Shrine Visit / お参り

Hiro and Doug visited Namiyoke Inari Shrine (波除稲荷神社 Namiyoke inari-jinja) to pray for a safe passage.  Hiro was especially keen to go to the shrine since they did not visit the shrine before the last voyage.   Namiyoke Inari Shrine (波除稲荷神社 Namiyoke inari-jinja) is a Shinto shrine located in Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo. It is an Inari shrine that was built on the water’s edge when that part of Tokyo (then Edo) was created from landfill after the Great Fire of Meireki in 1657. The name of the shrine literally means “protection from waves.”

After the Tsukiji Fish Market was established in its present location after the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, the Namiyoke Inari Shrine became an unofficial guardian shrine for the marketplace and its traders. The courtyard of the shrine is dotted with various memorial plaques and carvings donated by trade groups in the marketplace.

波除神社に二人で安全な航海を祈願し、お参りに行ってきました。ヒロは前回のチャレンジの際にここを訪れていなかったので今回は特にこだわり、お参りする事が出来ました。波除神社は東京都中央区築地にあります。江戸時代の明暦の大火後、当時はまだ江戸湾が入り込んでいた築地の埋め立て工事が行われそうだが、荒波の影響で工事は難航したそう。その最中のある晩、光を放ち海面を漂う御神体が見つかり、万治2年(1659年)、現在地に社殿を建て祀ったそう。その後、波が収まり工事が順調に進んだことから、「波除稲荷」と尊称して厄除けなどに信仰を集めることとなったと言う事です。

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