This shrine was choosen by the great merchant family Mitsui when started operating in Tokyo.
“Mimeguri” means “three times around”.
It derves from a 1300s legend about a priest Genkei in West Japan who witnessed a magical white fox running around a recently unearthed sculpture of an old man mounted on a white fox three times, and then disappearing.
Lion statues are placed near a shrine guardian.
Statue of the same shall have been placed at the entrance of the MitsukoshiDepartment store, the dedication from the Mitsukoshi Department store in2009.