Iimori Shrine Chugu-sha


CategoryDescription
FoundedJuly, 859
Re-foundedJuly, 28, 2002
The Enshrined KamiItakeru no mikoto
Main Divine VirtueGuardian of the Forest
(Longevity, Recovery of Illness, Wealth and Happiness)
Style of ShrineMyojin style
Festivals
(Name/Date)
Minazuki no Oharae/30 June
Kagen no Setsue/28 October

History

Itakeru-no-Mikoto, also given as ŒÜ\–Ò‘¸ is a god in Japanese mythology, and he is a grandson of Izanami-no-Mikoto. Also Itakeru-no-Mikoto is a son of Susanoo-no-Mikoto (the god of the sea and storms).

Susanoo-no-mikoto ordered Itakeru-no-Mikoto to spread trees in order to make the whole land green. So he is also called Isanoshio-kami (—LŒ÷_) or Ohoyahiko-no-kami (‘剮”äŒÃ_), and is worshiped for the forest protection.

Emperor seiwa made three shrines in Iimori Mountain, however, because of the war started in 1353, all the buildings became the ashes. Through 650 years, our predecessors hope for reconstruction of Chugu and now we are able to express the thought of ancient people here.

The huge Torii (shrine gate) is Myojin style and made by aluminum, which is the biggest size of Torii in Japan.

View from the chugu-sha (Fukuoka city)

We pray for all the people to develop a heart while valuing rich nature and forest environment and enjoy a scene of Fukuoka city. And it is important to keep our native land, Iimori Mountain, as a sacred mountain all the time.

Shinmei-style shrine

Musubi no mizu

This water is the spring which sprang out than a crack of the bedrock. It is said that this water is good for longevity, recovery of illness, wealth and happiness.
Please have water with thanks and a heart to share.

Festival on June 30th and October 28th.

This is "gomataki" which every worshiper prays by writing their wishes on the wooden stick and throw into the fire.

SENZA-SAI : ritual of shrine removal

October 28, 2002, Shinto priests and parish representative of Iimori shrine wore white chothes to welcome Itakeru no mikoto.

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