Morioka Hachimangu, Morioka

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Morioka Hachimangu is a Shinto shrine in the city of Morioka, Iwate in northern Japan. The shrine is noted for its annual festival on the second Saturday in June, which is famous for the Chagu Chagu Umakko, a horse parade which was recognized in 1978 as an Intangible Folk Cultural Property. In 1996 the sound of the bells of the Chagu Chagu Umakko was selected by the Ministry of the Environment as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan. The shrine is also noted for its displays of yabusame horse archery during its annual festival on September 15.HistoryThe Morioka Hachimangū was established in 1062 during the late Heian period when Minamoto no Yoriyoshi brought a bunrei of the Minamoto clan’s tutelary shrine, the Iwashimizu Hachimangū in Kyoto to pray for victory in his campaign against the Abe clan in the Former Nine Years War. It was originally called the Hatomori Hachimangū. The shrine was rebuilt in 1593 by the Nanbu clan to be the protective shrine for Morioka Castle. Under the State Shinto system of shrine ranking from 1871 through 1946, the Morioka Hachimangū was officially designated as a "prefectural shrine". The Edo-period shrine structures burned down in 1884. The present main structure dates from 2006.
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  • June 17, 2017
    Morioka transfer times past, including visits for the first time. Worth going to walk quite far, but yes. It is a beautiful shrine and maintained. From Morioka station was pretty. By the way next to the Morioka gokoku shrine, is different. From Morioka station, Mae Street turn right (southwest), Hachiman-Cho district in town and turn left at the first signal. Path to the shrine. The Torii of Hachiman-gu shrine looks far beyond. Anyway its great Torii which broad stairs. In addition to other side of the square shrine. At intervals of just cloudy blue sky, very beautiful. Far better to go. By the way here too-wheel was jumping through hoops, so I turned three times. The day I went, at the time not too much people, shrine is occupied almost one. Luxury Mairi.
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  • June 8, 2017
    In 1680 it was erected by the No. 19 southern Shigenobu Duke. Having a history of over 300 years, clean environment, has enshrined many method and at the end. Shrine is renovated as new hachimangu shrine in 1997. Colorfully decorated sculptures, stately.
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  • May 6, 2017
    Fortune is in one corner of the grounds, catch a snappers, in fortune. I also tried it was luck.
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