Although I have lived in Fuchu, Tokyo since 2005, I recently found out that a local shrine near my home, Okunitamajinja (or Okunitama shrine), is 1,902-years old. Yes, you read correctly. Okunitama was established in 111 A.D. The Roman Empire was still happening back then. I was just so blown away about the whole “111 A.D.” thing that I had to write something on this blog. I even created the red banner above.
Okunitamajinja is also host for the Kurayamimatsuri; also a very old festival, and apparently the first festival in Tokyo to kick-off the festival season (held in early May).
Canon 5DMKII, 16-35mm 2.8
You can see additional photos of the Kurayamimatsuri here. Note the groovy hats.
Okunitamajinja has a lot of events going on throughout the year. Here’s a guide for the shrine’s event schedule which is only in Japanese. You can also see some footage (0:58 ~ 1:13) of the shrine in this short video that I shot a few years back.
So, if you’re planning to visit Tokyo or if you’re into the whole shrine and temple thing, consider visiting Okunitamajinja. If you get bored of that, there’s a horse race track, a Suntory beer factory, a Toshiba plant, and a Prison all within taxi distance.
Fuchu has everything for almost all members of society to enjoy. I like living here.