Ikune Shrine (Nishinari) 0

Ikune Shrine is said to heal worshippers of paralysis and mental ailments. An auxiliary shrine of Sumiyoshi Taisha, it is one of Sumiyoshi Taisha's two Ikune Shrines.

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Ikune Shrine is said to heal worshippers of paralysis and mental ailments. An auxiliary shrine of Sumiyoshi Taisha, the shrine was believed to have been founded when the tutelary deity was brought from Sumiyoshi Taisha's other Ikune Shrine. Ikune Shrine is known for Kotsumanankin, a kind of pumpkin long eaten for its nutritional value during the winter when vegetables were scarce.
Kotsumanankin Matsuri is held annually on the winter solstice, and festival-goers are served dishes made from this variety of pumpkin. It is believed that those who eat these dishes will be cured of palsy, paralysis, and mental ailments.
Daigaku Matsuri, a festival that dates back to the year 858, is held annually on July 24th and 25th to thank the gods for bounty brought by the rain. The "Daigaku" grand standards are adorned with 79 lanterns have been designated tangible cultural properties, and make for a gorgeous sight once the sun goes down.

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