The Kaguraden Hall and the Big Ema
On the left side of the main hall of Katsushika Hachiangu Shrine
and between the business office and it, there is a Kawaii wooden building
with a gabled roof standing, it is the Kaguraden Hall
of Katsushika Hachimangu. The end of the room in the hall, a big ema
is dedicated, and in front of the ema, there are Zuishins (guardian gods)
and the Four Chinese Gods controlling the directions having dedicated in
the Zuishinmon Gate
standing on the approach of this shrine. The big ema was dedicated in
the end of Edo period
. According to Danchotei Nichijo by Kafu Nagai
, he reported in the sentences in May 9th of 1950 that it was dedicated
in Kaei or Ansei era (1848 - 1859) in Edo period. The big ema is as large
as a tatami mat. On the ema, the Emperess Jingu, one of the deity of Katsushika
Hachimangu Shrine, and Takenouchi no Sukune, the great retainer having
worked under the Emperor Chuai, the husband of the Empress, and his son
the Emperor Oujin were drawn.
* Some pictures on this page are taken before the renovation
The Introduction of the Kaguraden Hall and the Big Ema
The Kaguraden Hall and the Big Ema in Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine
The ema on the wall was dedicated the end of Edo period, and it is the
picture of one of the deiy of Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine, The Empress Jingu
(the second from the right). And also Takenouchi no Sukune
who was the retainer of the empress is the center of the picture. Moreover,
according to legends (Records of Ancient Matters and the Chronicles of
Japan), the Empress could be pregnant so she had the Emperor Oujin, the
main deity of this shrine (called Hachimansama) in her body.
Kaguraden is a building in a shrine to perform Kagura in, and sometimes
it is called Gakuden and Kagurado.
Kagura is one of the shinto rituals that music and dance are performed
for the gods since ancient time. There are 2 Kaguras, one is called Okagura
that has been performed in the Imperial Palace since Heian Period
, and another one is Sato Kagura that is performed at shrines throughout
Japan. In general, some Japanese musical instruments, Japanese harps, Yamatobue
flutes (Kagurabue flute), Shakubyshi drums, Hichiriki flutes, are played,
and drums, large and small Japanese hand drums and crapping are used some
Ema is a piece of rectangular pentagonal wood painted a picture of horses
on. Japanese people generally write their wishes on the Emas and dedicate
them in order to have their wishes realize, especially students preparing
for entrance examinations dedicate them to pass.
In ancient time, people often dedicated horses to shrines. This tradition changed to pictures of horses called Ema. Now some other pictures adopted on it, birds 'Uso (lies)' on the Emas of Kameido Tenjinsha Shrine in Tokyo is the famous example of that.
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Kaguraden Hall in Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine
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- Kaguraden Hall in Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine has great accessibilities
from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
- From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Keisei
Yawata Sta, take minimally 45 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take
JR Sobu-express line, transfer the line at Funabashi to Keisei-line, get
off Keisei Yawata Sta.
- From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and
get off Keisei Yawata Sta.
- Take 5 minute walk from Keisei Yawata Sta.
The Scenaries in Katsushika Hachimangu Shirne
The Kaguraden Hall of Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine