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Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine

the first torii gate and cherry blossomsthe main hall of Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine the west torii gate of Shirahata Tenjinshathe plum trees at Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine
Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine that many plum flowers blooms and Kafu Nagai loved is on the narrow way to the residential area from both Motoyawata and Keisei Yawata Station. There are stone monuments of Kafu Nagai and Rohan Koda and the framed letters written by Kaishu Katsu hanged on the main hall of Shirahata Tenjin Shrine. According to legends, Yoritomo Minamoto might camp the land around now Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine when he would go to the provincial government of Shiousa to rebuilt his arms after he had lost the battle of Ishibashiyama in 1180. And also Dokan Ota who built Edo and Koedo Kawagoe (little Edo) built the buildings of this shrine. So Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine is very old shrine that has many legends of those samurai heroes in the eastern Japan.
Why don't you visit Shirahata Jinja Shrine?

The History of Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine

red and white ume blossoms in the shrine

The History of Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine

There is no information when Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrien was built in, but Yoritomo Minamoto camped and raised his white flags up here in Sugano in 1180 to go to the provincial government of Shimousa in Konodai when he rebuilt his arm to fight against Heishi Family in Kyoto. Some records were remained that in the reign of the Emperor Ogimachi in 1584, the buildings in the shrine was renovated, and some said that the renoavation was done by the donation of the samurai worrier Dokan Ota, so Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine is a very old shrine. In 1984, Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine was designated as a model shrine on development projects by Jinja Honcho (Association of Shinto Shrines).
The framed letters hanged on the main hall was written by Kaishu Katsu. The picture to celebrate the renovation in 1879 was painted by Zeshin Shibata and it was designated as the prefectural important cultural property.
The divine gods are Takenouchi no Sukune and Sir. Michizane Sugawara.
Takenouchi no Sukune lived for very long life, so he faithfully served the Five Emperors and organized the national affairs. Takenouchi no Sukune is the most loyal retainer in Japanese history.
Sir. Michizane Sugawara was born in Kyoto in 845. Since he was virtuously learned a lot and having faithful principles in his mind, many people believe him as the god of scholarship.
Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine is the god of industrial promotion, bringing good fortune, child rearing, study and match making.


The Framed Letters by Kaishu Katsu

the framed letters written by Kaishu Katsu
The framed letters hanged on the main hall of Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine was written by Kaishu Katsu.

Kaishu Katsu (1823-1899)

Kaishu Katsu was a retainer of Tokugawa Shogun Family and a politician from the end of Edo period to Meiji era. His first name was first Yoshikuni, then Yasuyoshi, the middle name was Rintaro. Kaishu was his pseudonym.
Kaishu study Dutch, gunnery and navigation hard, then he served at the office of translating foreign books in Edo Bakufu. In 1860, he crossed the Pacific Ocean and visited US with an envoy dispatched by the Bakufu as the captain of the ship Kanrinmaru. In 1864, he became a naval magistrate of the Bakufu and he contributed to build the navy and develop the human resources. At Boshin War, he led the samurai worriers belonged to the former Tokugawa Bakufu the allegiance policy toward the new government and he arrived at agreement with Takamori Saigo, the leading general of the new government, to accept the bloodless surrender of Edojo Castle.
After the Meiji Restoration, he was appointed as a Councilor, a Minister of the Navy and a Privy Councilor.
He wrote 'Kaikoku Kigen (the origin of the open door policy)', 'Bakumatsu Shimatsu (the short history of the end of Tokugawa Shogunate)', 'The Naval History', 'Hikawa Seidan' and so forth.
Anyway, Kaishu Katsu had close ties to Ichikawa city, there is a stone tablet scribed his letters on in Jishoin Temple in Gyotoku.

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'Renkugaku' Painted by Zeshin Shibata

'Renkugaku' Painted by Zeshin Shibata preserved in Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine is designated as the prefectural important property as in the field of fine arts and paintings by Chiba Prefecture.

Zeshin Shibata (1807-1891)

Zeshin Sibata from Edo was a painter and a designer of japan from late Edo period to Meiji era. Zeshin broke new ground of gold lacquer works and lacquer paintings. In 1890, he became the Imperial Art Expert.
Ibaraki Douji Zugaku (the picture of the devil Ibaraki) and Bakufuzu Byobu ( a picture of waterfall on a folding screen) are his masterpieces.

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The Stone Monument of Nagai Kafu

the stone monument of Kafu Nagai
Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine is appeared on the diary of Kafu Nagai named 'Danchotei Nichijo' several times.
He often ate a piece of milk bread and drank a bottle of milk at a shop beside the shrine. He evaluated it better than it sold at Tokyo.
Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine was on the way to Motoyawata Station from his house, then the shrine was in his dairy life.
The sentences scribed on the stone monument is from his diary written in May 11th of 1946. It said, 'I took a walk after lunch. I bought a boiled egg at a street stall and drunk a bottle of milk at a cafe beside Shirahata Tenshinsha Shrine. On my way to home, I read poems of Victor Yugo while I was walking under the lined woods along the street. It was plain sandy road and no one had passed me, I could only hear birds twittering like talking. '
'May 7th, it is fine. On my way to home, I walked in the site of Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine in the afternoon, tender green in it is good. There was a shop selling milk and bread, it is 3 yens for a cup of milk. It had extremely better quality than it in Tokyo.'
'July 20th, it is fine. I read some books under the trees in Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine.'
'July 31st, it is fine. I read some books under the trees in Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine. I could hear little cicadas chirp because of the sandy ground.'

Kafu Nagai had to visit Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine more often than above as it might be a course for a daily walk.

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The Literature Monument of Rohan Koda

the literature monument of Rohan Koda

Rohan Koda (1867-1947)

Rohan Koda from Shitaya in Edo was a novelist, an essayist, a researcher and a doctor of literature. His real name was Shigayuki and his pseudonym was Kagyuan, etc.
Rohan once moved to Hokkaido as a telegrapher in his young age. After he went back to Tokyo, he published 'Furyubutsu' and it was highly praised and recognized in the literary world.
His strong pseudo-classical writing style has unique power, so he was praised so a great writer as Koyo Ozaki. He developed new frontiers on his essays, biographies and historical reports based on his oriental erudition, so he well understood French, Chinese and Japanese studies and he contributed the literary world. In 1937, he received the first Order of Culture.
During the World War II, he lost his house Kagyuan by fire in Koishikawa, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, and he moved to Sugano, Ichikawa-shi near Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine in 1946. March in 1947, he completed 'Basho Shichibu shu Hyoshaku'. July 30th of 1947, he was passed at age 80.
In his masterpiece 'Goju no To (the five stories pagoda), the Kishimojin of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple appears, and he drew the landscaps of the stone steps of Mamasan Guhoji Temple in his essay.
His masterpieces are 'Goju no To (the five stories pagoda)', 'Sora Utsu Nami (Waves washing in the Sky)' and 'Basho Shichibu Hyoshaku'.

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Ume and Sakura Bloom in Spring at Shirahata Tenjinsha

From February, many plum blossoms bloom in both Shrahata Tenjinsha Shrine and the park next to.ume blossoms under the fine weather
white plum blossoms at Shirahata Tenjinsha
drooping plum tree at Shirahata Tenjinsha
white ume blossoms at Shirahata Tenjinsha
ume blossoms and the west gate
ume blossoms and the first torii gate
ume trees at Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine
a path in the Ume garden in the shrine
After plum blossoms, some cherry blossoms start blooming.
the cherry blossoms and the west gate
sakura in Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine
drooping sakura trees at the shrine

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The Location and Access to Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine

Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine

  • Shirahata Tenjinsha 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.
  • 1-15-2 Sugano Ichikawashi Chiba-ken

A Walk on Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine and Yawata

the zuishinmon gate of Hachimangu

Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine

Having long history and the national natural treasure Senbon Icho Tree stands in.
Yabushirazu at Yawata

Yawata no Yabushirazu Shirne

Having some legends in this tiny thicket, many writers introduced it in their masterpieces..

the cherry trees of ShirahataJinja Shrine

Shirahata Jinja Shrine

Very beautiful cherry blossoms along the approach way on the cliff.
plum trees at Shirahata Tenjin Shrine

Shirahata Tenjin Shirine

The shrine has monuments of Kafu Nagai, Rohan Koda and Kaishu Katsu.

wistarias in Koenji Temple in Miyakubo

Miyakubosan Koenji Temple

The noted wisteria trees called Choju Fuji are very popular and beautiful.
Miyonoin Shrine

Miyonoin Shrine

A small shrine standing quietly in residential area Sugano has some legends.

Myokendo Hall in Ankokuji Temple

Chokokusan Ankokuji Temple

The statue of Myoken Bosatsu in it has been very famous since Edo period.
Kabuto no Yashiro Shrine

Kabuto Jinja Shirne

Kabuto Jinja Shiren has some legends about the Kabuto helmet dedicated at.

The house of Yoko Mizuki a senario writer

Home of Yoko Mizuki, a Scenario Writer

Yoko Mizuki was a scenario writer who contributed on the motion picture world in Japan.
cherry trees along Mamagawa river

Cherry trees along Mamagawa River

The Mama-gawa River is the very famous spot to enjoy seeing the blooming Cherry Blossoms.

the gate of Shinmeiji Temple

Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple

Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple have their long history and the legend of Oguri Hangan.
cherry trees in Colton Plaza shopping mall

The Area Around Nikke Colton Plaza

Nikke Colton Plaza and some landmarks around are attractive and exciting to walk on.