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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 Tokygawa 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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  • Taking the stairs is very, very difficult for many. It would be nice if you're anything like the car I was going to the Nagasaki Museum of history as time went past LAN in once and goes to show that the pendulum in Nagasaki as a gazebo has a different charm to the lower Grand. What's more it is at the very heart of an enemy.
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  • It is a major Shinto shrine. Very clean, quiet so you can walk. To pray is however better because there are many places provide donation for pennies. Slope and stairs are often makes a fine movement. The feeling is a welcome antidote to the flood of power. I thought I had come.
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  • I tried starting the Nagasaki kunchi. I was impressed by the Ferris wheel in the box seats. And children beating drums, strong young men acting is really great.
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  • An Absolute amazing view from inside the temple of the city. Siuated on a small hill it quite and serene.
  • 很有气势,路面的台阶很有沧桑感,里面曲径通幽也能转半天。不太懂日文,也不太了解拜见的规程,按照图解走拜了拜。大门口居高临下的景致很漂亮。对了,里面文字很多……
  • Every year, 10/7-famous for "kunchi" dedication be made 10/9. Dedication to each town called "dance town" in the majestic sacred seafood and rotating once every 7 years the international dance and performance. Referred to Japan 3 Festival and also country important intangible folk cultural asset.
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  • Beautiful shrine with a long time, imposing staircase and multiple Torii. ETW. big, touristy and much concrete. The smaller, but "warmer" Buddhist Seisuiji Temple (1 km direction Kaijyamachi) I like it better.
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  • Next time I take a look at. And I want get inbetween.
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