Kashima Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Ibaraki prefecture in Kanto district. The shrine is dedicated to Takemikazuchi no Mikoto ( the god of military?arts ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan) , and was occupying the highest rank among the shrines of a province.This shrine is famous for Futsuno Mitama no Tsurugi , a sacred sword more than 2 meters in length.
More Details (Japanese Site)
"鹿島神宮" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||2306-1, Kyuchu, Kashima-shi, Ibaraki, Japan
"茨城県鹿嶋市宮中２３０６－１" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||20-minute drive from the Itako I.C. on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway.|
|Admission Fee||Free in the precincts|
Amaterasu (天照), Amaterasu-Omikami (天照大神／天照大御神／天照皇大神) or Ohirume-no-muchi-no-kami (大日孁貴神) is a part of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is seen as the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe. The name Amaterasu derived from Amateru means "shining in heaven". The meaning of her whole name, Amaterasu-?mikami, is "the great august kami (god) who shines in the heaven". According to the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki in Japanese mythology, the Emperors of Japan are considered to be direct descendants of Amaterasu.
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