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道明寺天満宮 Doumyouji-Tenmangu Domyoji Tenmangu Shrine

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Domyoji Tenmangu Shrine originates in Haji Shrine that Haji Tribe built in 3 A.D. to enshrine their ancestor Amenohohinomikoto (the son of Amaterasu Omikami, the goddess of the sun). After Buddhism was introduce into Japan, Prince Shotoku decided to build a magnificent temple composed of the five-story stupa and seven halls on the land with an area of 320 m east and west and 640 m north and south, which Haji Yashima donated. The temple was named Haji Temple and later it was assumed the new name of Domyoji by Sugawara no Michizane (enshrined as a deity of study). The shrine possesses a lot of treasures including 6 National treasures, 2 Important National Properties, and 1 Prefectural Cultural Property. The halls were burnt down in the battles to capture Takaya Castle during the Warring States period, however the treasures were unaffected. Later the temple was given sanctuary to by Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and the Tokugawa Shogunate and designated as a vermilion-seal certificate land. Now people visit to pray for academic achievement, safe delivery, safe driving and so on. In 2002, “The 1100th Year Anniversary Festival” in memory of Sugawara no Michizane was held.

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1-16-40 Doumyouji, Fujiidera City, Osaka Prefecture, 583-0012

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