama to Nishi-Koyama, a small shrine appears on the way. It is Sanya Hachiman Jinja Shrine. The shrine was built in the middle of the Edo period (1603-1868), so it has a long history.

The name "Sanya" is an old name of this area. This area has been called Koyama for a long time, and this shrine should have been called Koyama Hachiman Shrine, but that was not the case. Not only did a shrine named Koyama Hachiman Shrine already exist nearby, but this Sanya Hachiman Shrine was originally enshrined as a branch of the Koyama Hachiman Shrine. This is why the shrine was named not after the village, but after a smaller section of the village, so that it would not have the same name.

As I stood on the approach looking at the shrine, a family was just visiting. As I was doing so, a Shinto priest in formal attire wearing a raven hat appeared from the shrine office and came to the shrine. One of the family members greeted the priest, and the family and the priest disappeared together into the shrine hall. It seemed that the family had come to perform some kind of ritual, as they could not have met at the shrine by chance.

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Shooting Date

Mar 2021

Posted On

September 25, 2021

Modified On

November 10, 2021


Musashi-Koyama, Tokyo


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