Seimei Shrine (晴明神社, Seimei-jinja) is a Shinto shrine that is located in Kyoto, Japan. It is dedicated to the onmyōji, Abe no Seimei.

Seimei Shrine
晴明神社
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Torii gate at entrance to Seimei Shrine
Religion
AffiliationShinto
DeityAbe no Seimei
Location
Location806 Ichijō-agaru, Horikawa-dōri, Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-ken
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Seimei Shrine is located in Japan
Seimei Shrine
Shown within Japan
Geographic coordinates35°01′40″N 135°45′04″E / 35.02778°N 135.75111°E / 35.02778; 135.75111Coordinates: 35°01′40″N 135°45′04″E / 35.02778°N 135.75111°E / 35.02778; 135.75111
Architecture
FounderEmperor Ichijō
Date established1007
Website
www.seimeijinja.jp
Shinto torii icon vermillion.svg Glossary of Shinto

HistoryEdit

The Seimei Shrine was founded on the 4th year of the Kankō era (1007) by Emperor Ichijō, who ordered the shrine built in memory of Abe no Seimei, after his death in 1005. It was constructed on the site of Abe no Seimei's house.

The main building was restored in 1925.

ArchitectureEdit

 
Seimei-i well with pentagram motif

Two torii gates lead up to the entrance of the shrine.

A famous well (Seimei-i) is located on the shrine grounds, and the water drawn from it is considered somewhat magical. Tea master Sen no Rikyū was known to have brewed tea with the water from this well.

 
Ichijō Modori-bashi

The pentacle, known locally as a Seimei-star, is an important symbol found on many parts of the shrine. Abe no Seimei reputedly came up with the arcane insignia in the 10th century, symbolizing the Five Chinese Elements. Japanese bellflower (Platycodon grandiflorus) ornamentation are found in decorative tiles and lanterns. The five petal tips of the flower are thought to represent the same ideal as the pentagram.

A nearby bridge, the Ichijō Modori-bashi is situated just south of the shrine, and is held to be a gateway between the human and spiritual realms.

FestivalsEdit

Seimei Matsuri (晴明祭) is held every year on the Autumnal equinox.

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