20 Aug 2022

TEMPLE - Kangoji Kannon Yokohama

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Kangoji Kannon Oyama

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. 小机領三十三所子歳観音霊場 Kozukue Nedoshi 33 Kannon .
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Kangoji 観護寺 Kango-Ji, Oyama
補蛇洛山 Fudarakuzan 龍光院 Ryuko-In 観護寺 Kangoji
神奈川県横浜市緑区小山町677-9 / Kanagawa, Yokohama city, Midori ward, Oyama town

The Kannon statue is 聖観世音菩薩 Sho Kannon.
The main statue is 薬師如来 Yakushi Nnyorai.
The date of the founding is not clear.
The building was restored in 1533.
It is a sub-temple of 三會寺 Sannen-Ji in 橘樹郡 the Tachibana district.
Around 1650 it was added to 杉山神社 the Shrine Sugiyama Jinja.
The locals call it Fujimidera 富士見寺 a Temple to see Mount Fuji.

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Also on the following pilgrimage :

. Buso Toradoshi 25 Yakushi Pilgrimage 武相寅歳薬師如来霊場 . - Nr. 03

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This temple is Nr. 26 of the pilgrimage
. 小机領三十三所子歳観音霊場 Kozukue Nedoshi 33 Kannon .
nedoshi 子年 (ねずみどし) refers to the year of the rat, 鼠 nezumi.

. Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩 Avalokiteshvara .

. Shō Kannon 聖観音 / 正観音 Sho Kannon / 聖観世音菩薩

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19 Aug 2022

TOKYO - Mejiro district

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Mejiro district

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Mejiro 目白 the Mejiro district
目白一丁目 - 目白五丁目 with five sub-districts.


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The district's name is after Mejiro Fudō, which is one of the Goshiki Fudō.
Mejiro is home to the prestigious Gakushuin University.
The university's predecessor was established in 1877 to educate the children of the nobility.
Its notable alumni include most members of the present Imperial House of Japan
as well as the 59th Prime Minister of Japan Tarō Asō.
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. Mejiro Fudo 目白不動 Fudo with white eyes . .
豊山新長谷寺 Shinchokokuji (Shin-Hasedera) in Toshima has a statue of Fudo Myo-O, made by Kobo Daishi himself.
When Kobo Daishi was in 荷沢河 Hezawa, 大日如来 Dainichi Nyorai appeared to him and then changed into Fudo Myo-O.
The Deity wielded its own sword and cut off its left arm at the ellbow.
A lot of smoke and flames came out of this burning wound.
Kobo Daishi made the statue just as he had seen this.

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Mejiro - A Historic and Quiet Town
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Mejiro is known as one of the most prestigious residential areas on the JR Yamanote Line.
There are a number of academic institutions such as the Gakushuin University in this small hilly area.
Mejiro Bunka Mura, a residential district developed by the Seibu Group is located on the west of JR Mejiro Station, while Tokugawa Village is located on the east, on the site of the former Owari Tokugawa family's residence.
Both of the districts have quiet neighborhoods. Streets around the station are lined with banks, shops, and restaurants, but there is no entertainment district, thus ensuring that Mejiro is a safe place to live.
- - - - - Mejiro - The Town of History and Academics
The name, Mejiro, comes from the Mejiro Fudo Temple which is one of the Five Color Edo Fudo Temples (Goshiki Fudo).
In the Edo Period (1603-1868), the residences of daimyo (feudal loads) and hatamoto (direct retainer of the shogun) were built on Mejiro Hill.
Since then, the area has historically been home to government officials. The area around the hill is also a high-class residential district where many prestigious houses have been built on the ruins of former nobilities' residences.
Mejiro has been known as a town of academics since the Gakushuin University was established as an educational facility for members of the Imperial family and members of the nobility in the Meiji Period (1868-1912).
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Mejiro - White Eyes
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This theory says, without stating much else, that a famous white horse was born here, a 白い名馬 shiroi meiba, if you will. This theory is plausible because, well… ok, anything's possible. But naming a place after a single white horse seems a little silly. Anyways, the etymological basis for this derivation is that the original place name was 馬白 Mejiro "white horse" – 馬 representing a dialectal variant of ma (horse), me.
- - - The "Tokugawa Iemitsu Did It" Theory
Having researched a ton of Tōkyō place names this year, I'm starting to see patterns emerge that set off my BS detectors. Theories that say the third shōgun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, came into some place and renamed it are a dime a dozen.
The story states that one day Tokugawa Iemitsu came to Meguro for falconry and thought the name 目黒 Black Eyes was inauspicious and ordered the area to be called 目白 White Eyes. The stupidest thing about this theory is that anyone who looks at a map will see that the modern Meguro and Mejiro are nowhere near each other. And while – yes, anything is possible – there could have been another village called Meguro here at one point, it's pretty unlikely. Even if it was true, why didn't Iemitsu care about the other Meguro? And he was the shōgun for fuck's sake – the samurai dictator of the realm. I doubt he was such a pussy as to change the names of villages simply because the name scared him.
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At the beginning of the Edo Period, the super monk, 天海 Tenkai, was placed in charge of developing Buddhist temples in the area. His pet project was to build a cluster of 5 temples dedicated to Acala, called 不動 Fudō The Unmovable One in Japanese.
Each temple's statue of Fudō had a different colored pair of eyes. The one in 目黒 Meguro Black Eyes had black eyes. The statue in 目白 Mejiro White Eyes had white eyes. The presence of a temple established by Tenkai, which was part of a grouping of 4 other temples was prestigious for the area and probably brought many pilgrims to the town's 門前町 monzen-chō (town built at the front of a temple). The area then derived its name from this temple's claim to fame, the white eyed statue.
This theory sounds plausible on the surface, but the fact is that the name Mejiro pre-dates the Edo Era, so sorry to say, the statue's eye color might originate from the place name, but the place name does not originate from the statue. The name Mejiro allegedly first appeared in one of Tokugawa Ieyasu's original surveys of Edo when he moved into the area and was sizing up his new holdings.
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in 1932, the head of the 尾張徳川家 Owari Tokugawa-ke Owari branch of the Tokugawa Family built a residence here. Since then, his property has been turned into an exclusive planned community called the Tokugawa Village. It's home to high ranking diplomats and über-rich douche bags of every stripe and it's home to the 徳川黎明会 Tokugawa Reimeikai Tokugawa Dawn Society which sounds like an evil cult, but on the surface it seems to be a group dedicated to historical research related to the Tokugawa. It's affiliated with the prestigious 徳川美術館 Tokugawa Bijutsukan Tokugawa Fine Art Museum in Nagoya which preserves the largest collection of art and property of the Tokugawa family and has a hell of a gift shop if you want goods with the Tokugawa family crest printed on them.
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Mejiro-shita Ōarai-no-seki 目白下大洗堰 the weir at Mejiro-shita
Ōarai-no-seki was an important facility to supply water in the Kanda aqueduct
which used 井の頭池 Inokashira-Ike pond as a water source to all around the city of Edo.
Water drawn from Inokashira-Ike pond, 善福寺池 Zenpukuji-Ike pond, etc. was divided into two courses at this dam.
water was first sent to the residence of Mito Tokugawa household
and then distributed to all of Edo through the underground.
The remaining water was discharged into the Edo River.
The facility was built during the governance of the 3rd Shogun Iemitsu.
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18 Aug 2022

TEMPLE - Taisanji Yakushi Yahata

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Taisanji Yakushi Yahata

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Taisanji 大山寺 Taisan-Ji, Yahata
本宮山 Honguzan 大山寺 Taisanji


大分県大分市下八幡1380 / Oita, Oita city, Shimo-Yahata

The main statue is 阿弥陀如来 Amida Nyorai.

Another important statue is 普賢延命菩薩 Fugen Enmei Bosatsu

The temple was founded in 803 on request of 金亀和尚 Priest Kinkame.
It belonged to 柞原八幡宮 the Shrine Yuzuhara Hachimangu.
The statue of Fugen Enmei Bosatsu was located in 普賢堂 the Fugen Hall of Yuzuhara Hachimangu.
In 1868, with the division of Shrines and Temples, it was located to Taisanji.
The statue is made of kaya 榧 torrea wood and was probably made in the early Heian Period.

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. 49 Yakushi Temples in Kyushu 九州四十九薬師霊場 .

. 薬師如来 Yakushi Nyorai Bhaisajyaguru .
the Buddha of Medicine and Healing

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Taisanji 太山寺 Taisan-Ji

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namami no Jizo 生身の地蔵 a living Jizo
A priest from 神石 Jinseki town wanted to go to 大山 Mount Daisen in Tottori.
He wanted to pray to namami no Jizo 生身の地蔵 a living Jizo.
In his dream a man appeared and told him :
at 下野の岩船 Shimotsuke at Iwabune there is this Jizo.
The priest went there and met another priest, who could to three jobs at the same time.
It must have been 大山権現 / オオヤマゴンゲン Oyama Gongen.
On his way back he met the priest again, who gave him a pot to cook rice which was always full.

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Shimane 島根県 隠岐郡 Oki district

Oyama Gongen 大山権現 - Shoka Gongen 焼火権現 / ショウカゴンゲン
One evening, from the area of Uminaka there appeared the divine spirit of
焼火権現 the Deity Takuhi Gongen (Shoka Gongen).
This Deity can calm strong wind and high waves.
If a boat comes close to shipwreck, if they pray to this Deity
there will be a divine flame coming in their direction and save them.

Takuhi Jinja 焼火神社 Shrine Takuhi
. Shokayama Daigongen 焼火山大権現 / Takuhi Gongen / Takubi Gongen .
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The wooden shrine building of Takuhi Shrine is the oldest in the Oki Islands (rebuilt in 1732),
and has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
This shrine is dedicated to the deity of safe sea voyages.
The hike up to the shrine is very enjoyable.
Observe some interesting flora and fauna, and enjoy the views out across the inner sea.
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....................................................................... Hyogo 兵庫県 
神戸市 Kobe city 西区 Nishi ward

At 太山寺 / 大山寺 the temple Taisan-Ji in Kobe there is a statue of 薬師 Yakushi Nyorai.
When there was a fire somewhere in the country, the statue would begin to sweat
and thus let people know what happened.
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....................................................................... Nara 奈良県 
桜井市 Sakurai city 初瀬 Hase

Once upon a time, a poor ascetic went to the Kannon Temple in Hase to pray.
He had a vision:
On his way down the hill he would meet a woman and take her as his wife.
And so it happened and they got married.
The woman was very beautiful and the local Lord tried many things to get her.
But with the protection of the Deities he could not.
His last try was a bout of Sumo wrestling.
The wife brough a thin old man of about 60 years, but in no time he won the bout.
When the Lord thought this strange, he followed the man and saw
the man had been the Nio warrior statue from 大山寺 the Temple Taisan-Ji.
The wife had been an incarnation of Takizo Kannon 瀧蔵観音 the Waterfall Kannon .




....................................................................... Tottori 鳥取県  
西伯郡 Saihaku District 南部町 Nanbu town

jatai 蛇体 the body of a serpent
The daughter of a Samurai from Matsue had fallen in love with a priest from 大山寺 the Temple Daisen-Ji.
In her troubles she jumped into Akamatsu no Ike 赤松の池 the "Pond of the Red Pine tree"
and became a serpent.
Since there is now a serpent in the pond, if people throw metal things into it, there will be flooding.

赤松の池 Pond Akamatsu no Ike

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17 Aug 2022

TEMPLE - Keigenji Fudo Kitabukuro

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Keigenji Fudo Kitabukuro

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Keigenji 景元寺 Keigen-Ji , Kitabukuro
椎谷山 Shiidanizan 景元寺 Keigenji


さいたま市大宮区北袋町2-379 / Saitama city, Omiya ward, Kitabukuro

The Fudo Myo-O statue is Ao Fudo 青不動 a Blue Fudo Myo-O.
The main statue is 阿弥陀如来 Amida Nyorai.

The date of the founding is not clear.
It was called 星野山系元寺 Hoshinozan Keigen-Ji before the name changed.
Uesugi Kenshin took shelter in a rainstorm under shii no ki シイノキ a huge Shii tree.
hence the name change to Shiidanizan.
shii 椎 Castanopsis cuspidata. pasania. Shii-Castanopsis
In the compound are two old Shii trees, in the East-West and North-South.

In the compound is also Kokuzo-Do 虚空蔵堂 a Hall for Kokuzo Bosatsu.

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16 Aug 2022

LEGENDS - iju monster animal





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iju monster animal

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ijuu 異獣と伝説 Legends about Iju monster animals


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Ijū (異獣, Ijū) is a creature from Japanese folklore.
There is only one story of the Ijuu, and it comes from Suzuki Bokushi's Edo period book Hokuetsuseppu (北越雪譜; Snow Stories of North Etsu Province, 1837).

Long ago, in Echigo province (modern day Niigata prefecture), a porter named Takesuke was engaged in hauling a heavy load over a mountain pass to a faraway town. He had gone about 7 shaku (28 kilometers), when he became exhausted and hungry. Takesuke leaned his backpack against a tree, then sat down and rested against that same tree, unpacking his lunch and preparing to tuck in.
Before Takesuke could get a bite into his mouth, the thick bamboo of the forest was pushed aside, and an incredible monster stepped into sight. It was larger than a human, and looked like some mix between a monkey and a bear. It had long tufts of hair on its head, and fur covering its entire body.
Instead of panicking, the porter calmly looked at the strange beast. It looked hungry, Takesuke decided. He then casually split his lunch, offering the animal half. The creature was delighted, and accepted the food and ate it with vigor.
With the meal done, the strange beast leapt to its feel and shouldered Takesuke's burden as if it weighted nothing at all. The porter walked ahead down the mountain trail, while the creature happily ambled along behind. When they got within sight of the porter's destination, the creature took off the heavy backpack, set it down carefully, and scampered back into the forest.
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......................................................................................... Hokkaido 北海道

. Ezo, Emishi 蝦夷 エゾ Ainu Culture アイヌの文化 Yezo, Yeso, Jezo .
One day in March there was a big earthquake and two big mountains collapsed.
Since then, many 異獣 Iju monster animals were seen.
One had 2 faces and 8 legs and could fly in the sky.
The local 蝦夷 Emishi people tried to get it, but could not catch it.




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京都市 Kyoto city 南区 Minami ward

ijuu 異獣 a monster animal
Around 1675, in Kichijomura village in the South of Kyoto, the statue of 吉祥天女 Kichijoten was open for public viewing.
Many people from the nearby villages came, chanting the 六斎念仏 Rokusai Nenbutsu prayer.
They made a lot of noise with their prayer gongs and prayer drums.
Suddenly a huge monster animal came out and run away to hide under the veranda of a village house.
They managed to catch it.
If had the face of a tanuki 狸 badger and was black from the nose to the top of the front.
The neck was white, the back was black and the stomach was white.
Its buttocks looked like a tokkuri 徳利 sake container.
It had no tail and looked more like a mole. Its back legs were long like that of a dog.
For its food it would only eat 串柿 dried persimmons on a stick.
. Kichijoojimura 吉祥寺村 Kichijo-Ji village in Edo .




......................................................................................... Nagano 長野県

Once in the summer at 更科山 the volcano Tateshina there was a thunderstorm.
A strange small beast appeared at a rock and then, like a locust, ascended to the sky.




......................................................................................... Nagasaki 長崎県
長崎市 Nagasaki city

Once a lot of rice disappeared from the official Nagasaki Storehouse.
Some people also got lost.
When the villagers checked about it, they found that many
異獣 Iju monster animals came out of the sea
and ate the rice and even the people.




......................................................................................... Niigata 新潟県

When the young daughter of the family was weaving,
異獣 an Iju monster animal appeared outside the window.
It wanted to get the pot where the rice was kept warm.
The family gave some rice balls to the animal, which seemed very happy.
From then on the animal came once in a while to get a rice ball.
One day the daughter had her period and could not go the the weaving room
and was in trougle to keep her deadline for finishing.
The 異獣 an Iju monster animal stopped her period and she could finish in time.

At another home in the mountains, at night,
a strange creature with red hair came to warm at the fire.
It looked like a monkey with long hair.

In the mountains a man was sitting down to eat his rice ball.
A creature like a monkey with long hair appeared.
When the farmer gave it a rice ball, it was very greatfull
and later carried his load down the hill.




......................................................................................... Shizuoka 静岡県
富士宮市 Fujinomiya city

sennen mogura 千年もぐら / 千年土竜 a thousand-year-old mole
On the 10th of August in 1859, in 川尻村 the village of Kawashiri,
they caught 異獣 an Iju monster animal.
It had the size of a cat, the face looked like a horse, the body was coverd in fly hair.
The legs looked like those of a human baby.
Later they found that four similar creatures had been caught at 蒲原宿 the Kanbara postal station.
At Kanbara the creature was called sennen mogura 千年もぐら .
In 豊川村 Toyokawa village they caught another strange animal.
It looked like a bear, but its face was human.
The nails of its feet were like those of a hawk.
The hair on its face was red and on its body it was yellow.

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. Japanese legends and tales 伝説 民話 昔話 - Introduction .

- Yookai 妖怪 Yokai Monsters of Japan -

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15 Aug 2022

TEMPLE - Sesonin Kannon Yokohama

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Sesonin Kannon Hassaku

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Sesonin 世尊院 Seson-In, Hassaku
光明山 Komyozan 世尊院 Sesonin
神奈川県横浜市緑区北八朔町1010 / Kanagawa, Yokohama city, Midori ward, Kita-Hassaku town

The Kannon statue is 聖観音 Sho Kannon Bosatsu.

The date of the founding is not clear.
The temple was added to the Kozukue Pilgrimage in 1732.

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This temple is Nr. 25 of the pilgrimage
. 小机領三十三所子歳観音霊場 Kozukue Nedoshi 33 Kannon .
nedoshi 子年 (ねずみどし) refers to the year of the rat, 鼠 nezumi.

. Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩 Avalokiteshvara .

. Shō Kannon 聖観音 / 正観音 Sho Kannon / 聖観世音菩薩

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14 Aug 2022

TEMPLE - Tokuonji Kannon Onda

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Tokuonji Kannon Onda

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Tokuonji 徳恩寺 Tokuon-Ji, Onda
摩尼山 Manizan 延壽院 / 延寿院 Enju-In  徳恩寺 Tokuonji


神奈川県横浜市青葉区恩田町1892 / Onda, Aoba Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa

The Kannon statue is 聖観世音菩薩 Sho Kannon Bosatsu.
The main statue is . 虚空蔵 Kokuzo Bosatsu .
Made by 湛慶 Tankei (1173 - 1256), the eldest son of the master sculptor Unkei.
Another statue is 弁財天 Benzaiten.

The temple was founded in 1337 by Priest 等海律師, who died in 1373.
In 1649, it received more land from the Edo government.

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毎月18日 【五月観音例祭法要】 - every month 18
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Another temple named Tokuon-Ji on this pilgrimage
. Togoku Henro Pilgrimage 東国八十八ヵ所霊場  . - Nr. 69

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This temple is Nr. 23 of the pilgrimage
. 小机領三十三所子歳観音霊場 Kozukue Nedoshi 33 Kannon .
nedoshi 子年 (ねずみどし) refers to the year of the rat, 鼠 nezumi.

. Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩 Avalokiteshvara .

. Shō Kannon 聖観音 / 正観音 Sho Kannon / 聖観世音菩薩

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13 Aug 2022

TEMPLE - Shoheiji yakushi Yabakei

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Shoheiji Yakushi Yabakei

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Shooheiji 正平寺 Shohei-Ji, Yabakei
檜原山 / 桧原山 Hibaruzan 正平寺 Shoheiji


大分県中津市耶馬溪町中畑 / Oita, Yabakei Oaza Nakahata

The main statue is 阿弥陀如来 Amida Nyorai.
At his side are 釈迦如来 Shaka Nyorai and 十一面観世音菩薩 Juichiman Kannon Bosatsu.
The statue of 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O is 寺宝及び文化財 a treasure of the Temple.

The temple was founded in 587 by Saint 釈正覚上人.
He named the temple 長福寺 Chofuku-Ji.
In 752, it was named 桧原山 Hibaru San, 正平寺 Shohei-Ji.
In 989 on request of 冷泉天皇 Emperor Reisei Tenno (950 - 1011)
the 大講堂 Big Lecture Hall was constructed.
There were living quarters for 12 main priests.
At its high time, there were 24 living quarters.
In 1878 during a fire most buildings were lost.


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ひばるまつ(4月第2日曜日・神仏習合御田植祭)
護摩祈願
地鎮祭、各種御祈願
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This temple is Nr. 11 of the pilgrimage
. 49 Yakushi Temples in Kyushu 九州四十九薬師霊場 .

. 薬師如来 Yakushi Nyorai Bhaisajyaguru .
the Buddha of Medicine and Healing

. Kumo Hachimangu 雲八幡宮 .
Yabakei Oaza Miyazono, Nakatsu, Oita / 中津市耶馬溪町

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Yabakei Gorge, Oita Prefecture 耶馬渓
The Yabakei Gorge is an area of outstanding natural scenery and beauty located on Kyushu in the north of Oita Prefecture, south of the town of Nakatsu. Formed over 2.5 million years by the Yamakuni River cutting through volcanic lava and tuff, there are numerous cliffs, caves, and rock formations that are particularly popular in the fall when the leaves turn.
There are more than 60 scenic spots and Yabakei Gorge is part of Yaba-Hita-Hikosan Quasi National Park. There are hiking trails, walking paths, cycle routes, and hot springs in the area as well as cultural and historic sites.
At the northern end, known as Honyabakei, the river is spanned by the Yabakei Bridge, the longest arched stone bridge in Japan. It is 116 meters long, with eight arches, and was constructed in 1923.
Just a little down river is Ao no Domon, a hand carved tunnel through the cliffs. It was made famous in a novel by Kan Kikuchi, and with most legends, distinguishing fact from myth is difficult.
- Rakan-Ji
- Sennen-Ji
- Hitome Hakkei
- Yabakei Aqua Park
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12 Aug 2022

TEMPLES - Rokugo Manzan Oita


Rokugo Manzan Kunisaki Oita

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Rokugo Manzan 六郷満山 Kunisaki Oita


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本山本寺 The 8 main important temples

後山金剛寺
吉水山霊亀寺
大折山報恩寺
鞍懸山神宮寺
津波戸山水月寺
西叡山高山寺
良薬山智恩寺
馬城山伝乗寺 - 真木大堂 Maki Odo はこの寺の堂宇であったとされる

中山本寺

足曳山両子寺 Futago-Ji
長岩屋山天念寺
金剛山長安寺
加礼川山道脇寺
久米山護国寺
黒土石屋(現本松房)
小岩屋山無動寺
大岩屋山応暦寺
補陀落山千燈寺
横城山東光寺

末山本寺

見地山東光寺
大巌山神宮寺
石立山岩戸寺
峨嵋山文殊仙寺
夷山霊仙寺
小城山宝命寺
龍華山成仏寺
参社山行入寺
西方山清浄光寺
懸樋山清巌寺

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The Kunisaki Peninsula's terrain consists of the 721 meter tall Mount Futago at the center and a series of valleys radiating from it. The region's tranquil countryside is dotted with dozens of temples and some shrines and was traditionally divided into six areas. The region was therefore collectively known as Rokugo Manzan (六郷満山),
which literally means "Six Towns Full Mountain".
The unique local religious culture of Rokugo Manzan contains elements of Buddhism, Shinto and mountain worship, and revolves around the peninsula's numerous temples and Usa Shrine. A noteworthy characteristic of the Rokugo Manzan culture is the predominance of stone statues of Buddhas and other deities and guardians.
Located close to the peak of Mount Futago is Futagoji (両子寺), a prominent temple with a history of more than 1300 years. Futagoji's grounds cover a wide area on the forested slopes of the mountain, with stone and gravel paths and stairs connecting several halls housing various deities.
A pair of stone Nio Guardians stand at the start of the traditional temple approach below the parking lot, from where a ten minute ascent up a flight of steps takes you to the main temple buildings. Among them are the Gomado Hall which is dedicated to Fudomyoo, a protector of Buddhism, and the Okunoin Hall, which enshrines the thousand-armed Kannon Bodhisattva. The more adventurous may climb up a slightly challenging path beyond the temple buildings to see several natural creations such as narrow openings through large rocks.
About 15 kilometers southwest of Futagoji stands Fukiji Temple (富貴寺), whose main hall is a designated national treasure. It is the oldest wooden structure existing in Kyushu, dating back to the late Heian Period. The simple, beautiful wooden temple building sits serenely with a backdrop of trees, and is featured widely in pamphlets on the Rokugo Manzan area.
Fukiji is dedicated to Amida Buddha, and its main hall houses an intricate wooden statue of the deity. In fact, the main hall of Fukiji is ranked as one of the top three Amida Buddha halls in all of Japan, along with Hoodo Hall at Byodoin Temple and the golden Konjikido Hall at Chusonji Temple.
Located just by the main road about five kilometers south of Fukiji Temple is Makiodo (真木大堂, Maki Ōdō), a temple that displays some outstanding, wooden images of Amida Buddha, the four heavenly kings and Fudomyoo in its treasure house. The original temple hall was lost in a fire about 700 years ago, but fortunately the wooden statues were rescued.
Less than five kilometers south of Makiodo are the Kumano Magaibutsu Stone Buddha (熊野磨崖仏), two large stone carvings into the walls of a cliff: an eight meter tall Fudomyoo and a nearly seven meter tall Dainichi Buddha. They are the largest Buddhist stone carvings in Japan, but are not as intricately sculpted as the Usuki Stone Buddhas, as they were carved into harder rock than the ones at Usuki.
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who is said to have founded 28 temples in various places in Kunisaki peninsula in Oita Prefecture in the Nara period. He was allso called Ninmon bosatsu (bodhisattva) and his name was also written as 人聞.
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Many of the esoteric Buddhism temples in Kunisaki peninsula, which were called
Rokugo-manzan (Mountain of Six Sanctuaries), have engi (writing about the history) which say these temples have been founded by Ninmon in 718. According to these engi, Ninmon first founded Sendo-ji Temple, then founded total 28 temples across the Kunisaki peninsula, and entered nirvana in Makura-no-Iwaya (cavern): the inner sanctuary of Sendo-ji temple, which was the first temple he founded. Also, many of the Magaibutsu (Buddha statues in cliffs and rocks) that still exist in Kunisaki peninsula, including Kumano Magaibutsu, are said to have been created by Ninmon. He is said to have made 69,000 Buddha statues. There is a theory that he founded Shusho-onie (fire festival).
These days, the theory that Ninmon was a fictional person is widely accepted.
Temples of Rokugo-manzan had actually been the places for mountain worship, which existed in Kunisaki peninsula since ancient times. These temples came to have the forms of the temples of Tendai sect from the end of Nara period to Heian period. As a result of fusion of the temples and Hachiman shinko, believing the God of War (Hachiman-god) and centering on neighboring Usa-jingu Shrine, unique Mountain Buddhism culture with syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism is thought to have been formed. A theory says that people who founded the temples include monks such as Horen, Kegon, Taino and Kakuman, who practiced together as disciples of Ninmon and served as betto (administrator of a Buddhist temple) of Miroku-ji Temple: a Jingu-ji Temple of Usa-jingu Shrine.
As for Ninmon, it is thought that he was a Buddhist expression of 八幡神Hachimanshin (God of War): an enshrined deity of Usa-jingu Shrine, or a god close to Hachimanshin.
Temples that are said to have been founded by Ninmon
Futago-ji Temple 両子寺
Fuki-ji Temple 富貴寺
Denjo-ji Temple 伝乗寺(真木大堂) (Maki Odo Hall)
Iwato-ji Temple (Kunisaki City) 岩戸寺 (国東市)
Tennen-ji Temple 天念寺
Sendo-ji Temple 千燈寺
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Rokugo Manzan: A Heritage of Religious Acceptance
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SHRINE - Nagahama Jinja Izumo


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Nagahama Jinja 長浜神社 Nagahama Shrine, Izumo


島根県出雲市西園町上長 / Shimane, Izumo, Nishizonocho, 上長浜4258

The Deity in residence is Yatsuka-mizuo-mitsunu / Yatsukamizuomitsunu-no-mikoto 
八束水臣津野命 - 八束水臣津野命の国引き kunibiki - pulling the land -

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Nagahama Shrine is dedicated to the god Yatsuka-mizuo-mitsunu,
who is well-known for the Kunibiki land pulling legend
that appears in the ancient chronicles Fudoki.
The god is known as the god of improvement in sports and martial arts
and the protector of land and estate.
The shrine is located at the top of a mountain in the western area of Izumo
and is set in tranquil forested surroundings.
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When Yatsukamizuomitsunu no Mikoto finished dragging the lands and pierced the earth by a wood stick with a cry,
woods grew thickly that became  意宇社(おうのもり) "Ou no mori" (the Ou forest).

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Yatsukamizuomitsuno no mikoto n the Izumokoku fudoki the mountain is called Ōgamidake,
and Yatsukamizuomitsuno no mikoto is said to have used it as a rudder
when he brought in more land to extend Izumo Province (kunihiki).
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One day, the god Yatsukamizuomizunu was muttering to himself,
"This nation of Izumo has just been created, and it is incomplete.
The land is narrow and cramped. When the gods made this land, they made it too small.
I shall find some extra land to add on here."
Then, after looking across the sea to the land of Shiragi, he said, "There's some spare land on the cape over there." Grasping his plow, which was as wide as a young maiden's breasts, he drove it into the land, as one would stab a large fish in the gills. Then, like one would cut apart that fish meat, he dug up the land and tied a large, strong rope to it. Then, like one would haul in frostbitten vines or gently, quietly pull a riverboat upstream, saying "Kuni ko (Land, come here), Kuni ko," he pulled the land over to Izumo and added it on to the rift west of Kozu to make the land of Kizuki. The stake he used to hold the rope became Mt. Sahime, which towers above its surroundings on the border of Izumo and Iwami,
and the rope itself, became the coastline of Sono-no-Nagahama.
Next, after looking north across the sea to the area called Saki in the land of Oki, he said, "There's some spare land over there, too." Once again taking his plow, he sliced off that land and pulled it to Izumo, adding it on to the rift west of Taku to make the land of Sada.
Next, he said, "I also see some spare land in the area of Yonami in the land of Oki." Again, he cut off that land and pulled it to Izumo, adding it on to the rift west of Unami to make the land of Kurami.
Then, after looking across the sea to the cape of Tsutsu in the land of Koshi, he said, "There's some spare land there, too." He cut of this land and pulled it to Izumo as well, adding it on to make the land of Miho.
The rope he used became the island of Yomi, and the stake he used to hold the rope became Mt. Hinokami in the land of Hoki. He surveyed his work and was satisfied.
"I am finished pulling land here." Then taking his staff and driving it into the ground, he shouted "Oye!" ("That's a job well done!"). It is likely that, over time, "Oye" gradually changed to "Ou", which is why that area is now named Ou.
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For starters, this myth describes how the entirety of the Shimane Peninsula was formed.
The rope that became Sono-no-Nagahama is the beach that stretches along the west coast of Izumo City, and the stake that held it in place, Mt. Sahime, is Mt. Sanbe in Oda City. The rope that became the island of Yomi is Yumi-ga-hama, a peninsula that runs from Yonago out to Sakai Minato. Long ago, that area was only an island unconnected to the mainland, but geographic changes over time have caused it to form that peninsula. The stake that held the island of Yomi in place, Mt. Hinokami, is Mt. Daisen in Tottori Prefecture. The staff that Yatsukamizuomizunu drove into the ground in Ou is said to have grown into a forest, and a solitary tree that stands out among the rice fields in the Chikuya area of Matsue is said to be what remains of that forest.
The new lands Yatsukamizuomizunu made are all parts of the Shimane Peninsula. Kizuki is the westernmost part of the peninsula, and it is the area where Izumo Taisha is located. Sada is the Hirata area of Izumo and Kashima area of Matsue. Kurami is the northern part of Matsue City, including areas of the Kashima and Shimane towns, and Miho is the easternmost part of the peninsula, where the Mihonoseki area of Matsue is located.
The other areas mentioned in this myth are also real places. Shiragi refers to the eastern part of the Korean Peninsula that was known long ago as the nation of Silla. Saki and Yonami were both areas of the Oki Islands, and Koshi was the name for the Hokuriku Region in Japan (Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui Prefectures). It is said that the specific area of Koshi referred to here, Tsutsu, is the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture.
The Shimane Peninsula itself is an odd geographic feature of Shimane: a group of low-lying hills that rise quickly up from the Hikawa Plain and then drop off into the Sea of Japan. Looking at this area from higher up, like from the scenic viewpoints on Mt. Sanbe or Mt. Daisen, you can see how the land looks and even visualize how a myth like this could come to be.
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妙見山桜まつり 3~4月 桜の開花期
彼岸桜、大島桜、染井吉野、山桜、八重桜と長期にわたり楽しめる。

国引きジャンボ綱引き大会
10月上中旬の日曜日 9:00~12:00
10人1チームで直径84㎜の太綱を境内の砂の上で引き合う。

国引きジャンボ福引き大会 綱引き大会の後、12:00~13:00
空くじなしのジャンボな福引き大会。
※綱引きの参加料は福引き券と交換される。
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This Shrine is Nr. 19 of the
. Izumo no Kuni Shinbutsu Pilgrimage 出雲國神仏霊場編 .

. kami 神 Shinto deities .

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. Temples with legends .

. Shrines with legends .

. Japanese Legends - 伝説 民話 昔話 – ABC-List .

. Japan - Shrines and Temples - Index .

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