Showing posts with label toshogu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label toshogu. Show all posts

Monday, April 2, 2012

Ochidani Shrine


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Ochidani Shrine is at the far end of Ochidani Park a little to the south of Tottori castle ruins in Tottori City. There is a long approach and obviously it was a grand shrine in formner times. before Meiji it was named Inaba Toshogu.

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The Nio that once inhabited the gate would have been removed after shinbutsu bunri , the separation of the buddhas and kami, which is also when the name was changed. Toshogu shrines enshrine Tokugawa Ieyasu as  Toshu Daigongen, and the most famous Toshogu is the original one at Nikko.

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There were once 500 Toshogu throughout the country but now only 130 remain.

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This one in Tottori was built in 1650 by the local Daimyo, Ikeda Mitsunaka, who was a great grandson of Ieyasu.

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The gate, haiden, and heiden, are registered as Important Cultural properties.