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2016/02/02

Yakushi Paradise

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The Paradise of Yakushi Nyorai
Yakushi Rurikoo Joodo 薬師瑠璃光浄土 Yakushi Ruriko Jodo
Toohoo Rurikoo Joodo / 東方瑠璃光浄土 Toho Ruriko Jodo


He resides in the
Eastern Paradise of Pure Lapis Lazuli 東方浄瑠璃世界 Toho Joruri Sekai.

joodo 浄土 Jodo is a general term for the region where a Buddha lives, where humans go after death,
often also called gokukraku 極楽 paradise.


source : tadekuu-mushi.jugem.jp

薬師浄土曼荼羅 Yakushi Jodo Mandala
Temple Yakushi-Ji 薬師寺

Painting from the Edo period. about 2.4 meters wide and 4 meters long.
According to the Sutra 薬師如来本願功徳経 Yakushi Nyorai Hongan Kudoku Kyo,
Bhaisajyaguru-vaidurya-prabha-raja Sūtra


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With Nikko and Gakko Bosatsu at his side 日光菩薩 / 月光菩薩.
Surounded by the 12 Heavenly Generals 十二神将.

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東方瑠璃光浄土
これは、薬師如来様が住む「東方瑠璃光浄土」を表現しています。「東方」とは、まさに私たちの住む世界から東を指し、美しい瑠璃(るり)の光に満ちた美しい世界だとされています。そのため、ここの主である「薬師如来様」は、「薬師瑠璃光如来様」とも呼ばれています。
- source : 神仏絵師の昌克


. Nikko Bosatsu (Sunlight) / Gakko Bosatsu (Moonlight)
Nikkoo to Gakkoo 日光菩薩と月光菩薩 .

Suryaprabha and Candraprabha
For a 24 hour watch over our health and well-being.


. Yakushi sanzon 薬師三尊 Yakushi Triad, Trias, Trinity .

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2015/12/16

Ryugeji Dragon Flower Temples

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Ryuugeji 龍華寺 (竜花寺) Ryuge-Ji "Dragon Flower Temple", Shizuoka
観富山 Kanpuzan 龍華寺
Fujimidera 富士見寺 "Temple to view Mount Fuji"


Ryugeji - A temple with a great view ! “眺望の良い寺”



静岡市清水区村松2085 / 2085 Muramatsu, Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka

Established in 1670 by 日近 Priest Nisshin, a nephew of お万の方 Lady O-Man no Kata, see below.
Her sons (their father was Tokugawa Ieyasu) made generous donations to this temple.



The park 観富園 Kanpu-En is in a Shumisan-style (池泉観賞式), where you can imagine that the room is Mount Fuji, the small mountain is Mount Udo and the pond is Suruga Bay.
Kiyomigata 清見潟 is also visible from the temple.
This park is one of the most famous in the 東海 Tokai region.

The large sotetsu 大ソテツ cycad trees in the garden have been certified as a national natural treasure.


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“The Garden with the Splash of a Frog”
This temple is best known by the cycads 1,100 years old and the oldest in Japan. And its garden Kampuen (Mt Fuji viewing garden) is nice.
This temple is a Nichiren Buddhism temple and in its main building the life of Nichiren one of the most popular 13th century priests is well illustrated. Nichiren is one of the five historical figures Kanzo Uchimura picked as representative Japanese in his book "Japan and the Japanese" .
高山樗牛 Chogyu Takayama is one of the Meiji Period intellectuals who was inspired by Nichiren's teachings and was buried there. The treasure trove of the temple called Chogyukan has wide variety of treasures with historical interests including various gohonzon (the object of worship) of Nichiren Buddhism.
These mandalas are made up of squiggly kanji characters of Hindu gods and Shinto gods and native gods.
- source : tripadvisor.co.nz


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鬼子母神(徳川家家紋入り) Kishiboshin
祖師堂天井 with wonderful ceiling paintings

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- Homepage of the temple
- source : ryugeji.jp/annai




Yakuyoke Fudo 厄除け不動尊 Fudo to ward off evil influence

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Yoojuuin 養珠院 お万の方 Yoju-In O-Man no Kata
(?1577 / ?1580 - 1653) Omannokata, Oman no Kata, Oman-no-kata, O Man no kata

She was the daughter of 正木頼忠 Masaki Yoritada, Lord of 勝浦 Katsuura Castle in Chiba.

She became the concubine of 徳川家康の側室 Tokugawa Ieyasu when she was 17.
Mother of 徳川頼宣 Tokugawa Yorinobu (1602 - 1671) of the Kii Tokugawa family 紀伊徳川家
Mother of 徳川頼房 Tokugawa Yorifusa (1603 - 1661) of the the Mito Tokugawa family 水戸徳川家
(so she is the grandmother of the famous Mito Mitsukuni / Mito Komon 水戸光圀(水戸黄門).

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Shichimenzan, Shichimensan 七面山 Mount Shichimen
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. O-Man no Kata お万の方 .

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Statue at Hachimansaki Park, Chiba, Katsuura 八幡岬公園


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Tamazawa Myohokkeji Temple
This Temple can be found in the nature of Mt. Hakone, far from Mishima downtown.
At first,
it was built at Kamakura during Kamakura period by Nissho-shonin. He is famous for establishing a disciple of Nichiren sect. In Edo period, the temple was relocated to the current place.
Three notorious people
involved in the relocation of this temple. The first person is Oman-no-kata, a concubine of Tokugawa Ieyasu
(the founder of the Edo government). She was also a grandmother of the famous daimyo, Mito Mitsukuni.
Secondly,
Okatsu-no-kata, another concubine of Tokugawa Ieyasu and thirdly, Ota Sukemune who was a daimyo contributed in removal of the temple.

The surrounding wall called Hyakkenbei is well-known for photograph spot. Especially the cherry blossom in spring and autumn tints are the popular ones. Moreover, visitors can enjoy flowers at any time of the year. The magnificent gardens are another must-see attraction. Adjacent to the temple, there is a treasure house, where you can see important cultural property registered statue of Nichiren.
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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

A dragon had listened to the reading of the Hokkekyo Sutra from a priest an the Temple 竜華寺 Ryuge-Ji.
To show his gratitude, he made rain fall.
But this dragon became the object of wrath of the Heavenly King 大梵天主 Dai Bonten. The deity tore the dragon to pieces and let it fall in the valley.
Now there are the four Dragon temples in his honor:
竜海寺 Ryukai-Ji, 竜心寺 Ryushin-Ji, 竜天寺 Ryuten-Ji and 竜王寺 RyuO-Ji.

. Bonten 梵天 Baramonten, Brahma .


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There are various other temples with this name in Japan.

龍華寺(りゅうげじ、りゅうかじ) Ryuugeji, Ryuka-Ji
龍華寺 Ryuge-Ji "Dragon Lotus Temple"

- GE can also be the Bodhi tree of Maitreya

龍華寺 (横浜市) - 神奈川県横浜市 Yokohama
龍華寺 (世羅町)(りゅうげじ)- 広島県世羅郡世羅町 Hiroshima
龍華寺 - 山形県鶴岡市 ⇒ 善寳寺 - Yamagata

龍華寺 (上海市) - 中華人民共和国・上海市 - Shanghai


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. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and Talismans .


. Fudō Myō-ō, Fudoo Myoo-Oo 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O
Acala Vidyârâja - Vidyaraja - Fudo Myoo .


. 薬師如来 Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 Bhaisajyaguru - ABC .

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. Dragon temples of Japan .


. Japan - Shrines and Temples - ABC .


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2015/11/12

Ruriji Temples

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- - - - - Ruriji 瑠璃寺 temples names Ruri-Ji
- - - - - Rurikooji 瑠璃光寺 temples names Ruriko-Ji - Rurikō-ji  
- - - - - Rurizan (るりざん) 瑠璃山 Ruriyama


. Yakushi Rurikoo Nyorai 薬師瑠璃光如来 .
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Yakushi Ruriko, Yakushirurikō 薬師瑠璃光 resides in the Ruriko paradise in the East.
Medicine Master of Lapis Lazuli Radiance.

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In Tohoku he is 薬師瑠璃子如来 Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai
and also related to the making of kokeshi こけし wooden dolls.

. kokeshi and Yakushi こけしと薬師如来 .

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船越山るり寺 Funakoshizan Ruri-Ji
877 Funakoshi, Sayo, Sayo District -- 佐用郡佐用町船越877


source : wikipedia

The main statue is Kannon with 1000 arms 千手観世音菩薩。

The temple was founded by 行基 Saint Gyoki in 728 on request of Emperor 聖武天皇 Shomu Tenno as a chokugan-ji 勅願寺.
It was protected by the 赤松氏 Akamatsu clan during the Nanboku Cho period.
Since the Edo period it is called 南光坊 Nanko-Bo.
The Rakugo story teller 桂南光 Katsura Nanko is also related to this temple.

- - - - - part of Pilgrimages to 30 Kannon temples
新西国三十三箇所観音霊場第33番 Nr. 33
播磨西国三十三箇所観音霊場第11番 Nr. 11

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Rurizan Denchuuji 瑠璃山 田中寺 Denchu-Ji
兵庫県豊岡市中央町3-35


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上伊那郡 Kami Inagun 高森町 Takamori 大島山瑠璃寺 Ojimasan Ruri-Ji

長野県伊那 812 Ojimasan, Takamori, Shimoina District, Nagano
瑠璃寺の薬師猫神 Ruji-Ji no Yakushi Neko Kamisama

. Neko Yakushi 猫薬師 Yakushi Nyorai and the Cat .

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. Minamoto no Yoritomo 源頼朝 (1147 - 1199).

Once the samurai Minamoto no Yoritomo made an unofficial visit to Shinano (now Nagano), but he fell from his horse and lost his eyesight. He thought this must be a curse of the Gods. The someone told him this: He had passed the temple 大島山瑠璃寺 Ojimasan Ruri-Ji about one Ri to the West. This temple is dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai and people have to dismount from their horse when passing it. But he had not done that and to show his remorse and apology, he sent a branch of his cherry tree from Kamakura to the temple. And indeed, his eye was healed.
The weeping sakura cherry tree can be seen at the temple to our day.

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薬師瑠璃光如来三尊佛 Yakushi Ruriko Sanzon



The statues date back to the Heian period and are made in the style of Joochoo 定朝様. They are made from hinoki 檜 Japanese cypress. Even after 900 years there are rays of golden color coming from the face, neck and breast.

平安後期の主流を成した定朝様(じょうちょうよう)の優美な造形と、平安前期頃の重厚で厳しい尊要とが見事に溶け合って、深い魅力をたたえています。檜の素地仕上げですが、900年の時を経て、顔・首筋・胸が金色の光を発しだしました。

瑠璃寺の本堂 Main Hall
This hall was built in 1672.
年現在の薬師堂が再建され、本尊の薬師三尊佛が収められました。現在薬師三尊佛は、瑠璃光殿に収蔵されているため、堂内には前立ち薬師如来と、四天王、十二神将が奉られています。
三間四方の小ぶりのお堂ですが、周囲の景観に溶け込み荘厳な雰囲気をかもしだしています。

源頼朝 寄進桜 地主桜
源頼朝 寄進桜 枝垂れ桜(天然記念物)
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. Yakushi sanzon 薬師三尊 Yakushi Triad, Trias, Trinity .

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. Rokugomanzan 六郷満山 .
in the Kunisaki Peninsula 国東半島, Oita Prefecture
Futago-ji 両子寺 - Kunisaki Peninsula in Oita Prefecture


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Rurizan Yakuo-In 瑠璃山薬王院光明寺 Komyo-Ji
(るりさんやくおういんこうみょうじ)

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. Shikoku Henro Temple List .

17 - 瑠璃山 Rurizan 真福院 Shinpuku-In 井戸寺 Ido-Ji
徳島県徳島市国府町井戸北屋敷80-1

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山口県山口市香山町7−1 / 7-1 Kozan-cho, Yamaguchi-shi, Yamaguchi

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Ruriko-ji originated when the 16th century samurai Ouchi Yoshihiro built Koshaku-ji as the temple for holding memorial services for members of his family.



In 1442, a five-storied pagoda, a type of architecture that has existed in Japan since ancient times, was built by Morimi, Yoshihiros younger brother, in memory of Yoshihiro. Mori Terumoto, who ruled this region after the decline of the Ouchi family, brought Koshaku-ji with him when he moved to a different place, leaving behind only the five-storied pagoda.
In 1690, a temple named Ruriko-ji, which was located somewhere else, was moved to the location of the five-storied pagoda. This temple has been here ever since.The five-storied pagoda stands approximately 31 m high. Its wide, overhanging roof is distinguished for its gentle slope. One of the oldest five-storied pagodas in Japan, it is designated as a National Treasure. This pagoda is considered one of the most excellent buildings of the 15th and 16th centuries.'
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- Haiku and Senryu -

青葉蔭薬師瑠璃光の出湯とぞ
aobakage yakushi ruriko no ideyu tozo

shade under green leaves -
that's just right for a hot bath
of Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai


高橋睦郎 Takahashi Mutsuo (1937 - )

. Yakushi Onsen 薬師温泉 Hot Springs named Yakushi .

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. Yakushi Nyorai Pilgrimages 薬師霊場巡り - Introduction .


. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and Talismans .

. Japan - Shrines and Temples - ABC List .


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2015/06/09

Roku Jizo

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Roku Jizō, Roku Jizoo 六地蔵 Roku Jizo, Six Jizo Statues


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Jizō vowed to assist beings in each of the Six Realms of Desire and Karmic Rebirth, in particular those in the hell realm, and is thus often shown in groupings of six.

.. more details on the six states (also called the Six Paths of Transmigration or Reincarnation, the Wheel of Life, the Cycle of Samsara, or Cycle of Suffering), ..
In Japan, groupings of six Jizō statues (one for each of the Six Realms) are quite common and often placed at busy intersections or oft-used roads to protect travelers and those in "transitional" states. Jizō also often carries a staff with six rings, which he shakes to awaken us from our delusions. The six rings likewise symbolize the six states of desire and karmic rebirth and Jizō’s promise to assist all beings in those realms. In Japanese traditions, the six rings, when shaken, are also meant to make a sound and thus frighten away any insects or tiny animals in the direct path of the pilgrim, thus ensuring the pilgrim does not slay or accidentally kill any life form.
In Chinese traditions, Jizō shakes the six rings to open the doors between the various realms.

Worship of the Six Jizō can be traced back to the 11th century in Japan, but this grouping has no basis in Mahayana scripture or in the writings of Buddhist clergy. Its origin is probably linked to a similar grouping of Six Kannon (one for each of the six realms) that appeared in the early 10th century in Japan’s Tendai 天台 sect. This grouping of Six Kannon originated much earlier in China, and draws its scriptural basis from the Mo-ho-chih-kuan (Jp. Makashikan 摩訶止観), a work (circa 594 AD) by the noted Chinese Tien-tai master Chih-i 智顗 (538 - 597). By the 11th century, Japan’s Shingon sect also began venerating the Six Kannon. The worship of Six Jizō appeared around the same time. The six emanations of Jizō vary among temples and sects.



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Chiji Jizō 地持地蔵, also known as Gosan Jizō 護讃地蔵
Darani Jizō 陀羅尼地蔵, also known as Ben-ni Jizō 牟尼地蔵
Hōshō Jizō 宝性地蔵, also known as Hashō Jizō 破勝地蔵 or Gasshō Jizō 合掌地蔵
Keiki Jizō 鶏亀地蔵, also known as Enmei Jizō 延命地蔵 or Kōmi Jizō 光味地蔵
Hōshō Jizō 法性地蔵, also known as Fukyūsoku Jizō 不休息地蔵
Hōin Jizō 法印地蔵, also known as Sanryū Jizō 讃龍地蔵


source : John on facebook
Keiki Jizō 鶏亀地蔵
The half-lotus sitting position (hankazō 半跏像 or hanka shiyuizō 半跏思惟像) is the standard form for this Jizō, but this one has the right ankle below the left knee.


source : tobifudo.jp/butuzo

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. shaba 娑婆 / しゃば / シャバ this world of Samsara .

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Another list
(1) 地獄−大定智悲地蔵−左手宝珠、右手錫杖
(2) 餓鬼−大徳清浄地蔵−左手宝珠、右手与願印
(3) 畜生 − 大光明地蔵 −左手宝珠、右手如意
(4) 修羅−清浄無垢地蔵−左手宝珠、右手梵篋
(5) 人間−大清浄地蔵 −左手宝珠、右手施無畏
(6) 天上−大堅固地蔵 −左手宝珠、右手経冊

. Daikōmyō Jizō 大光明地蔵 Daikomyo Jizo .


. Rokudoo 六道 Rokudo Six Realms of Existence .
The World of Devas or Gods
The World of Asuras, Demigods, Titans, Fighting Demons
The World of Humans
The World of Animals
The World of Hungry Ghosts
The World of Hell

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Hats for Six Jizō, Popular Children’s Book
Kasa Jizō 笠地蔵 (Hatted Jizō or Jizō with Hat),
also known as Hibō Jizō 被帽地蔵) is an extremely popular fairy tale attributed to both Iwate and Fukushima prefectures. Below summary from the Japan Society. On New Year's Eve, a poor old man goes to the village, hoping to sell a piece of cloth his wife wove to make some money for the New Year's holiday. He meets a man who is trying to sell straw hats, and he exchanges the cloth with the man's five hats. On the way back home in the snow, the old man spots six stone statues of Jizō looking cold. The kind old man covers their heads with five straw hats and his own scarf. He returns home with empty hands but his wife is happy for what he has done. During the night of New Year's Eve, the six Jizō reward the couple for the their unselfish generosity.
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Six Jizo moving during the earthquake



On the morning after the strong earthquakes of March 11, felt here three times with a strength of about 6 within two hours, these six statues had changed their direction, from looking south, to about 90 degrees further toward the direction of the earthquake, toward Sakae-mura village 栄村.
The road and railway were disrupted and the 2000 villagers had to be evacuated.

The statues are about 70 cm high, made of stone.
The first Jizo, the leader, did not change his position, but the six others faced Sakae-Mura as if to protect the villagers from harm. And indeed, no casualities in the village.

Now they are venerated even more as protectors of the village.



The Six Earthquake Jizo Statues

. Japan - after the BIG earthquake 2011 .

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Rokutai - 六体童形地蔵像 Six Jizo as Children
鞍馬寺 Kurama Temple, Kyoto

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Edo Roku Jizo 江戸六地蔵 The Six Jizō Bosatsu of Edo
Erected by priest 地蔵坊正元 Jizobo Shogen.



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The Six Seated Statues of Jizo were constructed at the six gateways of Edo (the old name of Tokyo) in 1706 by the order by Shogen Jizobo in Fukagawa Edo with much donations by thousands people in Edo. While Shogen had prayed for recovery his diseases, he became well, then he ordered to construct the Jizos like Kyoto Roku Jizos (the six Jizos in Kyoto).

The caster, Fujiwara Masayoshi of Ota Suruga-no-kami in Kandanabe-cho constructed them. Their heights are about 270cm. First , they were built with gold (The second Jizo in Tozen-ji Temple was coated by Bengal), there are few marks on them. And there were some small seated statues of jizo and lists of the contributors in each Jizo. And also there are carved names on them and on their lotus pedestal, so the total of them were over 72,000.

Edo Roku Jizos stands in the six temples;
Shinagawa-ji in Shinagawa, Tozen-ji in Asakusa, Taiso-ji in Shinjyuku, Shinsho-ji in Sugamo, Reigan-ji in Shirakawa and Eitai-ji in Tomioka (The Jizo in Eitai-ji was stood near the second Torii in Tomioka Hchimangu, but Eitai-ji was ruined due to the anti-Buddhist movement in Meiji era 1868, so the Jizo was disappeared). Now the five Jizo of the six are designated by Tokyo Metropolitan Government as the tangible cultural properties.
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The Jizō monk Shōgen (正元 ), who lived in Fukagawa (深川 / ふかがわ), in today’s Kōtō district (江東区 / こうとうく), was plaqued by an incurable decease. But after he had prayed to a Jizō Bosatsu together with his parents in order to beseech healing, he was healed miraculously. Reason enough to see to it, that also Edo got what Kyōto already had: its “Six Jizō Bosatsu”. In 1706 Shōgen started to collect money for this purpose. He seems to have been rather successful with this task, as the statues were built in a very elaborate fashion and using costly material (copper).

In their original appearance they were even more gorgeous than today, as they were all gold plated. The caster Ōta Suruganokami Fujiwara Shōgi (太田駿河守藤原正儀 / おおたするがのかみふじわれらしょうぎ) (other sources speak of Ōta Suruganokami Masayoshi / 太田駿河守正義 / おおたするがのかみまさよし) in Kandanabe (神田鍋 / かんだなべ) in today’s Kanda district of Tōkyō (神田区 / かんだく) was commissioned. Within only 12 years six extraordinary copper statues were created. The first of which was already complete two years after Shōgen had started his fundraising. It goes without saying that also in those days people didn’t give money away in utter altruism. “Do good and be sure to make it known” … might have been the motto for some of the donors. In any case, all their names are incised in the statues. So, don’t be surprised if you find the Jizō covered by delicate inscriptions all over their surfaces.

The remaining statues of Jizō Bosatsu are all designated as cultural property of the city of Tōkyō, as they are rather lavish examples of copper statues (銅造地蔵菩薩坐像 / どうぞうじぞうぼさつざぞう) of the middle of the Edo era, and only very few other specimen of that kind exist dating back to those old days.

The temples housing the (originally) six statues were (and are still today) popular stations on a pilgrimage route through Edo, or Tōkyō respectively. So, let’s have a look at those six locations and their statues. And if you don’t visit them all in one long pilgrimage (and even without any religious ambition), take your time and have a look around in their neighbourhoods. I’ve included some hints you may tempt you to go further.

1st Jizō statue
The first of the six Jizō was erected in 1708 at the Honsen temple (品川寺 / ほんせんじ), a temple of the Daigo school of the Shingon Buddhism (真言宗醍醐派 / しんごんしゅうだいごは) in Minami Shinagawa (南品川 / みなみしながわ) in Tōkyō’s Shinagawa ward (品川区 / しながわく), just next to the old Tōkaidō highway(旧東海道 / きゅうとうかいどう).

2nd Jizō statue
Erected in 1710 at the Tōzen temple (東禅寺 / とうぜんじ), a temple of the Sōtō school of Zen Buddhism (曹洞宗 / そうとうしゅう) in Higashi Asakusa (東浅草 / ひがしあさくさ) in Tōkyō’s Taitō ward (台東区 / たいとうく) close to the Ōshū-Kaidō highway (奥州街道 / おうしゅうかいどう), that was founded in 1624 . . .

3rd Jizō statue
Erected in 1712 at the Taisō temple (太宗寺 / たいそうじ), a temple of the Jōdo school (浄土宗 / じょうどしゅう) in Shinjuku (新宿 / しんじゅく) in Tōkyō’s Shinjuku ward (新宿区 / しんじゅくく) next to the Kōshū-Kaidō highway (甲州街道 / こうしゅうかいどう). In this statue “the printed book of the brief history of the erection of the statues of Edo Six Jizōson” was found, based on which the story of these statues is being told today.
. 太宗寺 Taiso-Ji - Enmado 閻魔堂 .

4th Jizō statue
Erected in 1714 at the Shinshō temple (真性寺 / しんしょうじ), a temple of the Busan school of Shingon Buddhism (真言宗豊山派 / しんごんしゅうぶざんは) in Sugamo (巣鴨 / すがも) in Tōkyō’s Toshima ward (豊島区 / としまく), right next to the old Nakansendō highway (旧中山道 / きゅうなかせんどう).
. Gofunai - 医王山 Iozan 東光院 Toko-In 真性寺 Shinsho-Ji .

5th Jizō statue
Erected in 1717 at the Reigan temple (霊巌寺 / れいがんじ), a temple of the Jōdo school (浄土宗 / じょうどしゅう) in Shirakawa (白河 / しらかわ) in Tōkyō’s Kōtō ward (江東区 / こうとうく), at the Mito-Kaidō highway (水戸街道 / みとかいどう).

6th Jizō statue
Erected in 1720 at the Eitai temple (永代寺 / えいたいじ), a temple of the Kōya-san Shingon Buddhism (高野山真言宗 / こうやさんしんごんしゅう) in Tomioka (富岡 / とみおか) in Tōkyō’s Kōtō ward (江東区 / こうとうく), at the Chiba-Kaidō highway (千葉街道 / ちばかいどう).
. Gofunai - 永代寺 Eitai-Ji in Tomioka .

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江戸六地蔵(えどろくじぞう)は、
宝永から享保年間にかけて江戸市中の6箇所に造立された銅造地蔵菩薩坐像である。
- - - More in the WIKIPEDIA !

. Jizo pilgrimages in Japan .
Six Jizo of Edo - Erected by priest 地蔵坊正元 Jizobo Shogen.

. - - - Welcome to Edo 江戸 ! - - - .

. Kaido 日本の街道 The Ancient Roads of Japan .

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Kyoto Roku Jizo 京都六時増 Six Jizo in Kyoto
“Miyako no roku Jizo meguri”

. Seikooji, Seikō-Ji 星光寺 Temple Seiko-Ji .


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source : tyz-yokai.blog.jp/archives

Roku Jizo Yokai 妖怪 

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Alphabetical order of the prefectures :

....................................................................... Ehime 愛媛県  .......................................................................

喜多郡 Kita gun

reikon 霊魂

死人と血の濃い者が、霊魂を菩提寺へ連れて行くとて、溝を渡る時はそのことを告げ、橋を渡る際も同じように知らせる。寺に着けば持参の六道銭を一文づつ六地蔵尊に供え参り、霊魂は本尊の檀下の穴から裏面の位牌堂へ飛び越す。生前に善光寺に行ってない亡霊は葬式までに善光寺へお手判取りに行って戻る。

....................................................................... Fukushima 福島県  ...................................................................

Jizo and the Old Man
Once upon a time
there lived an old man and an old woman. The new year was just around the corner, so the old woman, with flaxen textiles she had woven by hand with heart and soul, said to the old man,
"The new year is coming closer. We'd better sell these textiles in Tadami and prepare for the new year. Would you go to Tadami to sell them?"
"All right," said the old man, and totteringly set out for Tadami in the rain, wearing a straw rain coat and a bamboo hat. In his hands were the textiles the old woman had woven.



- Read the end here:
. Minwa Jinja 民話神社 Minwa Shrine of Folk Tales .
Fukushima


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郡山市 Koriyama 湖南町 Konan village

地蔵さまの祟り The Curse of Jizo

地蔵様は六地蔵である。文政年間頃に地蔵様が邪魔になったので正福寺境内に移したところ熱病がはやった。もとの場所に戻すと熱病も治まった。


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いわき市 Iwaki

死人がでると檀那寺よりは十三仏の掛物、箱入りの六地蔵を持ってきて床にかけ安置する。しかし六地蔵を家の中にいれぬ処もある。優待してご馳走すれば始終六地蔵が出たがって村に死人が絶えないから虐待するのである。


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平田村 Hirata village

If a woman does not make offerings to the Roku Jizo, a stupid child will be born to her.
These children would go to the Roku Jizo and play "yarekarame やれからめ, tying their legs with the long hair they cut off.

....................................................................... Hyogo 兵庫県  .......................................................................

Sanjugonichime no mairi 三十五日目の山参り

餓鬼達が握り飯で争う間に極楽へ行く話

昔、兵庫県淡路島の辺りでは亡くなった人が遠い極楽へ向かい何日も旅をすると思われていた。貧しい百姓の長助も働きづめだった父親を亡くしたばかりで深く悲しんでいたが、長助の叔父は極楽に着けば生きていた時よりも幸せに暮らせるだろうと長助を慰めた。

叔父に励まされ長助は安心して畑仕事に打ち込めるようになったが、ある夜長助の枕元に極楽に旅立ったはずの父親が現れる。父親は極楽への道を歩いていたのだが、歩き続けてから三十五日目頃にようやく極楽が見えたかと思うと、恐ろしい餓鬼(飢えと乾きに苦しむ亡者)達が食い物をせがみ襲ってくるので引き返してきたのだという。

極楽に辿り着くには餓鬼達の腹を満たすしかないと父親が言うので、早速長助は十三個の握り飯を作ったが霊となった父親にはこの世の物は渡せない。しかし父親が東山寺(とうざんじ)の裏山があの世とこの世に通じている事を思い出し、長助は大急ぎで東山寺に来ると閻魔堂に四つ、六地蔵に六つの握り飯を供え父親の無事を祈った。

そうして長助はいよいよ東山寺の裏山へ上ったが、ここが餓鬼達のいる難所に通じていると思うと恐ろしくなり、長助は後ろ向きになって残り三つの握り飯を坂へ転がした。三つの握り飯は長い坂を転がると、やがて餓鬼達の前に落ちてきた。すると餓鬼達が握り飯の奪い合いを始めたため、その隙に父親は餓鬼達の前を通り抜け無事極楽へ行く事ができたのであった。

長助がこの出来事を叔父に話すと、叔父もそれはぜひ村人達にも伝えるべきだと喜んだ。この事があってから淡路島では三十五日目の法要の際、親戚一同で寺にお参りした後持ってきた十三個の握り飯のうち四つは閻魔堂に、六つは六地蔵に、残った三つは紙に包んで東山寺の裏山から後ろ向きに転がし、振り返らずに帰る習わしとなった。この三つの握り飯を餓鬼達が追いかけているうちに、亡くなった人達は無事この難所を通り抜ける事ができると言われている。


....................................................................... Ibaraki 茨城県  .......................................................................

水戸市 Mito town

Once one of the Roku Jizo went out to enjoy himself at night and did not come back.
So the villagers built a new one and placed it beside the 5 others.
But then - two years later, the old statue was back in its place - Jizo had come back.


....................................................................... Kyoto 京都府  .......................................................................


oonyuudoo 大入道 O-Nyudo Monster

Near the Roku Jizo crossing on the road to Nara there lived a Tanuki.
A villager tells the story of his boyhood, when he passed that road at night. There he met the monster O-Nyudo with the long neck. He was so afraid, he ran home all the way.



. Oonyuudoo 大入道 O-Nyudo Monster .


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

佐久市 Saku town

六反田にある。江戸時代,悪疫が流行った時,領主祢津の殿様がこの六地蔵を江戸に運ばせて,霊験によって悪疫の蔓延を阻んだという。江戸に運ぶときには大変重くて碓氷峠を越えるのに苦労したが,帰りには実に軽くなって容易に超えられた。


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

O-Roku Jizo お六地蔵 The Venerable Roku Jizo

At the beginning of the Bon Dance in Autumn there appeared a beautiful girl which sang with a wonderful voice.
When the villagers followed her on the way home, she disappeared at the crossroads with the Roku Jizo.
She never came back for the Bon Dance and the villagers were sorry they had disturbed her incognito.

....................................................................... Shimane  島根県 .......................................................................

飯石郡 Iishi gun

昔、金原から大志戸へ向かう街道を馬に乗った1人の侍がいた。ちょうど大志戸の入口付近にある六地蔵(円柱の石に六地蔵を彫っている)の前を通りかかったところ、地蔵の力で落馬してしまったので、侍は怒って刀で六地蔵を縦に3つに切ってしまった。道路拡張のため、今は観音像とともに大志戸の入口付近の道の脇に祭っている。
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大正時代に奥明地区の徳島さんがリューマチにかかった。そこで家の前に六地蔵を置いたところ、よくなったという。


....................................................................... Tochigi 栃木県  .......................................................................

宇都宮市 Utsunomiya town

Oshidori 鴛鴦 A good couple

大町に六面に六地蔵を彫った五重の石塔があり、鴛鴦塚という。昔この辺りに猟師がいて、求食川上流の求食沼で、雄の鴛鴦を射止めて首を切り、体だけを持ち帰った。翌日同所で雌鳥を射止めると、その翼の下に雄鳥の首を抱いていた。之を見た猟師は発心し、本宮寺に入り、求食川の河畔に草堂を結び、鴛鴦夫婦の塚を設け、冥福を祈ったという。


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東牟婁郡 北山村 Kitayama village

bakemono 化け物 a monster

昔、六地蔵の下に小判などの秘宝があり、他の土地からきた人が、その小判を掘り返して盗んだために、そこには化け物が出るという話である。


....................................................................... Yamagata 山形県  ...................................................................

中津川村 Nakatsugawa village

Rokubu 六部
ある家に六部が泊った。金を持っていたので細引きで絞め殺した。六部は「この家を絶やして六地蔵にしてやる」と言った。一時栄えたが、はたしてやがて絶えた。

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『くろにゃん』 猫の雑貨&ぬいぐるみの店


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Sechs Jizo-Statuen an Wegkreuzungen

Nach dem Tode gehen die Seelen der Menschen einen der sechs Wege (rokudoo) zu einem der sechs Existenzbereiche, in dem jeweils auch eine Kannon-Figur zu ihrer Errettung wartet: Welt der Götter (Wunscherfüllende Kannon), Welt der Menschen (Reineits-Kannon), Welt der Dämonen (Elfköpfige Kannon), Welt der Tiere (Pferdeköpfige Kannon), Welt der hungrigen Totengeister (Tausendarmige Kannon) und Welt der Höllenbewohner (Heilige Kannon). Die sechs Jizoos führen aus diesen sechs Bereichen zum Paradies. Besonders häufig in der Joodo-Sekte.

Häufig als sechs einzelne Steinfiguren mit roten Lätzchen und Mützchen an Wegkreuzungen oder am Eingang eines Friedhofes. Ganz selten sechs Figuren auf einem Stein, entweder je eine auf einem sechseckigen Stein oder auf drei Flächen jeweils zwei Figuren. Dabei unten die Reliefs der Jizoo-Statuen und oben eine Öffnung zum Einstellen einer Lampe, wie bei einer Steinlaterne (juusei rokumentoo) oder mit einer einfachen schirmförmigen Abdeckung (tansei rokumentoo).

Es gibt auch sechs Jizoo-Statuen in sechs verschiedenen Tempeln, z.B. in Kyooto an den ehemaligen sechs großen Verkehrswegen der Stadt während der Edo-Zeit.
Sehr selten als sechs Holzstatuen.

Die sechs Jizoo-Statuen nach Ashida:
Yotenga Welt der Götter (ten); Juwel.
Hookon Welt der Menschen (jin); langer Pilgerstab.
Kongoogan Welt der Hölle (jigoku); Banner der Hölle.
Kongoohoo Welt der Hungergeister (gaki); Juwel.
Kongootoo Welt der kämpfenden Dämonen (ashura); Banner der Hölle.
Kongoohi Welt der wilden Tiere (chikushoo); langer Pilgerstab.

Die sechs Jizoo-Statuen nach Tanaka:
Jizoo Bereich Linke Hand Rechte Hand
Daijoochihi Hölle langer Pilgerstab Juwel
Daitokuseijoo Geister Juwel Wunschgewährung
Daikoomyoo Tiere Juwel Wunscherfüllendes Juwel Seijoomuku Dämonen Juwel Sutraschatulle
Daiseijoo Menschen Juwel Fürchtet Euch nicht!
Daikengo Götter Juwel Sutrarolle

Nach einer anderen Version werden sie als Bosatsu bezeichnet:
Jizoo Bosatsu, Hooshuu Bosatsu, Hoosho Bosatsu, Hooinshu Bosatsu, Jichi Bosatsu und Kengoi Bosatsu.

Andere Versionen mit gefalteten Händen, Rosenkranz, Pilgerstab (mit zwei Köpfen (jintoojoo) oder mit einem Drachenkopf) und wunscherfüllendes Juwel, Baldachin, Räucherbecken oder einer Gebetsfahne kommen ebenfalls vor.

Gabi Greve

. Sechs Jizo-Statuen an Wegkreuzungen .

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yokai database 妖怪データベース - 17
- source : www.nichibun.ac.jp

manga nihon mukashibanashi
丈六地蔵
旧正月の大福もち
三十五日目の山参り
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Roku Jizo and Seven Daruma


source : solitary journey

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六地蔵青野の端で暮れてゐる
roku jizoo aono no hate de kurete iru

six Jizo
at the end of a wild plain
in evening dusk . . .


小宅容義 Oyake Yasuyoshi

. natsuno 夏野 plains in summer, wild fields in summer .
aono 青野(あおの) green plains
uzukino 卯月野(うづきの)
satsukino 五月野(さつきの)plains in the fifth lunar month (in the rainy season)
no, nohara 野原 refers not the the planted fields, but to wild fields and plains, sometimes also translated as moors.
- kigo for all summer -

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冬うらら背丈のそろふ六地蔵
fuyu urara setake no sorou roku jizoo

bright winter day -
the hight of the six Jizo
all the same


みぞうえ綾 Mizoue Aya

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六地蔵の一体目深に夏帽載せ
北野民夫

赤とんぼ集めてをりぬ六地蔵
知崎浩子

三叉路に六地蔵立つ落し水
千原満恵



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. Pilgrimages to Jizo Bosatsu 地蔵菩薩 - 地蔵霊場 Jizo Reijo .

. Legends about Jizo Bosatsu - 地蔵菩薩 .




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. Rokudoo Chinnooji 六道珍皇寺 Rokudo Chinno-Ji .
Kyoto
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Ono no Takamura (小野 篁. 小野篁) also known as
Sangi no Takamura 参議篁, Sangi no Takamura (802 – February 3, 853)

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. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and Talismans .

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Nr. 14 Ominesan - 大峰山 蓮正院


. 津軽弘法大師霊場 - Tsugaru Kobo Daishi Reijo
Pilgrimage to 23 Kobo Daishi temples in Tsugaru .
 

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北津軽郡板柳町石野宮本75 / Miyamoto-75 Ishino, Itayanagi-machi, Kitatsugaru-gun

The main statue is Fudo Myo-O.

The origin of this temple is not well documented.
Its first name was probably Hooryuu-in 法隆院 Horyu-In, renamed to 寿円山蓮正院 Rensho-In around 1800.
It was under the protection of temple 大行院 Daigyo-In in Hirosaki.

According to old scriptures, the statue of Fudo Myo-O had been removed from as Fudo-In temple in Noto 能登国石動山不動院 on request of Daimyo Maeda Toshiie 前田利家 with the wish to prevent fire in the region (in 1572).

Another legend tells of a samurai after loosing the battle of Sekigahara in 1600, who took on robes of a yamabushi and came here. He donated a horagai 法螺貝 ritual conch and a long but nameless sword (一尺一寸二分、無銘)


- Chant of the temple
かかる世に 望みをつなぐ 蓮正院 南無や大師の 深きこころに
似非笑う 人もあるらん 濁り世に 不動利剣の 利益知らせん



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Dragon on the temple ceiling - 蓮正院本堂天井雲龍図







- - - - - Homepage of the temple
- source : kouboudaishi.main.jp


- Member of other pilgrimages in the region




. Tsugaru Shichifukujin 津軽七福神 Seven Gods of Good Luck - 弁財天 Benzaiten .

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- - - - - Yearly Festivals 年中行事

August 27/28
Great fire ritual - walking through the embers - Hiwatari

8月27日 夏季例大祭柴燈護摩供、前夜祭 night before the festival
8月28日 夏季例大祭柴燈護摩供、火渡り hiwatari
(5年毎に火生三昧修行)every five years

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. 津軽弘法大師霊場 - Tsugaru Kobo Daishi Reijo
Pilgrimage to 23 Kobo Daishi temples in Tsugaru .
 

. Pilgrimages to Fudo Temples 不動明王巡礼
Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Introduction .
 

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. Kobo Daishi Kukai 弘法大師 空海 . (774 - 835) .

. Narita Fudo 成田不動尊 .
Temple Shinshooji 新勝寺 Shinsho-Ji

. Fudo Myo-O at Mount Koyasan 高野山の明王像 .

. Tsugaru Shichifukujin 津軽七福神 Seven Gods of Good Luck .

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. 東北三十六不動尊霊場 - 36 Fudo Temples in Tohoku .  


. Pilgrimage to 18 Shingon Temples .
The 18 Head Temples of Shingon School have a very long history.

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. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and talismans from Japan . 

. Japanese Temples - ABC list - .

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. Japan - after the BIG earthquake .
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2014/08/02

Rokkakudo Kyoto

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Rokkakudoo 六角堂 Rokkaku-Do, Rokkakudo


聖徳太子堂 /  親鸞堂 /  一言願い地蔵 /  へそ石
source and more photos : tempsera.at.webry.info

京都府京都市 中京区六角町東洞院西入堂之前248

Choohooji 頂法寺 Choho-Ji


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Ikenobo and the Rokkakudo Temple
The Rokkakudo Temple is located southeast of the intersection of Karasuma and Sanjo streets in central Kyoto, and is formally known as Shiunzan Chohoji. The name rokkaku refers to the hexagonal shape of the temple (do). The Rokkakudo was founded by Prince Shotoku to enshrine Nyoirin Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy.

Near a pond (ike) where Prince Shotoku bathed, the small hut (bo) of succeeding generations of Buddhist priests gave rise to the name Ikenobo . The Rokkakudo is the site of the birth and development of ikebana. The custom of appreciating flowers in a vase probably dates back almost to the birth of the human race. Involved in this custom is the human characteristic of loving and adoring the beautiful. In this regard, there is no difference between East and West.
In Japan, however, arranging flowers has been carefully considered as the art form and, indeed, way of life called kado (ka, flower; do, way or path).

Ikenobo Headquarters Rokkakudo Temple, Kyoto, Japan


The custom of placing flowers on an altar began when Buddhism was introduced to Japan by way of Korea in about 538 A.D. In the Heian period (794-1192), apart from altar offerings, the practice of enjoying flowers arranged beautifully in a vase also became popular. Poems, novels and essays of the time contain many passages which describe nature, and which also mention the appreciation of flowers in a vase. Especially in the Kokin Wakashu ( The Anthology of Waka compiled by Imperial Order , early 10th century), Genji Monogatari ( The Story of Hikaru Genji , 11th century), and Makura no Soshi ( Essays by Seishonagon , 11th century), we find many vivid descriptions of members of the aristocracy both viewing and enjoying the arrangement of flowers.

In the Kamakura period (1192-1333), samurai (the elite warrior class) seized governing power from the aristocrats, a development which brought about great changes in Japanese society as a whole. The shoin-zukuri style of architecture first appeared at this time. The tokonoma (a small, sacred alcove at the side or end of the zashiki, a room for receiving guests) is a part of this architectural style. Earlier customs of arranging flowers in a vase for use as decoration on a table or in a corner of the room may well be said to have brought about the invention of the tokonoma.
- source : www.ikenobo.jp/english

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Rokkakudo is a Buddhist temple, and is located about 0.4 km south of Karasuma-Oike intersection.
The position is roughly in the center of central Kyoto, so the narrow temple grounds are surrounded with high buildings.



"Rokkakudo" means "Hexagonal temple". literally, the shape of main temple is hexagonal.


An ancient book says that this temple was founded in 587 by Prince Shotoku who established a political system for the first time in Japan.
But some historians say that it was founded around the 10th or 11th century.
It is not exactly sure when this temple was founded.

Main temple has double hexagonal roofs, and the shape is complex in structure. It was rebuilt in 1877.
There are three Buddha statues in the temple, but we cannot enter the temple and must worship in front of the temple.

This temple was managed by the priests of Ikenobo Family since ancient times.
They had had a custom to place flowers by the Buddha statues.
For a long time, they had created a method how to arrange flowers artistically.
Now, Ikenobo is well-known as the master of Japanese flower arrangement.
There is the building of headquarters of Ikenobo next to this temple.

In the temple grounds, there is a stone called "Heso-ishi". It means "bellybutton stone".
It is said that it was the foundation stone of the original temple.
Because this temple existed before the transfer of the national capital to Kyoto in 794, it has been said that the position is the center of Kyoto.
So this stone has such nickname.
- source : www.travel-around-japan.com


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In front of the main hall of the temple is a hexagonal stone, known as the Navel Stone, which is believed the mark the center of Kyoto.



heso ishi へそ石 navel stone

- source : kyotoyear.wordpress.com


a store selling
Hesoishi Mochi ヘソ石餅 "navel stone rice cakes"




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. mochi 餅 rice cakes .

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Fudo Myo-O Hall at Rokkakudo

- source : kyotoyear.wordpress.com

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source : ameblo.jp/japo-rhythm




... Fudo Myo-o has to endure being caged in because of the many pigeons that inhabit the temple precincts (and are none too particular about their droppings). Nonetheless the Fudo Myo-o has a wonderful view of the six-sided temple, supposedly founded by Shotoku Taishi
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. Fudō Myō-ō, Fudoo Myoo-Oo 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O
Acala Vidyârâja - Vidyaraja - Fudo Myoo .


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source : facebook

hana no Jizoo 花の地蔵
Jizo holding flowers, with the byakugo  (the third, all seeing eye)

. Jizo Bosatsu (Kshitigarbha) 地蔵菩薩 .

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六角堂の一柱に倚る夏帽子
Rokkakudoo no itchuu ni yoru natsu booshi

at the Rokkakudo hall
a summer hat leans
on a pillar . . .


Nakajima Hideko 中嶋秀子 (1936 - )

. WKD : summer hat, natsu booshi 夏帽子 .


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. Pilgrimages to Fudo Temples 不動明王巡礼
Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Fudo Pilgrims - INTRODUCTION .



. Japan - Shrines and Temples - ABC .


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2014/07/17

Ryosenji Nara

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Ryoosenji, Ryōsen-ji 霊山寺 Ryosen-Ji
大和國 登美山鼻高 霊山寺


3873 Nakamachi, Nara - 奈良県奈良市中町3879


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Founded in the eighth century, the Hondō is a National Treasure and a number of other buildings and temple treasures have been designated Important Cultural Properties.

In the late seventh century Ono no Tobito erected a set of public baths on Mount Tomi 登美山 outside Nara and enshrined an image of Yakushi. In 734 Emperor Shōmu instructed Gyōki to erect a hall on the site, and two years later the Indian monk Bodhisena, noticing a resemblance to the Vulture Peak, founded the Ryōsen-ji.


Three storey pagoda 三重塔(重文) (1356), hinoki bark roof

The Hondō was rebuilt in 1283. Toyotomi Hideyoshi granted the temple lands valued at a hundred koku. In the Meiji period many of the monk's quarters were abandoned and over two hundred images were burned. Restored in 1940, the temple has been revived.

Jūrokusho Jinja (十六所神社) Jurokusho Jinja
is now an independent shrine, but before the Meiji period served Ryōsen-ji in a tutelary capacity. The Honden (1384) and subordinate Sumiyoshi Jinja Honden and Ryūō Jinja Honden (both 1386) have been designated Important Cultural Properties.
- source : wikipedia





. Gyoki Bosatsu 行基菩薩 and Bodhisena 菩提僊那 .
(668-749 AD) Gyōki - (704 - 760) Bodaisenna

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The great bell in the bell tower makes a sound reminding of the Buddhist Jodo Paradise. Visitors must ring it three times and listen to the reveberating sound of wisdom of the bell, considering life, death and re-birth and also peace in the world.

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Yakushi Yudono 薬師湯殿 The Yakushi Bath Hall



In 672 Ono no Tobito 小野富人, son of the famous Ono no Imoko 小野妹子 and now also called 鼻高仙人 Biko Sennin, took refuge on Mount Tomi 登美山 and planted a garden full of herbs to put in the water. He then erected a set of public baths and enshrined an image of Yakushi Nyorai. Many people from the villages around came here to heal their diseases and take a rest. In 1982 the hall was rebuild in its present form and open to the public.


. . Yakushi Nyorai, the Buddha of Medicine 薬師如来 . .


. byooki heiyu 病気平癒 healing a disease .


. Ono no Imoko 小野妹子 .


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The famous rose garden バラ庭園 - designed by the previous head priest in 1975 for visitors to relax and get refreshed and with the wish for peace in the world.
It relates to the circle of life. The first part considers the Mother-Child connection with red, light-colored roses. Up a few steps is a fountain, the symbol of the circle of birth and re-birth. In the back is a terasse to enjoy some tea.
Best visited from mid-May till mid-June or mid-October till mid-November

バラ園に詣でるなんて旬の技

making a pilgrimage
to the rose garden -
treat of the season


Gabi Greve, July 2014

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- Homepage of the temple
- source : www.ryosenji.jp




Godai Myo-O 五大明王尊像
(不動明王・大威徳明王・金剛薬叉明王・軍茶利明王・降三世明王)





source : www.taleofgenji.org
At the graveyard are 12 statues of the protector deities for each of the 12 zodiac animal and people born in that year. Fudo Myo-O is one of them.

. Fudō Myō-ō, Fudoo Myoo-Oo 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O
Acala Vidyârâja - Vidyaraja .




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A torii 鳥居は神門 entrance gate to a Shinto shrine, here for the Benzaiten 辯財天 sanctuary, 弁天堂 Benten-Do

Every spring on the 17th of April, a great fire ritual is held in front of the hall, to honor Fudo Myo-O, who is located in the sub-temple 東光院 Toko-In within the compound. Benten here is said to please Fudo Myo-O with this fire ritual.




. Benten, Benzaiten 弁天 弁財天 .


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. Pilgrimages to Fudo Temples 不動明王巡礼
Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Fudo Pilgrims - INTRODUCTION .



. Japan - Shrines and Temples - ABC .


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