Ishidu's history

This shrine, dedicated to the gods Yaekotoshironushi-no-mikoto, Ohnamuchi-no-mikoto and Amenohohi-no-mikoto, has on its grounds a subsidiary shrine sacred to Nomi-no-Sukune, and Temmangu Shrine.

Ishizu Shrine, founded by order on Emperor Kohsho in 7(B.C.469), is reportedly the first in Japan to enshrine Ebisu (the god of commerce; the popular name of Yaekotoshironushi-no-mikoto).

According to records, the Emperor Suinin(B.C.29-A.D.70) ordered Kehaya, the strongest man in the Taima region (southern part of present Nara Pref.), to engage in a contest of strength with Nomi-no-Sukune, 14th descendant of Amenohohi-no-mikoto and the strongest man in the Izumo region (present Shimane Pref.). Nomi-no-Sukune won the contest and was awarded the estate of Kehaya. (This is considered the origin of the present national sport, Sumo wrestling.)

Also renowned for his intellect, as reflected in his invention of placing haniwa clay figures around the emperor’s tomb instead of forcing the entourage to buried together with the emperor. Nomi-no-Sukune was appointed chief priest of Ishizu Shrine. The shrine as honored by the visits of Enperors Kohtoku and Kohken in 652 and 749, respectively.
On the occasion of the latter’s visit, the Emperor granted the priest of the shrine the name Fujiwara and the high ranking title of Ju-zammi Dainagon, together with two villages (Sayama and Noda) in Kawathi region (southeast part of Osaka prf.) as its domain.

When the Emperor Godaigo visited the shrine, the priest was given a Kammuri and a pair of Kutu, ritual headdress and footwear.

An ancient document from the shrine says that at that time the shrine covered about 1㎢ and it was worshipped as the local shrine which covered a wide area of Ishizu and its surroundings. In the izumi meisho zue tour guide book published during the Edo period in 1796, an illustration shows the Ishizugawa River running directly south of the shrine and the local industry of cotton bleaching “Ishizu no sarashi”, which used the pure and clean water of the river.

It is also recorded that the shrine had extensive grounds in those days. In 1909, Rokusho Shrine the deities of village shrines of Kamiishi Ichino-cho area were enshrined together in Ishizu Shrine and it began to protect a larger area.

                     "Ishidu's old literature V.3"
                  1742 Kanpo 2/the Edo era

the first in Japan to enshrine Ebisu
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