Kamakura-gu was established in 1869, only about 150 years ago. The Imperial Prince Morinaga fought against the Kamakura Shogunate, in cooperation with prominent samurai, and the Ashikaga clans. But in 1335, he was killed in the confusion of the revolution. After the Edo period, the Meiji Emperor was reinstated, and he built this shrine for tragic prince, Morinaga. The shrine offers two types of talisman against evil: A red wooden statue of a lion's head, and a simple white samurai statue.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。