Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tosa Inari Shrine

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Tosa Inari Shrine is jammed in between buildings on a side street off of Kawaramachi Dori in downtown Kyoto.

The shrine was originally built in 1348 on the bank of the Kamo river a little east of its present site.

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It was moved here in the Edo Period and renamed Tosa Inari as the surrounding area was the Kyoto headquarters of the Tosa Domain, the former Shikoku Domain nowadays most well known as being the home of Ryouma Sakamoto, star of the most recent NHK taiga drama.

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Sakamoto was assasinated not far from here, and amost certainly he prayed at this shrine.

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