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推古天皇陵 Suiko-tennou-ryou Kofun of Empress Suiko

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The kofun of Empress Suiko is located in Taishi-cho, Minami Kawachi-gun, Osaka Pref. Empress Suiko (reigned 593-628) was Japan’s first woman to take the throne. Backed up by Soga no Umako, the chieftain of the Soga clan, she nominated Prince Shotoku as regent, and introduced advanced political system and culture she acquired through the diplomatic relationship with Sui. During her reign, a lot of innovative political reforms were made and Asuka culture centering on Buddhism blossomed.
The tomb of Empress Suiko, or formally named “Yamada Takatsuka Kofun,” is a three-terraced square-shaped kofun with an edge length of about 60 m. The east-west edges are a little longer than the north-south edges. Inside the kofun, there supposed to be two chambers dug into the side; where the stone coffins of Empress Suiko and his son Prince Takeda are presumed to be placed respectively. As this beautiful kofun is raised like a small island, its fine proportion is outstanding in the Valley of the Kings.
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三大神社の藤 Sandaijinjya-no-fuji Wisteria of Sandai Shrine

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Sandai Shrine in Shina-cho, near the town of Kusatsu in Shiga Prefecture, is famous for its wisteria. The enshrined deities at the shrine are Shinatsuhiko-no-mikoto and Shinatsuhime-no-mikoto. 

Every year in April and May, the wisteria blossom clusters grow so long that they touch the ground, hence the name 'suna-zuri-no-fuji' (wisteria trailing the sand). The wisteria was originally planted by Fujihara, a Sessho (regent for a child emperor) and a Kampaku (regent for an adult emperor), in hopes for prosperity and good fortune. The wisteria deteriorated, however, following a fire started by Oda Nobunaga. In time, it sprouted again from its roots, and became what it is today.

At the Wisteria Festival held during this season at the shrine, people exhibit local products, and the Kusatsu-shi Sightseeing Product Association fair takes place, alongside other activities.

Along with the wisteria in the neighboring Shina Shrine and Soujya Shrine, the wisteria at Sandai Shrine are sometimes collectively known as 'shinamisato-no-fuji'. The wisteria of Sandai Shrine are notable for their twisting, lithe appearance, and make for a truly gratifying spectacle.
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