Monday, April 18, 2016

Taga Shrine Nogata


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Taga Shrine in Nogata is the main shrine of the area and when I visited just before the new year they were getting ready for the influx of visitors in the new year.

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It is unknown when the shrine was founded although it is believed there was a Myoken Shrine here in the Heian Period. The kami enshrined here are Izanagi and Izanami.

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Also enshrined here is Hachiman, though I suspect he was a later addition.

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The Kuroda clan changed its name  to Taga Shrine in 1691 and made it the tutelary shrine of the area. The crest is of a pair of wagtails.

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About twenty young girls were busy learning their duties as temporary miko for the busiest few days of the shrines year,

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