Suwa Shrine, Nagasaki

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Suwa Shrine is the major Shinto shrine of Nagasaki, Japan, and home to the Nagasaki Kunchi . It is located in the northern part of the city, on the slopes of Mount Tamazono-san, and features a 277-step stone staircase leading up the mountain to the various buildings that comprise the shrine.Suwa shrine was established as a way of stopping and reverting the conversion to Christianity that was taking place in Nagasaki. In modern times it remains an important and successful center of the community.The shrine in Nagasaki is one of many Suwa shrines, all of which are dedicated to Suwa-no-Kami, a kami of valor and duty, and are linked with Suwa Taisha, the head shrine of Suwa-no-Kami worship. Two other kami spirits are also enshrined at Suwa shrine, all three of which are celebrated during the Kunchi.HistoryThe official date of construction for Suwa Shrine is 1614, the same year as Tokugawa Ieyasu's Edict against Christianity, although there was little more than a small structure to mark the position of the future shrine at this time. At that time, Nagasaki was home to the largest Christian population in Japan, and had destroyed many of the former Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. The Tokugawa Shogunate had taken power and reversed its friendly policy towards Christianity. The government had begun forcing Christians to reconvert to the Japanese religions of Buddhism and Shinto. It was thought that establishing a major point of Shinto worship would be important to these efforts, giving the local population a central point of worship and a sense of community.
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  • August 29, 2017
    Nagasaki was the only Japanese in the shrine's stairs so there are lots of exercise and a lot of large people out gentleman's incarnation. Even the air in the Woods so good
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  • August 24, 2017
    Suwa-Jinja shrine is total deus ex machina of chinzei shrine and celebrated. Suwa, Morisaki and Sumiyoshi's Festival and has been revered as a good-luck charm, matchmaking, and marine guardian shrine. Nagasaki became the territory of the Jesuit church at warring States period, the three companies was once enshrined in the Nagasaki Suwa, Morisaki and Sumiyoshi were lost, broken or burned in 0/1625 (1625) by the first chief priest Aoki, k., West mountain village circle mountain (current of SPO-Park matsumori shrine area) reclining, The deity of Nagasaki is beginning. Tokugawa shogunate Vermillion area, location of chinzei unrivaled majestic shrine Pavilion was in 0/1648 (1648). 0/1857 (1857) was an accidental fire, burned down most of the shrine, but the Emperor 思召shi to more on 0/1869 (1869) reconstructed shrine over the course of about 10 years, beats the previous enshrinement of 0/1984, 360, 370, 0/1994 anniversary, Construction of 2 times the current shrine has been completed. Said Suwa Taisha has marriage yin stone paving stones for the shrine, 男石 and stone embedded in the geometric pattern, stepping stone, a stone after she stepped on the 男石 in front of both sexes combined men, to worship and marriage wishes come true. During the Edo period this romantic thought is a surprise.
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  • August 22, 2017
    Stairs going up hard as a shrine, prayer shrine goes up all over the small funny the other gentleman is also available, you can see a view of Nagasaki to climb up
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  • April 27, 2017
    I had a picturesque moment when I arrived around 8pm; with a family sitting on the top of the stairs staring into the beautifully lit city. Kids running up and down those huge stairs - it was pretty sweet.
  • January 6, 2017
    I stopped by to explore the temple grounds and take a few pictures. I was rewarded with the sight of an interesting activity involving the preparation of the shimenawa. This is a quiet and interesting place.
  • July 18, 2016
    An Absolute amazing view from inside the temple of the city. Siuated on a small hill it quite and serene.
  • February 28, 2017
    Nice temple.
  • June 6, 2017
    Street called Suwa-Jinja shrine, dedicated to the Lord to where takeminacata is. Honoring the flanged edge to Izumo also are enshrined at Sumiyoshi's will. It is to say "Nagasaki" in Suwa has been important to me. But, anyway, staircase to the sanctuary again? is. The eight-storey building, climbs up on the stairs. What you have previously climbed is a relatively new building looks.
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