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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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  • When you tried to build the idols actually removed and monument fall mainly in Nagasaki, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Suwa shrine priest opposed, was surprised. From the opposing Peace Park building of cultural merit award recipient is honored in the Nagasaki at the time, the statue was quite courageous. Since then, this shrine is a favorable to was. I'm speaking of Suwa shrine, Suwa-Jinja shrine in Nagano would be doodoo Nagasaki who made up the culture and creation of snake dances imitate the dances of the Qing dynasty Chinese living in Nagasaki said, but somewhere along the line Lake Suwa and snakes a new image, not in the original. China has said no. If it sees from the viewpoint of different means of Christian oppression of Nagasaki, it was, incidently, Nagano's Suwa Taisha is Isaac's consecrated legends will be interested. Close to where Ranald Macdonald in Japan's first English by native speakers of English teacher had been imprisoned, he is regarded here as virtues of the Japanese love of nature, humanity, and lofty, honesty, innocence, and in many ways more of Christian's surprise, Christian's pagan religions incomplete is true will?"were questioned. In addition to Fukuzawa Yukichi, grew to Jiro of Yamamoto House near this place is worth a study.
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  • I have been here for many times and last time I went here my fiancee proposed to me! So you can see that here is really nice place for history and day view. You can see Nagasaki from the top of the sh...  more »
  • Get off at tram tramway Suwa-Jinja Mae, climbed the stairs of main shrine. Tight staircase, and was out of breath so hot. In October the Nagasaki kunchi line I have very including us on this day, crowded, just to name a few worshippers quietly had a.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • An Absolute amazing view from inside the temple of the city. Siuated on a small hill it quite and serene.
  • Nice temple.
  • 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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