Agata Shrine in Uji, Japan

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James Blake Wiener
published on 12 January 2018
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The Agata were tribal units under the reign of the Yamato court (c. 300-650 CE), which held sway over western Japan. Particularly in the Nara and Kyoto areas, the agata played important political and ceremonial roles. The name of the Agata Shrine in Uji, Japan traces its origins to the Kurikama Agata, which controlled the area of Uji at the time. The shrine is dedicated to Konohanasakuya, goddess of Mount Fuji and blossoms, who, legend has it, was made the guardian deity of the Byodin Temple when Juiwara no Yorimich (992-1074 CE) converted his Uji villa into a temple in 1052 CE.

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James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, J. B. (2018, January 12). Agata Shrine in Uji, Japan. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Wiener, James Blake. "Agata Shrine in Uji, Japan." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 12, 2018.

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Wiener, James Blake. "Agata Shrine in Uji, Japan." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 12 Jan 2018. Web. 04 Aug 2021.