Although Nukebenten already became like a name of a place now, there had been Itsukushima Shrine where Yoshiie Minamotono prayed for victory in war in old days. There is an anecdote about Itsukushima Shrine and Yoshiie Minamoto.
It is said that Yoshiie was able to win a war because he frequently visited the Shrine. In other words, he managed to “get out of” his trouble because of the mysterious power of the shrine. Interestingly, you can enter the shrine from South and “get out” from north and vice versa. People like this anecdote and started to call the shrine Nuke-Benten (Nuke means get out). Later on, Nuke-Benten began to be regarded as one of six Edo-Benten and Shichifukujin (Seven Yamanote deities of good fortune).
Out of sorrow that 5th Tokugawa Shogun Tsunayoshi had from the death of the successor Tokumatsu in 1682, he established the law to protect animals twice after 1685. He built doghouse of 82,500m2 in Okubo 52,800m2 in Nakano in 1695 to accommodate stray dog. It is said that the number of stray dog reached 42,000 of them in October of the year. And that is why there remains the track of doghouse near Nuke-Benten.
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