Otaru column

Healing spot Suitengu Shrine

July 19, 2017
Otaru Tourism Association director Yachiyo Ishibashi

 Came into the sorrel foot of a mountain called Ezo Fuji, and I who was born in Shiribeshi jurisdiction Makkarimura that was famous as production center of potato and lily root spent until 4 years old in Makkarimura and spent youth with transfer of father afterwards in various places throughout Shiribeshi jurisdiction in puberty for period for childhood.
 The sea is in Shiribeshi, and there is mountain, and there is river and overflows naturally so as to be able to show rich expression every season.
 Doorway of naturally comfortable Shiribeshi is Otaru. The sea is in Otaru, there is mountain, and there is river and there is the history above all.
 I have relationship, and information sends as personality at the local FM station of Otaru (FM Otaru), and we bind bond together with Otaru, and it is more than 20 years, but Otaru is profound, and there is just what we do not still know a lot.

 A lot of healing spots are in such profound Otaru, but, above all, of me recommending is "Suitengu Shrine" in Aioicho.

"Suitengu Shrine" can expect Otaru Port from the precincts in Shinto shrine on the small hill of Otaru city area and is splendid place among green.
 The foundation was built in current main shrine in 1919 (Taisho 8) in 1859 (Ansei 6).
 Worshiped God is four gods more than God controlling crotch ability goddess (mizuhanomenokami) ... water, God controlling hoshokushin (ukemochinokami) ... staple grains, Demiurge of couple of Italy wicked Nagi God (izanaginokami), Izanami God (izanaminokami) Japan myth.
 *We seemed to have divided divine spirit of "Italy wicked Nagi God, Izanami God" from Taga, Shiga Shrine in (1919) year in 1919.
 "Suitengu Shrine" can enjoy Sakura in spring, and we have festival in June and are got close to Otaru citizen.
 When we want to switch feeling when I work and was tired, we go in "Suitengu Shrine" regularly at time when we want to think about nothing and throw heart open and entrust the body to the quiet space.
 In addition, we can see flower garden Koendori Street spreading straight neatly from the other side that can overlook Otaru Port.
 Monument inscribed with a tanka poem of Takuboku Ishikawa is erected in the precincts of "Suitengu Shrine" probably because poet, Takuboku Ishikawa has lived along flower garden Koendori Street.

There are various kinds of courses from Otaru Station to "Suitengu Shrine", but they have you walk flower garden Ginza mall if possible and have you buy well-established bread roll (the pickpocket body is wrapped in bread) which can eat flower garden dumpling for cake sense in "Kamaei flower garden Head Office" in katakumi "Otaru Niikuraya, flower garden Head Office" and cross Hanazono Bridge and want you to walk course to pass through torii, and to enter the precincts in stone stairway.
 Though sit on bench in the precincts, and eat dumpling and bread roll while looking at Otaru Port (said that please took garbage home with it in everybodies because Miyaji might have eat and drink in the precincts.), and think about great men and historical person who built foundation of Otaru; excellent; do, and put feeling to wind to blow and drifting cloud, flying bird;, too; and ...
 Speaking of historical person, samurai of the late Tokugawa period, Shinpachi Nagakura of Shinsengumi seemed to touch lesson of kendo to neighboring child and own grandchild before Suitengu Shrine was built in the present place in later years. 

 How about feeling breathing of the history while putting the body in (just) in "Suitengu Shrine" which air of healing flows through now?