2017/02/18

Gofunai temples 42 and 43

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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. 42 - Kannonji 観音寺 Kannon-Ji

- 蓮葉山 Renyozan 妙智院 Myochi-In 観音寺 Kannon-Ji
台東区谷中5-8-28 / 5-8-28 Yanaka, Taitō ward
Shingon Sect : 新義真言宗

Close by in Yanaka 5-8 is
. Gofunai Nr. 64 - 加納院 Kano-In .
台東区谷中5-8-5 / 5-8-5 Yanaka, Taitō ward




This temple was founded in 1611 by 尊雄和尚 priest Takao.
The main statue is 大日如来 Dainichi Nyorai.

The temple was first build in 神田北寺町 Kanda Kitateramachi and moved to its present location in 1680. It was first called 長福寺 Chofuku-Ji, but renamed Kannon-Ji in 1716.
It is closely related to the Ako Roshi events, see below.


The temple's tsuijibei 築地塀 "mud wall" is very beautiful and a special monument of Yanaka.




. tsuijibei 築地塀 Tsuiji wall - Introduction .

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- ご詠歌 - chant of the temple 仏木寺 Butsumoku-Ji in Shikoku :
草も木も仏になれる仏木寺 なお頼もしき鬼畜人天
Kusa mo ki mo hotoke ni nareru Butsumokuji naota no moshiki kichiku ninten


. 仏木寺 Butsumoku-Ji / Shikoku .

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- 朱印 - stamp of the temple :


- Also part of the following pilgrimages:
上野王子駒込辺三十三ヶ所観音霊場 Nr. 32 of the 33 Kannon Temples Ueno

- Homepage of the temple
- source : tesshow.jp/taito

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. Gofunai Nr. 42 観音寺 Kannon-Ji .
(台東区谷中5-8-28)Yanaka, Taito
. Gofunai Nr. 52 観音寺 Kannon-Ji .
(新宿区西早稲田1-7-1)Nichiwaseda, Shinjuku
. Gofunai Nr. 85 観音寺 Kannon-Ji .
新宿区高田馬場3-37-26 / Shinjuku ward, Takadanobaba 3-37-26


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Memorial stone for the 赤穂浪士 供養塔 Ako Roshi
赤穂浪士ゆかりの寺
The well-known story of a group of 47 rōnin (leaderless samurai) avenging the death of their master, Asano Naganori.



The two members of the 47 Ronin, 近松勘六行重 Chikamatsu Kanroku Yukishige (1670 - 1703) and 奥田貞右衛門行高 Okuda Sadaemon Yukitaka (1678 - 1703), were brothers of the 6th head priest of this temple, 朝山大和尚 high Priest Asayama.
The Ronin also used this temple often for their secret meetings.
After their death, this monument was erected in their honor.


鹿松諫六行重 Shikamatsu (Chikamatsu)

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Chikamatsu Kanroku Yukishige (近松 勘六 行重)
He was an umamawari (cavalryman) with a 250 koku stipend.
Chikamatsu Kanroku Yukishige and Okuda Sadaemon Yukitaka, were brothers of Bunryō who later became the abbot of Kannonji Temple in Yanaka (previously known as Chofukuji), and was later named Chōzan.
Kanroku left his last words “Please tell Bunryō in the Chofukuji Temple that I am willing to give my life to avenge the death of my master today”. It was at Kannonji Temple that the 47 Ronin planned the raid on Lord Kira's mansion. In Edo he changed his name to Miura Jūemon. He was 34 years old when he committed seppuku at the Hosokawa Tsunatoshi Mansion near Sengakuji.
Some of his remains are also interred at Jikoji Temple in Fukushima, Tokushima Prefecture and Kinshokuji Temple, Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture

Chikamatsu Kanroku Yukishige's family were retainers of the Asano family for generations and he received somewhat higher pay than others for his service.
His mother encouraged him to take part in the raid. Later that night, she killed herself.
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. 47 Ako Ronin and the Chushingura 47 浪人 / 忠臣蔵 .
Their graves are at temple 泉岳寺 Sengaku-Ji.


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Nr. 43 - Joojuuin 成就院 Joju-In

- 神勝山 Shinshozan 成就院 Joju-In
台東区元浅草4-8-12 / 4 Chome-8-12 Motoasakusa, Taitō ward
Shingon Sect : 智山派



This temple was founded in 1611 by 観宥法印 high priest Kanyu.
The main statue is 三尊弥陀如来 Amida Nyorai, three statues.

The temple was first located in Asakusa, 矢の倉 Yanokura and moved to its present location around 1650.

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- ご詠歌 - chant of the temple 明石寺 Meiseki-Ji . in Shikoku :
聞くならく千手の誓いふしぎには 大盤石もかろくあげ石
Kiku naraku senju fushigi no chikara ni wa daibanjaku mo karoku ageishi


. 源光山 Genkozan  円手院 Enshu-In - 明石寺 Meiseki-Ji / Shikoku .

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- 朱印 - stamp of the temple :



- Homepage of the temple
- source : tesshow.jp/taito


Temple Gofunai 78 in Asakusa has the same name, and is usually called
下谷田中成就院 Shitaya Tanaka Joju-In.
This temple is called Hyakkannon Joju-In 百観音成就院 Joju-In of the 100 Kannon Pilgrimage.

. Edo Tokyo Kannon Pilgrimages .

. Introduction of Kannon Bosatsu .

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成就院百観音 In the Edo period there were indeed 100 statues of Kannon in the compound. This made it easier for the believers to do the pilgrimage, even if it was on a small scale, in one temple.

There are 100 Kannon Statues to be venerated on three main Kannon pilgrimages:
100 Kannon statues of Saikoku, Bando and Chichibu. 西国三十三番 33、坂東三十三番 33、秩父三十四番観音霊場 34.

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- 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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