2015/03/24

Yakushi Nyorai Legends

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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 the Buddha of Medicine - Bhaisajyaguru

Folktales, legends about Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 / お薬師様 / お薬師さん


- source : Shin Yakushi-Ji 新薬師寺


. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

. Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 place names .
mountains, and more - many come with their own legend


. Yakushi no Yu 薬師の湯 / Yakushiyu 薬師湯 Yakushi Hot Springs .


. Neko Yakushi 猫薬師 Yakushi Nyorai and the Cat .

. Gyoki Bosatsu (Gyooki Bosatsu) 行基菩薩 .
(668-749 AD) Gyōki - he carved many Yakushi statues.

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In ABC order of the prefectures.
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. Yakushi Legends from Tohoku  東北 .

Akita - - Aomori -- Fukushima -- Iwate -- Miyagi -- Yamagata


. Yakushi Nyorai and hakuroku 白鹿 the white deer, white stag .

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Aichi 愛知県 南知多町 Minami Chita

Iooji いおうじ / 医王寺 Io-Ji
Chita-gun, Minamichita-chō, Ōi, Mamuki−38 / 南知多町大井真向38
Gyoki made three statues of Yakushi when he was at the temple, and this is one of them.
Once a thief came to the temple to steal the statue and other temple treasures. But one of the priests stood up in front of the thieves and threw them out, so that not one could enter the temple hall. It is said that Yakushi himself took the form of a priest to protect the statue. The wound of a sword cut on his arm is still to be seen to our day.

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Toohooji 東方寺 Toho-Ji

The temple Toho-Ji at 小佐 Kosa was abolished and to be merged with the temple 光明寺 Komyo-Ji at 須佐 Susa. A few years later, the farmer 作右ェ門 Sakuemon from Kosa went fishing and had a huge catch. But there were stones in his net called 「すくいだま」 sukuidama, so he threw the net away. Next time he threw his net in, again, only stones. The third time when he found the stones, he realized it was the statue of Yakushi Nyorai and took them home.
The villagers were overjoyed and prayed to Yakushi with all their heart.

. sukui-ami 掬い網 Sukuiami, scoop net .

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Ehime 愛媛県

. Yamadaya manjuu 山田屋 饅頭 Manju Buns from Yamada .
善福寺 Zenpuku-Ji

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城辺町 Joohen Johen

The statue of Yakushi Nyorai at 若宮神社 Wakamiya Jinja is from the time of Sakuragi Hoshinno 桜木法親王, who passed here with his entourage and a high priest had carried the statue on his back, when it fell down. Once a priest came from 別府 Beppu and wanted to carry it back home, but he just could not pass the gate. The priest grumbled a lot and went back home, but he died soon after.
All people who want to take this statue away will only live for a short while after.


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Fukui 福井県

名田庄村 Natasho

At the shrine 薬師神社 Yakushi Jinja in 蛇頭集落 Jato village people pray that 大蛇 a huge serpent will not become too wild.
In former times someone found some large blue stones, thought to be the bones of a serpent.
Around 1950 children played with these stones and eventually they got lost.


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Gifu 岐阜県

. 円空上人と小さな仏さまたち Saint Enku and the small Buddha Statues .
- 飛騨の国の正宗寺 - Temple Shoso-Ji in Hida // kamishibai 紙芝居

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多治見市 Tajimi town

Yakushi no tatari 薬師の祟り the curse of Yakushi
At the temple Gensho-Ji 元晶寺 in 小泉村根本 the hamlet Nehon of Koizumi village, there is a golden statue of Yakushi of the size 1寸8分
(1 sun 寸 is about 3 cm, 1 bu 分 is about 1/10 of a sun).
A young farmer's girl had found it along the river Kisogawa, but whereever it was kept, it brought misfortune to the people.
Finally it was therefore dedicated at the temple in Nehon 根本.


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Hyogo  兵庫県

神戸市 Kobe 東灘区 Higashinada ward

Yakushi Ishi 薬師石 Yakushi Stone
Near West Hirano Village 西平野村 in the direction of Daibutsuhara 大仏原 there is an old kofun in pine grove. In the hall is a "Yakushi Stone" 薬師石.
Once a carpenter 大工 wanted to build a house and this stone was in his way, so he wanted to dig it up. But things did not go so smooth. The carpenter was dead from a stomach illness withing three days.
So a statue of Yakushi Nyorai was placed before it to appease the stone.



Raijin and Yakushi sama 雷神と薬師様
Once upon a time
the God of Lightning fell into a tree, but Yakushi got hold of him, before much damage happened.
Since that time there are no more lightning accidents in 有馬 Arima.


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Ishikawa  石川県

輪島市 Wajima

funetogame no Yakushi 船咎め薬師 Yakushi blamed for ship traffic
The Yakushi who was responsible for safe ship traffic off the coast once caught the anger of the boatmen. So they cut off his left arm.


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Kagawa  香川県

仲多度郡 Naka Tado Gun まんのう町 Manno village

chichi Yakushi 乳薬師 Yakushi and the breast
There is a Yakushi statue carved by Gyoki Bosatsu. Women who do not have enough milk to feed their babies come here to pray. And if all went well and the child is healthy, mothers bring a small replica of a breast in gratitude.


source : ameblo.jp/kushihiko

There is another shopping street and Yakushi Hall 薬師堂 nearby.
「乳薬師」交流拠点に-赤門筋商店街
「赤門七佛薬師堂」 - 香川県善通寺市善通寺町


source : www.shikoku-np.co.jp


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Kanagawa  神奈川県

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江ノ島 Enoshima

The 江ノ島の薬師堂 Yakushi Hall has been built by 日詰五郎俊衡 Hizume Goro Toshihira.
This Yakushi does not like dogs and cocks. If anyone would keep them as pets, the whole island would suffer. Lately a young person did not follow the old sayings and kept some, but he soon suffered great difficulties.


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川崎市 Kawasaki, 中原区 Nakahara

yoogooseki ヨウゴウセキ 影向石 Yogoseki Stone with Yakushi Image
(Eigoseki, Yogoishi)
In the year 739 天平11年, 光明皇后 Emperess Komyo became ill. Her husband, Shomu Tenno 聖武天皇 (701 – 756) had a dream one night: A monk came to his bedside and told him, the village of Tachibana in Musashi no Kuni 武蔵国橘 (now Kanagawa) there was a sacred spot with a sacred stone where people prayed to a statue of Yakushi Nyorai to be cured.
The emperor sent Saint Gyoki Bosatsu to pray there - and - the Empress was cured.
Later there were more stories about people being cured there.



One year later he ordered a temple being built there, Yoogooji 影向寺 Yogo-Ji
威徳山月光院影向寺 / 川崎市宮前区野川419 - 419 Nogawa, Miyamae-ku, Kawasaki
- Homepage of the temple
- source : yougouji.org

. Empress Komyo 光明皇后 Komyo Kogo .
(701 - 760)

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Kochi 高知県 - Tosa 土佐 

. O-Fudo sama from Takaoka 高岡の不動明王.

Fudo Myo-O stands next to his friend, Yakushi Nyorai.


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Kyoto 京都

. Inaba Yakushi 因幡薬師 Yakushi from Inaba .
Byoodooji 平等寺 Byodo-Ji - 五条高倉薬師堂 Gojo Takakura Yakushi Do
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Medicine Master Buddha: The Iconic Worship of Yakushi in Heian Japan


. Tako Yakushi 蛸薬師 Octopus Yakushi .
Temple 永福寺 Eifuku-Ji
京都市中京区新京極蛸薬師東側町503


. Sanjusan Gendo Hall and 柳のお加持 "Rite of the Willow" .
Yooji Yakushi Doo 楊枝薬師堂 The Yakushi Hall of Yoji Village
- 浄薬寺Joyaku-Ji - Mie prefecture

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Miyazaki 宮崎県
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. Hokedake-Ji, Hokkedakeji 法華嶽寺 Hokedake Yakushi-Ji .
- Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and Izumi Shikibu 和泉式部

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Nagano  長野県

. - - - - - Yakushi Legends from Nagano - - - - - .

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Niigata 新潟県

加茂市 Kamo town 南蒲原郡 Minami Ganbara gun

. Yoneyama Awagatake Awayakushi 米山,粟ケ岳,粟薬師 .
Awa Yakushi

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Okayama 岡山県

. Tanishi Chooja タニシ長者 / たにし長者 The Mud Snail Millionair .


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Saitama 埼玉県
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宮代町 Miyashiro

migawari Yakushi 身代わり薬師 Yakushi as personal substiture
When a samurai from Aizu, called Ito 伊藤修理太夫光家 passed here, he was attacked from bandits 野武士. But Yakushi jumped in his place and the samurai was saved.

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所沢市 Tokorozawa

nezumi Yakushi ねずみ薬師 Yakushi and the mice
If the farmers prayed hard to Yakushi, he would prevent their estate from the damage of mice eating their rice harvest.


There is a mountain called
Nezumi Yakushi ねずみ薬師 in Niigata.


source : takasei.sakura.ne.jp/-nezumiyakusi


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Shiga 滋賀県

In Shigaraki town there is a 不動寺 Fudo Temple. Once a man went missing there and people got out with drums and bells to look for him. They found him dead leaning on a tree on the Ise Road near the Ishi Yakushi stone 石薬師伊勢道.

. Ishi Yakushi 石薬師 and Yakushi Ishi 薬師石 Rock and Stone .


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Shimane 島根県

. Yakushi no men 薬師の面 mask of Yakushi .
邇摩郡 Nima district - 温泉津 Yunotsu Hot Spring


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Tokyo 東京 - Edo 江戸 

. Tokyo 東京 - Edo 江戸 and Yakushi legends .

. Kinegawa Yakushi 木下川薬師 Yakushi from Kinegawa .

. Tako Yakushi 目黒の蛸薬師 Octopus Yakushi in Meguro, Edo .
多幸薬師 TA KO Yakushi for a lot of happiness and good luck

. Yakushi Sama no kara neko 薬師様のカラ猫 -三宅島 Mitake Island

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Tottori  鳥取県

The Elder Ashioka 葦岡長者
. Yoshioka Onsen 吉岡温泉 Hot Spring .

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西伯郡 Nishi Hoki gun 中山町 Nakayama village

tawara Yakushi 俵薬師 Yakushi and a bale of rice
A man always told lies and got his riches by cheating other people, even killing a blind man. One day out of his storage house with the bales of rice he had aquired there came a statue of Yakushi Nyorai.
So he finally changed his mind, cut his hair and became a monk, venerating the statue until he died.

- - - - - and at Chiba
紙本著色俵薬師縁起絵 Shihon Chakushoku Tawara Yakushi Engi E



This paining is from the legend of the tempel Tofuku-Ji 東福寺:
Once upon a time
they found a statue of Yakushi at the beach and stuffed into a straw bale to carry it to the temple, hence the name "Straw Yakushi".
The top part shows some temples and shrines, below are farmers, fishermen and other people busy with the statue.

一宮町一宮 東福寺
- source : town.ichinomiya.chiba.jp

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. Yakushi no men 薬師の面 Yakushi Nyorai mask .
and the makuragami 枕神 "god of the pillow"


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Toyama 富山県

. Yakushidake, Yakushi-Dake 薬師岳 Mount Yakushi .

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Yamanashi 山梨県

. Budō Yakushi, budoo Yakushi 葡萄薬師 Budo Yakushi, Grapes Yakushi .

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富士吉田市 - Fuji Yoshida

Yakushi no tatari 薬師のたたり The Curse of Yakushi

Once upon a time
there lived a person with bad eyes in the home of 加賀美イツケ Kagami Itsuke.
One day in a dream he saw a thrown-away statue of Yakushi Nyorai in the lake 明見湖 Asumiko in Fujiyoshida. He went there to get the statue and his eye disease was healed.
But since there was a curse to go with this statue, he then brought it to the temple 常在 Jozai-Ji 寺 in the village 小立村 Kodachi mura.


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南巨摩郡 Minamikoma gun 富沢町 Tomizawa

At the temple 龍徳寺 Ryutoku-Ji at mount 蓧井山 there is a statue of Yakushi Nyorai which had come floating down the river 有東川 Utogawa, looking almost like a log. When someone got the ax and dried to chop it down for firewood, there was blood flowing out of the statue. So the villagers build a little temple and venerated the statue. Whichever way they placed it, next morning it stood there facing the mountain, 蓧井山.


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Manga Nihon Mukashibanashi マンガ昔話データベース

主人も猫も鶏も同じ年
...」とこれも感謝するのでした。こうして庄屋様に大事にされて、鶏も猫も長生きをしておりました。 ある年のこと。今まで元気だった庄屋様は寝込んでしまいました。その頃、一人の旅の坊様がこの村の近くを通りかかりました。夜になってしまったので、坊様は山の薬師堂で一夜を明かすこととしました。 しばらくして坊様が目を覚ますと、いつの間に来たのか年老いた一人の男が坊様の前に座っておりました。男は下村の庄屋様に飼われている鶏である、と坊様に告げました。坊様が驚いていると男はこう続けます。 庄屋様は今年で48歳にな...
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きつねの花嫁 Kitsune no hanayome - Mikawa
昔、三河の国の宇頭(うとう)という所に、とんでもないイタズラ好きな与太郎という若者がいました。今日も、薬師様にお供えしてあった油揚げに釣り針を仕掛けて、キツネを釣るイタズラをしていました。 イタズラに手を焼いた母親は、嫁さえもらえば与太郎も落ち着くだろうと考え、村の鎮守様に「どうかせがれに良い嫁が来るように」とお願いしました。そのおかげか、村の庄屋さんの紹介で、与太郎にも隣村から器量よし(美人)の嫁さんが来ることになりました。


沼薬師如来 numa Yakushi
...も再び目が見えるようになった。 このことがあってから、村人は大木の芯の部分で薬師様を彫り、また残りの部分を使って小さな薬師堂を建てた。この薬師堂は沼薬師と呼ばれるようになり、これ以降、村では目の病だけではなく流行病もなくなって長生きする者が増えたという。



子どもたちと薬師さま the children and Yakushi
昔、ある村に薬師様がありました。村の人たちはたいそう大事にしておりました。子供たちはお堂のそばで、雪合戦などをして毎日遊んでおりました。その子たちの一人が権兵衛。 ある日、権兵衛の親父の甚兵衛さんが村の寄り合いに出て、村の世話役に選ばれました。上機嫌で薬師堂のそばを通りましたら扉が開いている。中をのぞくとなんとしたことか、薬師様の像がない。 権兵衛たちがお堂のそばで遊ぶうち、薬師様と一緒に遊ぼうという話になって、引っ張り出したのでした。遊ぶうちに日が暮れたのか薬師様は雪の中で置き去りになっていたので


乳の薬師さま breast feeding and Yakushi - Nagoya
...いった。 困り果てたおさよは、身体の願いなら何でも叶うという名古屋の東光寺の薬師様へお参りに行くことにした。東光寺までの道のりは遠く、いくつも峠を越えなければならなかったが、おさよは真夜中に毎日毎日通い続けた。 満願である二十一日目、おさよが薬師様に精根こめてお願いすると、自分の乳房がみるみる張ってくるのを感じた。大急ぎで家に...乳をしゃぶらせると沢山の乳が出て、赤ん坊は死を免れることができた。おさよ夫婦はお薬師様にいつまでも感謝した

- source : nihon.syoukoukai.com


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薬師如来 紙芝居 Yakushi Nyorai - Kamishibai
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- source : www.google.co.jp

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. Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 place names .
many come with a legend


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Monsters, legends and Yakushi 妖怪データベース
- source : nichibun yokai database
薬師如来  29 (07)
薬師 183 (00)



YAKUSHI NYORAI, YAKUSHI TATHĀGATA Buddha of Medicine and Healing
Yakushi literally means Medicine Teacher
Lord of the Eastern Paradise of Pure Lapis Lazuli
(Jp. = Jōruri 浄瑠璃, Skt. = Vaiduryanirbhasa).
Yakushi’s full name is Yakushi-rurikō 薬師瑠璃光,
meaning Medicine Master of Lapis Lazuli Radiance.
Commonly shown holding medicine jar in left hand.
Among the 88 temples on the well-trodden Shikoku Pilgrimage, 23 are dedicated to Yakushi, second only to the 29 sites dedicated to Kannon (Goddess of Mercy).
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. Yakushi Nyorai - 薬師如来 - Introduction .




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