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19 Apr 2019

YAMANOKAMI - Yamanokami Regional 33 Akita


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. Yama no Kami 山の神 Yamanokami - Introduction .
. Ta no Kami 田の神 Tanokami - Introduction .
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Yama no Kami 山の神 God of the Mountain
and Legends from Akita 秋田県


. Legends about Yamanokami 山の神と伝説 .


source : forbesjapan.com/article...

. Namahage なまはげ / 生剥げ demons of Akita .
The servants of Yamanokami, the demons from the Oga peninsula, are allowed to come down to the local families on the 15th day of the first lunar month.


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田の神,山の神 Tanokami becomes Yamanokami
On the 16th day of the 10th lunar month,
Tanokami goes back and becomes Yamanokami. Pepopletake a rest and celebrate with offerings of konamochi 粉餅 rice cakes powdered with walnut powder.
On this day it is not allowed to go to the forest and work.
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Inside a mine it is not allowed to whistle or clap your hands. If you do, Yamanokami, who supports the ceiling with his hands, becomes happy and pulls his hands away.
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. Okojo, Okoze オコゼ a short-tailed weasel or ferret .
the messenger of Yamanokami.



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kuri no ki 栗の木 sweet chestnut tree
Deep in the mountain forest is a huge sweet chestnut tree, where Yamanokami is venerated. Even if cut down it will soon be up again.
Once a man named 弥兵衛 Yahei tried to cut this tree down, but blood came sprouting from the tree and a boy of 5 years came out. The child had a strange figure and looked very angry, picking up Yahei and throwing him on the ground, telling him never to cut this tree again.

. kami no ki, kaminoki  神の木、神ノ木 tree of the deity, tree of Yamanokami .




....................................................................... 平鹿郡 Hiraka district .....
山内村 Sannai mura village

. Hihi 狒々/ 狒狒 / 比々 Hihi Baboon Monster .
About 400 years ago a samurai named 大次郎 Daijiro moved to the village from 仙台 Sendai. His younger brother left his wife and child behind and said he would go hunting.
A monster baboon came and ate the daughter of his brother. The poor younger brother was very angry and with the consent of Daijiro went out to kill the baboon.
Later they burried the body of the baboon and all their old weapons in the ground of a local school. They started to venerate Yamanokami at that place.



....................................................................... 上小阿仁村 Kamikoani village .....
in 北秋田郡 Kita-Akita district

In the village of Kami-Koani there was one area where Yamanokami was seen as 男神 a male deity and one where she was 女神 a female deity.
After a wedding ceremony husband and wife were not allowed to go into the mountain forest for a few days, because Yamanokami was very jealous.
So young couples went to work in the fields, made tools from straw and performed other work inside the house.
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A couple went to the mountain forest to make charcoal. The husband cut a tree from a dangerous place. His wife observed him from below and saw a woman supporting his hips. The wife thought he was being unfaithful and called out "Shame on you!" The figure of the supporting woman disappeared on the spot and the husband fell deep into the valley.
The female Yamanokami had been helping him.



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Nanzoboo 南祖坊 Priest Nanzobo and Hachitaroo, 八太郎 Hachitaro
The Lord of 十和田湖 lake Towadako was called 八太郎 Hachitaro.
One day a strange priest named Nanzobo came and told him to hand the lake over to him. Both begun to fight and Hachitaro lost.
So he begun to block the river 米代川 Yoneshirogawa and built a new lake.
Now Yamanokami came and threw stones at him, so Hachitaro had to flee again.
He run very far away and became the Lord of 八郎潟 Hachirogata.


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Hachirōgata (八郎潟 Hachirō-gata) is a lake in Akita Prefecture in northern Japan.
Its formal name is Lake Hachirō (八郎湖 Hachirō-ko), but it is also called Hachirōgata Regulating Pond (八郎潟調整池 Hachirō-gata chōseichi). At 4 meters below sea level, Hachirōgata is the lowest point in Japan. . . .
According to a legend,
a man called Hachirō was transformed into a dragon and chose the lake for his home after wandering a long time. Thus, the lake was named Hachirō-gata (-gata means "lagoon").
Later, he was attracted to a woman who owned Lake Tazawako, another lake in Akita Prefecture, and moved to be with her. After that, Hachirōgata became increasingly shallower.
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....................................................................... 北秋田郡 Kita-Akita district .....
荒瀬村 Arasemura village

once on a snowing night Yamanokami took the form of a pregnant woman and asked for shelter at the hut of seven woodcutters, but she was turned away.
At the next hut of six woodcutters she was taken in cordally. So Yamanokami gave them four 大熊 great bears as a present.
Then Yamanokami turned the group of seven into 小鼠 mice with no special color.




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. takezaiku 竹細工 legends about craft from bamboo .
If a child is born, Yamanokami spends the whole night at the Shrine to decide the fate of the baby.

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Once a wife took some lunch to her father working in the mountain. But the female Yamanokami became jealous and when the father cut a tree, he fell below it and died.
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Yamanokami becomes Tanokami in spring and is seen as female. The deity likes
. okoji オコジ(虎魚)and Yamanokami .
Yamanokami is usually helping with a birth . . . . .


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Senboku 西木町 Nishiki town

大石岳 Mount Oishidake (1,059 m)
On the 10th day of the second lunar month, it was not allowed to go to the mountain.
Yamanokami was sewing seeds for trees on this day.
Others say they should not go to the mountain and should not bring Natto fermented beans as food, lest Yamanokami would let them slip and fall.
They also should not wash their dishes in the river because Yamanokami might want to swim down the river on that day.

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Senboku 西仙北町 Nishi-Senboku town

bakko sugi バッコ杉 Bakko cedar
On the 9th day of the second lunar month, on the day of Yamanokami, a man went to the forest to make charcoal, although it was forbidden.
On his way home he saw his bakko バッコ(末娘) youngest daughter, who was supposed to be home. He called her but she did not turn around, so he started running after her, but could not catch up. When he came to
kugikake no oo-sugi 鉤掛けの大杉 the big cedar tree further down the valley, he lost sight of her. When he came home, his daughter had been home all the time, waiting for him. Since then the name of the tree changed to
Bakko Sugi, cedar of the youngest daughter.


about 38 m high, 7,4 m circumference, about 300 years old
source : hitozato-kyoboku.com/bakko-sugi...



....................................................................... 山本郡 Yamamoto district .....
二ツ井町 Futatsui machi town

Around 1940, there was a huge fire in the village. In front of 山神神社 the Shrine for Yamanokami there stood a beautiful young woman.
This must have been Yamanokami, taking refuge from the fire.


Yama Shrine, Haraikawa-59 Futatsuimachi Kogake, Noshiro

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. Legends about Yamanokami 山の神と伝説 .

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. Shrine, Shinto Shrine (jinja 神社) - Introduction .

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21 Mar 2019

SHINTO - Yamanokami Regional 26 Saga Saitama Shiga


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. Yama no Kami 山の神 Yamanokami - Introduction .
. Ta no Kami 田の神 Tanokami - Introduction .
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Yama no Kami 山の神 God of the Mountain
and Legends from Saga, Saitama and Shiga


. Legends about Yamanokami 山の神と伝説 .


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東松浦郡 Higashimatsuura district 鎮西町 Chinzei town

On the second day of the 12th lunar month, the regional Yamanokami have a meeting and do the washing.
They also count the mountains, so humans are not allowed to go there on this day.
If people cook 味噌汁 miso soup on this day and smell of Miso while walking outside, they will get ill.
Yamanokami does not like the smell of Miso soup.

Another legend about Yamanokami and Miso soup from Oita and from Yamagata.
. misojiru 味噌汁 Miso soup .

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山神社 Yamajinja
佐賀県 神崎郡吉野ヶ里町松隈永山 / Nagayama Matsuguma Yoshinogari, Kanzaki District, Saga
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....................................................................... Saitama 埼玉県 .....

. Yamanokami and Tengu 天狗 the Mountain Goblin .

Behind the Shrine 和田神社 Wada Jinja is a memorial of the deity 愛宕様 Atago sama, where Yamanokami is venerated.
The pious son of a postmaster went there regularly to pray. On the 17th day of the 2nd lunar month the Tengu come there for a meeting.
They are very large and their face is hardly to be seen up there.
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. Chichibu no Tengu 秩父の天狗さま The Tengu from Chichibu .
Tengoo matsuri 天狗祭(テンゴー祭り) Tengo (Tengu) Festival
Tengu is seen as Yamanokami
- - - Legend from 小鹿野町 Ogano town
- - - Legend from 倉尾村 Kurao village
- - - Legend from 寄居町 Yorii town

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秩父市 Chichibu city

. yama no kami no yasumigi 山の神の休み木 sacred trees of Yamanokami .
..... kikkabu キッカブ(木株 kikabu)stumps of the trees

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秩父郡 Chichibu district 倉尾村 Kurao village

When forest workers stay in the mountain hut they can hear the sound of boulders rolling around and trees being cut.
This is Yamanokami showing his power.
Another forest worker could suddenly not see any more on a clear full-moon night.
Yamanokami had blinded his eyes to make him stop, they say.

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秩父郡 Chichibu district 皆野町 Minano town

If someone goes into the mountain forest on the Day of Yamanokami, he will get injured.

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秩父郡 Chichibu district 大滝村 Otaki village

Yamanokami ga sawagu 山の神が騒ぐ Yamanokami celebrates
In the morning, one can hear Yamanokami making music with drums and flutes.

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秩父郡 Chichibu district 両神村 Ryokami village

Someone went to the river to put out his net for yamame ヤマメ salmon and got his net all full in no time. When he wanted to lift the full net out of the river, it was all empty.
The fish he had caught before that were also gone from his basket. He had been fishing very close to a place sacred to Yamanokami. He became afraid, hurried home and had to stay in bed for many days.
. yamame やまめ (山女) masu salmon / Oncorhynchus masou .


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入間郡 Iruma district 毛呂山町 Moroyama town

. Sarugami 猿神 monkey deity .
Since the monkey is Yamanokami, people are not allowed to do forest work on 申の日 the days of the monkey.
If they do, they will have a lot of problems.

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. oo-otoko, Ōotoko 大男と伝説 O-Otoko, Legends about giants .

Since a giant with a red race came at night to shake the mountain hut, the forest workers held a ritual for Yamanokami during the whole night.
Another carpenter had cut a tree sacred to Yamanokami and that night his home was shaking and kept him awake all night. But the other people sleeping in that house did not feel a thing.




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山ノ神遺跡
3 Chome-38-18 Ichiriyama, Otsu, Shiga
an archaeological site of the kiln at about 1,300 years ago.

山の神古墳 Yamanokami kufun mound
Gokashoinobecho, Higashiomi, Shiga / 滋賀県東近江市五個荘伊野部町
山の神古墳/伊野部古墳(やまのかみこふん/いのべこふん)Inobe kofun 古墳

Yamanokami shrine
31 Hiramatsucho, Higashiomi, Shiga

山の神延命地蔵尊 Yamanokami Enmei Jizo son
90-23 Tatebekawarayajicho, Higashiomi, Shiga / 東近江市建部瓦屋寺町


郷山坂東山の神
2 Minakuchicho Ayano, Koka, Shiga

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甲賀市 Koka city 信楽町 Shigaraki

During the change from the 11th to the 12th lunar month, an especially cold day is said to happen because
Yamanokami goes wild. Yamanokami rides the wind to go home to the mountain.

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大津市 Otsu city

Yamagami no kaii 山神の怪異 strange things happening
A doctor from Otsu often went to 胆吹山 Tan-Ibukiyama (the old name of 伊吹山 Ibukiyama / Ibukisan in the Nihon Shoki records 日本書紀) to collect medicinal herbs and stones. But every evening some stones were thrown at him. Finally he realized that Yamanokami did not like the herbs and stones being taken away, so he brought them back to the mountian And indeed, all was quiet after this.

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栗東市 Ritto city

Yamanokami is an old ugly woman, and she is very jealous.
If anyone laughs about, she gets very angry and punishes that person.

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高島郡 Takashima district 今津町 Imazu town

. Yamanokami and Tengu 天狗 the Mountain Goblin .
Yamanokami is a Tengu and lives in the trees.
At the bottom of the mountain sacred to Yamanokami are statues of 道祖神 Dosojin, to pray for safety of the traveler.

. doosoojin 道祖神 Dosojin, wayside gods .

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高島郡 Takashima district マキノ町 Makino city

If one goes to the mountain on the day of Yamanokami, he will get injured.
A charcoal maker carrying his coal in a backpack was almost thrown down from the mountain path.

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- reference source : nichibun yokai database -

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13 Mar 2019

YAMANOKAMI - Trachidermus fasciatus fish

https://japanshrinestemples.blogspot.com/2019/03/yamanokami-fish-trachidermus-fasciatus.html

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Yamanokami, Trachidermus fasciatus ヤマノカミ / 山ノ神
川の神 Kawanokami, Kawa no Kami
神勧請 Kamikanjo




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ヤマノカミ(山ノ神、学名 Trachidermus fasciatus )は、
カサゴ目カジカ科に属する魚の一種。アユカケと同じく「降河回遊」の生活史をもつ中型カジカ類の一種である。東アジアに分布するが、日本での分布は九州の有明海奥部とその流入河川に限られる。ヤマノカミ1種でヤマノカミ属を構成する。河口付近に作られた堰により稚魚の遡上が阻害され、生息数が減少している。

標準和名「ヤマノカミ」は福岡県筑後地方での呼び名に因み、
他の地方名としてヤマンカミ(福岡)カワンカミ、タチャ(福岡・佐賀)カンカンジョ(佐賀)などがある。
「山の神」「川の神」「神勧請」など、独特の外見や生活史から山の神信仰などとの関連付けが窺える。
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This fish is closely related to the belief in Yamanokami in various regions of Japan, especially Fukuoka and Saga.


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Trachidermus fasciatus is a species of fish in the superfamily Cottoidea, the sculpins, and the only member of the monotypic genus Trachidermus. Its common name is roughskin sculpin. It has also been called four-gilled perch.
It is native to the coastlines of China, Japan, and Korea, where it occurs at the mouths of rivers.
This species is about 20 cm (8 in) long and weighs up to 350 grams.It has a large, spineless head with a wide mouth and small eyes near the tip of the snout. The upper jaw is slightly projecting. The dorsal fin has 8 spines and 19 to 20 soft rays and the anal fin has no spines but 17 to 18 soft rays. This fish lacks scales but its body surface is textured with "knobbles". The gill opening is large and each gill has two orange stripes.
This fish lives in rivers, estuaries, and coastal ocean waters. It is catadromous; adults spawn on mudflats at the river mouths, and after hatching, the juveniles swim upstream to freshwater river habitat.
... The habitat of the fish is degraded in some areas, particularly the river mouths of coastal China. Pollution from rapid urban development, overfishing, and the construction of dams and dikes threaten the species in this region. Changes in the hydrology of the area, mainly from dams, are most concerning because they prevent the migration of the fish in the river systems.
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It resembles the kajika カジカ family, Cottus pollux.


source : kotobank.jp/word...


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12 Mar 2019

EDO - denenchofu fuchu districts


Edo - the EDOPEDIA -


Denenchofu district Ota

Posted: 09 Mar 2019 08:55 PM PST

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Denenchoofu, Den-en-chōfu, Denenchōfu 田園調布 Denenchofu district
Ota, 田園調布 一丁目 - 五丁目 first to fifth sub-district



This is a very expensive residential area and many famous people lived here.
The area spreads like a fan from the Western side of the station 田園調布駅.

In 1918, 渋沢栄一 Shibusawa Eiichi (1840 - 1931) and others founded the company 田園都市株式会社 to built an "ideal residential area.
Before that it was simply called 調布村 Chofumura, Chofu village.
It was a rural area growing 麻 hemp and 荢, which was shipped down the river Tamagawa 多摩川 / 玉川 and made into cloth sold in 府中 Fuchu.
The character 調 was also read mitsuki みつき, a kind of tax on the local cloth.

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Denenchofu Honcho 田園調布本町 - no sub-districts

Denenchofu minami 田園調布南 - no sub-districts

Tamagawa Denenchofu 玉川田園調布」in Setagaya(世田谷区)
一丁目 - 二丁目 first and second sub-district

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Den-en-chōfu lies along the Tama River, the natural border between Tokyo and Kawasaki, Kanagawa. It is served by Den-en-chōfu Station on the Tōkyū Tōyoko and Meguro lines. Den-en-chōfu includes many detached suburban homes with a variety of styles, including Japanese neo-classical, Edwardian villas, Swiss cottages and modern architectural designs.
- History
Den-en-chōfu was built based on the "Garden City" idea originally developed by the British city planner Ebenezer Howard. It is one of the most famous and top-class residential towns where many executives have their dwellings. Being 10 km away from the center of Tokyo, the area contains natural parks. The area has its own regulations for construction in order to preserve the town feel to the area. The residences are fairly big compared to normal housing in other areas in Japan, and the district is often compared to Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Den-en-chōfu
was planned as a garden suburb of Tokyo. In the early 1900s, financier Eiichi Shibusawa bought, named and developed the area by emulating the garden suburbs that were growing in metropolitan areas around the world, particularly those in Greater London.
Although the area was developing at an adequate pace,
it was the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923 that guaranteed his success. Central Tokyo was leveled in the earthquake, but Den-en-chōfu was virtually untouched; in the aftermath, the exodus of people from the central city to the less crowded, cleaner suburbs ensured that the Den-en-chōfu would prosper.
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. Chofu Tama River 調布の玉川 .
and the Mu Tamagawa 六玉川 Six Tama Rivers.



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Shibusawa Eiichi, 1st Viscount Shibusawa 渋沢 栄一, (1840 – 1931)
a Japanese industrialist widely known today as the "father of Japanese capitalism".

He spearheaded the introduction of Western capitalism to Japan after the Meiji Restoration. He introduced many economic reforms including use of double-entry accounting, joint-stock corporations and modern note-issuing banks.
He founded the first modern bank
based on joint stock ownership in Japan. The bank was aptly named The First National Bank (Dai Ichi Kokuritsu Ginkō, now merged into Mizuho Bank) and had the power to issue its own notes. Through this bank, he founded hundreds of other joint stock corporations in Japan. Many of these companies still survive to this day as quoted companies in the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which Shibusawa also founded. The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry was founded by him as well. He was also involved in the foundation of many hospitals, schools, universities (including the first women's university), the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo and charitable organizations including the Japan Red Cross.
Another notable aspect of Shibusawa's career
is that, despite being the founder of hundreds of corporations, he refused to maintain a controlling stake in these corporations, effectively preventing himself from forming a zaibatsu. What is known as the Shibusawa zaibatsu was a holding company to look after his estate for his family. The Shibusawa Zaibatsu did not hold any controlling stake in any companies. Despite his lowly origin as a farmer, he was granted the title of Viscount, while all other zaibatsu founders were awarded the title of Baron. He was also awarded Shōnii, Second Honour under the ritsuryō rank system, which is usually given to high-ranking nobility and prime ministers.
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Hamasaki Ayumi 浜崎あゆみ, singer
Hatoyama Yukio 鳩山由紀夫, former Prime Minister
Ishihara Shintaro 石原慎太郎, former governor of Tokyo
Itsuki Hiroshi 五木ひろし, singer
Kobayashi Yoshinori 小林よしのり, manga artist
Matsuura Max 松浦勝人 マックス, recording executive
Nagashima Shigeo 長嶋茂雄, baseball player/manager
Nakai Kiichi 中井貴一, actor
Nomura Katsuya 野村克也, baseball player/manager


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Fujimizaka 富士見坂(田園調布)Fujimi slope to see Mount Fuji



In former times, Mount Fuji could be seen from the top of the slope.
Nowadays there are too many high-rise buildings



Denenchofu Fujimi Hall
1 Chome-30-1 Denenchofu, Ōta


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鵯を呼び田園調布冬めける
kamo o yobi Denen Choofu fuyu mekeru

ducks are coming back
to Denenchofu -
beginning of winter

Tr. Gabi Greve

渋沢秀雄 Shibusawa Hideo, his haiku name was Shibutei 渋亭.
(1892 - 1984)
渋沢渋亭 Shibusawa Shibutei


. fuyu meku 冬めく winter is getting "like winter" .


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Fuchuu, Fuchū 府中 Fuchu city
Musashi 武蔵


東京都府中市

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a city located in western Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 261,488,...
The government of ancient Musashi Province was established in Fuchū by the Taika Reform, and the city prospered as the local center of politics, economy, and culture. It prospered as a post town on the Kōshū Kaidō in the Edo period, and the Kita Tama District public office was placed here after the start of the Meiji era.
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645: With the Taika Reforms of the government of Musashi Province was established in Fuchū.
1333: The Battle of Bubaigawara was fought.
1602: The Fuchū post-town was established with the upgrading of the Kōshū-dochu road (Kōshū Highway).
1868: Nirayama Prefecture was established, ...
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- - - - - Fuchu Meisho Map of famous places
1.けやき並木 10.東京競馬場 19.常久一里塚 28.西蔵院
2.大国魂神社 11.ルミエール府中 20.白糸台掩体壕 29.二ケ村緑道
3.高札場 12.武蔵国衛跡地 21.本宿村 常夜燈 30.新田川緑道
4.多摩川 13.御殿地 22.多摩川砂利採掘場跡 31.下河原緑道
5.浅間山 14.国分寺参道口跡 23.府中の森公園 32.綜合卸売センター
6.多磨霊園 15.三千人塚 24.府中市美術館 33.武蔵の森公園
7.高安寺 16.高倉塚古墳 25.サントリー工場 34.武蔵野公園
8.分倍河原古戦場 17.御嶽塚 26.郷土の森 35.新田義貞の像
9.熊野神社 18.人見原古戦場 27.東郷寺 36.府中の森芸術劇場
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. post stations along the Kōshū Kaidō Highway .
9. Fuchū-shuku (府中宿) (Fuchū, Fuchu) / 甲州街道

. Musashi Fuchu Kumano Jinja Kofun 武蔵府中熊野神社古墳 .
2-9 Nishi-Fuchu, Fuchu city


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Posted: 08 Mar 2019 09:42 PM PST

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Jiyuugaoka, Jiyūgaoka 自由が丘 Jiyugaoka district
Meguro, Jiyugaoka 一丁目 - 三丁目 first to third sub-district



A rather expensive residential area.
The name refers to a university campus named 自由ヶ丘学園 Jiyugaoka gakuen.
In 1927, the 東急東横線 Toyokosen opened a line and because there was a temple with 阿弥陀如来 nine Amida Nyorai Buddha statues, the area was called
Kuhonbutsu 九品仏. The name of the new 東横線 Toyokosen station was also Kuhonbutsu.
In 1929, when the 東急大井町線 line was prolonged, the Kuhonbutsu station became its station name.
So the Toyoko sen station was re-named Jiyugaoka Station.
In 1932, the name Jiyugaoka was given to the whole district.
In 1965, the spelling was changed from 自由ヶ丘 to 自由が丘 (with Hiragana GA が ).

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..... The name also refers to the broader area surrounding Jiyūgaoka Station, which includes both Jiyūgaoka, part of Midorigaoka and nearby Okusawa (奥沢) in Setagaya.
..... There are numerous apparel stores, speciality goods stores, cafes and restaurants. Jiyūgaoka is often considered as one of the most desirable places to live in Tokyo. The middle class demographic is also reflected in the concentration of private schools in the neighbourhood and the large number of after school juku.
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Jiyūgaoka was largely rural until the late 1920s, when rail service commenced. On 28 August 1927, Kuhonbutsu-mae Station (九品仏前駅 Kuhonbutsu-mae eki) was established on the Tōyoko Line. In the same year, Jiyūgaoka-gakuen High School was opened.
The school name, 自由ヶ丘学園高等学校, literally "Liberal Hill Academy", due to its liberal education (part of the Taishō period liberal education movement, later gave rise to the name of the nearby station and thence the entire area, similarly to the neighboring stations of Toritsu-Daigaku Station and Gakugei-daigaku Station (named for universities formerly located in the area). ...
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九品仏 浄真寺 Temple Kuhonbutsu (Kuhombutsu) Joshin-Ji
東京都世田谷区奥沢7-41-3 / Setagaya, 7-41-3 Okusawa



The temple was founded in 1678, the nine statues are a cultural property of Tokyo city.
Every three years the temple features a special festival,
o-men kaburi お面かぶり "wearing a mask".


A special bridge is built between the 本堂 main hall and the 三仏堂 Sanbutsu-Do hall and 25 selected people wearing the mask of a Bostatsu are allowed to walk over the bridge.

A similar ritual is held at the birth temple Tanjo-Ji of 法然上人 Saint Honen in Okayama 岡山県 誕生時.
. The Ceremony of the 25 Bosatsu 二十五菩薩練供養 .


. Kuhonbutsu Amida - Introduction .
Each statue features one of the
nine hand positions (mudra) of Amida Nyorai




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Yuutenji, Yūtenji 祐天寺 Yutenji district
Meguro, Yutenji 一丁目 - 二丁目 first and second sub-district



Mostly a residential area.
Yuten-Ji is a temple in honor of Saint Yuten and gives the name to this area.
. Yuuten, Yūten 祐天 Yuten Shami (1637 - 1718) .



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自由が丘の夕ベは氷る雪兎
Jiyugaoka no yuube wa kooru yuki-usagi

the night at
Jiyugaoka is freezing -
a snow rabbit



自由が丘の空を載せゆく夏帽子
Jiyugaoka no sora o noseyuku natsu booshi

summer hats
stick into the sky of
Jiyugaoka ...


山田みづえ Yamada Mizue (1926 - 2013)
Tr. Gabi Greve


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. Japanese Architecture - The Japanese Home .

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EDO - Minato ward legends


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Legends from Minato ward

. Minato ward 港区 .



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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

. tanuki 狸 - mujina 狢 - racoon dog, badger legends .

tanuki no kai 狸の怪 Tanuki monster
In the third lunar month of 1828 there was an old woman without any relatives working in a home. She fell ill and could not breath.
Soon many Tanuki came to the home, as if to visit the old woman. As the woman got worse, Amida appeared at her side and took her hand.
Then someone saw an old Tanuki come out of the room
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furudanuki 古狸 old Tanuki from Enokizaka slope 榎坂
At Enokizaka lived some soldiers in a rented home. Often someone strange came there at night.
In 1634, on the 15th day of the first lunar month one man hid after pretending to go to bed to see what was happening.
Something wit great sparkling eyes appeared. He caught an old Tanuki, he said!
But people thought that was impossible in the town and the man must have told a lie. The man soon disappeared.

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bakemono 化物 monster
A yoriki 与力 police officer named Kiribuchi lived in a house where a monster had been seen.
- One day a man called 雪飛 Yukihi visited Kiribuchi. He saw a maid-servant running down from the second floor with a pale-green face of fear, saying she had seen a monster upstairs. When Yukihi carefully went upstairs, the dressing table was open and in the mirror he saw something like a monster.
- One day the wife of Kiribuchi called her maid servant. The servant opened the door, kneeling on the floor asking what was the matter. When the wife looked closely, her face looked like a juubako 重箱 food box with many layers. Later they found a deep hole under the floor. After filling this hole the monster did not appear any more.

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butsubatsu 仏罰 Buddha's punishment
On the 28th day of the 8th lunar month in 1680, there was the ritual of painting eyes to the statue of the Gread Buddha of Edo.
They found four nails in the back of the statue and one parishioner wanted to pull them out, but could not do it. He got angry, but now some wood fell down and he got great wounds on four fingers of both hands.

. Tokyo Daibutsu 東京大仏 Great Buddha of Tokyo .
Joorenji 乗蓮寺 Temple Joren-Ji
板橋区赤塚5-28 / 5 Chome-28 Akatsuka, Itabashi ward

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. hebi 蛇と伝説 Legends about snakes and serpents .
Under a tree, a snake had swallowed a child of 4 years. The father of the child followed the snake and came closer. The snake blew a poisonous breath at him and his eyes could not open any more.

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hako 箱 box
One greedy practitioner of Shinto rituals once performed an exorcist ritual for a crazy man and got a box as reward. He was told never to open the box.
When he came home, others had brought him many treasures and he slept among them with his family.
The next morning, all the treasures had become impure.

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hotaru 螢 fireflies
At 蛇池 the Snake Pond at 龍土町 Ryudo district in Edo, someone went to see the fireflies. But there were so many, they overwhelmed him and he run back home in fear.
This happened in other parts of Japan too. This happens if the weeds turn bad at the beginning of summer.
. hotaru 螢 fireflies and Haiku .

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oootoko 大男 O-Otoko, giant
A man named 小島清次郎 Kojima Saijiro once scooped for fish at the river 古川 Furukawa with a friend.
Kojima had his leg and did not go into the river, he stood outside and held the bucket. A giant appeared and hindered him from walking this road. Kojima was a large man himself, so he was not so surprized and passed the giant by his side. When he looked in the bucket later, the four fish were all gone.

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reiken, reigen 霊験 miracle
In the autumn of 1795, an ill man living in 麻生 Asao had a dream. He went near the fox shrine 椙田稲荷 / 杉田稲荷 Sugita Inari, where there lived an old woman who performed purification rituals for him.
He should go to the Inari Shrine, say prayers and rub his ailing stomach. He did as told and was soon healed. As word spread, more people came to pray here and the man distributed clean rice to them. The Shrine became so popular, the Edo government later forbid people to go thear and soon the fad subsided.

Asao ku 麻生区(あさおく)Asao ward
in 川崎市 Kawasaki town (formerly part of Tokyo)
Asao-ku is one of the 7 wards of the city of Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture.

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Under the Nara period Ritsuryō system, what is now Kawasaki Ward became part of Tachibana District Musashi Province.
. Kawasaki in the Edo Period along the river Tamagawa 多摩川 .

. Asao Fudo Temple 麻生不動だるま市 Daruma Market .

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yoobo 妖姥 / ヨウボ old monster hag
In the family of a yoriki 与力 police officer a baby had been born. The sanba 産婆 midwife took the baby in her arms and run to the empty nagaya 長屋 long store house.
When the family members run after her and finally got hold of her, she was indeed the midwife.
The old midwife who had taken the baby out of the house had disappeared. But soon after the whole estate went up in fire.



................................................................................. Akasaka 赤坂

. Hikawa Jinja 氷川神社 Akasaka 赤坂 .

Hikawa Myoojin 氷川明神 Hikawa Myojin and 十一面観音Juichimen Kannon
Around 950, a priest named 連林 Renrin from 近江国甲賀郡 Koga came to study to Hikawa.
That night he had a dream. An old man with white hair came to him and told him to dig out something from the ground and venerate it. This would become 守護神 the protector deity of the area.
When Renrin looked around he saw something golden and dug it out. It was 十一面観音 a statue of Kannon with 11 heads. So he built a Shrine and venerated it.
In 1066 there was a gread drought in the Kanto area and people came here to pray for rain. And indeed, it begun to rain soon.

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In Akasaka there lived a stupid kojiki 乞食 beggar called 亀次 Kameji.
After his death, he was reborn in the family of a Daimyo.
When the baby was born, it could not open its hand. Later when it finally opened its hand, the word KAMEJI was written inside.

. kojiki 乞食 beggar / binboonin 貧乏人 Bimbo, "a poor person" .
and Haiku by Kobayashi Issa

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. 赤坂伝馬町 Akasaka Denmacho .
小伝馬町 Kodenmacho and 大伝馬町 Odenmacho district

In Denmacho there was a strange person seen every night, almost like a monster from Ikebukuro.
One evening a man put a piece of paper and a brush outside. When the strange person passed, it stopped and wrote something like a word.




................................................................................. Atago 愛宕

onigawara 鬼瓦 demon roof tiles
At 天徳寺 temple Tentoku-Ji in 愛宕下 Atago-shita there is a demon roof tile with a tokin 兜巾(ときん)Buddhist cap.
Once upon a time, there was a fire and the sparks seemed to set the roof in flames. From this roof tile water begun to spray and the fire was extinguished.

. onigawara 鬼瓦 demon roof tiles .


Tengu wearing a TOKIN.



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iseki 異石 a strange stone
There are five different strange stones in Azabu:
麻布に異石が5種類ある。
寒山拾得石像に切られた痕が残っている。
夜久神の石像は願をかけると験が多く、長谷寺の僧の霊夢によって長谷寺に置かれるようになった。
陰陽石が縁結びの願を成就する。
道路に埋った石が願を成就する。
烏帽子形の石に日月の像が現れた。

Nearby was a rock called takaishi 鷹石 "hawk rock".
When the villagers tried to dig it out a long long time ago, there had a mysterious atmosphere about it, but that is lost today.


source : deepazabu.blogspot.com...
鷹石(烏石)Takaishi

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kieta onna 消えた女 a woman vanished
A man named 玉置清吉 Tamaki Seikichi walked along 麻布古川 Azabu Furukawa (old river) in the evening without carrying a lantern. A beautiful woman of about 40 years came walking toward him. He thought this was strange and wanted to let her pass, but the woman stopped to ask him the way. He told her where to go, and the woman did not even answer, but just went on. When he looked back a few moments later, the woman had vanished, but he heard a strange laughter from the river.


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Azabu Ichibei town 麻布市兵衛町

. kitsune densetsu 狐と伝説 fox legends .
In June 1752, the maid servant of a villager of Azabu Ichibei village was suddenly possessed by a fox. They tried all kinds of exorcism, but nothing helped.
The fox seemed to live in 松平紀伊守様屋敷 the estate of Matsudaira, Governor of Mikawa.
His daughter was from the Inari shrine in the estate of the Lord of Ishikawa 石川近江守様屋敷の稲荷, his wife from the Inari shrine of Sannocho 山王町の稲荷.
So they built a small Inari shrine to honor the fox family and prayed for the protection from fires.

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. unagi うなぎ / 鰻 a crazy eel restaurant owner .



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Azabu Kogaicho 麻布笄町

yashagami 夜叉神 Yasha deity -渋谷金王麿 Shibuya Konnomaru
At Azabu Kogaicho is 長谷寺 the temple Hasedera with a hall for the Yasha deity, 夜叉明王堂 Yasha Myo-O Do.
When Shibuya Shigeie build a castle, he had a stone statue of this deity buried in the Northern corner of the castle.
When later in the Edo period 阿部豊後守の臣安川繁成 Yasukawa Shigenari (1839 - 1906) lived here, he had a well dug out and they found the stone statue.
He kept it close to himself as his protector deity and sometimes saw Konnomaru in his dream, so he enshrined it. Later he had made 鬼の面 a demon mask with a features of Konnomaru.
The story is also told in Kabuki theater.

... Actor Ichikawa Ebizô as Shibuya Konnomaru Masatoshi

金王八幡宮 Konno Hachimangu Shrine
東京都渋谷区渋谷3-5-12 / 3 Chome-5-12 Shibuya



The Shrine was founded by the Shibuya clan in 1092.
河崎基家 Kawasaki Motoie (General of the Heian period), also called 渋谷重家 Shibuya Shigeie.
The Shrine was not destroyed in WWII and still shows the style of the Edo period.
Shinmon gate, Shaden, Haiden, Kaguraden, Homotsuden
- Deity in residence
応神天皇(品陀和気命) Ojin Tenno - Homutawake or Hondawake
15th emperor of Japan

At the end of the Edo period, the temple 澁谷山親王院 東福寺 Shibuyazan Shinno-In Tofuku-Ji was build next to it.
The eldest son of Kawasaki Motoie, 常光 Tsunemitsu, came here to pray.
He thus became an incarnation of the deity 金剛夜叉明王 Konno Yasha Myo-O. He then called himself
金王丸 / 金王麿 Konnomaru, Konno Maro.




................................................................................. Shiba 芝

Shiba Myojin Shrine 芝神明社 / 芝大神宮 Shiba Daijingu / 芝神明 Shiba Shinmei
1 Chome-12-7 Shibadaimon, Minato, Tokyo
In the 9th lunar month of 1005, in 武蔵国日比谷村 Hibiya mura village in Musashi no kuni it begun to rain 幣帛 ritual wands and 大牙 large animal fangs from the clear sky. An oracle said a Shrine should be built here. This is the beginning of prestigious Shiba Myojin Shrine.

. Shiba Daijinguu 芝大神宮 Shiba Daijingu Shrine .

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. Zoojooji, Zōjō-ji 増上寺 Temple Zojo-Ji .
the family temple of the Tokugawa family - with some legends below
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choozubachi 手水鉢 hand-wash basin
The hand-wash basin of the temple was made from a special stone. Even after many years the water never got dirty.
Come too much rain or drought, the water level always stayed the same.

source : db.nichibun.ac.jp/ja...
water-tank at Shiba, with its monolith columns, on the tops of which festooned drapery in colours and gold is painted...
(Dresser, Christopher, 1834-1904)
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dochuu no fugu 土中の河豚 a Fugu blowfish in the earth
On the 17th day of the second lunar month in 1725 during the construction of a new building at Zojo-Ji they found a very large living fugu 河豚 puffer fish in the ground!
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. kitsune densetsu 狐と伝説 fox legends .
A young priest living in a dormitory at Zojo-Ji was bewitched by a fox and began moving like a woman. He told the head of the dormitory that he had lived in a small sanctuary in the park, but when the head of the dormitory destroyed the sanctuary, he had lost his home. Now he wanted a new 祠 sanctuary shrine.
The headmaster found out that many years ago there was someone called 花崎 Hanazaki, so he had a shrine built with a torii gate and called it
Hanazaki-sha 花崎社 Hanazaki Shrine.
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In the dormitory there was a small sancturay for a fox. The priests came here to have rituals and make offerings there on special days. Once after the offerings, a priest came to the dormitory door the next morning where he saw an ols man wearkng an eboshi 烏帽子 ritual cap asking for a favor. He had lived in the sanctuary for a long time, but now a new sanctuary for 弁天 Benten was putting shadow on his place and he wanted it to be relocated.
When the priest reported this to the head of the dormitory. The head found out that the priest making the offerings had in fact thought of Benten to grant him a wish. Anyway, they relocated the sanctuary and the man wearing the ritual cap came back to express his gratitude.
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. nekomata 猫また monster cat Yokai .
Around 1700 in a side-temple of Zojo-Ji called 徳水院 Tokuzui-In there lived 赤猫 a red cat. Once the cat was running after a mouse when it fell from the ceiling and called the prayer out
南無三宝 Namu Sanbo for help. People thought it might be a cat monster, but the animal disappeared soon after.
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. Onyo 音誉聖観上人 Saint Onyo Shokan Shonin .
音誉上人自ら火車に乗る Onyo Shonin riding the kasha 火車 "burning chariot"
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. Ryogaku 了学上人 Saint Ryogaku Shonin (1549 - 1634) .


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Shiba Tamachi 芝田町

. hebi 蛇と伝説 Legends about snakes and serpents .
In the eighth district of Tamachi lived a woman who had hated her husband. When she died they found a large dead serpent under her futon 蒲団 matres. The husband threw the serpent into the sea, but it came back to life and was back at the home before the husband returned.
After the official 49 days of mourning for his wife he got himself a new wife. But this woman fled the house the next morning.
One can only wonder what terrible thing happened in the house that night !

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- reference : nichibun yokai database -


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