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2014/10/28

ubazakura Taiho-Ji

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Ubazakura うば桜 / 姥桜 Cherry-tree of the Milk-Nurse

KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

. Lafcadio Hearn, Koizumi Yakumo 小泉八雲 .
(1850-1904) (Koizumi Yagumo)
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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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UBAZAKURA
Three hundred years ago, in the village called Asamimura, in the district called Onsengori, in the province of Iyô, there lived a good man named Tokubei. This Tokubei was the richest person in the district, and the muraosa, or headman, of the village. In most matters he was fortunate; but he reached the age of forty without knowing the happiness of becoming a father. Therefore he and his wife, in the affliction of their childlessness, addressed many prayers to the divinity Fudô Myô Ô, who had a famous temple, called Saihôji, in Asamimura.

At last their prayers were heard: the wife of Tokubei gave birth to a daughter. The child was very pretty; and she received the name of Tsuyu 露. As the mother's milk was deficient, a milk-nurse, called O-Sodé お袖, was hired for the little one.

O-Tsuyu grew up to be a very beautiful girl; but at the age of fifteen she fell sick, and the doctors thought that she was going to die. In that time the nurse O-Sodé , who loved O-Tsuyu with a real mother's love, went to the temple Saihôji, and fervently prayed to Fudô-Sama on behalf of the girl. Every day, for twenty-one days, she went to the temple and prayed; and at the end of that time, O-Tsuyu suddenly and completely recovered.

Then there was great rejoicing in the house of Tokubei; and he gave a feast to all his friends in celebration of the happy event. But on the night of the feast the nurse O-Sodé was suddenly taken ill; and on the following morning, the doctor, who had been summoned to attend her, announced that she was dying.

Then the family, in great sorrow, gathered about her bed, to bid her farewell. But she said to them:

"It is time that I should tell you something which you do not know. My prayer has been heard.
I besought Fudô-Sama that I might be permitted to die in the place of O-Tsuyu
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and this great favor has been granted me. Therefore you must not grieve about my death.... But I have one request to make. I promised Fudô-Sama that I would have a cherry-tree planted in the garden of Saihôji, for a thank-offering and a commemoration. Now I shall not be able myself to plant the tree there: so I must beg that you will fulfill that vow for me .... Good-bye, dear friends; and remember that I was happy to die for O-Tsuyu's sake."


source : www.cosmoclear.jp

After the funeral of O-Sodé, a young cherry-tree,-- the finest that could be found,-- was planted in the garden of Saihôji by the parents of O-Tsuyu. The tree grew and flourished; and on the sixteenth day of the second month of the following year,-- the anniversary of O-Sodé's death,-- it blossomed in a wonderful way.
So it continued to blossom for two hundred and fifty-four years,--always upon the sixteenth day of the second month;--and its flowers, pink and white, were like the nipples of a woman's breasts, bedewed with milk.
And the people called it Ubazakura, the Cherry-tree of the Milk-Nurse.
- source : www.gutenberg.org


This Japanese version tells of a prayer to Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 Buddha of Medicine, at the temple Taiho-Ji in Matsuyama.

角木長者伝説とも呼ばれる。
その昔、この地に角木長者と呼ばれる豪族がいた。彼は子宝に恵まれなかった。薬師如来に祈りを捧げたところ娘が生まれた。娘の名を「露」と名付けた。露には「お袖」という名の乳母を雇い大切に育てた。お袖の乳の出が悪くなり、再び薬師如来に祈ると乳が出るようになった。そこで、お礼にお堂を建立した。これが大宝寺の始まりという。

露は15歳になった時に重病にかかった。お袖は自分の命と引き替えに露を助けて欲しいと薬師如来に祈った。すると露の病気は平癒した。その祝いの席でお袖は病に倒れた。お薬師様との約束と言って、お袖は薬も飲まず治療を拒み、とうとう亡くなった。亡くなる直前に「お薬師様へのお礼に桜の木を植えて下さい。」と言い残した。長者は約束どおりお堂の前に桜の木を植えた。その桜は枝が伸びないうちから幹に2~3輪の花が咲いた。その花はお袖の乳房のような形で、母乳のような色であったという。その後、母乳の出が悪い女性が参拝に訪れるようになった。

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Taihooji 大宝寺 Taiho-Ji


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愛媛県松山市南江戸5-10-1 / 5 Chome-10-1 Minamiedo, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime



source : sji.mints.ne.jp

The main statue is Amida Nyorai 木造阿弥陀如来坐像.

The temple has been founded in 701 by a noble family, 小千(越智)伊予守玉興.



- Homepage of the temple
- source : www.kokuhoworld.com


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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 .



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At the time of Basho, ubazakura was a kind of yaezakura 八重桜 or 避寒桜 / higanzakura 川岸桜. It blooms early when the tree has no leaves yet 葉無し (ha nashi), a pun with 歯なし, no teeth, like an old woman.


source : blog.goo.ne.jp/zonbi116

姥桜咲くや老後の思い出
ubazakura saku ya roogo no omoi-ide

the old-lady cherry
in bloom: a remembrance
of her old age

Tr. Barnhill

Basho age 21.
. Matsuo Basho Archives 松尾芭蕉 .

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うしろから支へ柱や姥桜
ushiro kara sasaebashira ya ubazakura

the pillar supporting it
from behind -
this Ubazakura tree

Tr. Gabi Greve

十三の年より咲て姥桜

我知らじ老いたるをこそ姥桜

花守は妻こそなけれ姥桜


From his haiku collection called 姥桜.
. Masaoka Shiki 正岡子規 in Matsuyama 松山 .

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このわたや遠方に散る姥桜
増田まさみ

万木皆姥桜なり帰り花
板東太郎

花散りぬこれを名づけて姥桜
尚白母

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source : ilove.manabi-ehime.jp

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. Saihoo-Ji 西方寺 Saiho-Ji in Nagano .
"Temple in the Western Direction"


. 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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2014/10/25

Unpenji Henro 66

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. Shikoku Henro Temple List .
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Unpenji 雲辺寺 Unpen-Ji

. 四国お遍路さん Henro Pilgrims in Shikoku . - General Information -

From here starts the last part of the Pilgrimage.

涅槃の道場 -- nehan entering Nirwana
- 讃岐(香川) Kagawa Sanuki 23 temples


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Nr. 66 - Unpenji 雲辺寺 Unpen-Ji
- 巨鼇山 Kyogozan 千手院 Senju-In 雲辺寺 Unpen-Ji

徳島県三好市池田町白地ノロウチ763-2 / Norōchi-763-2 Ikedachō Hakuchi, Miyoshi-shi, Tokushima



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Kōbō Daishi enshrined a Buddhist relic here in 790 and then returned at a later date, founded the temple, and carved the honzon. The temple was dedicated by Emperor Kameyama when he came here and planted a ginko tree which bears a Sanskrit inscription and which has since enshrined the hair from his head.

In the late 16th century, Chōsokabe Motochika climbed to the temple and was inspired enough by the grandeur that he decided to try and conquer and control the three provinces of Awa, Iyo, and Sanuki. The temple priest tried to talk him out of it and, even though Chōsokabe refused to take his advice, his forthrightness and willingness to speak may have been the reason that the temple complex wasn't burned down like so many others on the island. At one time the temple had seven shrines, twelve affiliated halls, and eight branch temples.

This temple is at the highest elevation of all pilgrimage temples (3060 ft; 911 m) but there is a ropeway to the top for those that need it. The mountain sits on the corner of three provinces, and as strange as it seems, this first temple listed as being in Kagawa Prefecture is actually in Tokushima Prefecture.

There are also other statues of Kannon and Fudō, which are both National Treasures.
- source : www.shikokuhenrotrail.com


- Chant of the temple
はるばると雲のほとりの寺に来て月日を今は麓にぞ見る
Harubaru to kumo no hotori no tera ni kite tsukihi o ima wa fumoto ni zo miru




More than 1000 statues of Rakan on the road - 千人羅漢


朱印 stamp of the temple









- HP of the temple
- reference source : 88shikokuhenro.jp/kagawa -

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



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


The Five Great Wisdom Kings, Godai Myo-O - 五大明王
. The Five Great Elements of the Universe - 地水火風空の五大 .

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- Two short Haiku Henro Trips, Summer 2005


. 四国お遍路さん Pilgrims in Shikoku . - General Information

Koya San in Wakayama

Kobo Daishi Kukai 弘法大師 空海
(Kooboo Daishi, Kuukai )

Haiku and Henro:
.... . The Haiku Henro Pilgrimage  

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. Japan - Shrines and Temples - ABC .


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2014/10/20

Udono Stone Buddhas

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Udono Stone Buddhas

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鵜殿石仏群 The Udono Sekibutsu
are images of Buddha that were carved into the stone walls of a cave located in Karatsu City Saga Pref. According to the ancient record of Byodoji Temple, which used to be located inside the cave, Kobo Daishi Kukai visited this place on his way from China back to Kyoto in 806. Deeply impressed by the holy atmosphere of this place, Kukai carved the three images of Amida, Shaka Norai (Gautama Buddha), and Kannon in the central part of the wall.



The images Kukai carved do not remain now; however, there are about 60 images of Buddha such as the Eleven Headed Kannon, Tamonten, and Jikokuten. These three images are considered to have been made in around the Nanbokucho period (1336-1392), and others up to the Edo period. Each image of Buddha shows powerful expression on its face, which reminds us of the flourishing Buddhism culture at the time.
- source : nippon-kichi.jp


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鵜殿の石仏群(唐津市相知町)
鵜殿(うどの)の石仏群は、唐津市相知(おうち)町鵜殿窟(うどのいわや)と称される断層岩壁に彫刻された磨崖仏(まがいぶつ)群。もともとは大きな洞窟であり、かつてはその中に平等寺が建立されていたそうです。お寺は焼失し、今では石壁だけとなりました。文禄3(1594)年に著された「鵜殿山平等院略縁起」によると、この石仏は空海(くうかい)が「漢土の霊窟にも劣るまじき法地なり」と彫刻したことがはじまりとされています。
唐からの帰途ここに立ち寄り、弥陀(みだ)、釈迦(しゃか)、観音の3体を彫ったとのことです。残念ながらこの3体は現存せず、その真偽はわかりませんが、ここが真言密教の信仰の場であったこは間違いないようです。最古の石仏は石仏群の中心となる十一面観音とその両脇の多聞天(たもんてん)と持国天(じこくてん)。その作風から南北朝時代のものと推定されています。その他、大日如来、不動明王など、総数は58体。南北朝時代から江戸時代にかけてのもの。勇壮な石仏群は当時の、松浦武将の心のよりどころ、文化の華だったとも言われています。また、ギリシャやインド地方の影響があるともいわれています。
- source : www.asobo-saga.jp


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Fudō Myō-ō at the site of the Udono Stone Buddhas in Ouchi Town, Karatsu City, Saga





- source : Bradford Pomeroy - facebook


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





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. Karatsuyaki 唐津焼  Karatsu Pottery .


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



Kobo Daishi Kukai 弘法大師 空海


. Japan - Shrines and Temples - ABC .


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2013/02/04

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. Ubazakura うば桜 / 姥桜 Cherry-tree of the Milk-Nurse .

KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of Strange Things / by Lafcadio Hearn, Koizumi Yakumo 小泉八雲 .
at temple Taihoji 大宝寺 Taiho-Ji, Matsuyama, Ehime


. Udono Sekibutsu 鵜殿石仏群 Udono Stone Buddhas . - Karatsu, Saga

. 雲伝神道 Unden Shinto / 葛城神道 Katsuragi Shinto .
Jiun Onkoo 慈雲飲光 Priest Jiun Onko (1718 – 1804/1805)
Jiun held that no distinction existed between Shinto and esoteric Buddhism.


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