2015/11/14

Yakushi Legends Nagano

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伊那十二薬師 Ina Juni Yakushi pilgrimage to 12 Temples


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上伊那郡 Kami-Ina district 長谷村 Hasemura 長谷杉島 Hase Sugishima

Yakushi sama 薬師様 at 戸倉山 Togurayama (Togura-Yama)
At Togurayama there was a statue of Yakushi, and an old monk took care of it. But the the old monk died and Yakushi became very lonely. So he flew to the temple Hooonji 報恩寺 Hoon-Ji in 杉島 Sugishima hamlet to the large gingko tree いちょうの木.
When the priest came out the next morning, he saw a heavenly light shining from behind the gingko tree. He knew a deity had come down and worshipped the tree from now on.



source : blogs.yahoo.co.jp/yabuya3

This Yakushi statue stands all alone on Mount Togurayama, in heat and cold, shine and snow.
On the 西峰 Western Peak of the Mountain range, there is 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O to be worshipped.


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上伊那郡 Kami-Ina district 高森町 Takamori

. 大島山瑠璃寺 Ojimasan Ruri-Ji .
and the legend about the weeping cherry trees
. Minamoto no Yoritomo 源頼朝 (1147 - 1199).


ーーーーー Another legend to enjoy at this temple
. Neko Yakushi 猫薬師 Yakushi Nyorai and the Cat .


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上伊那郡 Kami-Ina district 高遠町 Takato

Once the lord of Takato castle wanted to make a river to get some water to the castle. Near 荊口 Baraguchi the workers came to a huge boulder. So they went praying for help at the sanctuary of Yakushi Nyorai at 中屋 Nakaya. And then this boulder burst into two one night and cleared the place for the river to pass through.


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木曽郡 Kiso district 木祖村 Kiso village

The Yakushi Hall had been burned down by a fire and even the ground around it was burned. Only two heaps of dried grass had not burned. When the farmers took a closer look, they found the statue of Yakushi inside one of them. It seems the deity walked there all by itself.


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北安曇郡 Kita Azumi gun 小谷村 Otani

Arabiru kamisama あらびる神様 / 荒びる The Wild Deity and 薬師様
Once upon a time
there lived a very wild and rough deity in the village and all had a hard time. But Yakushi managed to calm the deity down and had a Yakushi Hall build on top of the spot.
The villagers were still afraid of the wild deity. Sometimes the ground below the veranda of the temple rises to a mound, and whoever touches that spot will be cursed.


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小諸市 Komoro

. Yakushi Yu 薬師湯 Hot Spring in 菱野村 Hishinomura .


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松川町 Matsukawa village

お薬師様,稲荷 Yakushi and Inari
Once a man and a woman stayed over night in the temple. The woman had fallen down and uttered a divine oracle.
"The old priest here had once been the Lord of a castle in his former life. A young monk had killed the Lord. Therefore the relationship of the old and young priest here is quite un-normaland in discord. If they build a shrine for Inari, the Fox Deity, all will be well."
The two priests of the temple did as told and from then on there was peace among them.


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松本市 Matsumoto

The Yakushi of 下金井 Shimokanai is said to be female and grant the wish for children. It also forgives いたずら all the bad deeds of children. But if grown-ups behave bad, they will feel her punishment.
Once there was a grown-up who scolded the children who threw mud ad the statue. That grown-up became ill soon afterwards.

Once the governor of Shinano, Minamoto no Shigeyuki 信濃の国司 - 源重之 (? - 1000) became an eye disease. He went to the hot spring 白糸温泉 Shiraito for healing and went to the nearby Yakushi temple every day. And indeed, his eyes were healed in good time. To thank Yakushi he had the temple rebuild a bit further down on the plain of Shimokanai.


Minamoto no Shigeyuki 源重之 (? - 1000)
an early Heian waka poet and nobleman.


He was designated a member of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals and one of his poems is included in the famous anthology Hyakunin Isshu. His remaining works include a poetry collection known as the Shigeyukishū (重之集).
- source : wikipedia -

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下伊那郡 Shimo-Ina district
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大鹿村 Oshika village

People who die with a grudge in this world will become a ghost and come back.
And if you walk around seven and a half round the statue of Yakushi sama a ghost will show up, its hands hanging down, no feet and long hair covering the face. The ghost comes out right from the grave.

長野県下伊那郡大鹿村の 福徳寺 Fukutoku-Ji
. hi mizu no Yakushi 日見ずの薬師 Yakushi not to see the sun .


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天龍村 Tenryu village

Kannon sama 観音様 Kannon Bosatsu
The ancestor of the Kuge family, one 久下甚九郎 Kuge Jinkuro, was asked by the landlord せらだ正頼 Serada Masayori to carry the statues of Kannon, Amida and Yakushi on his back and flee the village. On his flight, he was attacked by robbers and shot with a gun. But the bullet hit the statue of Kannon in his backpack and he was safe.


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上田市 Ueda

. kaibyo Kotababa 怪猫小太ばば The Monster Cat Kotababa .
Kotaroo Yashiki 小太郎屋敷 The Home of the Kotaro Family

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- reference : nichibun yokai database -
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. Yakushipedia - ABC-Index 薬師如来 .

. Yakushi Nyorai - Legends from the provinces .

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

. Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩 Avalokiteshvara - ABC List .


. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and Talismans .

. Japan - Shrines and Temples - ABC List .


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