Nunakuma Shrine is Tomonoura’s representative shrine, so locals name it “Gion-san” or “Gyon-san”.
In the Meiji Period, “Watasu Shrine” where Oowatatsumi no Mikoto, a god of the sea, was enshrined was integrated with “Gion sha” where Susano o Mikoto, one of the three important gods, was enshrined. It soon became a place to pray for good health and became known as Nunakuma Shrine.
It has been said it is the place to go to pray for such things as maritime safety, a big catch, home safety, disease remediation, academic achievement, safe delivery and so on.
Numakuma Shrine hosts various festivals throughout the year, such as the “Oyumi ritual” which prays for peace and safety in February, “Chinowa kuguri” to purify the past venerable matters in June, “Otebi tirual” where people climb up the stone stairs with a giant torch, the summer festival in July, and “Oo matsuri (Autumn Festival)” which is said to be the biggest festival in Tomonoura at Watasu Shrine. Clearly, the shrine is very popular for locals and tourists alike.
Also at the shrine prescient, there is an assembled style Noh stage created by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. When Fushimi Castle was in Kyoto, this Noh stage was transferred from Hidetada Tokugawa to Katsunari Mizuno, an owner of Fukuyama Castle, then was donated to Tomonotsu Gion sha (the current Nunakuma Shrine) in the 1650s.
Initially it was quite compact and was easy to assemble, disassemble and move wherever you want. Now, however, it is permanently fixed and installed with the shingle of the shingle board, a dressing room, a room filled with mirrors, and a bridge hanging. In 1953, it was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan, and today, it is still used as a Noh stage.
In addition, the second torii is registered as an Important Cultural Property of Hiroshima Prefecture and the stone lantern is registered as a Designated Important Cultural Property of Fukuyama City.
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