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Plant crest - Wisteria

1.Ask at Yoshida Shrine, which has a wisteria crest.

Founded on Oka, where the gods gathered, as the guardian deity of Heian-kyo
It was founded in 859, after the relocation of the capital to Heian-kyo, at the foot of Mount Yoshida (also known as Kaguraoka) by the chunagon Fujiwara no Yamagagego as a guardian deity of Kyoto. Since then, the shrine has been revered by the imperial family, and during the Muromachi period (1336-1573), the priest Yoshida Kanefusa spread Yoshida Shinto. The shrine has been worshipped by the imperial family ever since, and during the Muromachi period (1336-1573), the priest Yoshida Kenkutsu spread Yoshida Shinto. Mr. Minonishi, the chief priest, told us. The deities dedicated to the main shrine include Takemikazuchi no Mikoto, who is said to ward off bad luck and bring good fortune, and other pillar deities who are said to be beneficial for academics and conjugal harmony. Yoshida Shrine worships the same deity as Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Deer are used as messengers of the god, and we used to keep deer on the shrine grounds. A statue of a deer sits on the shrine grounds, watching over worshippers with kind eyes.

Note the rare wild wisteria, a crest representing the glory of the Fujiwara clan.

The wisteria crest originated with the powerful Fujiwara clan in the Heian period (794-1185). The wisteria flower is a graceful and fertile plant, and it is said that it became popular because of its significance as a symbol of the prosperity of the Fujiwara clan. The Yoshida Shrine's crest is also named after its founder, Yamagage Hyogo. The crest can be seen on the curtain that hangs over the main shrine building and on the lanterns on either side of the shrine. In fact, there are wisteria flowers growing wild near the shrine. If you look to the right with the main shrine building in front of you, you will be able to see the flowers entwined in the trees.

The best time to see the wisteria is usually from May. It is also rare to see wisteria growing quietly in the wild, rather than on a wisteria trellis.

The Keystone of Yoshida Shintoism: Benefits of the Octagonal Hall of the Grand Palace

If you visit Yoshida Shrine, you must stop by Saibasho Daimonomiya Shrine. It is said that if you visit the shrine, you will receive the same benefits as if you had worshipped at all the shrines in Japan. The deity enshrined here is the very first deity born out of chaos. This is the reason why it is said that you have worshipped the parent deity of all the deities in the country. In fact, there are shrines with small doors surrounding the Daimonomiya Shrine, and each door is dedicated to a deity from all over Japan. It is a very nice system that allows people to visit the shrine remotely, which is very welcome in these days when it is difficult to travel to distant places.

Takamasa Minonishi, Gonnegi

Yoshida Shrine

  • Yoshida Shrine
  • 30, Yoshida Kaguraoka-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • Tel. 075-771-3788
  • Prayer reception 9:00-16:30
    Shrine office 9:00-17:00
  • Free worship in the precincts
  • Parking lot P20 cars (not available during Setsubun Festival)
  • http://www.yoshidajinja.com/

2.Wisteria is also at its best here!

Best viewing spot #1
[White and purple wisteria

Imakumano-Kannon Temple

  • he who is unaware of what is going on around him
  • 32 Sennyuji Sannai-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
  • Tel. 075-561-5511
  • 8:00-17:00
  • Free Admission
  • Parking available
  • http://www.kannon.jp/

3.This is also a good time to visit!

Best viewing spot #2
[Sainokami no Wisteria Park] Beautiful wisteria that is 1,200 years old

Sainogami Wisteria Park

4.What is a plant crest?

Family crests, which have been used as symbols of family status, and crests unique to shrines and temples, called kamon or temple crests, originated in the Heian period (794-1185) when court nobles added crests to their furnishings and personal belongings as landmarks.
There are currently more than 240 types, the most common of which are botanical crests with flower and leaf motifs, rich in plants of all four seasons.

*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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