Home»All Photographs»Imakumano Shrine (新熊野神社) Founded by Emperor Go-Shirakawa (後白河天皇) in 1160 in Kyoto!
Established by retired Emperor Go-Shirakawa (後白河天皇) in 1160, by dividing the spirit of the Kumano shrine in Kishu (present day Wakayama) and to bring it here. It is said that Taira no Kiyomori (平 清盛), who established the first samurai dominated administrative government in the history of Japan, was asked by the emperor to built the Imakumano Shrine here. He used soil and wood from the old Kumano shrine in Kishu. He also brought collected small pebbles from the beach there to construct a “Sacred Space”. The Imakumano Shrine gained veneration from the Imperial family, but was destroyed during the Onin no Ran. The Onin no Ran was a civil war fought mainly in and around Kyoto from 1467 to 1477. The present hondo was rebuilt in 1673. The huge camphor tree in the precincts was transplanted from Kumano by retired emperor Go-Shirakawa (後白河天皇) himself. The sacred tree is worshipped as the god of health and long life. The sarugaku Noh troupe Yuzaki, led by Kan'ami, performed in 1374 before the young shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (足利 義満). The success of this one performance and the resultant shogunal patronage lifted the art form permanently out of the mists of its plebeian past. From then, the term sarugaku gave way to the current nomenclature, Noh.