Well known for its festival (celebrated once every three years), Sumiyoshi Jinja Shrine is dedicated to Sumiyoshi ... More
Sumiyoshi Jinja Shrine
Well known for its festival (celebrated once every three years), Sumiyoshi Jinja Shrine is dedicated to Sumiyoshi Myojin—the Shinto deity of fishermen and ocean travelers. Featuring an enormous gate covered in copper plate, this rather plain building has quite splendid rafters (in chigi style). There are nearly 2,000 Sumiyoshi shrines scattered throughout Japan. It is believed that Empress Jingu established Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine (south of Osaka) to guard her during her invasion of Korea.
The garden is reminiscent of Kyoto and predates the buildings in the compound. The landscaping is attributed to Kobori Enshu,
a renowned master. There is the ubiquitous heart shaped pond, stocked with turtles and carp and a teahouse removed ...
A millennium ago so the legend goes, the Hirokuma brothers found the statue of Kannon (the Bodhisattva of Mercy the
deity alleged to have great powers in purifying people and granting them true happiness) in their fishing nets, and ...
This perfect example of Shinto architecture muted colors and spare lines was opened in 1920 to commemorate the death of
Emperor Meiji in 1912. Surrounded by 72 hectares (178 acres) of shady trees and the various Japanese flora of ...