Charms of Minamiboso (16) Takabe Shrine


Takabe Shrine, located in the Chikura area, is the only Shinto Shrine in Japan that enshrines the god of culinary arts. Steep stone steps take you to the main building with a thatched roof, and stands on a sunny hill looking down to the Pacific Ocean. Chefs and people involved in the food industry from all over the nation come to visit. On October 17, you will have the opportunity to see the Hochoshiki, or “Knife Ceremony”, a unique shinto ritual offered to the god by preparing fish with just a knife and a pair of chopsticks.