Tōgō Shrine

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The Tōgō Shrine

The Tōgō Shrine ( Japanese 東 郷 神社 , Tōgō-jinja ) is a Japanese Shintō shrine in the Harajuku district of Tokyo (part of Shibuya ) and was built in 1940. In it, along with other personalities of the Imperial Japanese Navy , Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō is venerated as the highest Kami . The Tōgō Shrine is considered the main shrine of other Tōgō shrines in Japan.

The shrine is particularly known for its flea market, one of the largest and most popular in Tokyo, which takes place on the first Sunday of the month from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month, weather permitting. The antique market is also popular on the first and fourth Sunday of the month (from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

One of the main festivities of the Tōgō Shrine is held each year on May 27, the anniversary of the naval battle at Tsushima (1905). The battle flag of Admiral Tōgō's flagship Mikasa plays a central role, which he donated in 1911 as the representative of Japan at the coronation of George V of HMS Worcester, on which he had learned during his studies in Great Britain. After the HMS Worcester retired from active service in 1978, the battle flag became the property of the Marine Society , the largest British naval charity.

The battle flag has been on permanent loan from the Marine Society to the Tōgō Shrine since 2005. Captain Jeremy Howard, former director of the Marine Society, and other members attended the 2005 shrine celebrations in connection with this.

Coordinates: 35 ° 40 ′ 18.5 "  N , 139 ° 42 ′ 21.3"  E