My old postcards days 5 : Sweeping falling leaves in the Ichigaya-hachiman shrine

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Ichigaya Kamegaoka Hachiman shrine was on the hill beside the outer moat of the Chiyoda castle where the Tokugawa shoguns lived and the Japanese king lives now.  Hachiman is the god of sea,  from 13th century to 17th,  Japanese pirates used the flag of Hachiman god to sail along the Chinese coast.  Before the construction of the Chiyoda castle by the first Shogun, the old Yedo fort was constructed by the famous general Dokan Ota.  He built the Kamegaoka Hachiman shrine in the fort in the 16th century.   The Hachiman god is a god of archery,  so the samurai warriors worshiped this god.  Those days the Yedo gulf water washed the foot of the fort.  The first Shogun Yeyasu used this shrine as a guardian of his castle and he reconstructed it on the hill northern side of the castle.  And now, though  the area of the shrine is not so large as it was in the Edo era, it is still here.

An old woman was sweeping yellow ginko leaves behind the wishing wooden cards board in the front garden.

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