Yebisu Jinja Shrine

Umbrella in front of Yebisu Jinja Shrine
Shot in Yebisu, Tokyo ©Tetsu Ozawa
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On the other side of the Torii, there was a couple paying their respects, and on this side, a woman with an umbrella

Yebisu Jinja Shrine stands not far from JR Yebisu Station, a short distance from Komazawa Street. The small Shinto shrine precinct in the middle of the street looks like a sandbar, and the precinct seems to have been given special treatment in the midst of the town's demarcation.

However, it suddenly occurred to me. The name of this area was changed to Yebisu in honor of Yebisu Beer. It wasn't that long ago. In fact, this shrine used to be called Amatsu Jinja Shrine. In 1959, the shrine was renamed Yebisu Jinja Shrine after Kotoshironushi (Yebisu God) was invited from Nishinomiya Shrine in Hyogo Prefecture. This was after the WWII. At the same time, the shrine was moved to its current location.

Originally, the shrine was called Amatsu Shrine, and the deities enshrined there were all Amatsu deities: Kuni-no-Tokotachi, Toyokumono, Tsunugui, Ootonoji, Izanagi, and Izanami. However, Kotoshironushi, who was later enshrined here, is one of Kunitsu deities. In mythology, Kunitsu deities were supposed to have handed over Japan to Amatsu deities. In other words, the ruler of the Japan was changed from Kunitsu deities to Amatsu deities. But here at Yebisu Shrine, the situation is different. Kotoshironushi, who came later, pushed Amatsu deities aside and stood in the center of the shrine. It may be a small counterattack by the Kunitsu deity.

日本語
May 2021 PEOPLE TOKYO

Where is Yebisu Jinja Shrine?

PHOTO DATA

No

11919

Shooting Date

Sep 2020

Posted On

May 27, 2021

Place

Yebisu, Tokyo

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF

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