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え~、やっと都心に帰ってまいりました。
で、前回のブログ記事「香取神社」に関係のある場所へと。

やってきたのは「将門の首塚」(一_一;)

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・・・何でしょうか、、、いきなりモヤがかって(怖)

かつて「平将門」さんが乱を起こしたとき、その平定を任ぜられた追討士「俵藤太秀郷(=後の藤原秀郷)」さんが戦勝祈願したのが香取神社だったんですが。。。その後にココに来たのが気に入らなかったんですかね~(T-T)

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とりあえずご挨拶済ませましょ^^

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では、この将門さんにまつわるお話のところを、いつものやつでいってみましょう!
本日は「平将門」さんデス m(_ _)m

Taira no Masakado was a samurai in the Heian period of Japan, who led one of the largest insurgent forces in the period against the central government of Kyoto.

Masakado was a member of the Kammu Taira clan of Japan. He was the son of Taira no Yoshimochi, Chinjufu Shogun. His childhood name was Souma Kojirou. Taira no Masakado was a powerful landowner in the Kanto region. He is regarded as the first bushi because he was the first to lead a self-governing party.

His life is detailed in the Shoumonki, a detailed book about his life believed to have been completed as early as the 940s by an anonymous author. Due to the religious and political nature of the account, it was most probably written by a monk or aristocrat closely connected to Masakado himself.

In 939, during the Heian period of Japanese history, Masakado led a minor rebellion which is also known as Jouhei Tengyo no ran. The armed struggle began when Masakado led an attack on an outpost of the central government in Hitachi Province, capturing the governor. In December of that year, he conquered Shimotsuke and Kouzuke Provinces; and he claimed the title of Shinnou (New Emperor). Masakado killed his uncle Kunika who was part Taira. The central government in Kyoto responded by putting a bounty on his head, and fifty-nine days later his cousin Sadamori, whose father Masakado had attacked and killed, and Fujiwara no Hidesato, killed him at the Battle of Kojima (Shimoosa Province) in 940 and took his head to the capital.

The head found its way to Shibasaki, a small fishing village on the edge of the ocean and the future site of Edo, which later became Tokyo. It was buried. The kubizuka, or grave, which is located in the present day Otemachi section of Tokyo, was on a hill rising out of Tokyo Bay at the time. Through land reclamation over the centuries, the bay has receded some three kilometers to the south.

Over the centuries, Masakado became a demigod to the locals who were impressed by his stand against the central government, while at the same time feeling the need to appease his malevolent spirit. The fortunes of Edo and Tokyo seemed to wax and wane correspondingly with the respect paid to the shrine built to him at the kubizuka - neglect would be followed by natural disasters and other misfortunes. Hence, to this day, the shrine is well maintained, occupying some of the most expensive land in the world in Tokyo’s financial district facing the Imperial Palace.

・・・という感じでしょうか。

いや、しかし。。。さっきから背筋がゾクゾクします。
この何ともいえない気味悪さは、いったい何なんでしょうかね???。。。

・・・ほら、アナタの後ろに!。。。え!? まさか、どう(将門)?(←コワすぎるっ!・T-T)
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