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The power spot associated with Abe no Seimei is the home of the "calendar. Visit Tenja Tsuchimikado Shinto Headquarters

Publication date:2024.02.06 / Update Date:2024.02.20

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The power spot associated with Abe no Seimei is the home of the "calendar. Visit Tenja Tsuchimikado Shinto Headquarters

Natasho, Ooi Town, Fukui Prefecture. Standing quietly in a quiet satoyama, an hour's drive from Tsuruga, is the Tensha Tsuchimikado Shinto Headquarters. This is a power spot associated with the Yin-Yang master (Onmyouji) Abe no Seimei. It is also the place where the "calendar" is created to indicate the lucky day of the year and the year of bad luck. We asked the head of the Tenja Tsuchimikado Shinto Headquarters about what kind of power can be obtained at the place associated with Seimei and its relationship with the "calendar.

First, let's learn about the relationship between Nadasho and Abe no Seimei.


Tenja Tsuchimikado Shinto Headquarters stands in the satoyama of Natasho

When it comes to power spots associated with Abe no Seimei, many of them are located in Kyoto, including the Abe no Seimei Shrine. What was Abe no Seimei doing in Kyoto in the first place?

Did "Abe no Seimei" have special spiritual powers?

Abe no Seimei appears in the Heian-period literature Konjaku Monogatari (Tales of Ancient and Modern Japan) and is depicted as a man with spiritual abilities. Even today, the existence of "Onmyoji" is probably widely known through novels featuring him and the movie "Onmyoji" starring Mansai Nomura. (Agency Director)

In those works, Abe no Seimei is seen as a "person who performs exorcisms," but that is a bit far from what an actual yin-yang master looks like.

What does an Onmyouji really do?

During the Heian period (794-1185), there was a government office called "Onmyoryo" that advised the emperor on various matters, using astronomy and the calendar to derive fortune. The employees of the Onmyoryo were "Onmyoji. So to speak, they are national public officials.

Abe no Seimei is a real person who worked at the Onmyoryo during the mid-Heian period. He probably had outstanding abilities. I think that’s how he came to be talked about. (Agency Director)

What is the relationship between the "Abe family" and the "Tsuchimikado family"?

The descendants of Abe no Seimei also served as yin-yang head for generations. Eventually, in the 14th century, Emperor Hanazono bestowed the title of "Tsuchimikado Family" (an appellation bestowed for excellence) on the main Abe family. Since then, the Abe family has continued to this day as the Tsuchimikado family.

At that time, the emperor gave Natasho in Wakasa to worship the great deity Taizanfukun. Taizanfukun Ojin is the chief deity of the Yin-Yang path. Abe no Seimei is said to have been a particularly strong believer in Taizanfukun-Okami. (Agency Director)

What does the main deity "Taizanpu-kun" pray for?


Taishanpu Kusha

Taishanpu-kun-daishin (Taichi faith) is a god of harmony and harmony between yin and yang, who governs all things in the universe, from which yin and yang are derived from the source of the universe (Taichi). To put it simply, he governs the lives and destinies of animals and plants, and is said to remove misfortunes caused by natural disasters and accidents, and to bestow the blessings of fukurokuju*. (Agency Director)

Fortune (happiness), stipend (fortune), longevity (longevity)
It is amazing that a god who controls the fate of all plants and animals! It is no wonder that until the Meiji Restoration, when emperors and shoguns assumed the throne, they held the Taizanpukun Festival to pray for the safety of the nation.

Abe no Seimei, who was a great devotee of the deity Taizanpu-kun, built a shrine in his residence (today’s Seimei Shrine), but the shrine was destroyed by fire during the Onin War (1467-1568). Since then, the Omitama, which escaped the fires of war, has been protected by the Tsuchimikado family from generation to generation, and in 1682, Emperor Reigen bestowed upon it the title of "Tenja Shrine". (Agency Director)


Tenja Tsuchimikado Shinto Main Hall

It is said to be the only shrine in Japan because the Tsuchimikado family is the only family allowed to worship Taizanfukumi-no-Okami. Furthermore, this place is also said to be the "home of the calendar.

All "calendars" lead to Natasho!

For choosing lucky days for important events such as marriage and betrothal, the unlucky year, blessings, Sekku and Shichigosan festivals, and fortune telling, please visit ....... The calendar is deeply rooted in our daily lives. The "Abe Seimei Calendar" is used at many shrines and temples in Japan, and it is made here in Natasho.

Many shrines and temples in Japan, including Seimei Shrine in Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kasuga Taisha, Mishima Taisha, Kuramadera, Sanjusangendo, and Heian Jingu Shrine, publish a "calendar" every year. Although the cover and style of each calendar differs, the calendars and fortunes are prepared by the Tsuchimikado Documents Compilation Office (hensanjo*) of the Shinto Headquarters of the Tenja Tsuchimikado Shinto Shrine here in Japan. (Agency Director)

*Where the purpose is to research, edit and publish documents.
The Abe family (Tsuchimikado family) has been involved in the production of Japanese calendars since the Heian period (794-1185), but temporarily relinquished their role when the government adopted the Western calendar in the Meiji period. However, the Tsuchimikado family has continued to produce calendars for shrines and temples throughout Japan every year since the end of World War II, taking over the preserved old documents and oral traditions of their predecessors.

How do I read the "Almanac of Fortunes"?

Fortune is only one of the indicators. Our mission is to show you several paths. Therefore, when we write the fortune calendar or offer prayers, we do not strongly tell you to do this or that. We hope that you will take the calendar as a reference and create your own life. (Agency Director)

After all, in the end, you decide for yourself! It is "fortune" that gently pushes us back, isn't it?

There are power spots in the historic precincts!

At Tenja Shrine, the Hoshi Matsuri (Star Festival) is held in Risshun and the Nagoshi-no-Harae-Hachisakusai (Purification of Nagoshi and Hassaku Festival) is held on August 1. Both of these are "great purification ceremonies" to purify and exorcise the sins and impurities of the past six months, pray for good health, and renew one's mind for a fresh start in life.
The "Temple of Heaven," where the Nagoshi-no-Purification and Hassaku Festival are held, is said to be the most powerful spot on the temple grounds!

Sacred "Temple of Heaven" surrounded by four divine beasts

The four colored torii gates represent the four divine beasts (Suzaku, Seiryu, Biyakko, and Genbu) that govern the east, west, south, and north of the heavens. The place, surrounded on all sides like a boundary, exudes a sense of sacredness. The head of the Agency also said, "Please never step inside," so everyone should be careful when visiting.

Pray for good health by "going through the cogon grass ring!

At the torii gate near the Temple of Heaven, a "thatch ring" is set up for the ritual ceremony of Nagoshi-no-harvest. Visitors pass through the thatched ring with a wish that it will ward off misfortune and evil and invite happiness.

You can also get power from the amulets that can only be given here.


Mukaieto (Mukaieto) Lifetime Amulet

It is also recommended that you wear an amulet or talisman that contains the divine virtues of Taizanfukumi-no-Okami and share its power with others. The shape of the "pentagram" on the amulet, with the five points at the top, represents the belief in the five elements of Yin-Yang Tao and the five elements philosophy (the so-called Yin-Yang Five Elements: fire, wood, earth, metal, and water).

When your zodiac sign’s luck is bad, the luck of the opposite zodiac sign (the one opposite you) will improve. The "Mukai-eto Ikigo-no-mamori" is to ask the zodiac sign on the opposite side to protect you when your own zodiac sign’s fortune is down. (Agency Director)

I would like to go there even if I have to extend my itinerary a little! Maybe I can reset my mind.


Five-color streamers based on the five elements of Yin-Yang Tao

Both Hina Matsuri and Dragon Boat Festival were originally "purification" ceremonies. From the names of the days of the week and planets to the Chinese zodiac and the year of misfortune, the Yin-Yang and Five Elements philosophy is present in our daily lives. That is how Japanese people have been involved with God, Buddha, and nature.
The Yin-Yang path quietly accompanies us in our daily lives. You want to get away from the daily routine for a while and purify your mind. Why not visit Natasho no Sato?

Soke of Yin-Yang Do Sosha Tensha Tsuchimikado Shinto Tensha Palace

Address 129-9, Natanosho Nodamachi, Ooi Town, Fukui Prefecture
Access Approximately 40 minutes by car from Obama IC on Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway
Hours of visitation 9:00-16:00
*Reservations required for consultations due to irregular holidays. Free to visit outside.
Inquiry form https://onmyodo.jp/tensha/contact/
URL https://onmyodo.jp/