“After climbing up these long stone stairs through the red torii gates, there is the Heizaemon-Inari shrine which is also called Makekirai Shrine. In 1818-1830 that Sasayama feudal lord Tadayasu Aoyama was member of the Shogun’s Council of Elders. A Sumo tournament was held in Edo and sumo wrestlers from Sasayama attended, but they were defeated. Years later, Ojiyama-Heizaemon and eight sumo wrestlers won every tournament. It was discovered that they were all named after Oinari-san from Sasayama. After that they dedicated ema (wooden plaques on which people write their prayers and wishes) to win tournaments.”