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The History of Kami-shin-mei Tenso-Jinja Shrine



The name of Shrine Kami-Shin-mei Tenso-Jinja Shrine
Former status Village Shrine
Former name of this place Hebi-kubo(Snakes Hollow)
Former name of this Shrine Shin-mei-sha(Shin-mei-sha shrine)
Foundation Kamakura-era(around A.D.1322)
The Location of this Shrine 4-4-12,Futaba,Shinagawa-ku,Tokyo
The Chief God Amaterasu ohmikami-Goddess
Subordinate Gods A-me-no-koyane-hiko-no-mikoto God
Emperor Ohjin

Subordinate shrines here

Itsukushima Island Benten sha shrine Ichikishima hime no kami goddess
Tagori hime no kami goddess
Tagitsu hime no kami goddess
Hebikubo ryu-jin(Snakes Hollow Dragon-God)
Hakuja god(White snake god)
Fushimi-Inari sha-Shrine (Fushimi-Inari Fox-deity shrine)

According to The history of this shrine, we call all the deities here Hebikubo daimyojin(snake Hollow Gracious Gods)


上神明天祖神社白蛇

       Donator: Ms kimiko Sato,Former Teacher at Kamishin-mei Primary School

1.The History of Ten-so-jinja shrine

天祖神社由緒

On November 10th, Bun-ei 8th year(1272), Shiro sakondaifu Hojo gave a lot of vassals to Tokichiyo, his fifth son, and told him to stay at Hebi-kubo(near Futaba-4,Shinagawa-ku now) and to develop the land. He himself left there. Afterward Tokichiyo called himself Ho-en-sho-nin Priest and founded gonsho-ji temple in Omori(Ohta-ward) and let most of his vassals live around Hebikubo and that is why many supporters of gonsho-ji temple live around here. After 50years from the autumn of Bun-ei 8th year (Gen kyo 2nd year,1322)Musashi Province suffered(Tokyo Saitama area now) from severe drought and it was surely coming to Hebikubo area.

At that time the chief priest of Gansho-ji temple, the 2nd Homitsu, nephew of Ho-en prayed observing a fast at Ryu-jin sha,(Dragon-god shrine) which lay on the old pond in the forest lying toward the North West of Gansho-ji temple.

Thanks to the sincerity of the virtuous Priestand god's help, the torrential rain began to fall and they could manage to avoid the drought. Impressed by this fact, former vassals of Tokichiyo brought a shrine to Hebikubo so that they could reward the god for his help. This is thought to be the origin of Ten-so-jinja Shrine. Moreover another story tells us that the origin came from a shrine made by Mr Moriya, a wealthy former.

The former name of this shrine is Shin-meisha shrine, Shimoshinmei Tenso jinjya shrine was parted from this shrine when Hebikubo mura Village was devided into two, Kamihebikubo mura Village and Shimohebikubo mura Village, about 370 years ago (shoho period, in 1644). After that when Hebikubo Mura Village was absorbed into Tokyo in October 1932, the name of towns were changed into Kamishinmei cho town and Shinmoshin mei cho town because of the guardian god, after that the shrine has been called Tenso-jinja Shrine, according to E-ba-ra district History.


2.white snake legend

白蛇縁起1

In kamakura period, there lived a white snake in the clear water spring by the main building of Ten-so-jinja shrine. (a firefighters' room now) In time the spring has gone and the white snake moved to the pond in current Togoshi koen park.

One day Yukichi Moriya, a wealthy farmer of the place had a dream, in which the white snake asked him to bring in to its native place as soon as possible. Mr. Moriya told about his dream and asked the priest to let it come back to its native pond. and also built Benten sha Shrine.

The priest decided to build a pond and in the center of the pord he build an islet and in its cave he enshrined the white snake spirits.(now the car-park)

Benten goddess plays Biwa (Japanese lute)and so she is believed to help develop one's ability of music and art. Ben-zaiten goddess is the same goddess admired at Itsukushima island in Aki province.

An old man says that on the night when they welcomed the white snake and a congratulatory address was being made, the clear starry sky was changed into a storm with rumbling of thunder. Everyone was astonished by the furious sight.

In the 29th year of Showa-era, Mr Masatoshi Sakurai (Head of steeplejack) and others helped build the shrine at the present day place and the new Ben-ten(Ben-ten goddess) pond was made.

The White Snake in the Benten sha Shrine was carved by Mr. Masaru Manabe.

This neighborhood was once called Hebikubo, and that is the reason why the Tenso-jinja Shrine and Benten goddess and the White Snake have very close relations. We would like to live our lives with sound mind and gentle heart.

白蛇縁起2 白蛇縁起3

3.The History of Inarisha Shrine.(The god of Harvest. Fox deity)

Inari-Shrine was divided from the Fushimi Inari grand shrine in Kyoto.

In the 2nd year of Genkyo-era(1322) the shrine was dedicated to the ritual for rain with a fast which saved Musashi Province from the severe drought.

You can find the name of the shrine in the 'shrine-name-lists' published in the Meiji 12th year, Because of the fact it must be very old.

The god's virtue controls our daily life and it defends household safety and our prosperity from morning till night.

The present day shrine and stone lanterns were dedicated by Mr Masatoshi Sakurai and other parishioners.

稲荷社のいわれ1 稲荷社のいわれ2



4.大鳥居縁起

The air raids destroyed the main shrine and others and all the trees but only Torii, shrine archway remained intact, so the neighbors wondered why.

In 49th year of Showa-era the Torii was repaired with copper plates, by the parishioners, and it has been protecting all the neighbors.

Here by telling the history of Torii and we would like to pass the story down to the future.


5.The signpost of the shrine

It was built in 15th year of showa-era(2600,Japanese calendar) when the shrine was promoted to the village status. At the celebrating ceremony, Urayasu Mai, sacred Shinto music and dancing was played at all the nation and the tradition has been observed until now. The title lettering was written by the then Tokyo governor, Mr Shozo Okada. On the back of it, all the names of the representatives' were written. They ware written by the former chief Priest, Nobuomi Saito.


6.The monument of the enthronement

The monument was built when the Emperor Taisho was enthroned on July 30th, 1912(meiji 45th year), On the back of the monument was written about the Shinagawa service water's rights.

"Welcome it with sincerity, and it will last to the next brilliant generation." (The dispute over the water rights was brought to E-bara-district headman, but it was rejected and it was appealed to the Tokyo governor and it was finally settled.)


7.The history of Zu-tsuki I-shi stone.(Earth-hardening stone)

This stone was used in Kami-hebikubo Mura, village in E-bara district, Musashi Province. It was used for hardening the earth when a house was to be built. (Another name is O-Ka-me san (Fat-faced Woman). Mr Tadayoshi Hirasawa dedicated it.

資料提供者 櫻井栄次氏

8.Ko-shi-n bashi bridge. on the Tachi-ai gawa river.

They could walk on it until The end of Taisho-era. It used to be in the present day field park traffic signal.

The water was clear and they could find many fishes and children played in the river and caught fishes.


9.I-shi-dorou, stone lantern

The stone lantern located beside the Torii archway was dedicated by Mr & Ms Torajiro Kubo, who lived around Yutaka 5 on September 16th in Showa-era 59th year.


10.Big repair work in Heisei-era

The present day Shrine and the washing water place were rebuilt in Heisei 10th year and Heisei 15th year respectively and the portable shrine place in Heisei 16th year. In Heisei 23nd year, the roof on the front shrine was also repaired.

All these works were done due to the noble dedication of the all the parishioners.

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