According to the shrine records, this is one of the oldest shrines dedicated to a branch deity of the Ise Shrine during the mid-Heian period. The name Shiba Daijingu has been used since the Meiji era but the shrine was known as Itakura Shinmeigu or Shiba Shinmeigu before that. The name Shiba-no-Shinmei brings to mind the February 1805 fund-raising sumo matches between Yotsuguruma Daihachi, Mizuhiki Seigoro and others within the shrine precincts and the gMe-gumi altercationh between the firefighters whose gturfh this was and the firefighters of Me-gumi. In those days, the area in front of the gate to Shinmeigu was bustling business district, even for Minato-ku. In the Edo period, sumo matches and play performances were permitted within the precincts of shrines and temples and these diversions became quite popular. The first is thought to have been a performance of one of the Edo-Sannomiya plays in the precincts of Shiba-shinmei Shrine in 1645. It is also said that the Daradara Matsuri held annually in September derives its name from the fact that it lasts for such a long time, but it is also called the Gingerroot Fair because raw gingerroot is sold within the shrine precincts and in the surrounding area during the festival. As famous as the Bettara-Ichi in Kodenmacho, it was one of the most popular events among Edo commoners and appears in many Ukiyoe pictures. During the festival, gingerroot, Chigi-bako and amazake are sold in the shrine precincts. Chigi-bako, a set of three small oval wooden boxes, also called Yari-wari-kago, is said to protect against lightning and since Chigi means 1,000 trees but sounds the same as 1,000 kimono, it represents the hope for an increase in the number of kimono one owns. At the foot of the stairs stands a savings mound commemorating the business record of Makino Motojiro, founder of the Fudo-Chochiku Bank.
|Address||1-12-7 Shiba Daimon|
|Seasonal scenery (cherry blossoms)||The large Somei Yoshino cherry tree makes a pleasant lunch-hour cherry-blossom viewing break.|
|Sakura Matsuri (end of March), Christmas Illumination (Dec.)||Hatsumode (first shrine visit) (1/1), Setsubun (2/3). Daradara Matsuri (9/11-21)|
|Keywords||Shrines / Temples,Minato-ku designated cultural assets|