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1-Dankazura 段葛

This approach to the shrine was originally constructed on behalf of Minamoto Yoritomo's wife, Masako, to pray for a safe birth. In spring, cherry trees and azaleas in full bloom form a ‘flower tunnel’ leading to the shrine.

Minamoto Yoritomo was the first Shogun of the Kamakura military government which lasted from 1192 until 1333. Yoritomo lived from 1147 to 1199. His wife Masako came from the Hojo clan which was later to assume real power within the Kamakura shogunate after Yoritomo’s death. The Hojo clan acted as regents to the Shogun, and maintained effective control of the shogunate until it fell in 1333.

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