The Source of Life Musuhi, the God of Creation

In our national anthem, there are these lyrics. “Until the tiny pebbles grow into massive boulders, lush with moss.” As the song goes, with the passing of time, small stones become boulders, and their surface becomes covered with moss. This living moss is born from nature on a boulder with nothing on it.
There is a mysterious power that cannot be seen with the eye. It is the power that causes life to be born. People of old called this god “Musu”, and “Musuhi”, which brings forth all sorts of life, is the god of Kumano Taisha Shrine.

Marriage Ties

Japan’s Oldest Proposal

It’s related in myths that the gods of Kumano Taisha Shrine, Izanakinomikoto, and Izanaminomikoto were the first couple to ever be married. The vows they exchanged were simple and honest, devoid of bargaining or ornamentation.

The God of Kumano Taisha Shrine

Musuhi, the Power that
Gives Birth to Life

Living moss is born from nature on a boulder with nothing on it. There is a mysterious power that cannot be seen with the eye. It is the power which causes life to be born. People of old called this god “Musu

Prayer

Visiting the Shrine and
Praying on a Sacred Day

Sacred days are special days in life. In Japan, days of celebration and special days are called “Hare”. We will introduce you to the prayers on these special “hare” days and shrine visits.

Charms

The Charms of
Kumano Taisha Shrine

There are charms and red seals for various types of requests. Charms and red seals are special gifts of the gods, so take good care of them.

Precincts of the Shrine

The Gods and Sacred Grove of
Kumano Taisha Shrine

A Guide to the Shrine Precincts and How to Get Around Kumano Taisha Shrine, where 30 Gods are Worshiped