Monday, April 18, 2016

Taga Shrine Nogata


Taga Shrine in Nogata is the main shrine of the area and when I visited just before the new year they were getting ready for the influx of visitors in the new year.


It is unknown when the shrine was founded although it is believed there was a Myoken Shrine here in the Heian Period. The kami enshrined here are Izanagi and Izanami.


Also enshrined here is Hachiman, though I suspect he was a later addition.


The Kuroda clan changed its name  to Taga Shrine in 1691 and made it the tutelary shrine of the area. The crest is of a pair of wagtails.


About twenty young girls were busy learning their duties as temporary miko for the busiest few days of the shrines year,


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