Quest For Japan Logo-Ver7

Go west : Kushida shrine and others in Hakata, Fukuoka

Date Published: Last Update:2015/04/10 Traditional Culture, Travel & View point , , ,

I didn’t do “sight-seeing” in Hakata, because there aren’t many things to see as I wrote in my first post of this series.

However, according to one of the official websites of Fukuoka city government (Japanese page), there seems to be many historical locations.
They offer a free tablet application called “Fukuoka rekishi nabi” (navigation for historical Fukuoka).
I wish I knew about this before my trip!
It’s understandable why they aren’t mentioned in Hakata guidebooks though, because most of the places look nothing special.

Kushida shrine

Kushida shrine, Hakata 8

The only historical place I visited in Hakata.

Quick history

Hakata was a very wealthy city because there were powerful merchants who traded with Asian countries like China.
So, during the “Sengoku” (Warring States) period, the city was involved in numerous battles between samurai warlords who tried to obtain the control of the area.

When Hideyoshi Toyotomi finally conquered Kyushu island (where Fukuoka locates) in 1587, he swiftly ordered his men (one of them was Mitsunari Ishida, who later lost the Battle of Sekigahara against Ieyasu Tokugawa) to reconstruct the city.
He built and devoted the present shrine buildings in the same year.

The shrine is largely renovated every 25 years.
This kind of renovation is called “(shikinen-) senguu” in Japanese.
The latest, the 48th, “senguu” of the shrine was in 2000.

It is said that its original establishment was in 757.

– About “senguu” –

Kushida shrine, Hakata 1

Some of shrines in Japan undergo “senguu”.
The famous “senguu” are those at “Izumo Taisha” in Shimane prefecture and “Ise Jinguu” in Mie prefecture.

The literal meaning of “senguu” is “moving the place with god(s)”.
“Shikinen” is “predetermined year”.
“Go-shintai”, the object of worship, is moved to another place during the repair or reconstruction of its shrine.

What for?
There seems to be several theories:

  • To maintain the wooden buildings.
  • To keep up the traditional architectural technology.
  • To refresh the power of god, as a shrine has to be always purified.

Carpenters who can build or repair shrines and temples are called as “miya-daiku” in Japanese.
“Daiku” means “carpenter”, and “miya” in this case is “shrine / temple”.
No qualification is needed to become a “miya-daiku”, but traditional building skills and knowledges are must.

The shrine

Kushida shrine, Hakata 7

- The gate -

Kushida shrine, Hakata 6
The direction board with Chinese Zodiac on the roof of the gate.
The Kanji characters on board are directions although they are a little difficult see because of my camera shake.

 

Kushida shrine, Hakata 2

- The divine tree -

This is a ginkgo tree in the shrine, designated as a natural monument by Fukuoka prefecture.
It is said that it’s more than a thousand years old, but considering its size, probably younger.

 

Kushida shrine, Hakata 5

Yamakasa

- "Yamakasa" -

– Hakata Gion yamakasa –

One of the big summer festival in Hakata, held from July 1 to 15.
It is dedicated to the god “Susanoo-no-Mikoto” in this shrine.
“yamakasa” is a sacred palanquin to be carried around.
On the last day of the festival, from about 5 o’clock in the morning, every “yamakasa” team runs into the shrine and out to the fixed goal.
Its required time is kept.
From 6 o’clock in the morning, “Nou”, a traditional performance, is shown to comfort god in the shrine.

Kushida shrine, Hakata 4

If you want to see what the final race is like, see here (Japanese page).
There are videos that each team runs into the shrine. (Click the photos to see the videos.)
For English information, see here.

Pokemon Centre

HakataPokemon1

At the Eighth floor of “Amu Plaza” in the Hakata station building.
(In Japan, the floor at street level is the first floor like USA.)
I was wandering around for dinner when I found this.
There were some people playing their DS.

HakataPokemon2

Hakata Pokemon Centre 3

- Pokemon Gacha-gacha -

Yanagi-bashi Rengou Ichiba (Yanagi-bashi united market)

A small market by Naka River.
I wanted to buy “niboshi” (small dried fish that are usually used for soup stocks) and “mentai-ko” for my family.

“Book-Off” (secondhand shop)

There are several Book-Off in Hakata, and three of them are easy to access by train.
One near the Hakata station, the second in Tenjin area, and the third in Chiyo area.
I went to two of them.

  • “Book-Off” in Hakata
  • Near the Hakata station
  • In Tenjin area
  • In Chiyo area

Hakata souvenirs

Souvenirs I bought for my friends.

Hakata Hi-Chew

- Hi-Chew, limited in Kyusyu island -

Hakata Curry

- Curry with mentai-ko -

 

Related posts:
#Hakata (1: General Info)
(2: Moomin Cafe)
(3: Juventus Lounge)

#Dazaifu (1: General Info)
(2: Michizane – general)
(3: Michizane – legends)
(4: Michizane – vengeance)
(5: Michizane – Tenman-guu)
(6: Dazaifu – to the main shrine)
(7: Dazaifu – the main shrine and around)
(8: Dazaifu – Kyushu National Museum)

The following two tabs change content below.

kara

A Japanese living in Okayama. A proud "Otaku"! Loves animals, snacks, manga, games (PC, iPad, Nintendo DS, PSP), foreign TV dramas, traveling and football (soccer).

Sponsored Links

  • Pocket
  • 1 follow us in feedly

Related Article/s:

I didn't go inside.

Takahashi in Okayama, Japan -Part 4-

Other places to see in Takahashi (2) [Takahashi church] Built in 1889, thanks to donations from Christians. This is the oldest church in Okayama prefecture. In Takahashi, Christian missions were started in 1879, and Christianity rapidly developed after Jou Niijima visited the city the next year. – About Jou Niijima – Jou Niijima was the […]

Read Article

Ninja

We are ninjas: What ninja is and the origin

What is “ninja”? From “Mansenshuukai” a.k.a. “Bansenshuukai” (a famous ninjutsu-sho, a book about ninja’s tricks), an excellent ninja is described as one who makes a great success but; Makes no sound Has no odor Remains nameless Never win a name for himself / herself Makes outstanding achievements just like creating this world About the expression […]

Read Article

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Kyoto: Night Illumination Kiyomizudera

After that nice city stroll, the hunt was on again – the hunt for autumn foliage that is. Earlier that day we started our hunt at northwest part of Kyoto (Kagamiishi Dori) where we found beautiful concentrations of momiji foliage. This time we were set to see one of the best night illuminations in one […]

Read Article

boom

Pyoon! Nyan! Pachi! – Learning the Japanese Onomatopoeia 2

In our last post about Japanese onomatopoeias, we talked about the first type which is the giseigo or words that mimic human and animal sounds. This time, we will talk about the other two types: giongo and gitaigo. As we mentioned in the last post, the Japanese language is full of onomatopoeias. Some of them […]

Read Article

question

Kotoba Asobi: Nazonazo – Learning the Japanese Style of Wordplay 4

Another fun form of Japanese wordplay is nazonazo. And just like the shiritori, it is fun to play with other people. Word Puzzles/Nazonazo Nazonazo is just the Japanese word for riddles. Riddles are design to make your minds work but a riddle in a non-native language will make your mind work harder. It is very […]

Read Article

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Naoshima Art House Project – Part 1

After visiting the port of Miyanoura on the west coast of the island of Naoshima. We decided to visit the port of Honmura located on the islands east coast. Home to the Art House Project. To get around the island tourist could take various forms of transportation such as the bus or rental bikes. Rental […]

Read Article

kodomo no hi

Golden Week – Children’s Day

Today in Japan is Greenery Day (みどりの日, Midori no Hi) which is a part of the series of holidays called the Golden Week. If you want to read more about Greenery Day, read our previous post. Continuing our series of posts regarding Golden Week, we will feature Children’s Day (子供の日) or Kodomo no Hi. Children’s […]

Read Article

Firefly watching - upclose

Japanese Seasonal Events: Firefly Watching 2

Firefly watching in Shirochi, Takahashi In Okayama prefecture, there are at least seven places listed on the website that I visited. I decided to pick one with easy access and free parking area. The viewing spot is located in Ochiai-cho, Shirochi, Takahashi-shi. In other viewing spots, artificially-reared fireflies are released to join other wild fireflies. While in […]

Read Article

hina dolls

Japanese Events and Celebrations According to Seasons

Japanese people love outdoor activities. During weekends or holidays, they will surely find ways to enjoy hanging out with their family or with friends. They usually go out for a picnic, barbecue party, camping and other sort of fun things to enjoy. Japanese also gather to celebrate the important events held within the country. The […]

Read Article

dajare_1

Kotoba Asobi: Dajare – Learning the Japanese Style of Wordplay 2

In our last post about Kotoba Asobi, we learned about Japanese palindromes or kaibun. In this post, we will learn another type of kotoba asobi which is the dajare or Japanese puns. The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts harorudo Latest posts by harorudo (see all) Kaomoji: Expressing Emotions Through Text 2 – June […]

Read Article

Sponsored Links

Leave a Reply

Sponsored Links

  • Google+
    InstagramInstagram
PAGE TOP ↑