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【2024】Introducing the kasugajinja suginamiku! 春日 Shrine: A Divine Gathering Under the Cherry Blossoms

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春日 Shrine: A Divine Gathering Under the Cherry Blossoms

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Basic Information

Kasuga Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Miyamoto 3-1-2, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, Japan. It is a village shrine in the modern Shinto shrine ranking system.

  • Address: 3-1-2 Miyamoto, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
  • Phone Number: 03-3329-0837
  • Access: 10-minute walk from Fujimigaoka Station on the Keio Inokashira Line
  • Festival Days: September 15th, 2024
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Main Events and Attractions of the Festival

The Kasuga Shrine Festival is an annual event that takes place on September 15th. The festival features a variety of events and attractions, including:

Mikoshi Procession

A mikoshi is a portable Shinto shrine that is carried through the streets during festivals. The Kasuga Shrine mikoshi is a large and ornate structure that is carried by a team of people. The procession is a lively and colorful event that draws many spectators.

Kagura Performance

Kagura is a traditional Japanese dance and music performance that is often performed at Shinto shrines. The Kasuga Shrine kagura performance is a beautiful and graceful dance that tells the story of the shrine’s founding.

Bon Odori Dance

Bon Odori is a traditional Japanese folk dance that is performed during the Obon festival, which is a time to honor the spirits of the dead. The Kasuga Shrine Bon Odori dance is a lively and energetic dance that is enjoyed by people of all ages.

Food Stalls

A variety of food stalls are set up at the Kasuga Shrine Festival, selling a variety of Japanese dishes, such as yakitori, takoyaki, and okonomiyaki. There are also stalls selling souvenirs and crafts.

Fireworks Display

The Kasuga Shrine Festival concludes with a spectacular fireworks display. The fireworks are launched from a nearby park and can be seen from all over the area. The fireworks display is a beautiful and fitting end to the festival.

Blessings and Deities

Kasuga Shrine is dedicated to four deities: Takemikazuchi-no-Mikoto, Futsunushi-no-Mikoto, Amenokoyane-no-Mikoto, and Himegami-no-Mikoto. These deities are said to bring blessings of good fortune, prosperity, and protection.

  • Takemikazuchi-no-Mikoto: God of thunder and lightning, and a fierce warrior deity.
  • Futsunushi-no-Mikoto: God of swords and martial arts, and a protector of the nation.
  • Amenokoyane-no-Mikoto: God of wisdom and knowledge, and a guide for the gods.
  • Himegami-no-Mikoto: Goddess of beauty, fertility, and good fortune.

Origin and History

Kasuga Shrine was founded in the year 1658 by a farmer named Iguchi Hachiroemon. Iguchi Hachiroemon was a devout follower of the Kasuga Shrine in Nara, and he wanted to establish a branch shrine in his own village. He received permission from the head priest of the Kasuga Shrine in Nara, and he built the Kasuga Shrine in Miyamoto, Suginami-ku.

The Kasuga Shrine has been a popular place of worship for the people of Suginami-ku for over 350 years. It is a place where people can come to pray for good fortune, prosperity, and protection.

Tips and Notes for Visitors

If you are planning to visit the Kasuga Shrine Festival, here are a few tips and notes:

  • The festival is held on September 15th every year.
  • The festival starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM.
  • There is a mikoshi procession at 1:00 PM.
  • There is a kagura performance at 2:00 PM.
  • There is a Bon Odori dance at 3:00 PM.
  • There are food stalls and souvenir stalls at the festival.
  • The festival is free to attend.

Parking Information

There is no parking lot at the Kasuga Shrine. However, there are several coin-operated parking lots in the area.

  • Miyamoto Parking Lot: 5-minute walk from the Kasuga Shrine
  • Suginami Public Parking Lot: 10-minute walk from the Kasuga Shrine
  • Fujimigaoka Station Parking Lot: 15-minute walk from the Kasuga Shrine

Popular Stalls and Food Carts in Recent Years

 

Type of StallDescription
TakoyakiA staple at Japanese festivals. Characterized by a crispy outside and a creamy inside.
Jaga ButterA simple yet popular snack of hot potatoes lavishly topped with melted butter.
Baby CastellaSmall castella cakes, sweet and fluffy treats enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Grilled Ayu with SaltFresh ayu fish grilled whole with salt, a savory taste of Japanese summer.
ShaapinA unique gourmet item influenced by foreign cuisine, with a chewy skin wrapping the filling.
OkonomiyakiA Japanese grilled dish where you often choose your own ingredients for a personalized flavor.
Cotton CandyA fluffy, sweet snack that’s extremely popular with children.
Chocolate BananaA banana coated in chocolate, a fun and visually appealing dessert.
KushiyakiVarious types of ingredients skewered and grilled, an easy-to-enjoy snack.
YakisobaFried noodles mixed with a special sauce, a fast food favorite in Japan.