Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine right Shinto priest, Shinya Matsuki
Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine of the Edo era is the center of faith and entertainment. There was the side of amusement park.
Would you tell about history of Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine?
In the origin of Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine, it dates back to 1627 (Kanei 4) of the early period of Edo era. We were founded on this ground called Eitai Island (eitaijima) by trust.
Is it that rotation of Shinto shrine was old days, the sea to say Eitai Island?
Yes, that's right. It is scenic, and Eitai Island which was Kojima among the seas is known and is informed when we were able to overlook Edo-jo Castle, Mount Fuji, Mount Tsukuba more to Boso Peninsula. We filled up the outskirts and opened precinct of a Shinto shrine and place of residence of parishioner and built foundation for Fukagawa to develop afterwards.
Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine still showed great bustle, what kind of person would you be in the Edo era?
The situation came for worship, but there might be presence more in those days now. Not only prayer was enacted, but also there were various shops in the precincts, and play or sumo were performed, too. We satisfied faith of people and were got close more as big entertainment spot. There would be the side such as amusement park, too. There was restaurant "Nikenchaya" that represented Edo in those days in the precincts and seemed to show turnout. Fortunately, in the outskirts of Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine, Edo atmosphere is still felt.
Story of sumo was given, but sumo wrestler's ceremonial entrance into the ring of yokozuna is carried out in Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine, too.
Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine is the birthplace of sumo. In the Edo era, sumo was begun in Kyoto, Osaka, but the Edo Shogunate often provided ban because troubles such as quarrels did not die out while they showed great turnout. However, regulation relaxed soon and allowed commissioner of shrines and temples to perform Edo admission charged sumo show in the precincts of Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine in 1684 (Jokyo 1). When new yokozuna is born because it is Edo The origin of Kanjin Sumo, sumo wrestler's ceremonial entrance into the ring is dedicated in the precincts of Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine. As the name of each generation yokozuna including first yokozuna, Shiganosuke Akashi who played an active part in earlier period of Edo era is carved with in Yokozuna sumo wrestler monument of the precincts, please see by all means.
Festival is made up with local people in unison.
Simply because it has order to be able to enjoy all participating.
Other than sumo, is there thing to be able to talk that popular?
It is festival. Annual festival of Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine is said to be "Yahata, Fukagawa festival" and is traditional event counted in one of Edo three great festivals. togo (togyo) of mikoshi which can be also known as pronoun of Yahata, Fukagawa festival begins in 1643 (Kanei 20) and is performed mainly on August 15. In year of main festival, more than 50 town mikoshis (54 engines which increased mikoshi of Hiraizumi last time) which gathered from Fukagawa and each town of parishioner in the soul bank Island (Shinkawa, Chuo-ku) parade around trip of about 8km.
What once a year is "main festival" (hommatsuri) of Yahata, Fukagawa festival?
Is called "Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine annual festival" definitely, but main festival is holding once in three years. Because it was performed under the influence of the Great East Japan Earthquake last time one year late, (the summer of 2014) is the first main festival in 2 years this summer.
Originally would main festival be holding once in three years?
There were the times once in two years, too, but came to be performed once in three years in the Showa after 30s. More than 50 town mikoshis were carried on the shoulder with shout of "wasshoi, wasshoi!", but the head office mikoshi and festival car cruise seemed to be the center now until the middle of the Meiji era. It is said that town mikoshi consecutive Godo ga that town mikoshi comes to gradually come up, and omikoshi of towns goes round came to be performed afterwards. Fukagawa thinks that it may be pioneer consecutive Godo of town mikoshi.
What is charm of Yahata, Fukagawa festival?
There is lot, but more than 50 omikoshis work out one and walk. They carry on their shoulder and are only everybody of the hand, and will about 30,000 people, audience in all be what is performed without big trouble to come more than 300,000 people? Between omikoshi and omikoshi is almost that togo is performed as equal interval till the last, and order is kept. Representatives who are always said to be the mikoshi representative of each town perform talks and, also, each town is cooperative and gets united to do for festival to be enough for together. Yahata, Fukagawa festival is also called "water festival" and we carry on our shoulder and think that it is big charm that is festival with participation characteristics to be able to enjoy together in various places sprinkling water from roadside as well as hand.
Please let know ambition in the future and message to all of you.
(2014) of this year is year of main festival of Yahata, Fukagawa festival. Including parishioners, people of each town assembly, we have cooperation of many people, and main festival is going to be held. In addition, 2020 (Heisei 32) when the Tokyo Olympics Paralympics are held is year when main festival once in three years is held. One of the festival "Olympics" of sports and Edo three great festivals "Yahata, Tomioka festival" is held in summer of 2020, and unprecedented upsurge is expected. To Koto City including here Fukagawa, tourists will come from all the countries of the world as well as all over Japan. We expand sign of foreign language, and even Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine wants to stimulate preparations to greet everybody.
(coverage day: on March 14, 2014)
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Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine right Shinto priest, Shinya Matsuki
Shinya Matsuki (pine comes shinya)
The Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine (Yahata, Fukagawa) right Shinto priest (gonnegi)
We take Shinto priest since childhood after being interested in Shinto shrine and history, and having learned in Shinto subject of university. We are in charge of public information in Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine and perform PR activity toward the local outside. Two head office mikoshis proud of size and magnificence that one which is particularly recommended in the Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine precincts is number one in Japan.