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Enshrined deities
The deities enshrined at Meiji Jingu are the souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.

Emperor Meiji (The 122nd Emperor of Japan)
Emperor Meiji (1852 - 1912) is the 122nd emperor of Japan, the great-grandfather of the current Emperor. He ascended to the throne in 1867. When Japan was facing unprecedented conditions such as the opening of the country to the world after its long isolation and the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Emperor Meiji took the initiative to promote friendship with other countries, and to introduce Western civilization and developed technology from overseas while preserving Japanese identity, and thus laid the foundations of modern Japan.


Empress Shoken (The consort of Emperor Meiji)
Empress Shoken (1850 - 1914) not only supported the Emperor behind the scenes but also devoted herself to promoting national welfare and women's education. She was also concerned about world affairs, and she donated a fund, named after her, to the International Red Cross, which has been used for international welfare activities until today.

The sincere heart of the Emperor and Empress towards the people can be seen directly in the Waka poetry they composed throughout their lives. Waka poetry by Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken can be found on the pages about divine virtues: Waka poetry