WELCOME to Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu, a Shinto shrine established in 1920 in Honolulu to preserve and perpetuate Shinto traditions in Hawaii and engage in cultural celebrations that acknowledge the divine in all of creation, and venerate our ancestral spirits.
Our two main shrines are Kotohiragu of Kagawa-ken, also known as Konpira-san and Dazaifu Tenmangu of Fukuoka-ken or Tenjin-san . There are also five other shrines represented in Hawaii at the same site: Otaki Jinja of Otake City in Hiroshima, Shirasaki Hachimangu of Yamaguchi-ken, Suitengu of Kurume City in Fukuoka, Watatsumi Jinja of Tokushima and Inari Jinja of Kyoto.
Join us in celebrating the traditions and legacy of a rich and inspiring past.
Pig, hog and boar essentially describes the same animal, with some distinctions. A boar is an uncastrated male domestic pig, but it also refers to a wild pig of any gender. A hog often means a domestic pig that weighs more than 120 lbs. Pigs are also referred to as swine.
2019 is the year of the Pig, according to the original Chinese zodiac, however it was replaced by the Boar in the Japanese and Tibetan zodiacs.
When the Chinese zodiac was imported into Japan sometime during the reign of Emperor Kinmei (509-571 CE), the Japanese were more familiar with wild boars than domestic pigs. Thus, Pig Year was known as Boar Year in Japan. At that time, the Japanese hunted and ate boar meat. It wasn't till a century later that domestic pigs were introduced to Japan from the Korean Peninsula.