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Ichinomiya-City Masumida Jinja Shrine
Masumida Jinja, Aichi's First Shrine
Aichi Prefecture's Masumida Jinja Shrine is everything you would expect an ancient Shinto shrine to be. Graceful, tranquil, elegant, timeless. With at least 1,400 years of recorded history, the sacred Masumida is believed to have been founded in 628BC, and was the Ichinomiya, first, or principal shrine of Owari Province, (western Aichi) dedicated to the "Kami" god Amenoho-no-Akari-no-Mikoto, an ancestor of the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu. It is this shrine that gives the surrounding city, Ichinomiya its name. Masumida was patronized and worshiped by the samurai lords of Owari, the Oda clan, and later, the local ruling Tokugawa clans.
The shrine precincts are wide and tree-lined. The main prayer hall is an elegant and simple structure with a regal aura. The large gate projects an imposing, strong and protective image. Carp swim slowly in the pond, and turtles sun themselves on the rocks. Everything is peaceful.