Misogi-jinja Shrine is a shrine located in Kobuchizawa, Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi Prefecture. In 1974, the Inoue-jinja Shrine in Higashi-Ueno, Tokyo, which was the original location, was destroyed, so the shrine was revived in Yamanashi Prefecture where there were many believers. In this shrine there are worship prayers, “Omiyamairi” (shrine visit), “Shichi Go San” (the Japanese tradition, girls aged 3 and 7 and boys aged 3 and 5 dress in kimonos and visit a Shinto shrine), wedding ceremony etc. are being carried out. It was a relatively new shrine because it was moved from Tokyo in 1985. The precincts are very beautiful, feeling pure and pleasant.
In Nogaku-den (Noh theater) you can celebrate the god pre-wedding. Nogaku-den, as it is above the water, is a lovely atmosphere nothing else. “Yatsugatake Takigi Noh” will be held every August, and “Noh festival” will be held in November, there will be events throughout the year. In this shrine, the spring water of Mt. Yatsugatake is regarded as sacred water, and to the person who applied for it, it is handed after being exhumed. (Chargeable)
Besides, it is a shrine that worth visiting several times, to do exorcises of the car or to experience a 1 day 2 day training.
Besides the main shrine of full-fledged Sinmei-zukuri Style, all timber used are Kiso Hinoki, Nogaku-den which is said to be one of the best in Japan is extremely magnificent. Suisho-Den which worships wells emerging from Mt. Yatsugatake is drawing attention as a sacred spot with strong spiritual power.
The word of “Misogi” of Misogi-jinja Shrine means becoming “clean”, and it is said that Japanese people have set on the origin of the way of thinking “clean” or “dirty” from ancient times.
Unlike Western “right and wrong thought,” it is thought that “Even if work goes wrong, or even if or a big misfortune falls on, if Misogi is performed firmly a certain period and you become “clean”, so you can step toward brand-new life again.”
Of course, religious austerities which is struck by the waterfall or is covered with water on the sea or a river is also “Misogi”, but seemingly, in Shintoism, to clean invisible heart and fate, and to spend each day lively brightly happily is also thought “Misogi”. There is the part overlapping with “Misogi” of the Buddhism a little, but seems to be the Shinto shrine cleansing mind and body together.
In Nogaku-den (Noh theater) equal to Kaguraden (hall for Shinto music and dance), Kiso hinoki is used all, and it is fully equipped with an element necessary for the noh stage called Hon-butai (main stage), Hashigakari (attached bridge-form passageway), Kagami-no-ma (mirror room), Kinin-seki (noble seat), and it is arranged like the phoenix which extended feather centering on this stage.
The late Tadashi Moriya great painter, who was a person of recipient of Order of Culture, drawn Oimatsu (The Old Pine Tree) on Kagamiita (a type of board used in Noh) of stage front.
As the best noh stage in Japan, it seem to be said to be “the stage that I want to play once” in the Noh world.
|Name:||Misogi-jinja Nogaku-do (Misogi Shrine Noh theater)|
|Address:||Kobuchisawachokamisasao 3401 Hokuto, Yamanashi 408-0041 Japan|
|Access:||JR Chuo-honsen Line “Kobuchizawa-eki Station” (5 minutes by car)|