If you are thinking to start your own business in this year, you had better go to shrine to pray for your success. But there should the most famous place shrine for business. Yes, there is one really center of Tokyo!
Kanda Myojin Shrine is the chief guardian god of Edo and was established in the second year of Tempo according to the old Japanese calendar that corresponds to 730 C.E on the modern calendar. People are very proud of Kanda Myojin Shrine’s very long history over 1270 years. Kanda Myojin Shrine is very popular with the local people because they feel that if they worship here it will give them: happy family life, success and prosperity in their businesses. Recently, because Kanda Myojin Shrine is not so far away from Akihabara, it has become the guardian of I.T data. People can get a lucky charm here called the “Protection and Safe keeper of I.T Data”, which has become increasingly popular. Every year during the New Year’s celebrations, many of the engineers and people who run businesses from the area come to Kanda Myojin Shrine and buy this lucky charm.
After you go through the large torii to Kanda Myojin Shrine, you will see the magnificent gate just in front of you. This gate is Zuishin Mon; it is painted vermillion and is entirely made from solid Japanese Cypress. The roof over the gate is a traditionally-styled Japanese roof, called “Irimoya Zukuri.” If you look, you will see that it has carvings of the Shijin, or four Taoist gods on it, who are: the red phoenix, the white tiger, the blue dragon and black turtle-snake.
The structure of Sha-den is made from reinforced concrete; it has been built in a very unique style closely linked to that of Hon-den or the main shrine, Hei-den the place of offerings and Hai-den the place of worship. Sha-den has been designated as one of the National Registered Cultural Properties. It is a very impressive sight stood there in its vivid vermillion color.
There are a lot of things you can see where you can really feel the atmosphere of Edo coming through in Kanda Myojin. Interesting? Please check it out!