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Why Tomioka Hachiman Shrine is special ?
Tomioka Hachiman Shrine is also known as the birthplace of Kanjin-zumō (勧進相撲?), founded in 1684 and origin of the currentprofessional sumo.
Two basho (Spring and Autumn) were held at the shrine every year under the permission of the shogunate, and banzuke and other major systems were created in this period. After almost 80 years, basho had been held also in other places in Edo (Tokyo), then Ekōin came to hold all basho since 1833. In Meiji period (1868–1912), sumo strengthened the relation with Shintoism to survive because of losses of supports from the shogunate and daimyos, who lost power by the Meiji Restoration, thus the Shinto shrine came to be valued further by sumo.
What to explore at Tomioka Hachiman Shrine?
The annual festival at Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine, which is held around 15th August, is also known as the Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri. It is one of the three largest festivals of Edo.
Once every three years, the event expands into a hon-matsuri featuring a procession of the Hachiman imperial carriage along with some 120 large and small mikoshi palanquins carried by parishioners. The dynamic parade of the 50-plus giant palanquins is the highlight of the festival. Another centerpiece is the purifying water splashed on the mikoshi bearers by spectators. The spectacle has inspired the epithet mizukake-matsuri, or water-splashing festival.
- The largest Hachiman shrine in Edo
- “Hachiman-sama of Fukagawa.”
- Annual summer festival
- Great festivals of Edo
- Japan's best golden mikoshi
1-20-3 Tomioka Koto, Tokyo 135-0047
Tips for you
This shrine is an awesome place for Sumo lovers interested in Sumo history. This is the location of the Yokozuna Stone and has all Yokozuna names scribed in the stone. The history that this place has seen....
Most of the japanese visit the place on the very first days of each year to pray for the year-round well-being therefore it is very very crowded.Each month on the second and fourth sunday there is a free market held.
This shrine is an awesome place for Sumo lovers interested in Sumo history. This is the location of the Yokozuna Stone and has all Yokozuna names scribed in the stone. The history that this place has seen.... Most of the Japanese visit the place on the very first days of each year to pray for the year-round well-being therefore it is very crowded. Each month on the second and fourth Sunday there is a free market held.