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Hakozaki Shrine

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Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka, Kyushu

Hakozaki Shrine (筥崎宮) in Fukuoka originally dates from the 10th century and is dedicated to Hachiman, the god of war and archery. Hakozaki Shrine was destroyed in the first Mongol invasion of Japan in 1274 and rebuilt with calligraphy written by Emperor Daigo adorning a tower gate. The four character calligraphy reads Tekikoku kofuku (敵国降伏) and means "Confound all enemy countries." Festivals are held at Hakozaki Shrine in January and September. A Flea Market is also held at Hakozaki Shrine in November.

Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka, Kyushu.

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