Agata Shrine in Uji, Japan

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 12 January 2018

The Agata were tribal units under the reign of the Yamato court (c. 300-650 CE), which held sway over western Japan. Particularly in the Nara and Kyoto areas, the agata played important political and ceremonial roles. The name of the Agata Shrine in Uji, Japan traces its origins to the Kurikama Agata, which controlled the area of Uji at the time. The shrine is dedicated to Konohanasakuya, goddess of Mount Fuji and blossoms, who, legend has it, was made the guardian deity of the Byodin Temple when Juiwara no Yorimich (992-1074 CE) converted his Uji villa into a temple in 1052 CE.



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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