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Hokuriku: Asahi and Yuuhi Shrines

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Toyama Bay from Asahi Jinja

Asahi & Yuuhi Jinja
These shrines are on the east coast of the Noto Peninsula in Toyama-ken. They are the morning and the evening shrines, for sunrise and sunset. The first enshrines Amaterasu/Amateru, and the other Toyouke Kami. We know from Woshite studies that Amateru was the grandson of Toyoke/Toyouke. They are respectively enshrined at Ise Jingu Naiku and Ise Jingu Geku. The Asahi and Yuuhi shrines are across highway from Toyama Bay. Both Asahi and Yuuhi shrine buildings were constructed in 1689.

Asahi  Jinja

Asahi’s first torii faces north. We measured the direction that the hall faces and it turned out to be 116 degrees SE. GPS readings were 36 degrees 55 min N, 137 deg 1 min E.
It is said that the kami of Ise Jingu, Amaterasu/Amateru was brought here before the Kamakura period (1185–1333). In olden days this shrine was revered as ubusu-gami, guardian of one’s birthplace. Both shrines are approached by a climb upwards and the prayer hall is on one’s right. The buildings are encased in glass (winters are extremely cold and snowy here) and so do not appear remarkable from the outside.
Just past the torii, we see the lanterns flanking the kaidan. So up we go. Along the way is this marvelous stack of stones.
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We reach the shrine hall and it looks very plain in its winter coat. But when we take a peek through the glass we see the lovely hinoki wood and a traditional capped hashira post.
Yuuhi Jinja

 

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Yuuhi Jinja is 500 m north of Asahi. It is adjacent to a school which you can see in the background. Although this sando faces the bay in the east, the shrine building is facing a southwesterly direction, sitting on the rock of the low mountain.
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Yuuhi Jinja was formerly dedicated to Kunitokotachi, the earliest named kami. However, since Asahi corresponds to Ise Naiku inner shrine for Amateru, Yuuhi is considered the Geku outer shrine for Toyouke-kami.
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Wosite was deliberately erased

Mikasafumi Namekoto no aya

Wosite is a writing system that was in use from 6,000 to 1,000 years ago. It is best known for the legacy document, Hotsuma Tsutae. Only three documents written in the Wosite days are extant today. They are the Hotsuma Tsutae, the Mikasafumi, and the Futomani.

Why are there no other Wosite documents? Why is Wosite writing virtually unknown today? If Wosite were known, then wouldn’t our conceptions about the writing of Ancient Japan change drastically?

WoshiteWorld has just published a series of four articles on the intentional elimination of Wosite as a writing system. Wosite  literature and history and philosophy were also eradicated. As we read these articles, we also learn why Amaterasu Omikami is a female “sun goddess” rather than the male Amateru. And how his beloved and trusted consort Seoritsuhime Mukatsuhime has all but disappeared from history. It is a shame when the contributions of important people are hidden. For political reasons.

The first post is here,  https://woshiteworld.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/1111/

‘The point is, we must read the history written in Wosite, the prohibited books, and gradually realize the truth, and do it thoroughly.’

 

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Isawa no Miya  

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伊雑宮(いざわのみや) Izawa no Miya

Information from Ise Jingu

Isawa no Miya, sometimes called Izawa no Miya or Izougu, may hold a more important place in history than is commonly realized. Searches in English show that it is only one of 125 auxiliary shrines of the Ise Jingu.  However, it may be the motomoto or original shrine of the Ise Shrines. The Nihon Shoki states that Yamatohime founded Isawa no Miya. Isawa no Miya is one of the Three Shrines of Ise.

Moreover, some very valuable historical documents have been found there. The priests and staffs of Isawa over the years must have preciously guarded these treasures.

Amateru of Hotsuma

As a Hotsuma researcher, Okunomichi is interested in places where Amateru lived. In Aya 27 we find Amateru receiving his final teaching at the deathbed of his grandfather, the sage Toyoke-sama. After a long period of mourning, Amateru returns to his homeland and announces a move to his new residence. This place is called Isawa no Miya. Here, Amateru taught the Way of Ise, Ise no Michi.

Sendai Kuji Hongi / Kujiki

This document was purportedly written by Prince Shotoku in 620 CE. In the year 1667 the Zen monk from Kyoto, Doukai Chouon accessed the Kujiki (31 volumes) at Ise Jingu. The complete copy of the 72-volume version was re-discovered in Isawa no Miya in 1667. In 1679 Chouon published the Kujiki-72, a copy of which is held by the National Diet Library. Interestingly, this copy, too, says that Isawa is the oldest of the Ise Shrines.

During the Warring States Period, Ise Jingu could not defend its three auxiliary shrines to the south and west of the main Naiku and Geku. In 1521 the Kuki clan seized Izawa Shrine; fortunately shrine staff had already hidden some of their treasured manuscripts. The Kujiki-72 was hidden at Ise (Isawa), Oomiya Jinja, and at Shitenno Temple. 

Isawa no Miya

伊雑宮 いざわのみや Izawa no Miya,  also Izounomiya 「いぞうのみや」, sometimes 「イゾウグウ」Izougu. Enshrined deity 天照坐皇大御神御魂 (あまてらしますすめおおみかみのみたま)Amaterashi masusume Oomikami no Mitama, alternately「瀬織津姫神天照大神分身在河」Seoritsu-hime-kami Amaterasu-Oomikami Bunshin Zaikawa.

References

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E4%BC%8A%E9%9B%91%E5%AE%AE (in Japanese)

Avery Morrow, Sacred Science of Ancient Japan, 2014

http://www.genbu.net/data/sima/izawa_title.htm

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Toyoke, Fifth Takamimusubi

During the time of the 6th Amakami Omotaru [Amakami is the ruler of Hotsuma], the weather changed and there was not much food. Toyoke was born in the family of the Takamimusubi, the ruling family of Hitakami in what is now called Tohoku. He was named Tamakine.

Toyoke governed Hitakami as the 5th Takamimusubi. He organized ceremonies for kami so that people could pray together in the same manner. He made the Futomani Motoake chart.

Toyoke was successful in increasing food production for his people. He was called Higashi-no-kimi, King of the East, and also Hotsuma-kimi. The people bestowed upon him the name Toyoke, or Toyouke. Here, ‘toyo’ means abundant, ‘u’ means greatness, and ‘ke’ is food.

Since the 6th Amakami Omotaru had no children, Toyoke resolved to find a solution. He asked his daughter Isako to marry Takahito and they would serve as the 7th Amakami. Takahito was the eldest son of Awanagi, ruler of Ne-no-kuni. This was the area known today as Hokuriku at the Sea of Japan and including Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures.

The couple became the 7th Amakami, Isanami and Isanagi. For a long while they had no children, and Toyoke was concerned that there would be no heir to rule Hotsuma. By his earnest praying a prince was born. This child became the 8th Amakami, Amateru.

Toyoke taught the young Amateru together with another grandson, Furimaro, in the Yamate Palace at Tagajo. The latter became Takagi, the 7th Takamimusubi, after his father Yasokine / Kanmimusubi.

Toyoke excelled at government, engineering, and education. He taught about horseback riding, obstetrics, metalwork, and yuki-no-michi.

Late in age, Toyoke was asked by Amateru to govern the San-in region, so he relocated to Miyazu in Tango (now Kyoto-Fu). When Toyoke knew he was about to die, he had a hokora tomb dug in the Kujigatake mountain of Mineyama-cho, 20 km northwest of Miyazu. He entered the tomb while still alive – this is called Toyoke-nori. He is deified at the Hinumanai Jinja at the foot of Kujigatake. Amateru, later, was also entombed at Kujigatake.

Note:  As Ikeda exclaims, Toyoke cannot be compared with anyone else. This is exemplified by Toyoke creating the Futomani chart to teach the Way. That is why we are devoting many posts to the life and teachings of Toyoke. We have also visited his shrines in Hitakami, Omi, and San-in, as well as the Geku of Ise Jingu and the Moto-Ise shrines of Tanba.

This is an edited excerpt from the encyclopedia of Ikeda Mitsuru, 1999, 308pp.

HOTSUMA TSUTAE Part 4: Amateru and Amenaru-Michi

Isanami and Isanagi raised the prince at their palace at Okitsu. When Amateru reached the age of sixteen, they asked Toyoke to prepare him to rule by the Amenaru-Michi, the Way of Heaven. Toyoke came to Harami to escort the prince and his parents to Hitakami. When they arrived at Toyoke’s Yamate palace, the prince was surrounded by brilliant light, golden flowers bloomed, the trees shown like gold. Toyoke was moved to give the imina personal name Wakahito, the Prince of Light, to the prince.

Toyoke built a new Amatsu palace and assigned his grandson Furimaro to be Wakahito’s study partner. Furimaro became Takakine, the 6th Takamimusubi and ruler of Hitakami. The two youths diligently studied and practiced the Amenaru-Michi as taught by Kunitokotachi and Toyoke.

After the completion of his preparation, Amateru was installed as the 8th Amakami. The ohoname Grand Rite of Accession was held on the winter solstice.

http://www.hotsuma.gr.jp/aya/aya04-e.html

HOTSUMA TSUTAE Part 3: Birth of the Amakami Amateru

Toyoke, seeing that the dynasty of To-no-Kunisatsuchi remained without an heir to the Amakami rulers, took matters into his own hands. He arranged for a marriage between his daughter Isako and Takahito.   They are known to us as Isanami and Isanagi, and they lived at their palace in Isawa.

They were duly married with all the proper ceremony and ritual. After a time when no heir to the Way appeared, Toyoke made a Futomani divination which directed him to Nakakuni (now Nara area). He had purified himself eight thousand times on Mount Katsuragi and prayed for a successor to Isanami and Isanagi.

Finally the grandson Amateru was born as the sun rose on the first day of the year kishiye. Lord Yamazumi was so overjoyed that he recited a waka:

Mube naruya, yuki no yoroshi mo, miyotsugi mo, yoyo no saiwai hirakeri

‘Tis true to say: a good past life, and a royal heir;  joy for generations now to commence.

Princess Shirayama, Isanami’s sister, gave the baby his first bath and his name, Uhirugi, Great Sun-Spirit Sovereign. All the people were overjoyed.

http://www.hotsuma.gr.jp/aya/aya04-e.html