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God of Good Luck and Victory, Fujinomori Jinja Shrine

Constructed in 203 A.D., by the Empress Jingu (神功皇后) as she returned from the war field, the shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. The Fujinomori Festival (藤森祭) annually held on May 5 at this shrine, is said to be the origin of Shobu no Sekku (菖蒲の節句, the Iris Festival according to Japanese calendar). Since the Shobu (菖蒲) is the same sound of Shobu (勝負, victory), the festival is regarded as very auspicious.

At this shrine, hydrangea flowers are also very famous. In addition, recently the shrine is crowded with many young female visitors joining “Kyoto Token Goshuin Meguri (京都刀剣御朱印巡り, Stamp Rally of Sword-related shrines in Kyoto). In the old days, the shrine was feverishly worshiped by many Samurai (侍) clans, because of its benefit of bringing good luck and victory.

However, victory doesn’t mean winning the war only. It also means winning all the games you play in your life, ranging from gambles such as horse races to accomplishing your study. Whatever game you play, the point is whether you win or lose.

If you are craving for winning, please come visit this shrine.

Akane Kibune
Kyoto Expert Certification 1st Grade

7 mins. on foot from Sumizome station, Keihan line
5 mins. on foot from Fujinomori station, JR line
Fujinomori Jinja, Kyoto City bus

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