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Hibita Jinja


Shrine Hibita Jinja 比々多神社

Sagami no kuni, San no Miya, Hibita Jinja
相模國三之宮 比々多神社

In Sagami, there were five major shrines starting with the

First Shrine (Ichi-n-miya), followed by
Kawawa Shrine (Ni-no-miya, or the second shrine),
Hibita Shrine (san-no-miya 三ノ宮, or the third shrine),
Sakitori Shrine (shi-no-miya, or the fourth shrine) and
Hiratsuka Hachimangu Shrine (Go-no-miya, or the fifth shrine).

At the top of those was the mother shrine Rokusho Jinja.
(All are extant in today's Hiratsuka, Oiso and Chigasaki areas.)

Samukawa Jinja Shrine
The origin of the Shrine is rather obscure. Ancient records state that way back in the 5th century, Emperor Yuryaku (his date of birth and death unknown) offered a holy tribute, or a wand with hemp and paper streamers, to the Shrine. Emperor Yuryaku was the 21st generation of the imperial family and was on the throne during the 22-year period from 456 through 478.

During the Edo Period (1603-1868) under the rule of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the Shrine was revered by the folk in eastern Japan as the guardian deity to protect the eight provinces, or today's Tokyo and its five outlying prefectures, from all evils. Later, the Shrine began to be worshiped as the guardian deity to protect the eight directions (Happoo in Japanese), in other words, all directions, after the eight provinces changed the names to today's metropolitan Tokyo and five prefectures. For instance, superstitious carpenters, who are often nervous on the directions, has been visiting the Shrine to receive its soil and using it on a ground-breaking ceremony to exorcise evil spirits.


source : www.asahi-net.or.jp


The Hibita shrine may date back as a sacred region to more than 10000 years, according to some recent excarvations in the compound.
There was a stone circle in the compound with "standing stones" tateishi 立石.

First mention in the shrine papers date back to 655, to Jinmu Tenno 神武天皇. The shrine was connected with the mountain worship at Mount Ooyama.

. Oyama Afuri Jinja Shrine 大山 阿夫利神社 .


Deities in residence

Toyokuni nushi no mikoto 豊国主尊
..... same as
Toyokumu nushi mikoto 豊斟渟尊

Amenoakarutama, Ame no Akaru tama no mikoto、天明玉命
(to pray for children)
- related to Tamanooya no mikoto 玉祖命, deiity related to the magatama makers.

Wakahirume no mikoto 雅日女尊
deity of weaving, making garments for all the deities beside her sister, Amaterasu.

Yamato Takeru no mikoto、日本武尊

- Aidonogami, aidono shin 相殿神(あいどのしん)
Other deities

Oosakatoke no kami 大酒解神
protector of sake ricewine production

Kosaketoke no kami 小酒解神
for a good partner and having children


Hibita Daruma to pass an examination

Homepage of the shrine

Kanagawa Ken, Isehara Town Sannomiya


. Nasu 願を茄子守 Eggplant .
This is a pun with nasu ... may it become as you wish

nirinsha omamori 二輪車守 for two-wheelers

ema 比々多神社絵馬 votiv tablet

良縁成就守 finding a partner
勾玉守 magatama amulets
安産守 easy birth
あかちゃんプレート守 akachan baby plate for the car
ランドセル守 school bag for children
合格守 - Daruma
ぼけ封じ守 against Alzheimer
交通吸盤守 traffic safety
ちりめんペット守 for pets
クリスタル狛犬 komainu

神宮大麻 great fuda

kiyome no o-shio 清め塩 purification salt

source : hibita.jp/pray/talisman.shtml


Annual Festivals

元旦祭・元旦大祈祷 New Year



例大祭(4月21・22日)Main festival

国府祭(5月5日)Kofu festival

まが玉祭(5月第3土・日)Magatama festival

大祓式(6月30日・12月20日)Great summer purification


新穀勤労感謝祭(11月23日)Harvest Thanksgiving

酒祭 (11月下旬)Sake festival
Sake brewers from all over Japan come here to pray.
source : www4.ocn.ne.jp/~hibita

. Sake, Nihonshuu, 日本酒, the Drink of Japan .


Amenoakarutama 天明玉命
Other names:
Ama no akarutama, Toyotama Hime 豊玉姫 (Nihongi), Tama no oya (Kojiki), Kushiakarutama no kami, Haakaru tama, Tamanoya no mikoto (Nihongi).

According to Kojiki and an "alternate writing" transmitted by Nihongi, Amenoakarutama was commanded to fabricate the carved stones (tama) hung on the decorations (mitegura) used to entice Amaterasu from her rock cave. From that event, he was known as the ancestral kami (sojin) of the Shinabe clan, which manufactured such carved stone jewels (magatama).

Amenoakarutama entrusted the jewels to Ninigi, and in Kojiki his name is also associated with the "chiefs of the five clans" who accompanied the Heavenly Grandchild on his descent from heaven (tenson kōrin). According to Nihongi, Amenoakarutama was Ninigi's child, while he is described as the grandson of Takamimusuhi in Shinsen shōjiroku.

Other deities identified with Amenoakarutama include Haakarutama and Kushiakarutama. The first appears in Kogo shūi and an "alternate writing" quoted in Nihongi as the deity who meets Susanoo upon the latter's assent to heaven, and who later gives Susanoo the jewels used in his contest (see ukei) with Amaterasu. Kushiakarutama, on the other hand, appears as the priest Tamasuri ("he who makes the jewels") who enshrines Ōmononushi at the time of the "transfer of the land" (kuniyuzuri).

The work Engishiki also includes in its list of shrines some related to the clans and occupational groups Tamanooya no Muraji and Tamatsukuri-Be.
source : Mori Mizue, Kokugakuin, 2006

Toyotama hime "Luminous Pearl Princess"
giving birth to a dragon child

She was a child of the Dragon God.

. Japanese dragons .

. Toyotama Hime and her Husband Yamasachihiko 山幸彦 .


Toyotama Hime Jinja 豊玉姫神社 Princess Toyotama Hime Shrine
佐賀県嬉野市嬉野町大字下宿乙2231-2 - Saga, Kino Hot Spring

Toyotama Hime was known for her beautiful white skin and is now seen as the
bihada no kamisama 美肌の神様 deity for beautiful skin.

In the compound is also a monument for one of her retainers, the honorable catfish, Namazu sama なまず様. Once there was an outbreak of skin disease in the village and the princess was worried. The catfish said "I will help you". He let all the people of the village touch his body to become healthy and beautiful again.

- source : poohsuke.blog.so-net.ne.jp

. biyoo jisha 美容寺社 praying for beauty .

. namazu なまず . 鯰  catfish amulets - der Wels .


Wakahirume 雅日女尊
[Wakahirume no mikoto] (Nihongi)

A kami of uncertain identity appearing in an "alternate writing" transmitted in Nihongi's "divine age" chapters. Wakahirume is sometimes identified as the child or younger sister of Amaterasu, or as Amaterasu herself.

The name Wakahirume ("young-day-female") suggests a contrast to Ōhirume ("great-day-female"), another name for Amaterasu).

According to the alternate Nihongi account, Wakahirume was inside the "sacred weaving hall," weaving clothes for the other heavenly kami, when Susanoo cast a "backwards-flayed piebald colt" into the hall, startling Wakahirume and causing her to fall from the loom and die.
It was her grief over Wakahirume’s death that drove Amaterasu to hide herself away in a cave.
Empress Jingu founded the Ikuta Shrine near Kobe in honor of Wakahirume.
source : Nishioka Kazuhiko, Kokugakuin 2005

source : npoport/minatotiikurakuzapart7

. Shrine Ikuta jinja 生田神社 in central Kobe .

From the medieval period,
was viewed as the mother of the Buddhist deity Kōya Myōjin, and generally identified with the kami Wakahirume.

. Niutsuhime, Niutsubime 丹生都比女 .


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. Reference .


. Hiratsuka Daruma 平塚だるま .

. Shrine Sakatoki Jinja 酒解神社 .

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Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

. Toyotama Hime 豊玉姫 .
and prayers for beauty

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Sake 酒 for rituals and festivals