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城南宮 宮司 Jyouanguu guuji The High Priest at Jonangu Shrine

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Located in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Jonangu Shrine is known as “hou-yoke no Taisha” that means the grand shrine to purify the disastrous directions. The time of its establishment is unknown. It is said that when Emperor Kanmu relocated the capital to Kyoto, he built this shrine to guard the south part of the capital as well as urakimon (the southeast part or the opposite of the northwest that is called kimon, the ominous direction) of Toba Rikyu Palace. Since then people have worshipped the deities at this shrine as those who purify disastrous places. Even today a lot of people all over the country visit this shrine before they start a construction work or move to a new house. Not only one-day prayer, you can also ask the Grand Priest to offer a prayer in your stead to attain your desire for successive 7 days, 15 days, 1 month and so on. On the New Year’s Day, the ceremonies such as “Harae Kagura (kagura dance for purification)” and “Chouna Hajime (the start of taking a hand ax to the holy wood, praying for the safety in construction works of the year)” are held with solemnity.
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