Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ebisu Shrine, Gion

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Ebisu Shrine in Gion is just across the road from Kennin-Ji, the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto.

Both were built in 1202 and the Ebisu shrine was built to protect Kennin-Ji.

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The main kami is of course Kotoshironushi, the official name of Ebisu.

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There are numerous secondary kami enshrined within the grounds, including Hachiman and Sarutahiko.

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Gion Ebisu is included in the "top 3 Ebisu shrines", and the major Toka Ebisu Matsuri takes place here in early January.

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