Enoshima Hetsunomiya Shrine

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 10 January 2018

The Hetsunomiya Shrine is one of several ancient shrines located on the island of Enoshima, which is just offshore from Kamakura, Japan. It was founded by Minamoto no Sanetomo in 1206 CE. Here, visitors pay their respect to the Buddhist goddess Benzaiten. The island and its shrines were lauded and first recorded by the Japanese Buddhist monk Kokei (c. 977-1049 CE) who authored a history of the island in his "Enoshima Engi."



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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