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2018/02/02

Yakushi legends 05 Ibaraki Ishikawa

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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and
legends from Ibaraki 茨城県 and Ishikawa 石川県



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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Ibaraki 茨城県


菖蒲沢薬師如来坐像 Shobusawa Yakushi Nyorai
At 菖蒲沢薬師堂 the Yakushi hall
Also known as one of the Four Yakushi of Tsukuba, 筑波四面薬師.
本尊の薬師如来坐像のほか,同時期の作と思われる脇侍像と十二神将の一部,そして仁王像2体が現存している。
古くから「筑波四面薬師」と呼ばれて信仰を集め,かつては大変な参拝者で賑わったといわれる。平成20年から21年にかけて修理作業の際に胎内から見つかった墨書から,貞享4年(1687)に東光寺29代目別当寛泉によって作られた像であることが判明した。
菖蒲沢
- reference source : city.ishioka.lg.jp/page... -

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Yakushi statue at the temple 妙香寺 Myoko-Ji
稲敷郡美浦村土浦
- reference source : edu.pref.ibaraki.jp/board/bunkazai... -

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延命寺の薬師如来 Enmei-Ji Yakushi Temple
茨城県坂東市岩井4365番地 Bando town
- reference source : city.bando.lg.jp/sp/page...-


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東村 Higashi

Yakushida 薬師田 / ヤクシダ "Fields of Yakushi"
Near the bus stop 釜井駅 Kanai along the national road Nr. 294 there is a 薬師堂 Yakushi-Do hall. About 3000 square meters of former field land was used, but soon people begun to get ill in the neighbourhood.
Later the land was sold and a mansion was built there

- - - - - Yakushiden / Yakushida 薬師田 as a place name in
秋田県秋田市飯島薬師田 Akita
福島県福島市在庭坂薬師田 Fukushima
小川の薬師田 Ogawa no Yakushida

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水戸市 Mito

keikeigami ケイケイ神,seki no kami 咳の神 Kami of coughing
Near the Yakushi of 台町 Daimachi there is a sanctuary for the God of Coughing. It used to be a shrine for Lord Kuruma Tsunatada, 車斯忠丹波守 (? - 1602) . He had lost a battle and tried to hide in the forest, but could not suppress his coughing, was found out and killed.
After his death, he became the local 百日咳の神 "God of the whooping cough".


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筑波郡 Tsukuba 谷田部町 Yatabe

katame no sakana 片目の魚 fish with one eye
The 弁天池 Benten Pond in the village of 島名 Shimana was also called Yakushi no Ike 薬師の池 and Yakushi was venerated there.
If a person with eye disease would release a living fish in the pond, he got cured, but the fish in the pond lost one eye.


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牛久市 Ushiku

byooninda 病人田 / ビョウニンダ - byooninbatake 病人畑 "sick field"
There was a "sick field" dedicated to Yakushi at the temple 薬師寺 Yakushi-Ji. It was cursed and nobody wanted to use it for farming.
Once some young farmers decided to use it together, but soon some of their members died from mysterious accidents, so they stopped the project.

稲敷の病人田(忌地)伝説 Legend of the Byoninda of Inashiki
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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Ishikawa 石川県



龍護寺 Ryugo-Ji
The statue is 120 cm high.
羽咋郡志賀町酒見門前67
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羽咋郡 Hakui district 富来町 Togi

ryuutoo 龍燈 "dragon lantern"
The statue of Yakushi in the 高爪山の観音堂 Kannon Hall of Takatsumeyama was carved from some wood found on the beach.
Every year during the festival on the 18th day of the 8th lunar month, there is a strange "dragon lantern" light seen from the large tree in the compound.



. ryuutoo, ryūtō 龍燈 Ryuto, "dragon lantern" .
a light phenomenon at the Ariakekai sea in Kagoshima, Kyushu, and other areas, in the evening hours.

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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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. Yakushi Legends from Iwate 岩手県 -Tohoku .


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Yakushi Legends 04 Fukui to Hyogo

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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from
Fukui 福井県, Gifu 岐阜県, Gunma 群馬県, Hiroshima 広島県 and Hyogo 兵庫県


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. Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Fukui 福井県 .
with many photos of Yakushi Statues.


source : info.pref.fukui.jp/bunka/bunkazai...



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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from 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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益田郡 Mashita district 下呂町 Gero

Two legends about an ema 絵馬 votive tablet painted with a horse:
蚕飼薬師堂 Kogai Yakushi Hall
上原村薬師堂 Ueharamura Yakushi Hall

Once 狩野法眼 Kano Hogen painted a votive tablet of a horse. But the horse left the plate every night and devastated the fields. So eventually he painted some golden braidle to keep it in place.

. Kano Eitoku 狩野永徳 - 古法眼 Kohogen, . (1543 - 1590)

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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 wherever 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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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Gunma 群馬県

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太田市 Ota

Yoneyama Yakushi 米山薬師
Once a man as large as the Daibutsu took the 米山薬師 Yakushi from Yoneyama on his back, set it up at 丸山 Maruyama, sat down at 金山 Kaneyama and washed his feet in the river 渡良瀬川 Watarasegawa.
His straw boots became the Big and Small Mount Maruyama 大丸山 - 小丸山.


米山薬師 Yoneyama Yakushi

- many other Yoneyama Yakushi in Japan, here are just two of them:
米山薬師、Kagoshima-ken, 姶良市 Aira-shi, 鍋倉 Nabekura
米山まいり / 米山薬師堂 in Niigata, 柏崎市 Kashiwasaki
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多野郡 Tano district 神流町 Kanna

daija 大蛇 great serpent
At the 池の薬師 Yakushi Pond there lived a husband and wife serpent. The husband snake got killed by a shot. The wife snake shapeshifted into a young woman, went to the temple and told the priest about it. Then she disappeared.
Later when the priest went to the pond to perform amagoi 雨乞い rain rituals, it would always rain after his prayers.

. daija, orochi 大蛇 the huge serpent, great snake .



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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Hiroshima 広島県

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呉市 Kure 蒲刈町 Kamagari

hi no tama 火の玉 ball of fire
Around 1898 on a summer night it was raining heavily. From the temple of Yakushi there came three balls of fire rolling over toward the beach and disappeared.
Since Yakushi and the deity 明神 Myojin are enshrined in the same temple, some villagers said it might have been Myojin.

. hinotama, hi no tama 火の玉と伝説 Legends about fire balls .

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Jizoo sama 地蔵様 Jizo Bosatsu
Once upon a time a fisherman wanted to take the Jizo statue from the Yakushi temple home, but it was so heavy he could not bring it to his boat, so he threw the statue into the water.
A few days later a man walked along the beach and saw a strange sparkle in the water - It was the statue of Jizo!
He saved it and brought it back to the Yakushi temple.

. Legends about Jizo Bosatsu - 地蔵菩薩 .



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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from 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.

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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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2018/01/27

Yakushi legends 03 Chiba Ehime

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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and
legends from Chiba 千葉県 and Ehime 愛媛県


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来福寺 Raifuku-Ji - Tateyama

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安房郡 Awa district 鋸南町 Kyonan

Yakushi no reigen 薬師の霊験 the miracle of Yakushi
Once upon a time, a maidservant from a home in 房州勝山 Katsuyama, who was a strog believer in Yakushi Nyorai, braided her hair when suddenly flames and sparkles started to flutter all around. Her master got angry about this and threw her out. His rich wife begun to have one child after the other. In a dream the woman learned that she should start caring for ill people to end her fate of having too many babies. So she had a hospital built near the temple of Yakushi.


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Inzai Matsumushi, 印西市 松虫 - Matsumushidera 松虫寺

The temple has been founded in 745 on request of 聖武天皇 Emperor Shomu Tenno by 僧行基 Priest Gyoki Bosatsu.

Shichibutsu Yakushi 七仏薬師如来 Seven Yakushi Statues



千葉県印西市松虫 / Matsumushi, Inzai, 印旛 Inba, Chiba
七仏薬師 瑠璃光如来 Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai.
The statues were made in the early Heian period, probably by the same carver. The combination of six standing and one seated Yakushi is very rare.
One more is at 滋賀県の鶏足寺 Keisoku-Ji in Shiga.

松虫姫伝説 - Legend of Princess Matsumushi
The third daughter of Emperor 聖武天皇 Shomu Tenno, called Princess Matsumushi Hime, was very ill and her father sent her to this temple to pray to Yakushi Nyorai. She was eventually healed. She planted her tsue 杖 walking staff in the garden and from it a 銀杏 Gingko tree begun to sprout.
The temple and the village around it started to use her name, Matsumushi.

. Shichibutsu Yakushi 七仏薬師 / 七佛薬師 Seven Yakushi Statues .
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成田市 Narita 遠山村 Toyama

tanishi タニシ mud snails
Once there was a great fire at the temple of Yakushi, but all the mud snails from the fields around came shielding the statue of Yakushi from being burned.
Since then the villagers of Toyama village do not harvest and eat these mud snails any more.
In effect, Yakushi had helped the mud snails !

. tanishi 田螺 / たにし mud snails .


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猿島郡 Sashima district 五霞町 Goka

Yakushi-ana 薬師穴 Yakushi cave
Once there lived 山姥 an old mountain hag in the Yakushi cave. She was lending zenwan 膳椀 bowls and trays to the needy.
Once a farmer broke one piece and did not bring another in exchange. Since then she stopped lending.

. zenwanbuchi 膳椀淵 "river pool for trays and bowls" .
in various regions of Japan

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穴薬師古墳 Ana Yakushi kofun
茨城県猿島郡五霞町川妻 / Kawatsuma, Goka, Sashima District, Ibaraki



石室は幅2m、長さ7m、室内の高さは約2mで、中はひょうたん型になっており、中央部両側に長さ1.5m、30cm角の門石で前室と奥室とに区切られている横穴式石室である。 整形された軽石をレンガ積みして石室の側壁が作られたり、奥壁に五輪の塔のような板状の石があてられたり、特異な構造を示している。古墳時代終末期の造営と考えられるが関東地方には例が少なく、学術上貴重なものである。 1971(昭和46)年3月29日、茨城県の史跡に指定された。
(wikipedia)

. kofun jidai 古墳時代 burial mound period - 250 to 538 .

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ana no Yakushi 穴の薬師 Yakushi with holes, Yakushi for holes
at 熊谷市樋春 Hiharu, Kumagaya, Saitama


at the 川島薬師堂 Kawajima Yakushido Hall
Yakushi helps with the "holes" in your body, especially the eyed and mouth.
People try to grind a hole in a larger stone and bring it as offering to pray for healing.




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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Ehime 愛媛県

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今治市 Imabari

enko エンコ Kappa
Once a man named 与一 Yoichi went to work on his field near 薬師堂 the Yakushido Hall. A kappa showed up and asked him for a bout of Sumo wrestling.
Yoichi agreed, but first went into the hall and ate some of お仏飯 the food offerings. The Kappa had observed this and ran away in great fear.

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Once a man was late coming home from his work at the town hall. A woman with her hair combed in the Shimada style came toward him and invited him:
"Let's go to the Yakushi Hall and have some fun!"
He went home and told his family: "I am going to the Yakushi Hall now, but first give me some water!"
His daughter thought this was strange, gave him some tea and did not let him go.
In such a case, it is never good to give drinking water to a bewitched person.


. shimada 島田 Shimada-style hair - Introduction .


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城辺町 Johen

The statue of Yakushi Nyorai at 若宮神社 Wakamiya Jinja is from the time of Sakuragi Ho Shinno 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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松山市 Matsuyama

ikuji no juhoo 育児の呪法 spells to bring up a baby
Mumbling inoko inoko 犬の子 "child of a dog" helps to calm a crying baby.
(A pun with yoi ko, to be a good child.)
If a baby cries all night, it is good to paint a cock and make this an offering to
O Yakushi sama 尾薬師様 (Yakushi with a tail, another pun with the honorable  O御),


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西条市 Saijo

Yakushi San takes away warts, and helps mothers to produce milk for their babies.
After making a wish and getting help, the person has to paint an octopus as an offering.


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四国中央市 Shikoku Chuo Town

. ibotori 疣取り / イボ取り / いぼとり take away warts .
It is best to pray to 水神 Suijin the Water Deity and to Yakushi for healing. If healed, one has to bring offerings.
For Suijin it is grains of rice, for Yakushi it is matsu no fuguri 松のふぐり pine cones.
The number must be the number of the age of this person.

There are more than 30 places in Ehime related to deities taking away warts, Yakushi Nyorai is one, so is Jizo Bosatsu.


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宇和町 Uwacho

. Yamadaya manjuu 山田屋 饅頭 Manju Buns from Yamada .
善福寺 Temple Zenpuku-Ji 薬師堂 Yakushi-Do - 山田薬師如来


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2018/01/26

Yakushi legends 02 Aichi

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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Aichi 愛知県

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jooruji gozen 浄瑠璃御前 Lady Joruri - 浄瑠璃姫 Princess Joruri


歌川国貞 Utagawa Kunisada

In the village of 矢作村 Yahagi in the province of 東三河 Eastern Mikawa, the courtesan 兼高長者 Kanetaka Choja gave birth to a beautiful girl named Joruri Gozen after praying to Yakushi Nyorai at the temple 鳳来寺 Horai-Ji. Yakushi came down in the form of a white deer. (Other versions tell of an old man with white hair who came to deliver the child of a white deer.)
Joruri Gozen was very beautiful, but she had only two toes on her feet, so she had to hide them with a cloth all the time.
The young samurai Yoshitsune, still under his boyhood name of Ushiwakamaru was traveling with a gold merchant from Kyoto, Kaneuri Kichiji 金売吉次, to Hiraizumi in the Tohoku region (former みちのく Michinoku ). They spent the night at Choja's house and Joruri Gozen fell in love with Ushiwakamaru at first sight.
Both exchanged poems, as it was customary, and then spent the night together.
But come next morning Ushiwakamaru had to continue his journey.

. Jorurihime 浄瑠璃姫 Pricness Joruri - Introduction .


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知多郡 Chita district 南知多町 Minami-Chita

薬師様と狛犬 The Origin of Yakushi Nyorai and Komainu "Korean Dog" statues
The go-shintai 御神体 object of worship at the shrine 八王寺社 Hachiojisha is a shishigashira 獅子頭 lion head. It is made of strong paper and has a diameter of about 2 meters.
If someone sees the priest wear it and walking around even dogs begin to bark in astonishment and try to stop the ritual.
But to be true, there was no dog in the village at all. Then one day someone new moved to the village and brought his dog. Many people died shortly after that and the man with his dog was made responsible and was banned from the village.
This is said to be the origin of Yakushi and the Komainu.



唐獅子童子 Child carrying a karajishi lion dog head
about 30 cm high, made by 禰宜田佐太郎 Negita san
碧南大浜土人形 Hekinan Ohama Clay Doll

. komainu 狛犬 Korean Dog - Introduction .

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- - - - - - Temple 妙音寺 Myo-On Ji
愛知県知多郡南知多町内海馬場51

The main statue is senju Kannon 千手観音 Kannon with 1000 arms.
In 1573, Yakushi Nyorai appeared in a dream of the priest 宗音公和尚 and asked him to built a temple. The Kannon statue is said to be made by 行基 Gyoki, who was walking all around Japan at this time.
On the sacred day of Yakushi, especially the two big festivals in the 10th lunar month, there is a large market and shows.

One show featured a kuma musume 熊娘 "young woman like a bear".
She looked like a normal woman but on her back there was black hair growing in abundance, like a bear skin.


source and more photos : minami-chita33.jp/jiin

. Gyooki Bosatsu 行基菩薩 Gyoki Bosatsu .
(668 - 749)

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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 Temple 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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刈谷市 Kariya

Temple 医王寺 Io-Ji
刈谷市高津波町2-94 / Takatsunamichō, Kariya-shi, Aichi

The priest of this temple was a rather handsome man. The woman from the village who came to care for him was rather plain looking. To attract the attention of the priest, she stole some oil from the lamp of Yakushi Nyorai and combed it into her hair. But the priest saw her do this, scolded her severely and expulsed her from the temple.
She was out of her wits from pain and died soon after. At her grave there danced a bluish-white light, like burning oil, making strange sounds and moving up and down. The flame seemed to say: "I am really, really frustrated!"


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北設楽郡 Kita-Shitara district 本郷町 Hongo

kamikakushi, kami kakushi 神かくし spirited away
A boy born with 生来痴鈍 an intelligence defect left home for a walk when he was about 15 or 16 years and did not come back in the evening.
Next morning when he came home, he said he had been in the mountains and played with Yakushi Nyorai and some Tengu.



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名古屋市 Nagoya 熱田区 Atsuta

. 高蔵不動院 Takakura Fudo-In .


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常滑市 Tokoname 大野町 Ono

海音寺 Temple Kaion-Ji
This temple dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai near the beach offers hot baths in the tide to heal all kinds of diseases.
This is due to the benevolence of Yakushi Nyorai,


source : owarioono.blog62.fc2.com...

A print from 1844. Naked men and women on the beach try to get some healing from the water . . . and maybe fun more later?

尾張大野潮湯治の図 Owari Ono Shio Toji
尾張名所図会 Owari Meisho Zue

The beach of Ono is one of the oldest swimming beaches in the world.
世界最古の大野海水浴場


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豊田市 Toyota

kenbonashi no ki けんぼなしの木 Kenponashi, Hovenia dulcis
Once the temple 薬師寺 Yakushi-Ji burned down. The hanshoo 半鐘 fire bell survived the flames and was burried in the ground. On this spot a Kenponashi tree was planted.
This tree grew very large and soon became a nuisance to the nearby farmers. So one cut some of its branches. but he became very ill after that.



. kenbonashi 枳梖 (けんぽなし) Hovenia dulcis .
..... genbonashi 玄圃梨(げんぽなし) /// ..... tenboonashi (てんぽうなし)
Hovenia dulcis. Japanischer Rosinenbaum
Its fruit is used in Chinese medicine.
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Yakushi and oni Demons Legends

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Yakushi Nyorai and Oni Demon legends 薬師如来と鬼伝説


source : イスム谷中店 twitter


Yakushi with the lantern-carrying demons
. 天燈鬼 Tentoki and 龍燈鬼 Ryutoki .


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............................................................................ Aichi 愛知県
名古屋市 Nagoya 熱田区 Atsuta

. 高蔵不動院 Takakura Fudo-In .
"Festival of the Demons of Yakushi Nyorai 大薬師の鬼祭"





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熊野市 Kumano

The samurai 小栗判官 Oguri Hangan had been given poison by his enemies and turned almost into a gaki 餓鬼 hungry demon. Yakushi Nyorai appeared in his dream and told him to go to Yunomine Hot Spring to be healed.

. Oguri Hangan 小栗判官 Legends .
Yunomine Onsen 湯の峰温泉 and Oguri Hangan - 和歌山県 Wakayama



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Shichibutsu Yakushi 七仏薬師 / 七佛薬師 Seven Yakushi Statues


............................................................................ Kyoto 京都府
与謝郡 Yosa district 野田川町 Nodagawa

muchi yakushi 鞭薬師 "whip Yakushi"
麻呂子親王 Prince Maroko Shinno carved seven statues of Yakushi Nyorai and offered them to 天照大神 Amaterasu Omikami with the prayer of help to drive out the Demons of the Oeyama region.
A white dog 白い犬 showed him a cave where he could carve the statues.
The third son of 用明天皇 Emperor Yomei (518 - 587), 金丸親王 Prince Kanemaru Shinno, is also known as
麻呂子親王 Prince Maroko Shinno or 当麻皇子 Prince Taima no Miko.
Many legends about this prince are found in the region of 福知山 Fukuchiyama.
Some are related to 吉田氏 the family Yoshida which is now known as 鞭氏 Muchi family.

After carving the statues he was powerful enough to drive out the 鬼神 Kijin Demons.
The demons hid in a cave called

鬼の岩屋 Oni no Iwaya.

Maroko had victory over the three demons at 大江山 Mount Oeyama:
英胡 Eiko, 軽足 Karuashi and 土熊 Tsuchiguma

The three demons 英胡 Eiko, 軽足 Karuashi and 土熊 Tsuchiguma
They lived with their subordinate Demons in the region of Fukuchiyama.
Two of these three, Eido and Karuashi, had been captured and almost killed by the army of Maroko.
Tsuchiguma had been captured alive. He came forth and asked for all Oni to be pardoned.
Prince Maroko had one condition:
"You have to build seven temples, for each of the seven statues of Yakushi Nyorai, in one night!"
The Oni had no difficulty in building these temples and where then banned to
立岩 Tateiwa, a huge boulder at the end of 丹後半島 Tango Peninsula.




The old Temple 無量寺 Muryo-Ji has kept written documents of these events.
京都府福知山市字筈巻963 / 963 Hazumaki, Fukuchiyama-shi, Kyōto

At 雲原 Kumohara there is a valley called 仏谷 Hotokedani, where Prince Maroko prayed for power to drive out the Oni and carved the seven Yakushi statues.
Other temples in Fukuchiyama with legends about Prince Maroko are
長安寺 Choan-Ji / 577 Okunobe, Fukuchiyama, Kyoto
and
願来寺 Ganrai-Ji / 794, Fukuchiyama, Kyoto

The three Oni may be related to the three elements 「火」fire 「風」wind and 「水」water -
necessary elements for the production of iron with tatara bellows, and thus have been sword smiths.
Maybe this is also the reason why Maroko is called 金丸親王 Kanemaru or 金屋皇子 Kanaya (metal hut) in this region.

The Chinese character 胡 in the name of demon 英胡 Eiko might be related to the 胡族 Ko clan from China, famous for their metal making technology.
Other place names in Fukuchiyama which might be related to metal manufacturing are
魔谷 Matani "Devil's valley"(大江町北原)
and
火の谷 Hinotani (valley of fire) - 福知山市天座


. Ooeyama Oni Densestu 大江山鬼伝説 Demon Legend of Mount Oeyama .
related to Saka Doji 酒呑童子 a Sake Yokai Monster .
Shuten-dōji 酒呑童子 Shuten Doji 酒顛童子, 酒天童子, or 朱点童子

. Takadono tatara 高殿鑪 Metal making in ancient Japan .

. kishin, kijin, onigami 鬼神の伝説 Oni Deity Demon Legends .


- The Three Legends of Defeating the Oni in Mt. Oe
Prince Maroko - Shuten Doji - Hikoimasu no Kimi and the demon 玖賀耳之御笠 Kugamimi no Mikasa
- source : city.fukuchiyama.kyoto.jp/event... PDF file -


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Emperor Yōmei 用明天皇 (Yōmei-tennō, 518 – 21 May 587)

was the 31st Emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.
Yōmei's reign spanned the years from 585 until his death in 587.
..... Because of the brevity of his reign, Emperor Yōmei was not responsible for any radical changes in policy, but his support of Buddhism created tension with supporters of Shintoism who opposed its introduction. .....
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丹後の七仏薬師 Seven Yakushi Temples of Tango
- reference : geocities.jp/k_saito_site -

七薬師伝説 The seven temples with Yakushi Legends

1 - 施薬寺 Seyaku-Ji -- 善名称吉祥王如来 
1369 Taki, Yosano, Yosa District, Kyoto (与謝野町) ・桓武天皇勅願所、旧根本寺

2 - 清園寺 Seion-Ji -- 宝月智源光音自在王如来
(福知山市大江町) - 略縁起と縁起絵は府の指定文化財

3 - 元興寺 Gango-Ji -- 金色宝玉如来
(京丹後市丹後町) 竹野郡 Takeno district

4 - 神宮寺 Jingu-Ji -- 無憂寂勝吉祥如来
(京丹後市丹後町)・・麻呂子親王のものと伝わる墓がある

5 - 等楽寺 Toraku-Ji -- 法界雷音如来
(京丹後市弥栄町) Yasakacho Torakuji, Kyōtango

6 - 成願寺 Jogan-Ji -- 法界勝恵遊戯神通如来
(宮津市) Miyazu city

7 - 多禰寺 Tane-Ji -- 薬師瑠璃光如来
(舞鶴市) 346 Taneji, Maizuru, Kyoto
用明天皇勅願所 Built on request of Yomei Tenno
西国薬師第三十番霊場 Nr. 32 of the Saikoku Pilgrimage to Yakushi Temples


There are other temples claiming to be related to the seven Yakushi statues

円頓寺 Endo-Ji (京丹後市久美浜町 Tango Kumihamacho)
月光寺 Gekko-Ji (廃寺 not existant any more, 、京丹後市大宮町 Tango, Omiya)

- reference source : hirase.sakura.ne.jp/s1/oni -


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Busshoji 仏性寺 Bussho-Ji, now 如来院 Nyorai-In
in 大江町 Oe-cho village. It is close to the Oni no Koryu Hakubutsukan 鬼の交流博物館 Demon Museum.
Hidden in the statue of Yakushi Nyorai is a small statue said to be Maroko himself.
The name of the temple is also 鎌鞭山 Kamamuchizan - referring to the event when Maroko made offerings of the weapons used to capture the demons:
kama 鎌 sickle and muchi 鞭 whip

The name of the temple derives from Bussho-Ji of 高野山真言宗如来院 Nyorai-In at Mount Koyasan.
It is also famous for the legends of Minamoto no Yorimitsu driving out the demons of 大江山 Mount Oeyama.
There is also the
. Onigajaya, Oni-Ga-Chaya 鬼ヶ茶屋 Tea stall of the Demons .

After 1916, 黄銅鉱・磁硫鉄鉱 various metals like brass and pyrrhotite iron were found in the region.

. 源頼光と坂田金時 Minamoto Yorimitsu and Sakata Kintoki .


. Inage 稲毛七霊場 - Seven Yakushi Temples in Yokohama and Kawasaki .

. Akamon Shichibutsu Yakushi Do Hall 赤門七佛薬師堂 .

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shichibutsu Yakushi 七仏薬師 Seven Yakushi statues - the Aura of Seven

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Lit. seven Buddhas of healing.
Seven manifestations of Yakushi 薬師 or the Master of Healing, said to reside in realms to the east of our world.
They were thought to be efficacious in appeasing the revengeful spirits of fallen political figures implicated in social calamities.
The names in Japanese are as follows (in order of progressive distance from our world):
Zenmyoushou kichijouou 善名称吉祥王, Hougatsu chigon kouon jizaiou 宝月智厳光音自在王, Konjiki houkou myougyou jouju 金色宝光妙行成就, Muyu saishou kichijou 無憂最勝吉祥, Hokkai raion 法海雷音, Hokkai shoue yuge jinzuu 法海勝彗遊戯神通, and Yakushi rurikou 薬師瑠璃光 (this last corresponding to the full name of Yakushi).
First mentioned in the fourth and latest extant Chinese translation in 707 of the YAKUSHIKYOU 薬師経 (Sk:Bhaisajyaguru-sutra, or Scripture of the Master of Healing) a text devoted to the cult of the Buddha Yakushi. In Japan they are represented either by seven independent images or, more frequently, by six or seven figurines attached to the halo of Yakushi sculptures. Popularity and worship of the Seven peaked in the late 8c and 9c.
Today the ritual service dedicated to them Shichibutsu Yakushi-no-hou 七仏薬師の法; first recorded to have been performed by Tendai prelate Ennin 円仁 in 850 survives only in the Tendai 天台 sect, where it is counted as one of the four major rituals shika daihou 四箇大法 of the "Mountain School" Sanmon 山門 or Mt. Hiei 比叡 branch.
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Seven Forms of Yakushi - Seven Buddha of Healing
Seven Manifestations of Yakushi

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source : The Sumitomo Foundation.

The central statue is 128.1cm, the ones to the right and left are 84.4 - 88.4cm
Made from katsura カツラ / 桂 Japanese Judas tree, Cercidiphyllum japonicum.
They are in the temple hall 赤沢薬師堂 Akazawa Yakushi-Do, Iwate.
They date back to the Heian period and the 藤原氏 Fujiwara clan in Hiraizumi.

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- reference source : matumushidera -

Matsumushidera 松虫寺 Matsumushi Temple
千葉県印西市松虫 / Matsumushi, Inzai, Chiba 270-1602
Its statue is 七仏薬師 瑠璃光如来 Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai.

松虫姫伝説 - Legend of Princess Matsumushi

The temple has been founded in 745 on request of 聖武天皇 Emperor Shomu Tenno by 僧行基 Priest Gyoki Bosatsu.


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. Yakushi Nyorai - - by Gabi Greve .

Shichibutsu Yakushi 七仏薬師 Sieben Yakushi-Statuen
In der Tendai-Sekte gibt es eine Form der Verehrung des Yakushi in seinen sieben Inkarnationen ( 七仏薬師法 Shichibutsu Yakushiho). Dabei bitten die Gläubigen vor allen Dingen um Heilung von Krankheiten und um eine leichte Geburt.



Eine große und sechs kleine einzelne Statuen des Yakushi Nyorai mit jeweils sieben kleinen Verkörperungen im Nimbus. Entsprechend dem Sutra der sieben Yakushi-Buddhas (Shichibutsu Yakushikyoo).
Diese Stauten werden bei Fürbitten für die Heilung von Krankheiten und um einfache Geburt besonders angebetet.
Diese sieben Figuren haben dann als Inkarnationen des Yakushi eigene Bezeichnungen :



1 Zenmyooshoo Kichijoooo Nyorai 善名称吉祥王如来 Zenmyosho Kichijo-o Nyorai
His Sanskrit letter is A - 梵字:ア
The name of his paradise is 光勝国.




2 Hoogetsu Chigonkoo Onjizaioo Nyorai 宝月智厳光音自在王如来 Hogetsu chigonko Oniizaio Nyorai
His Sanskrit letter is RA - 梵字:ラ
The name of his paradise is 妙宝国.




3 Konjiki Hookoo Myoogyoojooju Nyorai  金色宝光妙行成就王如来 Konjiki Hoko Myogyo Joju Nyorai
His Sanskrit letter is BAA - 梵字:バー
The name of his paradise is 円満香積国.




4 Muyuu Saishoo Kichijoo Nyorai  無憂最勝吉祥王如来 Muyu Saisho Kichijo Nyorai
His Sanskrit letter is SHIRA - 梵字:シラ
The name of his paradise is 無憂国.




5 Hookai Raion Nyorai  法海雷音如来 Hokai Raion Nyorai
His Sanskrit letter is DAA - 梵字:ダー
The name of his paradise is 法幢国.




6 Hookai Shooe Yuugijintsuu Nyorai 法海勝慧遊戯神通如来 Hokai Shoe Yugi Jintsu Nyorai
His Sanskrit letter is A - 梵字:ア
The name of his paradise is 善住法海国.




7 Yakushi Rurikoo Nyorai  薬師琉璃光如来 Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai
His Sanskrit letter is BEI - 梵字:ベイ
The name of his paradise is 浄瑠璃国.


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Yakushi and Fudo Legends

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Yakushi Nyorai and Fudo Myo-O legends 薬師と不動 伝説

. Fudō Myō-ō 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O
- Acala Vidyârâja - Vidyaraja .





Fudo Myo-O, carved by 西村公朝 Nishimura Kocho in 1975
in a keya tree (Torreya nucifera)

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8 観音・薬師・地蔵・不動の伝説 :(2)薬師の伝説
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............................................................................ Aichi 愛知県
名古屋市 熱田区 - Nagoya Atsuta

. 高蔵不動院 Takakura Fudo-In .
"Festival of the Demons of Yakushi Nyorai 大薬師の鬼祭".



............................................................................ Shiga 滋賀県

. 不動寺 Fudo Temple .
the Ise Road near the Ishi Yakushi stone 石薬師伊勢道



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

. Fudo Son 不動尊 at 経平 Tsunehira .

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source : vill.omi.nagano.jp/history

Statue of Yakushi Nyorai, Statue 147 cm, All is 387.9 cm.

福満寺 Fukuman-Ji
長野県東筑摩郡麻績村山寺 / Yamadera Hi, Omi-mura, Higashichikuma-gun, Nagano

This secret statue was shown once every 50 years. Some people who have tried to get a look at it during other times have been heavenly punished with eye disease.
After a repair in 1947 the statue is now shown every second year on the 31 of December and on the 3rd of May.
The statue was made by Ennin in the year 849, when he traveled in Tohoku. He also carved 日光・月光菩薩 Nikko and Gakko Bosatsu, 四天王 Shitenno and 十二神将 Juni Shinsho.
He added a letter with his wishes for the prosperity of the region
「我いま、仏勅(ぶっちょく)を奉じて薬師如来を安置し奉る、日々に鎮護国家・五穀豊穣・除災招福の秘法を修して霊験利生(れいげんりしょう)を得せしめよ」

. Ennin - Jigaku Daishi 慈覚大師 / 慈覺大師 .
(794 – 864)


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At Mount Takao-san 高尾山 in Tokyo Yakushi is venerated, and so are the Tengu.
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. Folktales, legends about Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 / お薬師様 / お薬師さん .


................................................................................. Aichi 愛知県
北設楽郡 Kita-Shitara district 本郷町 Hongo

kamikakushi 神かくし spirited away
A boy born with 生来痴鈍 an intelligence defect left home for a walk when he was about 15 or 16 years and did not come back in the evening.
Next morning when he came home, he said he had been in the mountains and played with Yakushi Nyorai and some Tengu.




................................................................................. Iwate 岩手県
平泉町 Hiraizumi

Karasu Tengu 烏天狗
In the 中尊寺薬師堂 Yakushi Hall of temple Chuson-Ji there is 頭蓋骨 a skull of a 鳥天狗 Karasu Tengu in the treasure hall.




................................................................................. Kyoto 京都府
中京区 Nakagyo

tengu no tsume 天狗の爪 nail of a Tengu
Since about 1715, at the temple 丹州国分寺 Kokubun^Ji in 丹州 anshu (the Tango/Tanba region) they show a statue of Yakushi Nyorai and also the nails of a Tengu.

. tengu no tsume 天狗の爪 tengutsume 天狗爪 nails of a Tengu .





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下伊那郡 Shimo-Ina district 上村 Kamimura

Tengu sama 天狗様
Once a family prayed to Tengu sama to have children - and what do you know, next morning a baby was sleeping at their front door.
They took it in as their own child and loved it dearly. But they were quite busy with other things and the child died when it was just 4 years.
Now the family thought this was the punishment, because they did not care properly for the child of a Tengu.
They begun to venerate it as 薬師平の三倉の明神 the Deity of Mikura of Yakushidaira.

Yakushi-Daira 薬師平 Yakushi Daira "Yakushi Plain"

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下伊那郡 Shimo-Ina district 高森町 Takamori

Guhin sama 狗賓様 - 稚児石 Chigoishi stone
At the river 小田沢川 Odakozawagawa there is a boulder called Chigoishi 稚児石 "Stone of a Child".
It is said if you rub a Daikon radish on the stone when it rains there will be blood flowing from it.
On the 8th day of the 4th lunar month during お薬師祭り the festival of Yakushi there is chigo mai 稚児舞 a dance of children. To be selected as a child to participate is a great honor but also a danger, because if the child makes a mistake during this dance, it will have bad luck.
Once a child took a wrong step and Guhin sama grabbed the child and flew away with it. He sat on a huge boulder at Odakozawagawa and ate most of the child.
The rest he took to river 片桐松川 Katakirimatsukawa and ate it.
Since then the dance of the children was stopped.

. Gubin, kuhin 狗賓 / グヒンサマ Guhin Sama Tengu "Wolf Guest" .




................................................................................. Shiga 滋賀県
甲賀郡 Koka district 信楽町 Shigaraki

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. This must have been the doings of a Tengu.




Fudooji 不動寺 Fudo-Ji
滋賀県甲賀市信楽町黄瀬2843-2 / Shigaraki, Kinose


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Iyo 12 Yakushi Temples, Shikoku 伊予十二薬師霊場

This pilgrimage was created about 30 years ago for Yakushi Temples around Matsuyama castle in the directions of the 12 zodiac animals. With a car or bus they can be visited in one day.



01 - 東林寺 Torin-Ji - Nezumi 子(ね)
02 - 医座寺 - Ushi 丑(うし)
03 - 蓮華寺 - I 亥(い)
04 - 西法寺 - Tora 寅(とら)
05 - 正観寺 - U 卯(う)
06 - 香積寺 - Tatsu 辰(たつ)
07 - 長隆寺 - Mi 巳(み)
08 - 雲門寺 - Uma 午(うま)
09 - 金蓮寺 - Saru 申(さる)
10 - 長楽寺 - Tori 酉(とり)
11 - 浄明寺 - Inu 戌(いぬ)
12 - 薬師寺 - Yakushi-ji - Hitsuji 未(ひつじ)

A pilgrimage to the 12 zodiac animals.

There are 12 zodiac animals, also representing one of the heavenly directions.

. ne 子 (nezumi 鼠) Rat (mouse)
. ushi 丑 Ox (cow, bull) .
. tora 寅 Tiger .
. u (usagi) 卯 Rabbit .
. tatsu 辰 Dragon .
. mi (hebi) 巳 Snake, Serpent .
. uma 午 Horse .
. mi (hitsuji) 未 Ram (sheep) .
. saru 申 Monkey .
. tori 酉 Rooster (chicken, cock) .
. inu 戌 Dog .
. i (inoshishi) 亥 Boar (wild boar) .

. 干支霊場 Pilgrimages to 12 Zodiac Animals Temples .
- Introduction -


The Seven Yakushi Temples of Iyo 伊予七薬師霊場
founded by
. Gyooki Bosatsu 行基菩薩 Gyoki Bosatsu . (668 - 749)
-- see below --

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01 - Toorinji 東林寺 Torin-Ji
松山市福角町甲645 / Matsuyama




shuin 朱印 stamp

yakuyoke Yakushi 厄除け薬師

- Homepage of the temple
- source : fudasho.web.fc2.com/1ban/iyo

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02 小谷山医座寺 Iza-Ji
愛媛県松山市東大栗町甲656 / 656 Higashioguricho, Matsuyama, Ehime


Shusse Yakushi 出世薬師 for a good career
The letters of this huge stone memorial were carved according to the writings of 伝教大師最澄聖人 Dengyo Daishi, the founder of the Tendai sect.
On the ground is a memorial with sand from all the Yakushi temples of the Henro pilgrimage to 88 temples in Shikoku.
There are also stones from the 中国天台山 Chinese Tendai Temple and from インドの仏跡 Buddha relics of India.

This temple has been founded by Gyoki Bosatsu in 706.
In 829 the honorable priest Koojoo 別当大師光定 Betto Daishi Kojo (779 - 858) of 伊予の国風早 Kazahaya made it to a temple of the Tendai sect, with a tradition of 1300 years burning the light of the Buddhist Law.

The temple is about 5 km away from 堀江町 Horie villlage.
The villagers call this temple.
おおぐりのおやくしさん Ooguri no O-Yakushi San.

Once upon a time in a village of the 医座山(白山) "White Mountain" there was 一位木(あららぎ) a sacred Araragi tree. The tree was so huge it made a large shadow on the nearby fields and the farmers asked Gyoki for help. So he felled the tree. To appease the spirit of the tree he then carved seven statues of Yakushi Nyorai and placed them in seven temples, which he founded in Iyo.
伊予七薬師霊場 The Seven Yakushi Temples of Iyo.

医座寺 Iza-Ji / 十輪寺 Jurin-Ji / 03 蓮華寺 Renge-Ji / 安養寺 Anyo-Ji / 05 正観寺 Shokan-Ji / 08 雲門寺 Unmon-Ji / 西光寺 Saiko-Ji

安養寺 is now known as 石手寺 Ishite-Ji.
The 12 Yakushi Temples of Iyo were later added as a pilgrimage.

- Homepage of the temple
- source : izaji.jp/en_index -


. Shusse Yakushi 出世薬師 .  *

. ichii, araragi 一位 yew tree, Taxus baccata .
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Kinoyama Jinja 木野山神社 Shrine Kinoyama
愛媛県松山市東大栗町

Deities in residence
素盞鳴命 Susano no Mikoto / 大山積命 Oyamatsumi no Mikoto



This shrine is located int he back mountain of Iza-Ji, whereas the temple is located at its foot. The mountain was named 医座山 Izayama or 白山 Hakusan "White Mountain" (since salt was found there.)

- reference : makild.exblog.jp-

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03 室岡山蓮華寺 Renge-Ji
愛媛県松山市谷町257 / 室岡山 Shikkoozan Rengeji / Murookayama Rengeji



On the 17th day of the 6th lunar month in 743, the bright light of Yakushi was seen over the mountain. Since Gyoki was there on his pilgrimage, he founded the temple
The present main hall has been re-constructed in 1674.

- Chant of the temple
信あれば病はなおる蓮華寺 るりのくすりを 与えまします

松山新四国88霊場、四国88霊場番外
extra Fudasho on the Shikoku Pilgrimage to 88 Holy Sites in Matsuyama

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04 Saihooji 大楽山西法寺 Saiho-Ji
松山市下伊台町

薬師如来(伝教大師作) Statue of Yakushi Nyorai carved by Dengyo Daishi
. Saicho, Dengyo Daishi 伝教大師最澄 (766-822) .

The temple is located between Dogo Onsen and 奥道後温泉 Oku Dogo Onsen in a small valley.




usuzumizakura, usuzumi-zakura 薄墨桜 "light black Cherry blossoms"
“pale grey cherry blossom”
This famous cherry tree has been in the compound of the temple since the Asuka period.
- reference : userweb.shikoku.ne.jp/usuzum -

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Usuzumi yokan (sweet bean jelly)



This yokan has green tea flavor and its elegant sweetness. Usuzumi yokan was named after the Usuzumi cherry blossoms at Saiho-ji Temple in Matsuyama. The white beans in the jelly colored like a dark green leaf reminds you of the petals of the cherry blossom. This yokan is said to have originated in 1874 and has been awarded many prizes and is one of the famous confections in the nation.
- source : city.matsuyama.ehime.jp -

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05 Onoyama Shookannji 小野山正観寺 Shokan-Ji
松山市北梅本町 1745 / 1745 Kitaumemotomachi, Matsuyama

小野薬師 Onoyama Yakushi
It used to be one of the 伊予七薬師 Seven Yakushi of Iyo and was then called
Yamada Yakushi 山田薬師


- reference and more photos : blogs.yahoo.co.jp/hshi2921 -

The temple was founded by Gyoki Bosatsu about 1200 years ago.
It was located differently, but Lord 河野通廣 Kono Michihiro (? - 1263) had it rebuilt in its present location.
Now people have a festival on the 17th of July.
Onoyama is also spelled 長尾山. It is related to 住吉神 Sumiyoshi no Kami.

It is related to Ono no Komachi and thus a temple where people come to pray for health and beauty.

Ono no Komachi took a retreat for 100 days of prayer here, on request of the Sumiyoshi Deiry, to cure an illness.

春雨の降ると見えしか霽にけり その箕笠をそこに脱置く

It seemed that rain was falling, but the weather returned to fair, and the kasa was put aside

When she visited the region three years later, she had a new statue of Yakushi carved, inside who's head she inserted the verse.
- source : Bernard Faure - google books


. Three famous regional Yakushi Temples .
Shimane Prefecture, Ichihata Yakushi 島根県 一畑薬師
Fukuoka Prefecture, Kurume, 永勝寺 Eisho-Ji
Ehime Prefecture, Yamada Yakushi 愛媛県宇和町 山田薬師


. Ono no Komachi 小野 小町 Waka Poetess and Famous Beauty . (825 — 900

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06 Kooshakuji 瑠璃山香積寺 Koshaku-Ji
愛媛県東温市田窪1504 / 重信町田窪1504 - Toon town, Tanokubo




Katade Yakushi 隻手薬師 "Yakushi with one arm"

A temple related to Mount Koyasan and Kobo Daishi.



o-mamori お守り amulets
A special amulet about Hariko Daishi 張子大師 "papermache doll Daishi" is available.

家内安全 traffic safety, 病気平癒 health, 厄除け warding off evil, 安産 safe birth

- Homepage of the temple
- source : katateyakushi.com/index

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07 Chooryuuji 興福山長隆寺 Choryu-Ji
松山市来住町 Kishimachi 996−4

長隆寺禅寺 Choryu-Ji Zendera

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08 - 雲門寺 Unmon-Ji
愛媛県松山市星岡1丁目1-8 / Matsuyama, Hoshioka



岡薬師瑠璃光如来 Oka Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai
The Yakushi Hall of this temple is at the top of 星岡山 Mount Hoshioka san.
奥之院薬師堂は星岡山の山頂

During the Sengoku period of the warring states, Hoshioka was a region of constant fighting. The Yakushi Hall 薬師堂 of the temple is on these grounds, it was built in 1073.
This Yakushi helps to cure warts and other skin troubles and since olden times pilgrims came here from Okayama, Hiroshima and other parts of Japan.

The main festival is on the 17th of July.



- Homepage of the temple
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09 玉松山金蓮寺 Konren-Ji
松前町西古泉65 Masaki Cho, Nishikoizumi, Iyo-Gun, Ehime
A temple of the Shingon sect.
The old name of the temple was
Shoojinji 性尋(しょうじん)寺 Shojin-Ji
It has been found in the Heian period around 808 by the 河野氏 Kano clan.


source and more photos : blog.livedoor.jp/awatennbou/archives

Later in the Kamakura period, a priest named 明海上人 Myokai Shonin layed a new foundation.
It also relates to 義農作兵衛 Gino Sakubei (around 1732) and a great famine at that time.

ryuutoo Yakushi 龍灯薬師 Yakushi of the Dragon Lantern

Once upon a time
the fishermen of Masaki went out to the sea for fishing, when the weather suddenly turned bad. They tried to get back to land as fast as they could, but the strong wind and currents drifted the boat further out to sea. The fishermen rowed the boat with all their might, but eventually lost all their strength and just sang the Amida prayer:
「南無阿弥陀仏。南無阿弥陀仏。」 Namu Amida Butsu, Namu Amida Butsu.

Suddenly they saw a light on the horizon, and then one more, and one more. They rowed the boat toward that light in hope for help. The three lights kept flickering as if they wanted to encourage the fishermen to do their best. This light came, in fact, from a pine tree in the compound of the temple.



ryuutoo no matsu 龍灯のマツ the Dragon Lamp Pine

The fishermen rowed faster and faster to reach this light and finally came to the beach.
"Thanks to the Buddha from temple Konren-Ji. Let us give thanks and pray!"
The fishermen stood in front of the pine and looked up to see the light again, but now all was dark.

"This must have been a dragon dancing and thus bringing light to the sea of Masaki!"

Eventually years later in a storm this pine tree broke down, but before it died, the fishermen took a branch and planted it anew. And to their surprize the new tree had three main stems. Thus they understood that this pine tree was the dancing dragon.
The tree we can see now is a much later generation.

. ryuutoo 竜灯 / 龍燈 "dragon lamp", dragon lantern .
phosphorescent lights seen at sea at night, thought to be the torches of the Dragon King

A phenomenon at the Ariakekai sea in Kagoshima, Kyushu, in the evening hours.
It is also seen in other parts of Japan as a light that the Dragon God sends out to honor the deities of Shinto and Buddhism in Japan.

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10 Choorakuji 長楽寺 Choraku-Ji
松山市西垣生町1250 / Nishihabu

In the very South of Matsuyama is a region called 今出(いまず) Imazu. At its entrance is a magnificent gate, almost like the entrance to a Dragon Palace.
the Mitsujoomon 密乗門 Mitsujo-Mon Gate.



In the temple compound is also a hall for 弁天堂 Benten, where businessmen come to pray.



At the Yakushi Do 薬師堂 Yakushi Hall
the villagers from Habu come to pray for good fortune, a good harvest and protection from illness.
In former times there were three large pine trees in the compuond. People picked up the pine cones, burned them to put the smoke and smell on their bodies and prayed. The ashes of the pine cones were said to heal warts.
In front of the main hall is a statue of
ichigan Fudo 一眼不動尊 "Fudo with one eye"
who also grants just one wish (ichigan 一願) of the worshippers.
(With two eyes, Fudo sees very clearly all the bad points of a human, with one eye he sees only half and can thus extend his benevolence and mercy to more people.)
There are other temples with such a Fudo statue in Japan.
. Ichigan Fudo 一願不動 One Wish Fudo .



shuin 朱印 stamp of the temple


密乗の門太白花仰き入る

村上霽月 Murakami Seigetsu (1869 - 1946)
His grave is at the temple Choraku-Ji.

. Seigetsu Ki 霽月忌 Seigetsu Memorial Day .
- kigo for spring - February 15.

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11 Joomyooin 浄明院 Jomyo-In
松山市別府町546 / Matsuyama-shi, Befuchō, 546 / 飯岡山

The temple is surrounded by a white mud wall. The 仁王門 Nio-O Gate is new with two new statues. Red flags are placed along the access to the Yakushi Hall.

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12 瑠璃光山薬師寺 Yakushi-Ji
松山市泉町122 / Izumimachi

周囲はビルで囲まれる境内で参道は長く古木の並木で在り寺院の後ろに見えるビルは似合うとはいえない 山門を過ぎて驚くは超モダンな本堂でコンクリートは理解出来るが其の色付けが奇抜で在る 前には生駒山から勧請したと云う聖天堂が古い形で保たれる

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Nokyo-Cho 納経帳 stamp book



source : xxx

At the end of the pilgrimage !
伊予十二薬師  記念台紙


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伊予七薬師霊場 The Seven Yakushi Temples of Iyo
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02 医座寺 Iza-Ji
03 蓮華寺 Renge-Ji
05 正観寺 Shokan-Ji
08 雲門寺 Unmon-Ji


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Anyooji 安養寺 Anyo-Ji
松山市二神甲 640

. Ishiteji 石手寺 Ishite-Ji - "Stone Hand Temple" .

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Juurinji 十輪寺 Jurin-Ji
松山市庄甲 810

庄薬師堂 Sho Yakushi



This temple originated in manor (荘園), but the statue of Yakushi was heavily damaged.
Two statues are now 重要文化財指定, dating back to the Heian period.

- reference : sji.mints.ne.jp -

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Saikooji 西光寺 Saiko-Ji
松山市枝松町 1-2-26 / 1 Chome-2-26 Edamatsu, Matsuyama, Ehime


source : your-wing.jp/2014/09/27

This temple belongs now to the Zen sect and offers 座禅 meditation courses.

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