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Jishu shrine - Okuninushi no mikoto statue

Jishu shrine - Okuninushi no mikoto statue

The shrine is dedicated to the kami Jishu Okuninushi no Mikoto, also called Daikokuten in Shinto-Buddhist syncretism. He is represented with a rabbit because he chose to heal a rabbit who used to deceive others and was forced to shave his fur. In Shintoism, Okuninushi no mikoto is also the kami of love.
Note : it is not usual to see statue in a Shinto shrine...