2014/03/12

Hosen-Ji Tokyo

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Hoosenji 宝仙寺 / 豊仙寺 Hosen-Ji
Nakano Fudo Son 中野不動尊
- 明王山 Myoozan  聖無動院 Shomudo-In 宝仙寺 Hosen-Ji
東京都中野区中央2-33-3 - 2 Chome-33-3 Chūō, Nakano ward
Shingon Sect : 豊山派

The large temple has a history of more than 1000 years and many famous people found their final rest in its cemetery.
The founder is Minamoto no Yoshiie 源義家 (1039 - 1106) and the temple is now dedicated to Kobo Daishi Kukai.
Yoshiie was on his way to war in the Tohoku region when he passed here and wanted a place for his personal protector statue of Fudo Myo-O.
He had a revelation from the local deity 稲荷大明神 Inari Daimyojin, who gave him a 宝中之仙 magic jewel and told him:
この珠は希世之珍 宝中之仙である是を以って鎭となさば 則ち武運長久 法燈永く明かならん.
The deity then changed into a white fox and disappeared.
This is the origin of the name of this temple.

. Minamoto no Yoshiie Hachimantaro 源八幡太郎義家 . - (1039 - 1106)

At the Setsubun festival on February 2 it has a special parade of monk-soldiers 僧兵行列.

Its main statue is a 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O made by Rooben 良弁 Roben, but the statue is not shown.
In front of its sanctuary is a Fudo statue carved by 願行上人 Gangyo Shonin (of the Kamakura period).


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The famous pagoda, one of the six pagodas of Edo. Built originaly in 1636.
It was lost during the war but has been rebuild in 1992. Inside are five statues of the Taizokai Mandala 胎蔵界五仏.

. Rooben Soojoo 良弁僧正 Roben Sojo (689 - 773) .


The temple was destroyed during WWII. All the buildings are new.
The 大師堂 Daishido Hall was built by 丸井元会長の青井忠治 the former president of Marui company,
青井忠治 Aoi Chuji (1904 - 1975).

The temple is related to 和田村八幡 Wadamura Hachimangu (大宮八幡神社 Omiya Hachiman Jinja).

In 1927, the high priest Tomita 富田大僧正 (in the 50th generation of abbots of this temple) founded the school
宝仙学園 Hosen gakuen for Buddhist studies.
Hosen Gakuen Tanki Daigaku 宝仙学園短期大学 Hosen Gakuen College was was established in 1951, and closed in 2010.

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stamp from the Kanto Fudo Pilgrimage

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- ご詠歌 - chant of the temple 焼山寺Shosan-Ji in Shikoku :
後の世を思えば恭敬焼山寺 死出や三途の難所ありとも
Nochi no yo o omoeba kugyoo Shoosanji shide ya sanzu no nansho ari to mo


. Shoosanji 焼山寺 Shosan-Ji, Shozan-Ji, Shikoku .

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- 朱印 - stamp of the temple :


from the Gofunai pilgrimage

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Famous for its "miokuri Jizo" 見送り地蔵 Jizo looking back
to make sure no one is left behind on the way to paradise.


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. Jizoo Bosatsu (Kshitigarbha) 地蔵菩薩 Jizo .


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In the compound is also a mound with old used stone mortars.
ishiusu zuka 石臼塚

During the Edo period, many water wheels with stone mortars were installed along the river Kandagawa to make buckwheat flour, but with the introduction of electricity in our modern times, they were just left by the roadside. The head priest of the temple took pity on them and erected this mound in their honor.



. usu 臼 different types of mortars, grinders and handmills .

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- - - HP of the temple:
- source : www.housen.org/info

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. Legends from Nakano ward .

daija no hone 大蛇の骨 bones of a huge serpent
At the temple 円照寺 Ensho-Ji in Shinjuku and 豊仙寺 / 宝仙寺 Hosen-Ji in Nakano there are parts of the bones of one huge serpent kept as secret treasures.
River water can be poured over the bones for an oracle about coming rain.
At the temple Hosen-Ji the waster from the well 井の頭 Inokashira is used for offerings.

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Jizo no hoosoo 地蔵の疱瘡 Jizo Bosatsu with smallpox
At the temple Hosen-Ji there was a rumor that the statue of Jizo had caught smallpox. But, well, it was just a rumor.

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- - - - - The temple is on the following pilgrimages:

. Gofunai 御府内八十八ヶ所霊場 88 Henro Temples in Edo .
Nr. 12 - Hoosenji 宝仙寺 Hosen-Ji

. 関東三十六不動霊場 Pilgrimage to 36 Fudo Temples in Kanto .
Nr. 15 - Hoosenji 宝仙寺 Hosen-Ji

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