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Katori Shrine

the gate of Katori shrine
The Tower Gate to the main Katori Shrine

The Deity Enshrined
Futsunushi-no-Okami (the god that was dispatched to vanquish all the dissenting deities in the midland of Japan, accompanied by Takemikazuchi-no-Kami, prior to the descent of the Sun Goddess's scion to earth).

Since the ancient times, Katori Shrine has been revered by the Imperial Household as a guardian shrine of the Japanese nation, and, honored with the title of Jingu, is popular for the Number One Shrine of the Province of Shimofusa (presently parts of Chiba and Ibaraki Prefectures). So the shrine is visited by a lot of people who will pray for the accomplishment of their wishes, such as wish fulfillment, good matrimony and smooth birth, peace, diplomacy, victory, and traffic safety as well as a protection against misfortunes.

The present main shrine and tower gate were built in the 13th year of Genroku (1700) at the command of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi (the fifth Tokugawa Shogunate). The tower gate, on the facade of which is a frame of "Katori-Dai-Jingu" written by General Togo Heihachiro, is designated as the National Important Cultural Property.

There are a lot of important treasures, such as "the bronze mirror with sea animals and vines around," preserved in the shrine museum.

The Shrine's premises, known as the forest of Katori, are also designated as the natural monument by Chiba Prefectural Government.

Katori Jingu annually holds a lot of festivals, such as "Otaue-sai" (the ritual of rice planting) on the first Saturday and Sunday, "Jinko-Sai" on the 15th of April, "Danki-Sai" on the 7th of December" and others. Especially, the "Jinko-Sai" held in the Year of the Horse is famous for its spectacular show of long processions of people in gorgeous period costume.

Katori Jingu

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