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Jizo and Tsuka in Kamakkura

  Kamakura Shogunate executed many people while prompting the enactment of laws.  Criminals were sentenced to death penalty at Monchujo (問注所, old Kamakura High Court) that was built near the current Kamakura station westside and were killed at the xecution site in Yuigahama.

  Roku Jizo  (六地蔵 , six guardian deities of children) were placed near the execution site to mourn those people.

 

 Many roadside monuments such as Tsuka (grave etc.), Jizo and pagoda can be seen in Kamakura, each of which has its background story like as that six statues.

 

  Let us introduce one small pagoda along Yuigahama St.

  A little girl of a rich family in this area was carried off by an eagle long time ago.  Her parents sadly found some small pieces of her clothes here and there and placed the pagoda at each place for her, only one of which is left and local people mourn for her even now.  We call the crossing with pagoda Tou no Tsuji (塔の辻, pagoda-crossing).

(The stone board introducing about this story was moved a little away across the street.)

Kuzuharaoka-Jinja 葛原岡神社

  Kuzuharaoka-Jinja (shrine) enshrines 日野俊基卿 (Lord Yoshimoto Hino).  He was very close to 後醍醐天皇 (Emperor Go-Daigo).  They tried to overthrow Kamakura Shogunate that had been full of misrule since the end of the 13th century, but Lord Hino was arrested and executed at Kuzuharaoka in 1332. (Next year, Kamakura Shogunate was overthrown finally.)

  The shrine was built in Meiji era at the execution site and has been an important shrine as 総鎮守 (Souchinju, the center place to pray) for the Yuigahama area since then.

  It's always rain on the date of Kuzuharaoka-Jinja's summer festival.  Even though it is held in the rainy season, rainy percent on the day is too hight.  The festival date was rescheduled once, but it was also rain.  Locals call the rain "Tears of resentment of Lord Hino."    On the other hand, this shrine is also known as 縁結び (a shrine of marriage).

http://www.kuzu..>(Jp)

 

*There is an entry of the hiking trail toward Jochiji at Kitakamakura.  That is one of the most popular walk routes in Kamakura.  You had better wear sneakers because the first half is a mountain path.

 

 

* One more thing.  English Omikuji is available at the shrine.

to print for your Memo

 

Kamakura map


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