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Akasaka’s Hie-jinja Shrine

Guard of Edo castle

When Tokugawa Ieyasu set up the Bakufu government (Shogunate) in Edo, Hie-jinja was enshrined inside of Edo Castle (modern day Imperial Palace) as a guard against evil spirits. In 1659, the fourth Shogun Ietsuna moved it to its current location. Hie-jinja is also known as San-no-sama, and has a big biennial festival (San-no Matsuri) on June 15. People visit this shrine wishing for a happy marriage life, the blessing of children, and a safe delivery. The Pair of Monkeys seen at the shrine symbolizes those wishes.

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