Emperors would still visit the shrine, but with less pomp than in previous eras.Perhaps the most famous imperial visit during this time was that of Emperor Komei in 1863.Legend has it that he prayed for the return of the antagonistic foreigners to the land from which they hailed.This wish went unfulfilled, and as the shogunal government collapsed as the threat of Western invasion advanced, imperial culture was, at least nominally, brought to the fore once again.Shocked and smitten, she married the god and begot a child.
His mother’s legacy is therefore one of productive marriage and parenting. Fragments of plates and arrowheads from the Yayoi were found in good condition throughout the forest excavation site.
The country fell into strife and was eventually engulfed in civil war in the 15th century.
When the new shogunal government emerged, the Shimogamo shrines were still intact, but as vestiges of the imperial era, their power was considerably reduced.
The history of the Shimogamo shrine extends at least two thousand years. Artifacts dating from later periods document the evolution of society around the shrine.
A recent excavation of the Tadasu-no-mori, the shrine’s forest, unearthed artifacts from as long ago as the Yayoi period (4 B. Heian period artifacts include the head of a ceramic horse figurine and elaborate roof tiles, while Edo period artifacts range from simple bowls and nails to mirrors and money.