Japanese Culture and Japanese gifts ( Hanko, Japanese Traditional Clothing and Accessories ) ⑦ - A Gift From Japan

I went to the biggest Shrine in Shiga prefecture Japan.
Oumi Jingu is enshrined in the site of Capital Otsu ”Otsukyo”.
 Emperor Tenji was the great accomplisher of Taika Reformation and the great establisher in ancient Japan. After His demise, also, people worshipped particularly as the Shinto God. In the Meiji Era, the believers began the movement to build the Emperor’s Shrine all over Japan. At last, in Nov.7,1940  (15th year of the Showa Era), the Shrine was completed here, site of Capital Otsu, near the site of old His Palace “Oumi-Otsu-no-Miya”. Soon afterward, the shrine was raised to “Chokusai-sha”. Annual Great Festival is celebrated in April 20, on the occasion of a visit by a specially dispatched imperial messenger.

Achievements of Emperor Tenji

 Founder of Omi Statute (the first statute), the first census register, a statesman of socialization to land and people, founder of the first national school, inventor of Water Clock “Rokoku”, a philosopher on time-concept, discoverer of coal and petroleum, and waka poet (cf, the first waka poem in Japanese Representative Anthology “Ogura-hyakunin-issue”)

Virtue of Deity

 The word “Tenji” means deep, heavenly, limitless wisdom, and his other name  “Amemikoto 
Hirakasuwake”represents a token of respect for his achievements in carving out the future of 
Japan according to the will of God.
 Creator of happy time (Japanese Great Good “Chronos”), pioneer of the world, and patron of industry, culture, traffic safety, and so on.
 We pray to our Shinto God Tenji for your fortune and your wonderful creative life.

The shrine

 The main shrine, prayer hall, inner gate, and worship hall are beautifully arranged within the precinct of the shrine, which is located at the foot of Mt.Usa and overlooking a beautiful view of Lake Biwa.
 The inner worship hall and outer worship hall, linked by a corridor represent the”Omi”style of construction.The shrine has become registered cultural property as one of the representatives of modern shrine architecture.
Omi Jingu” Seichi of KARUTA | Pilgrimage to sacred places


KARUTA is the plaything using the card in Japan.

On the other hand, All-Japan KARUTA  Association obliged the players of certain tournaments to wear kimonos or Yukata.
Why don’t you try to play KARUTA by wearing Yukata or Kimono?

The KARUTA is planned for completion by the end of fiscal 2010 and the Committee is considering its distribution to local elementary schools, etc.


  1-1 Jingu-cho, Otsu City, Shiga pref.
  Take the JR Kosei Line to Otsukyo Station. 20-minute walk from there.
  Take the Keihan Uchiyama Sakamoto Line to Omi-Jingu-Mae Station.
   10-minute walk from there.


IN NY and London, wearing Japanese traditional clothing ( Samue, Jinbei, Yukata, and so on )which become a boom now.




Male model  : 184 cm

Wearing size : LL

Wearing pattern : 976-17n

Cotton 100%   Made in Japan