BLOGWalking2021.02.15

The town name "天使突抜 (Tenshi-tsukinuke)" in Kyoto

Since 1994, February 17 has been designated as the "Tenshi no Sasayaki no Hi (Angel's Whisper Day)".

"Angel's Whisper" means diamond dust generated by the freezing of water vapor in the air.

In 1978, the lowest temperature in Japan, minus 41.2 degrees, was recorded in Hokkaido.

Compared to minus 41.2 degrees Celsius, I think it feels warm to the bone in Kyoto.

In Kyoto, there is a town with a sense of speed that angel is likely to shout rather than whisper.

Its name is "天使突抜 (Tenshi-tsukinuke)".

You can see it on the board showing the town names of the streets running from north to south 1 street west of "Gojo Tenjin-gu Shrine" in Matsubara-dori Nishinotoin.

In the north it extends from "Tenshi-tsukinuke 1-chome" on Matsubara-dori Street to "Tenshi-tsukinuke 4-chome" on Rokujo-dori Street.

This dates back to the time Gojo Tenjin-gu was built, when it was called "Tenshi no Miya (Tenshi-sha Shrine)".

According to the shrine's biography, it originated in the kanjo (794) of "天神" from Uda-gun, Yamakuni (Nara Prefecture) in 13 of the transfer of the national capital to Heian-kyo.

This "天神" is not "Tenjin" but "Tenshin" and people call the angel house "Tenshi sama".

At the time of its founding, the shrine boasted a vast area of 4 east to west and 5 north to south, and there was a Chinju no Mori on the site.

However, with the urban development by Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI in 1586, a road running north-south through the forest was newly constructed.

Because it penetrated the Tenshi sama, people sarcastically called it "Tenshi-tsukinuke-dori Street".

The street is now called "Higashinakasuji-dori Street" but there is a trace of "Tenshi-tsukinuke" in the town name.

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Kukai (Kobo Daishi) is said to have founded "Tenshi no Miya (Tenshi-sha Shrine)" which was renamed "Gojo Tenjingu Shrine" in the era of Emperor Gotoba.

In "Yoshitsune-ki", it is a historic shrine where Benkei and Ushiwakamaru (Minamoto no Yoshitsune) met.

They were repeatedly destroyed by fire during the war and rebuilt, including the Hogen War, the Onin War, and the Hamaguri-gomon Gate Incident.

The main building of the shrine was also rebuilt, and it was reorganized into the current area in the Meiji period, and now it is small.

Enshrined deities are Sukunahikona no Mikoto, Onamuchi no Mikoto and Amaterasu Omikami, all of whom are gods of medicine and charm.

Another characteristic is that "五條天神宮 (Gojo Tenjin-gu Shrine)" "天神 (Tenjin)" is read as "Tenjin" instead of "Tenshin".

Although not Tenjin-sama, there is a subordinate shrine called "Tsukushi Tenman-gu Shrine" in the precincts.

It is interesting fate that Michizane Sugawara is enshrined here and "Nade Ushi (Stroking Ox)" is sitting in.


Gojo Tenjingu Shrine
351 -201 Tenjinmae-cho, Nishinotoin Nishi-iru, Matsubara-dori, Shimogyo-ku Ward, Kyoto City
A short walk from Nishinotoin Matsubara, City bus stop

Here is for "Jintan no Hi (Day of Jintan)" and the board showing the town name of Jintan in Kyoto

Here is for "Yen-ma Mae-cho" where "Yen-ma-sama (King of Hell)" glares at

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