Kasuga Grand Shrine ( Kasuga-taisha) $B!!=UF|Bg
Kasuga Grand Shrine is a Shinto shrine in the city of Nara. Established
in 768 CE and rebuilt several times
over the centuries, it is the shrine of the Fujiwara family. The interior
is famous for its many bronze lanterns,
as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up the shrine. The architectural
style Kasuga-zukuri takes
its name from Kasuga Shrine's Honden (sanctuary). Kasuga Shrine, and the
Kasugayama Primeval Forest near it,
are registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The path to Kasuga Shrine
passes through Deer Park.
In Deer Park, deer are able to roam freely and are believed to be sacred
messengers of the Shinto gods
that inhabit the shrine and surrounding mountainous terrain. Over three
thousand stone lanterns line the way.
The shrine became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian
period. In 965, Emperor Murakami ordered
that the messengers were sent to report important events to the guardian
kami ( God ) of Japan.
From 1871 through 1946, Kasuga Shrine was officially designated one of
the Kanpei-taisha, meaning that it stood
in the first rank of government-supported shrines.
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Deer can roam freely and are believed to be sacred messengers of the Shinto
(L) Path leading up to the shrine, on that a deer walks between the row
of stone lanterns. (R) Chozuya ( Temizuya )
A stairway to Kasuga Grand Shrine
Shrine maidens in Kasuga-Taisha
(L) Explanation board of Kasuga Grand Shrine (R) An old giant tree of the
(L) Lanterns (M) Corridor of the shrine (R) A root of a giant sacred tree
(L) Stone lanterns (R) Ema ( wishes ) plaques of a deer
(L) Sacred tree has been cut down (M) Bronze lanterns (R) Corridors of
Corridors in the shrine complex: Bronze and gold lanterns
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years (M) Kazekami shrine$B!!(B(R) Bronze lanterns
(L) Gold lanterns (R) Night lanterns
(L) Goshuin: akusejo (R) The wisteria in full bloom: The emblem of Kasuga
Grand Shrine is downy wisteria.
(L) A sacred tree of the Kasuga Grand Shrine (R) Torii of Wakamiya Shrine
and a native forest of Mikasayama mountain
(L) Saiden of Wakamiya shrine (R) Chozuya ( Temizuya ) of Meoto-daikokusha
(L) Goshuin: akusejo (M) Kinryu shrine (R) Munakata shrine
(L) A breast shrine at the Kasuga Shrine walk (R) A jewel stone of the
A walk in the native forest of the Kasuga Grand Shrine
Kasuga Grand Shrine
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The photographs are taken and the article was written in April 2018,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., Ph.D.