Goryō Shrine - the train passes in front of the torii gate, Shonan area.
Goryō Shrine is located right between Hase Station and Gokuraku Station on the Enoden railway.
This unique shrine, where the train passes directly in front of the torii gate, enshrines the spirit of the samurai Kamakura Gongorō Kagemasa, who fought in the Gosannen War.
The festival held each year on September 18th, the anniversary of Kamakura Gongorō Kagemasa’s death, features a designated Intangible Cultural Property of Japan called the menkage gyōretsu, or “masked procession”.
This masked procession is said to be based on one held at Tsurugaoka Hachimangū, and has a history of more than 200 years.
Nowadays, it is only held at Goryō Shrine, in a ceremony that prays for the repose of the deceased and tells fortunes for the coming year.
Long ago, a girl that Minamoto no Yoritomo favored bore him a daughter here, and that girl’s family gained power and came to serve him personally. However, one member of the family was a member of the low hinin caste that was discriminated against at the time, and so wore a mask when he went out to protect himself. This is said to be the origin of the current masked procession.
(※ Other theories also exist regarding its origin.)
- 4−17 Sakanoshita, Kamakura-shi,Kanagawa
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