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Joyo, Local Gems — March 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Mito shrine in Joyo, Kyoto.

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This shrine is located on the foot of Kounosu Mountain and was house to the local guardian god of the former Terada village which was located in this area. The gods worshiped here are Amaterasumeoome-kami, Takamimusubi-no-kami, and Wadatumitoyotamahime-no-mikoto. From accounts in the “Yamashiro-no-kuni Fudoki”, Mito Shrine was already built by the Nara Period. This shrine is also mentioned in the “Ennkishiki” from the Heian Period.
The Hondo, which is an Important Cultural Asset, is made in the Ikkenshya-nagare-zukuri style and was built in 1448, the oldest structure in the temple grounds. The roof is made of Hiwada-buki and has a large Sendori-hafuu on the front. (Sendori-hafuu is a style where two not-parallel sides of a roof converge.)
In Mito Shrine there is the Okage-odorizu Ema, which is a Kyoto-fu Recorded Cultural Asset; the Tetsuyu jar, which is a Jyoyo-shi Cultural Asset; and the Daihannyukyou. The Okage-odorizu Ema (“Odori” mean “dance”) is a depiction of the Okage dance, and was offered to Mito Shrine by the people of Terada village, Kitahigashi town, in the year 1830, November 1. The Tetsuyu jar is thought to have been used in ceremonial rituals involving boiled water and was made in the year 1425. The Daihannyukyou is a record of events around the early Kamakura period and is important in understanding the history of the village’s beliefs.

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