Goshuin stamps for praying Elimination of Epidemics Collaboration

The Gion Matsuri Festival starts on July 1 and lasts for a month.

During the Gion Festival, special Goshuin stamps will be awarded for the Moto-Gion Nagi-jinja Shrine and the Hachidai-jinja Shrine.

The two shrines will start distributing a limited number of their "Goshuin stamps for praying Elimination of Epidemics Collaboration" on Thursday, July 1.

Both shrines are known to enshrine Susanoo no Mikoto (pre-Meiji Restoration Emperor Gozu) as their main deity.

Susanoo no Mikoto is drawn on the goshuin of Nagi-jinja Shrine, and Emperor Gyuto is drawn on the goshuin of Hachidai-jinja Shrine.

If these two goshuin are lined up, 'Yamata no Orochi' appears.

It is written in double page size, so the width will be 42 centimeters.

There will be no Yamaboko Junko or Mikoshi togyo in this year's Gion Matsuri Festival, but the true meaning of the Gion Matsuri Festival is to "ward off the plague."

And Susanoo no Mikoto (Gozu Tenno before the Meiji Restoration) is a god who rules the Ekijin.

Why don't you get to know the real meaning of Gion Matsuri Festival through these Goshuin stamps?

"Goshuin stamps for praying Elimination of Epidemics Collaboration" is scheduled to be distributed from Thursday, July 1 to Tuesday, August 31.

*They will be finished as soon as the scheduled number is reached.

*The Goshuin stamp of Nagi-jinja Shrine is given only at Nagi-jinja Shrine, and the goshuin of Hachidai-jinja Shrine is given only at Hachidai-jinja Shrine.

*From Sunday, August 1, correspondence by mail (Yohai Goshuin stamps) is also accepted.

For more information, visit the official website of Nagi-jinja Shrine or Hachidai-jinja Shrine.


The Gion Matsuri Festival is a well-known festival of Yasaka-jinja Shrine and boasts a 1100 year tradition.

Nagi-jinja Shrine in Mibu is also called "Moto Gion-jinja Shrine" because it is the ancient site of Yasaka-jinja Shrine.

869 is the year when the plague spread throughout Kyoto.

At that time, they made a kanjo (ceremonial transfer of a divided tutelary deity to a new location) of the divine spirit of Susanoo no Mikoto from Hiromine, Harima Province (Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture).

The origin of Nagi-jinja Shrine is believed to be when a Mikoshi (portable shrine) was placed in a forest of nagi trees and enshrined during a pacifist festival.

Later, the divine spirit of Susanoo no Mikoto (Gozu Tenno) was moved to Yasaka (Yasaka-jinja Shrine).

It is said that the local people sent the Mikoshi to Yasaka while holding an elegant umbrella, waving a pike and playing music.

This is said to be the beginning of the "Gion-e" (present-day Gion Matsuri Festival).

In 1918, Hayabusa-jinja Shrine was relocated to the site of Nagi-jinja Shrine.

Hayabusa-jinja Shrine is a shrine with a long history whose name is recorded in the 'Engishiki Jinmyocho' (Register of Deities of the Engishiki) compiled in 927.

For this reason, the main halls of Nagi-jinja Shrine and Hayabusa-jinja Shrine are built side by side in the precincts.


The Hachidai-jinja Shrine in Ichijo-ji Temple is an ancient shrine that originated from the kanjo (ceremonial transfer of a divided tutelary deity to a new location) of the Hachidai-Tenno in 1294.

Like Yasaka-jinja Shrine and Nagi-jinja shrines, Susanoo no Mikoto (Gozu Tenno before the Meiji Restoration) is enshrined here.

Because of this, it is also called 'Kita-tenno (the northern Gion-sha Shrine)'.

The Hachidai-jinja Shrine is also known for its connection to Musashi Miyamoto.

Before a duel with the Yoshioka clan at the 'Ichijoji Sagarimatsu' in the precincts of the shrine, Musashi worshipped them.

On the grounds of the temple stands an old pine tree from the time of the duel and a statue of Musashi.

In addition to this collaboration Goshuin stamp, there are various Goshuin stamps such as ones with Musashi one.

Moto Gion Nagi-jinja Shrine
18 -2 Mibu Naginomiya-cho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City
A short distance from Mibuji-michi City bus stop

Hachidai-jinja Shrine
1 Ichijoji Matsubara-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City
10 minutes walk from Ichijoji Station on the Eizan Electric Railway

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