Welcome to Kashihara City, Nara Prefecture !


Kashihara-jingu Shrine

The Birthplace of the Japanese Nation

Dedicated to the First Emperor of Japan and his Empress

Visited on April 11th 2006


When the emperor Jinmu landed at the port of Naniwa ( Osaka ) and tried
to enter Yamato, his advance was impeded by the troop of the earthy god
Nagasune-hiko ( the Long Shank ) , and his brother Itsuse no Mikoto died
in a battle.

His brother, on his death bed, said to the emperor : " We are descendants
of the Goddess of the Sun, and therefore, we must not have fougfht in the
face of the Sun. "

The emperor retreated and went around to the Kii Peninsula and landed
there and advanced through the mountains of Kumano, which is the
Unesco's World Heritage.

Once again, Nagasune-hiko appeared to hold back the troop of the


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The Adavance of the First Emperor Jinmu towards the East of Japan

( By courtesy of Yasaki-inari Shrine in Tokyo )

Then, a shining large bird "Tobi" appeared and came flying to the top of
the bow of the emperor. The enemies became dazzled at the shring light
of the bird.

Nagasune-hiko finally surrendered.

The first Torii Gate of the Kashihara-jingu Shrine

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" Fukada-ike" Pond
39.500 m2 

Nanshin-mon Gate

" Gai-haiden " Outer Reverance Hall


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Inner Reverance Hall
Only the Shinto Priests and the members of the Imperial
Family can enter the inside of the Outer Reverance Hall



Ppriestess "Miko" at the office of the shrine

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Kashihara-jingu Shrine and the Unebi-yama

後方に畝傍山 ( うねびやま ) 

Inner Reverance Hall

The sanctuary of Kashihara where the Kashihara Jingû Shrine and the
mausoleum of the first emperor Jinmu and of the second emperor Suizei
is quiet usually as seen in several pictures but on Februay 11th, it will be
crowded with 200,000 people to warship at the shrine and to celebrate the
foundation of the Japanese nation.

Although it is a very impressive place, few tourists come here except on
the festival days.

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On February 11th,
the Festival of the
foundation of the Japanese

Sacred dances "Okagura"
performed on February 11th.

"Emperor Jinmu"
written by Aki Izumoi ,
manga artist and writer

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                                             御由緒 ( ごゆいしょ ) 

  樫原神宮( かしはら じんぐう )は 神武天皇( じんむてんのう )が即位
  された畝傍山 ( うねびやま ) の  東南 樫原宮( かしはらのみや )
 の旧跡に 位置して います。

  国内統一を図( はか )られた神武天皇の建国の大業( だいぎょう )を仰(あお)
 ぎ その御威徳 ( ごいとく ) を敬慕( けいぼ )し 神社創建の 声が  民間有
  志 から起こり 元京都御所の賢所( かしこどころ) と神嘉殿( しんがでん )を明
  治天皇から下賜( げし )され 明治23年( 1890年) 4月2日に御鎮座
  ( ごちんざ ) されました。

  昭和十五年(1940年 )には 紀元二千六百年を記念して 宮域整備拡張事業が
  行われ 本殿 拝殿の修復と 幣殿  内拝殿  外拝殿 廻廊( かいろう )の施設
  が 素木 ( しらき ) 造りで造営されました。

  495,500 平方メートル( 15万坪 ) の広大な御神域は 雄大豪壮( ゆうだい
  ごうそう )なたたずまい と森厳崇高( しんげんすうこう )な 雰囲気( ふんいき )
 で 境内( けいだい ) をつつんでいます。

    From the leaflet of the Shrine

 The Kashihara-jungu Shrine is situated at thesoutherneast of the Mr.Unebi
-yama where the first human emperor was crowned as the emperor,
according to the chronicles Kojiki and Nihonshoki.

At the middle of the Meiji Era, according to the increased public opinion
in favor of the foundation of the shrine in honor of the great achievements
of the first emperor Jinmu, the emperor Meiji donated the the building
"Kashikodokoro" of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto and the spirit of the first
emperor Jinmu was enshrined there on April 2nd 1890.

In 1940, one year before the Japanese participation in the World War II
with the Pearl Hobor attack, the 2,600th anniversary of the foundation of
the Japanese nation was held with much pomp. On that occation, the
area of the Kashihara sanctuary was extended and the main hall "Honden"
was repaired and the reverance halls "Haiden" and other buildings of the
shrine were built.

The majestic Kashihara-jingu Shrine is situated in the forest of the 495,500
square meter sanctuary.

The mausoleum is a grave where the remains of of a great person, deified,
is buried,and the shrine is not a grave. It is a place where the spirit of a great
person is enshrined. Many foreigners misunderstand this fact.

About the site of the grave of the emperor Jinmu, there has been a lot of

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controversy. At the end of the Edo period, however, a mound in Okubo-cho,
Kashiwara city, was determined as a tomb of the first emperor Jinmu.

The mound was repaired at the end of the Edo Period, and during the Meiji
era, the santuary was extended.

In 1967, February 11th became "Kenkoku Kinenbi" , The Nation's Foundation
Day, a national holiday. Before the World War II, the same day was
celebrated with the name of "Kigen Setsu" but it was not celebrated during
two decades, as the name has a smack of being nationalistic.

Kamu-yamato Iware-hiko-no-mikoto, a great grand son of Niigi-no-mikoto,
descendant of the Sun, thought that it is difficult to govern the nation in the
Imperial Palace, in the southernmost province of Hyûga, Kyushu Island and
decided to advance towards the East., according to the Chronicles Kojiki and
Nihon Shoki. He left the province of Hyûga on 5th October 667 B.C., and
arrived at Kashihara on February 11th 660 B.C and founded the Japanese
Nation as the first emperor Jinmu, where in 1890, the Kashihara Shrine was

Thus, the history of human beings and not of the gods began. But, his life
was full of mythological stories.

On April 11th, 2006, Hiroaki Sasaki visited at Kashihara
with Christian Petrocello, argentine.

Mausoleum of the Emperor Jinmu