Okayama Kibiji


Okayama Kibij 岡山 吉備路 The Kibi Region

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Kibiji senbei 吉備路せんべい rice crackers
with motives of the Kibiji region


The Kibiji District is an area with majestic ancient history and legendary stories.

The myth of Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto and Ura passed down through the years, is said to have been the root of an old tale called “Momotaro”. The myth is as follows.
“The Prince Ura of Kudara (Baekje: A country that existed from the 4th to 7th centuries in what is the present day Korean Peninsula), used to live in Kinojo (castle of the devil) and caused trouble for the people living in the village. In order to defeat Ura, Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto was delivered to Kinojo by the emperor’s government. After a blistering battle, Ura was defeated by Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto. In the old tale “Momotaro”, Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto is portrayed as Momotaro, and Ura is portrayed as the defeated devil.

Kibitsuhiko Shrine which is still majestic now is said to have been occupied by Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto when he battled Ura.

There are buildings and ceremonies in Kibitsu Shrine which come to us from the legend; Okama-den (palace) is the place in which the neck of Ura is said to have been buried, and the holy Yatate Ceremony is for warding off evil spirits.

There are many places connected with the old tale as well, such as Yagui-no-miya (the place where an arrow shot by Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto and a rock thrown by Ura were said to have crashed and landed), Chisui-gawa (literary translated, “blood-sucking river”; after being shot out by Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto, the blood from Ura’s one eye was said to have colored this river red), and Koikui Shrine (a carp-eating shrine where Ura, who tried to escape by transforming himself into carp, was said to have been held in the mouth of Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto who had changed to a cormorant bird).
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Kibitsu Hiko Jinja 吉備津彦神社
Okayama. Kibitsuhiko shrine

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お守り o-mamori amulets

with a peach against fire and misfortune 災難除け守り
for your health 健康開運守り
to find a good partner 縁結び守り
four-leaf clover for good luck 幸福守り
childbirth and child rearing 安産守り
- - - and many more

source : amulets from Kibitsuhiko Shrine

A set of three papermachee animals, komainu 狛犬、bird 鳥、and bull 牛.
Kibitsuhiko, one of the Four Shogun 四道将軍 Shido Shogun appointed by the Emperor Sujin Tenno 崇神天皇 (in the Kojiki records) to the West, there was always a dog and a bird at his side to guide him on the way. They are now also amulets at Kibitsu Jinja 吉備津神社.

yatate shinji 矢立神事 ceremony of standing bows
kigo for the third day of the new year.
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. WKD : Kigo Calendar .


Kibitsu Jinja 吉備津神社
Okayama. 岡山県岡山市吉備津931

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Called Kibi-no-kuni in ancient times, the Kibi region was so powerful that it could even compete with the Yamato Dynasty (government that ruled over Japan mainly in the Yamato region during 4th-7th centuries). Even today, valuable cultural assets and huge burial mounds remain in this peaceful rural area.
The Kibitsu Shrine in the eastern part of the Kibi region is where the Okibitsuhiko-Daijin is enshrined. Okibitsuhiko-Omikami is the general who brought stability and peace to this region.

As legend goes, he was the one who built the foundation of the current Kibi culture. The shrine's Honden and Haiden were reconstructed in 1425 and both are designated as national treasures. Here at the Kibitsu Shrine, a special ritual called Narukama-Shinji 鳴釜神事 is conducted in which a pot is beaten and the sound that comes from doing so is used to determine if your wish will come true or not.
Additionally, this is the shrine where the legend of driving away the ogres has been handed down which served as the base for the folk tale Momotaro (story of a boy born from a peach who, after growing up, drove the evil ogres away).
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御先大明神 Misaki Daimyojin is the Misaki Deity of 吉備津神社 Kibutsu Jinja.
岩山大明神 Iwayama Daimyojin is the Jinushigami 地主神 the land god of Kibitsu Jinja.
. Misaki ミサキ Legends about the Misaki deity .
Misaki Daimyoojin 御先大明神 / ミサキ大明神 Misaki Daimyojin

. Momotaro (Momotaroo 桃太郎 ) Peach Boy .

From the main shrine building there is a long corridor down to a special hall for another famous ritual:

narukama shinji 鳴釜神事
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amulet of a peach 桃, the symbol of the region and the "Peach Boy" legend

amulet for traffic safety 交通安全 
with crane and turtoise "tsurukame" 鶴亀

. Daruma Doll Family from Kibitsu Shrine 

HP of the shrine

Okibitsuhiko no Mikoto 大吉備津彦命
Kamitsumichi no Omi 下ツ道臣

Kibitsu-zukuri (吉備津造), kibi-zukuri (吉備造) or
hiyoku irimoya-zukuri (入母屋造, paired wing hip-and-gable roof style) is a traditional Japanese Shinto architectural style characterized by four dormer gables, two per lateral side, on the roof of a very large honden (sanctuary).
The gables are set at a right angle to the main roof ridge, and the honden is part of a single complex also including a haiden (worship hall). Kibitsu Shrine in Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, Japan is the sole example of the style, although the Soshi-dō of Hokekyō-ji in Chiba prefecture is believed to have been modeled on it.
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komainu こまいぬ Koma-inu dogs and bird

The clay dolls relate to the stone komainu dogs at the entrance of the shrine.

They come in a set of three, a standing dog, a sitting dog and one bird.
They are only about 3 cm long. They are twisted from clay (tebineri 手捻り).
The dogs protect from fire and thieves, the bird protects from choking on food.
Now people buy them as an amulet for the safe upbringing of children.

. Amulets and Talismans from Japan . 



Kibitsuhiko jinja tokage no o no nagashi

Kibitsuhiko Shrine -
the tail of this lizzard
is so long

Nagamine Chikuhoo 長峰竹芳


. Okayama Shrines .



1 comment:

Gabi Greve said...

mahoroba no Kibitsu no kami no ao arashi

a summer storm
for the gods of Kibitsu,
the land of bliss

Kurata Koobun 倉田紘文 Kurata Kobun (1940 - 2014)
more about mahoroba