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Lands related to Kamakura-dono: Visiting places related to Oe Hiromoto and Adachi Morinaga

鎌倉殿とゆかりの地―大江広元と安達盛長のゆかりの地をめぐる

The NHK Taiga drama "Kamakura-dono no 13-nin" is about to enter its second half, and a fierce power struggle with conspiracies begins. In the power struggle, how Hojo Yoshitoki consolidates power
I can't take my eyes off how it will be drawn in the future.
Of the 13 people, this time, we will introduce the places related to Mr. Oe (Hiromoto Oe) and Mr. Adachi (Morinaga Adachi).

〈Places related to Oe Hiromoto〉
Oe Hiromoto was originally a lower-ranking aristocrat in Kyoto, but his older brother Nakahara was also one of the 13 lodgers.
I moved to Kamakura because of my close relationship. It is said that he was appointed as a betto (chief) of the administrative office, and made great achievements in negotiating with the Imperial Court and building a political system. Above all, the achievements of ``installing shugo and jito all over the country'' and ``despite the prompt dispatch of troops to Kyoto and suppression of the rebellion against the backdrop of the Jokyu Rebellion, where there were many opinions of taking a wait-and-see attitude,'' stood out. It seems that. From such a point, it can be said that Oe Hiromoto is a person who has excellent ability to read the current of the times and has foresight.

Spot1 Grave of Oe Hiromoto


About 200 meters east of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, there are Minamoto no Yoritomo's tomb and Hojo Yoshitoki's tomb (Hokkedo ruins) nearby. There are original graves. Ōe Hiromoto is said to have died in 1225 at the age of 78, but while many influential vassals were dying at the time, he lived out his natural life and was buried near the Kamakura Palace and the tomb of the second regent. From the fact that it is located in this area, we can see the power of Oe Hiromoto at that time.
Tomb of Oe Hiromoto 📍 2-7-9 Nishimikado, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Spot 2 Oe Inari Shrine


Oe Inari Shrine is located about 2.5 kilometers east of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine on the Kanazawa Highway at 12 shrines. It is said that Ōe Hiromoto himself was also enshrined in the Inari that was enshrined in the nearby Ōe Hiromoto residence, so it came to be called Ōe Inari, but the exact origin is unknown. The object of worship is the statue of Oe Hiromoto, which is usually kept in Myo-in Temple, which is located in the same twelve places.
Oe Inari Shrine 📍114 Junisho, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture

It seems that Oe Hiromoto was a person who was good at reading the tide as well as knowledge and know-how. While saving the Kamakura Shogunate many times with his knowledge and insight, he survived the early days of the Kamakura Shogunate, which was swirling with conspiracy.

〈Places associated with Morinaga Adachi〉
Morinaga Adachi had been serving as a close aide to Minamoto no Yoritomo since he was exiled. Although he was a bureaucrat all his life, when it comes to ``Minamoto no Yoritomo's loyal retainer,'' there is no one other than Adachi Morinaga.
It is said that Adachi Morinaga was the one who supported Minamoto no Yoritomo both publicly and privately, and who had a relationship with Hojo Masako. It is recorded that even after moving to Kamakura, Minamoto no Yoritomo frequently visited Adachi Morinaga's residence for private business, and he supported Minamoto no Yoritomo as a vassal and as a friend at times, earning him unparalleled trust. I can see that.

Spot 3 Amanawa Shinmei Shrine

It is located about 2 kilometers from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and near Hasedera Temple. Said to be the oldest shrine in Kamakura, it is said to have been deeply revered by Genji. In the precincts, there is also a monument of Morinaga Adachi's residence.
It is believed that there was also a mansion.
Amanawa Shinmei Shrine 📍 1-12-1 Hase, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Spot 4 Kongo-ji Temple (Atsugi City)


It is located near the entrance of Iiyama Onsen Village in Atsugi City, central Kanagawa Prefecture. It has a very long history, and is said to have been founded by Kobo Daishi Kukai around 810. (After that, he converted to Soto sect) There is a tower that is said to be the tomb of Morinaga Adachi.
Kongoji Temple 📍5456 Iiyama, Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture

When Minamoto no Yoritomo passed away in the NHK Taiga drama "Kamakura-dono no Thirteen", he said, "There are very few people who mourn (his death), except for his relatives." I am not sure if it is true or not, but I think that Adachi Morinaga is definitely included in the "very few". Adachi Morinaga did not serve Minamoto no Yoritomo out of a relationship of kindness and servitude, but perhaps he respected him as a person and was by his side as a friend.

Stay tuned for next time.

*Please note that there are various theories regarding the content of the columns.

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