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Gokoku-jinja Shrine

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2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, 730-0011 Japan
082-221-5590http://www.h-gokoku.or.jp/

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“Gokoku” shrines are Shinto shrines designated as places of worship for those who have died in war. Originally constructed in 1868 to commemorate the Hiroshima-han victims of the Boshin War, Hiroshima Gokoku-jinja Shrine now enshrines 92,700 souls; the soldiers from the former aki-no-kuni (now western Hiroshima Prefecture) who died in Japan’s wars up until the start of the Great East Asian War (as the 2nd World War post Pearl Harbor is known in Japan) and some 10,000 workers and volunteer corps stationed in Hiroshima who lost their lives to the A-Bomb.

The shrine is now located next to Hiroshima Castle.

Read more about Gokoku-jinja Shrine here.

 

Upcoming Events

February 2017
Free

Setsubun-sai at Gokoku-jinja

February 3 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
setsubun at gokokujinja shrine

After a cleansing ritual to ward off evil spirits and bring in good luck performed in the shrine building which includes a little bit of bean throwing, the action moves outside and a shrine priest shoots arrows at a big image of an oni demon head. Finally, there is quite a battle to grab bags of lucky beans thrown from the top of a tower erected in the shrine precinct. Some of the bags of beans have lucky tickets attached…

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May 2017
Free

Naki-zumo Cry Baby Sumo at Gokoku-jinja Shrine

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
nakizumo

What better way to celebrate Children's Day than by dressing your baby up in funny clothes and making him or her cry in front of a big crowd.   Participation is limited to babies 6-18 months old whose parents have paid the ¥5000 entry fee.

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December 2017
Free

New Year at Gokoku Shrine

December 31, 2017 - January 3, 2018
gokoku jinja at new year

December 31 From 17:00 Ooharae-shiki (purification ceremony) & Joya-sai (seeing out the old year festival) From just after 11pm the bell in the main shrine building opens for clanging and the ceremonial sake starts to be served to the first of the over half a million people who will visit over the next few days. 24:00 Shrine maidens dance to welcome the new year. January 1 10:00 Saitansai is a Shinto ritual to mark the beginning of New Year, followed…

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