Kasuga Shrine


Kasuga Shrine

The Kasuga Shrine (Japanese: 春日大社, "Kasuga-taisha") is a Shinto shrine in the city of Nara, in Nara Prefecture, Japan. Established in 768 A.D. and rebuilt several times over the centuries, it is the shrine of the Fujiwara family. The interior is famous for its many bronze lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up the shrine.

The architectural style "Taisha-zukuri" takes its name from the Kasuga Shrine.

Kasuga Shrine, and the Kasugayama Primeval Forest near the shrine, are registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara".

There are also other places in Japan called Kasuga. See Kasuga.

The enchanting path to Kasuga Shrine passes through Deer Park (where tame deer roam free). Over a thousand stone lanterns line the way. The Manyo Botanical Garden, Nara is adjacent to the shrine.


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*Deer (mythology)

External links

* [http://www.kasugataisha.or.jp/ Official site in Japanese]
* [http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4102.html Japan Guide]
* [http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgkeysearchdetail.cfm?trg=1&strucID=121563&imageID=1253785&word=japan&s=1&notword=&d=&c=&f=&lWord=&lField=&sScope=&sLevel=&sLabel=&total=1807&num=528&imgs=12&pNum=&pos=539# New York Public Library Digital Gallery, early photograph of entrance to Kasuga Shrine]
* National Archives of Japan: [http://jpimg.digital.archives.go.jp/kouseisai/category/emaki/kasugashinkozu_e.html "Kasugashinkozu," scroll showing annual festival at Nara Kasuga Grand Shrine (Edo period)]


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