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Myokenson Temple (妙見時) is an ancient buddhist temple, dedicated to Myoken deity, belonging to Tendai buddhist school. It is so called, Bettoji (別当寺), a temple that was attached to a shrine, when the unification of Shinto and Buddhism was permitted before Edo Era. Myokenson, also known as Hokushinmyokenson is a buddhist deity worshiped as the deification of the North Star. He can be shown standing or sitting atop the dragon or tortoise. Hokushinmyokenson Shrine (北辰妙見尊) is a shinto shrine which is located at the top of Mt. Myoken in Inagi city. The legend says that Myokenson appeared at this place sitting on the blue dragon. This shrine is famous for its religious event “hebiyori-giyoji” (蛇より行事), held on August 7th since 1962. The local people make the shape of a big snake (about 50 - 80 m of length) out of grass to pray for avoiding bad luck.