In 1958, the town of Sanwa and the village of Saimei merged to form the town of Meiwa.
Legend relates that 2,000 years ago, the divine Yamatohime-no-Mikoto set out from Mt. Miwa, in Nara Prefecture, in search of the place where the goddess Amaterasu-Ōmikami was enshrined. More than twenty years of travel finally brought her to the goal of her search in Ise. It was from this event that the Saiō system gets its origin, and following upon the example set by Yamatohime-no-Mikoto, it is to women that the responsibility of protecting Amaterasu-Ōmikami has been entrusted.
On her journey, Yamatohime-no-Mikoto traveled down the Kushida River and stopped at Sasafue where she erected a shrine. That shrine remains in Meiwa today as the Sasafue-Angū Ruins. She then set out upon the ocean, which at the time was so calm she named the area Ōyodo (translating roughly to "great stillness"), and founded the Ōyodo Shrine.
According to the Man'yōshū (The Anthology of Ten Thousand Leaves), the first Saiō was the princess Okunohime-miko, daughter of Emperor Temmu. The Saiō was primarily responsible for performing three important Shinto rituals at Ise Grand Shrine. In June and November she would visit the shrine to pray and hold the Tsukinamisai Festivals. The third was the Kannamesai Festival, held in September, in which she made offerings to the gods of the year's new grain harvest, and of which she herself partook.
During the Edo period the area developed into a thriving agricultural center and post-town, providing lodging to people making the pilgrimage to Ise Grand Shrine. Vestiges of these ancient times are still to be found today.
Meiwa Estate Implements Fujitsu Palm Vein Authentication Technology for Condominium Entrance Access Security; First Residential Use of Palm Vein Biometric Security in Metropolitan Tokyo.
Aug 19, 2005; Tokyo, Japan, Aug 18, 2005 - (JCN Newswire) - Meiwa Estate Company Limited (TSE: 8869), Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), and...
Meiwa Estate Implements Fujitsu Palm Vein Authentication Technology for Condominium Entrance Access Security; First Residential Use of Palm Vein Biometric Security in Metropolitan Tokyo
Aug 18, 2005; Tokyo, Aug 18, 2005 - (JCN Newswire) - Meiwa Estate Company Limited (TSE: 8869), Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), and Mitsuiwa...