Shinto shrines in Nara Prefecture, Japan
The middle gate and hall
Ame no Koyane
(Kasuga-sai: 春日祭) (13th March)
Beppyo jinja, Shikinaisya
|Location||160 Kasugano-chō, Nara-shi, Nara-ken|
|Glossary of Shinto|
Kasuga Grand Shrine (春日大社, Kasuga-taisha) is a Shinto shrine in Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan. It is the shrine of the Fujiwara family, established in 768 CE and rebuilt several times over the centuries. The interior is famous for its many bronze lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up the shrine.
The path to Kasuga Shrine passes through a deer park. In the park, deer are able to roam freely and are believed to be sacred messengers of the Shinto gods that inhabit the shrine and surrounding mountainous terrain. Kasuga Shrine and the deer have been featured in several paintings and works of art of the Nambokucho Period. Over three thousand stone lanterns line the way. The Man'yo Botanical Garden is adjacent to the shrine.
- Richard, Ponsonby-Fane. (1964) Visiting Famous Shrines in Japan, pp. 221-251.
- Birmingham Museum of Art (2010). Birmingham Museum of Art : guide to the collection. [Birmingham, Ala]: Birmingham Museum of Art. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-904832-77-5.
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