fabled tea master of the late Muromachi period, Joo Takeno, loved the
pure spring water of the forests here, and he spent many months in the
area. The shrine shares the deity Michizane Sugawara with Kitano Tenmangu.
Tenmangu Shrine is also known as Koyasu Tenmangu; this is due to the sacred
stone called Koyasu Ishi ("smooth childbirth stone") located
on the east side of the hall of worship. As its name suggests, the stone
was believed to ensure an uncomplicated birth, and many came to pray at
the stone. It is said that when Yodogimi, wife of feudal lord Hideyoshi
Toyotomi, fell pregnant, Hideyoshi stopped here to pray for an easy birth
on his way to worship at Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine.