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Kono Jinjya is an old and Ichinomiya shrine in Tango Province (North of Kyoto). That is said Sun Goddess Amaterasu Omikami came to this shrine from Yamato (Nara) at reign of the ancient legend Sujin Emperor, and moved to Ise shrine after 4 years staying, therefore this shrine was called Moto-Ise (Former Ise). At that time, it changed the name from Yosanomiya to Kono miya, and now it is called Kono Jinjya. This shrine’s architecture is Shinmei-dukuri style as same as Ise Jingu shrine. Shinmei-dukuri’s roof doesn’t curve, and there are some Katsuogi which are column woods as ornaments at the top of the roof, that are called katsuogi as “bonito wood” because their shape is connected dried bonito (katsuo-bushi).

Kono jinjya shrine, Shinmon gate

Kono Jinjya shrine, Shinmon gate. The roof doesn’t carve and they have some columns (Katsuogi) on the top.

Konojinjya, Haiden's roof

Konojinjya, Haiden’s (Worship hall) Katsuogi. This style is as same as Ise shrine.

Kono jinjya, Haiden

Kono jinjya, Haiden

Kono Jinjya

These mark is the Imperial chrysanthemum crest. At present ‘Jurokuyaegiku,’ which is the Kamon of the imperial family is treated as national emblem (we used on the front cover of a passport) under customary law.

Kono jinjya

in front of the Honden (main hall)

Komainu, stone guardian dog

Komainu, stone guardian dog (made by Isshin in Kamakura period 12C-14C). These pair of dogs are well curved by stone, and moved and ran on the street in Edo period. Jyutarou Iwami, who came here for his parent’s vengeance, heard the rumor of moving stone guardian dogs, one night he hid and attempted to stab it’s frong leg with a sword. After that, stone dogs stopped to move. Now we can watch this legend stone dog and his injury on his front leg. (All the same, I can’t know which is Iwami’s cut because there are many cuts or weathering break.) They are Important Cultural Properties.

Kono Jinjya, Yamato no Sukune and turtle

This statue is Yamato no Sukune and turtle. When the legend Jinmu emperor came at Akashi strait, a man riding a turtle appeared and guided him to Yamato, therefore Jinmu emperor gave him a name Yamato no Sukune, who became the ancestor of the chief priest’s family Amabe (Ama has double meaning “heaven” and “ocean”) of this shrine. Now the chief priest is the 82nd Mitsuhiko Amabe. Our guide said that one who pat a turtle’s head will live long.

Kono Jinjya's stone guardian dog

Kono Jinjya’s another stone guardian dog

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