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.
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"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|
Kojiki (古事記, "Records of Ancient Matters" or "An Account of Ancient Matters"), also known as Furukotofumi, is the oldest extant chronicle in Japan, dating from the early 8th century (711-712) and composed by O no Yasumaro at the request of Empress Genmei. The Kojiki is a collection of myths concerning the origin of the four home islands of Japan, and the Kami. Along with the Nihon Shoki, the myths contained in the Kojiki are part of the inspiration behind many practices. Later, the myths were re-appropriated for Shinto practices including the misogi purification ritual.
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