Tanabata Jinjya Shrine (Tanabata Jinjya)
Around the 5th century, at the foot of Katsuragi Mountains, in Taimacho Town in the northern end, existed some powerful clans whose leader was Katsuragishi. Katsuragishi was a powerful clan, based on Katsuragi area and was active in the late 4th and the 5th centuries. Among them there were Tomonomiyatsuko, head of the technologically advanced groups serving the Yamato government, Okisomeshi, who specialized in dyeing technology, and Shizurishi, who were remarkable in weaving techniques. They brought new weaving machines from China and Korea. The new machines were called Tanabata which was built on platforms. Along with the Tanabata, they brought the female weavers and stories and ceremonies related to the Tanabata.
The first Tanabata ceremony in Japan was performed in Taimacho, Ota, Katsuragi City, because both Okisomeshi and Shizurishi brought Tanabata for the first time to Japan. Therefore, Katsuragi City is the original worshipping cite of Amanohazuchinoonokami, a god who taught and gave the weaving techniques, and Shitateruhime, a goddess worshipped by the weavers from abroad.
Address: Koaza Tanabata, Ota, Katsuragi City
Access: 20 minutes’ walk from the Hyoge bus stop of the Narakotsu Bus to Oshimi Station.