Thursday, May 25, 2017

(1334) In Otemachi...

...(大手町), lost among several big, modern buildings, a small shrine dedicated to Taira no Masakado (平 将門, 903-940), a warrior from the Heian Period who rebelled against the imperial government. His revolt was quashed very quickly and he was decapitated but his head returned to his place of origin, at a site that later would become part of Edo and present-day Tokyo. To appease his spirit, Masakado was enshrined at the big shrine Kanda Myojin (神田明神) -the small shrine in this pictures allegedly hosts his head. 

(For a bigger version of these pictures both in color and black and white, check my "Japan Arekore" set on Flickr)

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