The Sumiyoshi-Taisha is a Shinto shrine in the district of Sumiyoshi in Osaka , Japan, and is considered the main shrine of more than 2,000 Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan, where kami are venerated, the travelers who protect sailors and fishermen should. He was probably in the 3rd Century building and is already in the Kokin-wakashu mentioned.
Sumiyoshi Taisha in which are three Sumiyoshi kami- no Mikoto Sokotsutsuo, Nakatsutsuo no Mikoto and worshiped Uwatsutsuo no Mikoto, and Okinagatarashihime no Mikoto, the mythical Emperor wife Jingū -Kogo, from the shrine to be built after her return from Korea. Issued from the shrine bunrei (see shintai ) are always together in each case for all kami. Her worship at the shrine goes so far that they even have side there are shrines dedicated ( Shiga-no-yashiro and co-mikoshi ).
All buildings in the shrine grounds are after style Sumiyoshi-zukuri (住吉造) built one of the oldest shrine architectural styles. The four main buildings are on the inland sea aligned to and belong to the National Cultural Property of Japan . The present main hall dates from 1810.
About 600 stone lanterns lining the access road and cry. Particularly well known is the bridge Soribashi (also Taikobashi ), in the Keicho era (1596-1614) of Yodogimi, a concubine of Toyotomi Hideyoshi to have been donated. Inside the haiden of Ō-wata-tsu-mi-no-yashiro (a sessha of the shrine) stands a torii , which is very unusual (usually Torii stand outside the building). In Funatama-sha (a sessha ) are Tori-no-iha-bune-kusu-no-kami (a child of Izanami and Izanagi ) under the name Ame-no-Tori-bune and the path-Kami-Saruda hiko worshiped. In Tatsu-no-yashiro (also Mii-no-yashiro ) the water is Mizu kami-no-ha-me adored.
The priesthood in the Sumiyoshi Taisha has long been hereditary to the family that had always assumed the office extinct. The first priest, Tamo-mi-no-Sukune, and his wife, Ichi-hime-no-mikoto, are on the ground in the cry -o-moto yashiro (a massha revered) as Kami. Throughout the year many festivals ( Matsuri ) is aligned with the shrine. One of the best known of these is the Otaue-Shinji for rich harvests on 14 June. Legend has it that the women Jingū Kogo of Nagato province have instructed to plant on the present site of the shrine rice seedlings. This myth is repeated at the feast of twelve young women with traditional dance and music rituals. The main festival of the shrine on 31 July is one of the most colorful and most important in Japan.