2017/03/14

Gofunai temples 58 and 59

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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. 58 - Kootoku-in, Kōtoku-in 光徳院 Kotoku-In

- 七星山 Shichiseizan 光徳院 Kotoku-In 息災寺 Sokusai-Ji
中野区上高田五丁目18-3 / 5 Chome-18-3 Kamitakada, Nakano ward
Shingon Sect : 豊山派



This temple was founded around 1600, maybe by 亮珎 who died in 1641.
The main statue is 大日如来 Dainichi Nyorai.
There is also a statue of 千手観音 Kannon with 1000 arms made by 菅原道真 Sugawara no Michizane, while he was in exile in Dazaifu. Now in a special Kannon Hall in the compound.

The temple was first located in 麹町 Kojimachi, later moved to 市ヶ谷田町 Ichigaya Tamachi and then to 牛込柳町 Ushigome Yanagimachi.
It was finally moved to its present location in 1910.

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- ご詠歌 - chant of the temple 仙遊寺 Senyu-Ji in Shikoku :
たちよりて作礼の堂にやすみつつ 六字を唱え経を読むべし
Tachi yorite sarei no doo ni yasumitsutsu rokuji o tonae kyoo o yomu beshi


. Nr. 58 - 作礼山 Sareizan 千光院 Senko-In 仙遊寺 Senyu-Ji / Shikoku .

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- 朱印 - stamp of the temple :


- Also part of the following pilgrimages:
山の手三十三観音霊場 Yamanote 33 Kannon temples - Nr. 22

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


. Introduction of Dainichi Nyorai .



光徳院五重塔 five-storied pagoda
15 m high, built in 1955.

光徳院山門

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. Sugawara Michizane 菅原道真 (845 - 903) .


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Nr. 59 - Muryooji 無量寺 Muryo-Ji

- 仏法山 / 佛寶山 Buppozan 西光院 Saiko-In 無量寺 Muryo-Ji
北区西ヶ原1-34-8 / 1 Chome-34-8 Nishigahara, Kita ward
Shingon Sect : 豊山派



This temple foundation is not known, but maybe it dates back to the Kamakura period.
In 1648 it is mentioned in the records of Edo. It was first named 佛寶山長福寺 Chofuku-Ji, but the name was changed later when it became clear that the name of the 9th Shogun was wirtten with the same characters, 長福丸 Nagatomi-Maru.

The main statue is 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O.

In the 大師堂 Hall for Kobo Daishi there is a statue of 聖観音 Kannon Bosatsu:
raiyoke no honzon 雷除けの本尊 ward to ward off thunder

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- ご詠歌 - chant of the temple 国分寺 Kokubun-Ji in Shikoku :
守護のため建ててあがむる国分寺 いよいよめぐむ薬師なりけり
Shugo no tame tatete agamuru Kokubunji iyoiyo megumu Yakushi nari keri


. 59 - 国分寺 Kokubun-Ji / Shikoku .

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- 朱印 - stamp of the temple :


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Stone memorial of the Six Amida

In the main hall is a statue of 阿弥陀如来坐像 a seated Amida Nyorai, part of the 江戸六阿弥陀 Pilgrimage to six Amida Nyorai Temples.
People come here to pray especially during the spring and autumn equinox to pray for their rebirth in heaven. They combined this trip with enjoying cherry blossoms and red autumn leaves in the compound.

. 江戸六阿弥陀 6 Amida Nyorai Temples . - Nr. 03

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- Also part of the following pilgrimages:
豊島八十八ヶ所霊場 - Toshima Henro - Nr. 59
上野王子駒込辺三十三ヶ所観音霊場 Ueno 33 Kannon temples - Nr. 03


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

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無量寺鐘楼 bell tower




ことぶき地蔵 Kotobuki Jizo

In August on the 24th day, the ritual of "Jizo Bon" is celebrated with candles and lanterns. Children have the chance to take part in a Sumo wrestling competition.

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The main statue is
ashidome Fudo 足止め不動 Fudo who stopped the thief

Once upon a time in the evening, a thief sneeked in to steal the statue of Fudo Myo-O. But right in front of the statue he could not move any more. Next morning he was found and taken care of.

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


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At the entrance of the temple are two "Tanuki priests" to usher the pilgrim inside:



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Tokugawa Ieshige 徳川家重
(January 28, 1712 – July 13, 1761) was the ninth shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan.



The first son of Tokugawa Yoshimune, his mother was the daughter of Ōkubo Tadanao, known as Osuma no kata. His mother died in 1713 when he was only 2 years old, so he was raised by Yoshimune's concubine, Okon no Kata but later Okon give birth to Tokugawa Munetake so he was raised by another of Yoshimune's concubines, Okume no Kata as her biological son.
His childhood name was Nagatomi-maru.
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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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