Okunitama Shrine: Serving (then) Tokyo Since 111 A.D.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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