- The enshrined deity is Takemikazuchi-no-Mikoto who represents unity and martial valor. Legend tells us that his mission was to make Yamato a country of peace. Kashima is situated in a pine and cedar tree thicket, and was a site, along with Ikisu and Katori nearby, for pilgrimages dating to ancient times. Behind the main shrine (established in 1619) by Hidetaka Tokugawa is the pivot stone which prevents the mythical catfish who causes earthquakes from rearing his head. The main shrine, the shrine gate (1634) and the inner shrine (1604) are important cultural properties.
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