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猿投神社 Sanage-jinja Sanage Shrine

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Sanage Shrine in Toyota City, Aich Prefecture, is a historic shrine pertaining to the legends referred to in Kojiki (the Records of Ancient Matters) and Nihon Shoki (the Chronicles of Japan). It is said that the shrine was founded in 192 during the reign of Emperor Chuai, but it is not historically verified. The oldest existing record about the shrine says that the deity of this shrine was ranked Ju-goi-no-ge (the second rank of the fith class) in 851. The shrine was the 3rd largest shrine in the Mikawa province in the old times.

The enshrined deity is Ousu no Mikoto, who is a twin brother of Yamato Takeru no Mikoto. According to Nihon Shoki, when Emperor Keiko ordered Ousu no Mikoto to set out for the eastern land to put down the barbarians, he refused it. According to Kojiki, he was killed by his brother Yamato Takeru because he committed a lot of wrongful acts. However, the shrine record says that Ousu no Mikoto was bitten by a poisonous snake and dead in the mountain of Sanage, where he was buried. The shrine also enshrined a left-handed scythe because Ousu no Mikoto was a left-handed person.

The main shrine is located at the foot of Mt. Sanage, 629 m above sea level. Together with the east shrine in the east peak and the west shrine in the west peak, they were generically called Sanage Sanja (three shrines) Daimyojin. The dedication of “Bo-no-te,” a kind of the martial arts using a stick, is held in October every year.
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猿投山の球状花崗岩 Sanage-yama-no-kyujyou-kakou-gan The Round Granite Stones at Mt. Sanage

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A very rare round granite stones can be seen on the bank of the Hirosawa River near the top of Mt. Sanage (629 m) in Kano Town in Toyota City, Aich Prefecture. They are designated as a National Natural Monument.

As the beautiful joints on the surface of the stones look like petals of a chrysanthemum flower, the stones are called “Kiku-ishi (chrysanthemum stone).” This type pf granite stones can be found in the riverbed and the micaceous granite layers in the cliffs along the river. They are 4 to 8 cm in a total size and 2 to 3 cm in a central size. This very rare petal-shaped pattern was formed by the radial alignment of quartz, feldspar and black mica, which are composing the granite.

As the walking trail is set out, you can easily get to the riverbank.
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