In Japan, August 10 designated as "Hato no Hi (Pigeon Day)" based on a play on the words "8 (Ha)" and "10 (To)".
Dove is regarded as a messenger of Hachiman-shin (God of Hachiman) all over Japan, and became a symbol of Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine and Miyake Hachiman-gu Shrine in Kyoto.
It is also known as a symbol of peace, and pigeons are cherished in the precincts of Rokkaku-do Choho-ji Temple.
Today, we will introduce you to Kadode Hachiman-gu Shrine in Nishijin.
The form, size and appearance of the statue of the dove protecting the chozuya in the precincts are just like the real thing!
When we approach this dove, the water flows out from the mouth of the dove with a sensor, which surprised us!
You can find doves in the main shrine and gate, too. So please try to find them.
In addition, doves with various expressions are displayed on Ema (votive horse tablet), amulets and earth bells.
And travel and traffic safety stickers that I want to put on my travel bag or car are so unique. Because it has shape of pigeon!
Kadode Hachiman-gu Shrine originates from the divided tutelary deity of Hachiman Dai-jin (God of Hachiman) from Usa-jin-gu Shrine in Oita, the main shrine of Hachiman-gu Shrine.
There used to be a residence of Kichiji Kaneuri, a merchant in the late Heian period.
It is said that Kichiji made a living by trading the calculated amount of gold in Oshu (Tohoku region) in Kyoto.
In the Joan era (1174), Ushiwakamaru, or MINAMOTO no Yoshitsune, ran out of Mt. Kurama to visit Kichiji.
Yoshitsune prayed for the safety of his journey at Uchino Hachiman-gu Shrine near the residence and received assistance from Kichiji.
It is said that he was able to travel to Hiraizumi in Oshu (Northern Honshu, the region encompassing Mutsu and Dewa provinces) to vist FUJIWARA no Hidehira.
Uchino Hachiman-gu Shrine, where Yoshitsune visited, is the present Kadode Hachiman-gu Shrine.
It is said that the name of 首途 (Kadode) came to have the meaning of 'departure' because of this anecdote of prayer for safety.
There is also a stone monument inscribed "源義経奥州首途之地 (MINAMOTO no Yoshitsune Oshu Shuto no Chi place)" in the precincts.
Traveling has become difficult in these times, but it is said that there is a blessing at a turning point in life, too.
May I fly to a new world, following the dove that brings happiness?
Kadode Hachiman-gu Shrine
102 -1 Sakurai-cho, Chiekoin-dori Imadegawa agaru, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City
5 minutes walk from Imadegawa Omiya City bus stop
Here is for Miyake Hachiman-gu Shrine with Pigeons