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Goryo Shrine / Kamakura Kanagawa

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Goryo is an honorific term used to respectfully refer to departed ancestors souls.

This Goryo Shrine was built towards the end of the Heian period to honor Kamakura Gongoro Kagemasa, descendant of Kammu Tenno and leader of the Kamakura samurai army.

Kagemasa became renowned for his bravery during the Gosannen War(1083-1087), in which he fought at 16 years old.

He went on to become a feudal lord and develop Shonan region, located in present-day Kaakura.

He was loved by the people of his region, who gave him the name ”Gongoro-sama”.

The Menkake Procession is held in September every year.

It features a highly original ritual where masked people walk through the streets wearing traditional masks such as Gigaku, Bugaku, and Dengaku.



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