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Tadasu no Mori

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A wild tangle of undergrowth

Tadasu no Mori (糺の森) is a forest located near the Kamo River in northeast Kyoto city, Japan. It is a Chinju no Mori or sacred forest and associated with the Kamo-jinja shrine complex, which includes Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine.[1] The Kamo-jinja shrines are believed to protect Kyoto from negative influences.[2] The term Kamo-jinja is commonly used to refer to both Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine.[1] Tadasu no Mori means "Forest of Correction" in Japanese.

In the past, Tadasu no Mori was a large virgin forest spanning about 4,950,000 square meters. However, due to wars that occurred during the Middle Ages and a decree issued in the 4th year of the Meiji era, the forest was reduced to its current size of approximately 124,000 square meters..[3]

A tree singled out from amongst the others in the forest

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The forest area known as Tadasu-no-mori is currently located within the grounds of Shimogamo Shrine, which is one of the seventeen historical sites in and around Kyoto. In 1994, these sites were designated by UNESCO as Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Terry, Philip. (1914). Terry's Japanese empire, p. 479.
  2. Miyazaki, Makoto. "Lens on Japan: Defending Heiankyo from Demons," Archived 2011-03-21 at the Wayback Machine Daily Yomiuri. December 20, 2005.
  3. Shimogamo Shrine official web page about Tadasu-no-mori "史跡 糺の森". Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2018-04-05. Japanese

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