Shinkoiwa Katori Jinja and Komatsu-na Residence
Shinkoiwa Katori Jinja
and Komatsuna Yashiki
Residence are known as the original places that a green vegetable (a kind
of Chinese cabbage) was named Komatsu-na there. In the middle of Edo period
, the 8th Shogun Yoshimune Tokugawa
visited this shrine while he was hawking and he ate a piece of this green
vegetable with mochi cakes in clear soup, he loved it so he named it Komatsu-na.
Moreover, before Edo period, Dokan Ota
who was known as a founder of Edojo Castle
visited this shrine as it was on the way to Konodaijo
from Edojo on ship and he played for safe shipping. The shrine has sometimes
called Mama no I jinja since it was on the way to Mama no Irie cove at
that time. And there is a stone tablet with a haiku poem
by Basho Matsuo
on it in the shrine. Shinkoiwa Katori Jinja has much historical, cultural,
geographical and traditional information of Edogawaku
areas in it. Why don't you visit them?
Shinkoiwa Katori Jinja Shrine
Katori Jinja Shrine
This shrine is a guardian deity of Nishi Komatsugawa Village. When people
could go through the sea overgrown with reeds for several hunderd years,
this shrine dedicated Futsunushino Mikoto, the deity in Katori Daijingu
Grand Shrine in Sawara Shimousa
was built on an island called Dogashima. At that time, this shrine was a guide spot on between Mama no Irie cove and Ueno in Musashi
, therefore it was named Mama no I Miya.
The shrine has a signboard that tells it was built in 1619. The chief priest
of the shrine has been succeeded by Kamei Family since Kamei Izuminokami
Nagayoshi Minamoto. And they have kept the song and the dance of Kasai
Kaitaku Shinpiuta (the old traditional song sang in this area). The main
building of it was built with zelkova trees. Hachiroji Makino, a supporter
of this shrine, built this building for 10 years, he completed it in 1833.
In the shrine, a stone tablet with a haiku poem by Basho Matsuo on stands,
it says 'Akini Soute Ikabaya Sue wa Komatsugawa'.
Edogawaku Board of Education
(Fixed jin July 2006)
The History of Kashima Jinja
Kashima Jinja is sometimes called 'Mamai Jinja'. Accoding to the signboard
in the main hall, it was an old graceful shrine repaired in 1617.
Since then, Komatsugawa River (now the water park) flowing the east side
of the shrine was an important water way to connect Konodai and Mama in
Shimousa to the Edojo Castle in Musashi. According to folks, Mochisuke
Dokan Ota visited this shrine when he was going to Konodaijo Castle. He
landed on the land and pour some holy water from the well, then he prayed
for his trip to the castle. Since then, this shrine has been called Mamai
At that time, there were 16 farming families in this area. They worked
hard to bring waste land under cultivation and they built this shrine.
In 1590, Ieyasu Tokugawa moved to the Edojo Castle with his family and
his arms, then they got much opportunity to sell their products and became
wealthy. Every 12 years, this area had had great floods and they suffered
a great famine in 1786.
This main hall was built in 1823, Hachiroji bought the materials and built it. He completed in 1832. This is one of the great architectures.
Moreover, Shinkoiwa Katori Jinaja preserves old maps edited in 1873. At
that time, the government planed the land tax reformation, the villagers
started researching their lands, they edited the village's specific maps,
they showed all lands in Nishi Komatsugawa Village. Now it is registered
as a cultural asset of Edogawaku.
Cherry Blossoms Blooming in Shinkoiwa Katori Jinja Shrine
There are several cherry trees in Katori Jinja and beautiful sakura blossoms bloom in spring.
Shinkoiwa Katori Jinja and Komatsuna Yashiki Residence
- Shinkoiwa Katori Jinja and Komatsuna Yashiki Residence have great accessibilities
from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
- From Narita International Airport, take Sobu Express Line bound to Tokyo
or Yokosuka and get off at Shinkoiwa Sta.
- From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and
get off Shinagawa Sta and transfer the line to Sobu Express line bound
to Narita International Airport or Chiba, and get off at Shinkoiwa Sta.
- From Akihabara Station, take Sobu line bound to Chiba, Tsudanuma, Nishi
Funabasi and get off Shinkoiwa Sta.
- Take 12 minute walk from Shinkoiwa Sta.
- 4-5-23 Chuo, Edogwaku, Tokyo
The Noted Spots along Moto Sakura Micho Road
Some landmarks tell the history and culture of Funabashi City.
It is famous for the smallest shrine that dedicates Ieyasu Tokugawa in
Ebigawa and the Senbon Sakura
Ebigawa is a popular spot for viewing cherry blossoms.
This small shrine was built where Yamato Takeru had landed on.
They look like the urban oasisi near the railway stations.
They were popular noted spots in Edo period.
Yakushi Nyorai dedicated in it has been believed to be highly responsive
The temple and the pond related to the Founder Nichiren.
Visitors could enjoy seeing some important cultural properties.
Temples, shrines and a museum are near Hokekyoji Temple.
This small shrine is related to the battles of Konodai in Sengoku Period.
They have their long history and the legend of Oguri Hangan.
The Mama-gawa River is the very famous spot to enjoy seeing the blooming Cherry Blossoms.
Nikke Colton Plaza and some landmarks around are attractive and exciting to walk on.
This area is very exciting as there are shops, restaurants and historical
and cultural landmarks.
Having long history and the national natural treasure Senbon Icho Tree stands in.
Having some legends in this tiny thicket, many writers introduced it in their masterpieces..
There some shrines related to Kafu Nagai in these areas.
It commands a panoramic view of Mt.Fuji behind Tokyo.
Tekona and Mama has read in many tanka poems, it is good place to find Japanese classics.
The areas along the river have many noted spots that people could enjoy history and culture.
The river flowing from north to south in the center of Edogawaku is an
enjoyable course to walk.
It looks like a shrine in a deep forest since many over 20 meter tall
trees stand in it.
It is like an oasis in urban areas, colored leaves wait for visitors.
Shinkoiwa Katori Jinja Shrine and Komatsuna Yashiki Residence
They are related to Dokan Ota and Yoshimune Tokugawa.
A Walk Along Nakagawa and Arakawa River
They run in between Edogawaku and Kotoku.
It looks a forest with cherry blossoms, or like a pale pink cloud on the bank.
The ferry was the starting point of Moto Sakura Michi Road.