2017/01/22

Gofunai temples 30 and 31

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. Gofunai 御府内八十八ヶ所霊場 88 Henro Temples in Edo .
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Nr. 30 - Hoojooji, Hōjōji 放生寺 Hojo-Ji

- 光松山 Koshozan 威盛院 Ijo-In 放生寺 Hojo-Ji
新宿区西早稲田2-1-14 / 2 Chome-1-14 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku ward
Shingon Sect : 真言宗



This temple was founded in 1641 by Ryooshoo shoonin 良昌上人 Saint Ryosho Shonin, the founder of Shrine Ana Hachimangu.
威盛院権大僧都法印良昌上人
The main statue is 聖観世音菩薩 Kannon Bosatsu.
It is also known as Mushifuuji Kanzeon 虫封観世音 Mushifuji "Kannon to ward off "insects"

The temple is part of three Kannon pilgrimages:
. 江戸三十三観音 - Edo Kannon Nr. 15 .
山の手三十三観音霊場 - Yamanote Nr 16
東京三十三観音霊場 - Tokyo Nr. 22

. Introduction of Kannon Bosatsu .

. mushifuuji 虫封 to ward off insects causing illness .
- - - - - for children, the three MUSHI are
kan no mushi 疳の虫 / 癇 insect of nervousness, short-temperdness
nakimushi 泣き虫 insect of crying too much
hara no mushi 腹の虫 insect causing diarrhea


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Saint Ryosho had a 霊夢 sacred dream vision of the birth of the third Shogun, 徳川家光 Tokugawa Iemitsu, and 徳川秀忠 Tokugawa Hidetada, the Father-to-be, bestowed the land to him to pray for his son-to-be-born. The land was the estate of 松平新五左衛門 Matsudaira Shingozaemon from Kyoto.


The temple was also allowed to use the family crest of the Tokugawa clan, 葵の紋 Aoi no Mon.

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In the compound is a stone arrangement to step on the sacred sand of Shikoku:



. o-sunafumi, osunafumi お砂踏み stepping on sacred sand .

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- ご詠歌 - chant of the temple 善楽寺 Zenraku-Ji in Shikoku :
人多くたち集まれる一ノ宮 昔も今も栄えぬるかな
hito ooku tachiatsumareru ichinomiya mukashi mo ima mo chikaeneru kana


. 百々山 Dodozan 東明院 Tomyo-In 善楽寺 Zenraku-Ji / Shikoku .

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- 朱印 - stamp of the temple :


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ichiyoo raifuku 一陽来福
a pun with "luck coming back"



At the temple Hojo-ji, there is a large stone memorial with these words in the compounds.

At the shrine Ana Hachimangu in Tokyo people come at the day of the winter solstice to buy this amulet. It is good for business and to make money, when they put it into the auspicious direction of the new year (ehoo 恵方). They also hang it outside on the last day of the year and for the Setsubun rituals in February. The letters of the amulet have to face the auspicious direction.
Just as shadow receedes to new light, bad fortune will not receede and good luck is bound to come.

. Winter solstice, tooji 冬至 .
ichiyoo raifuku 一陽来復"sun comes back" -- The 21st of December.

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- Homepage of the temple - (Hoshoji)
- source : houjou.or.jp

Closely related to the shrine 穴八幡宮 Ana Hachimangu / 高田八幡 Takada Hachiman, see below.

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放生寺神変大菩薩堂 Jinhen Daibosatsu Hall (Jimpen Daibosatsu)



. Jinpen Daibosatsu, Jimpen Daibosatsu 神変大菩薩 .
En-no-Gyôja 役行者 Jimpen Dai-Bosatsu, En no Gyoja

Since En no Gyoja was walking the remote mountains of Japan, people come here to pray for healing of their legs.

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Ana Hachimangu 穴八幡宮 / Takada Hachiman 高田八幡
東京都新宿区西早稲田2-1-11 / Tokyo, Shinjuku, Nishiwaseda, 2−1−11



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... the superb Ana Hachiman-gū Shrine (穴八幡宮),
located between the university and Toyama Park, at the Babashitachō crossing (junction of Waseda Avenue and Suwa Street).
Legend places its foundation in 1062, although documented evidence of the shrine only dates back to the early 17th century. Its Buddha image was donated by Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1649. It is an interesting example of fusion between Buddhist and Shintō beliefs. The shrine's main gate has a clear Buddhist influence in its architecture.
The shrine is famous for the annual Yabusame 流鏑馬 ritual horse-riding competition.
Furthermore, the Hōjō-ji Temple (放生寺) of the Shingon school of Buddhism is located on the same grounds. The shrine was recently renovated with lavish red lanterns and torii gates. Built on a wooded hill, it offers a bit peace and relaxation in the middle of the urban jungle of Shinjuku.
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. Ana Hachimangū at Takadanobaba - Yabusame .
Takadanobaba, Takada no Baba 高田馬場 "Horse grounds of Takada"


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. Tokugawa Iemitsu 徳川家光 (1604 – 1651) - Third Shogun .

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Nr. 31 - Tamonin 多聞院 Tamon-In

- 照臨山 / 照林山 Shorinzan 多聞院 Tamon-In
新宿区弁天町100 - 100 Bentenchō, Shinjuku ward
Shingon Sect : 豊山派 Shingon-shu Buzan-ha

. 多聞院 Tamon-In - Introduction .


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- reference : 御府内八十八 放生寺 -
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- Koya San in Wakayama 和歌山 高野山 -

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

. Gyoki Bosatsu 行基菩薩 (668 - 749) Saint Gyōki .

. Shikoku Henro Temple List 四国遍路  .

. Gofunai 御府内八十八ヶ所霊場 Pilgrimage to 88 Henro Temples in Edo .
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