Katano Shrine is located near Makino station in Hirakata city, part of Osaka prefecture. Part of the shrine is dedicated to spirit of Emperor Suinin. Suinin was the 11th emperor, who died around the year 70AD (at the supposed age of 138, according to semi-mythical texts). The actual tomb of Emperor Suinin is officially attributed to a burial mound in Nara city, but the practice of building shrines to deified nobles is a common practice in Japan.
The shrine history involves a particular sumo match in honor of the goddess Izumo.
The shrine was initially founded in 927, with buildings erected there around 960. The name of the shrine was changed to "Ichi no miya" in the Heian period (as the capital moved to Kyoto).
In the Kamakura-Muromachi period the area was affected by extensive civil wars in Japan, especially between the forces of Matsunaga and Toyotomi.
Hideyoshi Toyotomi was a patron of the shrine and the current main hall (honden) was built with a large donation from Hideyori Toyotomi in 1602. The main hall is now an important cultural property (重要文化財 jūyō bunkazai).
Other parts of the shrine are cultural properties includes two gates and a stone lantern.
|A large hannya mask.|
Note the ceremonial rope (shimenawa) and purification papers (shide) above the mask.
The mask seems to be made of concrete[?]
|An "important cultural property" (重要文化財 jūyō bunkazai) marker which dates the honden back to the year 1602 Momoyama period.|
|The honden. Note the lanterns which bear the plum crest of Tenjin shrines.|
|A small Inari shrine.|
|The "mokkou mon" crest of the Oda clan.|
|Note the fine decroations on the shrine.|
Cedar bark roof. Curved woodwork.
Brass adornments on the woodwork.
The portrait panel of a samurai with a quiver of arrows.
|Elaborate decorations on the shrine.|
|Mokkou emblems on the roof.|
|"A" komainu on one side of the shrine's front. Note the matching komainu ornament on the roof.|
The shrine calendar involves a number of annual and seasonal events.