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"Shiramine-jingu Shrine" known as the guardian god of sports

"Shiramine-jingu Shrine" known as the guardian god of sports.

When the sign of autumn begins to float, I want to move my body.

It is located in the northwest of Kyoto Gyoen "Shiramine-jingu Shrine".

It was built on the site of the residence of the Asukai family, a court noble who was famous as the head of waka and kemari (Kick ball).

The sessha "Jishusha Shrine" is dedicated to Sei Daimyojin, the guardian deity of "MARI (ball)".

Currently, he is revered as the guardian god of all ball games including soccer and sports.

The shrine is deeply worshipped by athletes and ball players, and it is also characteristic that balls of various ball games are dedicated in the precincts.

What attracts attention in the precincts is "MARINIWA" for kemari.

In April and July every year, "Kemari Dedication" is held by the Kemari Preservation Society in Heian costumes.

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It is said that, after the middle of the Heian period, it was frequently held in the Imperial Court and court nobles "Kemari-Hozonkai".

It is said that during the Edo period, ordinary people also began to enjoy "Kemari (Kick ball)".

There is also a "Kemari no Hi (Kick ball Monument)" with "Ishi-mari (a stone ball)" in the precincts of Shiramine-jingu Shrine.

It is said that if you turn the "Nade-mari (a stone ball for stroking)" embedded in the monument with your hand, you will be blessed with good luck on the ball.

The rule of kemari is "the act of passing without dropping something".

Because of that, it is said that it also has the benefit of improving academic ability.

If I had been able to worship earlier, I might have been able to pursue both the literary and military arts.


Shiramine-jingu Shrine
261 Asukai-cho, Imadegawa-dori Horikawa Higashi-iru, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City
Take the subway to Imadegawa Station and walk for 10 minutes.

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