Hatogamine Hachiman ShrineEdit profile
Hatogamine Hachiman Shrine (鳩峰八幡神社, Hatogamine Hachiman Jinja?) is an ancient Japanese Shinto shrine in Tokorozawa, Saitama.History
Hatogamine Hachiman Shrine is believed to date to 921 A. D. when a ground purification ceremony was held there. Shrine records state that it was repaired in year 1232 and that in the year 1333 the famous Samurai commander Nitta Yoshisada prayed at the shrine during the Kōzuke-Musashi Campaign against the Kamakura Shogunate. The “Kabutokakeno Pine Tree" (兜掛松, Kabutokakeno Matsu?) on the grounds is believed to date from that time and is where Nitta hung his helmet while praying.
In year 1591 when the future Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu began the tradition of donating lumber for the shrine that was maintained by every Shogun until the end of the Edo Period in 1867.
The main hall rests on a wooded hilltop and dates before 1333 and is one of the few such ancient structures in Saitama.
The shrine is dedicated to the Shinto gods Hondawakano-mikoto, Himegami, and Kinagatarashihimenno-mikoto.Festivals
The major festivals and Suitengu held are:
- January 1 – Gantansai (New Year’s Festival)
- January 5 – Reitaisai (Annual Festival / Daruma Fair)
- March 15 – Harumatsuri (Spring Festival)
- April 15 – Reitaisai (Annual Festival)
- July 15 – Natsu-Matsuri (Summer Festival)
- September 15 – Aki-matsuri (Autum Festival)
- November 23 – Niinamesai