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2020/03/08

Mikata Ishi Kannon Kanzeon

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Mikata Ishi Kanzeon 三方石観世音 Mikata Stone Kannon, Fukui
大悲山三方石観音 Saihizan Mikata Ishi Kannon
Katate Kannon 片手観音 Kannon with One Arm



福井県 三方上中郡 若狭町 三方1-1 / 1-1 Mikata, Wakasa-cho, Mikatakaminaka-gun, Fukui

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One night sometime in the Enryaku Period (about 1,200 years ago) the priest Kobo Daishi had secluded himself in this mountain area and was carving a stone (ishi) statue of the Kannon (Goddess of Mercy).
However he was forced to abandon his effort upon hearing a rooster crow to announce the daybreak. He left the mountain and the statue's right hand remained unfinished. This site is now designated as a special holy site along the Hokuriku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage and, on account of the statue's missing limb, is said to have healing powers for limb disabilities.
The path to the mountainside away from the Main Hall leads to a spring called 'Kannon Reisui' and, in March 2006, the spring's water 'Fukui no Oishii Mizu' (Fukui's Delicious Water) was recognised as among the very best from Fukui.
- source : wakasa-mikatagoko.jp/en...






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- - - - - The cock who woke up Kobo Daishi.



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

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Statue of Fudo Myo-O

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shuin 朱印 stamp



omamori お守り amulets

- - - - - Homepage of the temple
- source : mikata.main.jp...

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- Yearly Festivals 年中行事 -

春の彼岸中日法要
秋の彼岸中日法要
奥の院火祭り 7月17日 Fire Festival
石観音大祭 7月18日 Main Festival
紅葉のライトアップ Autumn colors light up

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. Japanese Legends - 伝説 民話 昔話 – ABC-List .

................................................................................. Fukui 福井県 

The messenger of 三方石観音 Mikata Ishi Kannon is 烏天狗 Karasu Tengu.

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- reference : Nichibun Yokai Database -

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Hokuriku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage 北陸三十三ヵ所観音霊場巡り





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2020/03/04

Mama Kannon Komaki

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Mama Kannon 間々観音 龍音寺 Ryuon-Ji, Aichi
Mama Chichi Kannon 間々乳観音」(ままちちかんのん)
小牧山 Komakiyama

お乳のお寺 O-Chichi no O-Tera
おっぱい寺 Oppai Tera, Oppai-dera


愛知県小牧市間々本町152 / 152 Mama-honmachi, Komaki-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

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Mama Kannon Temple, or Mama Chichi Kannon,
is known as the "Breast Temple" and one of the 33 Kannon Shrines of Owari, being built in 1492 with the formal name of Ryuon-Ji. Legend says it was a regular shrine until 1665, when a woman who was unable to breast feed brought her baby and prayed at the temple, miraculously starting to lactate.

Neighbors of the woman appearing in the legend were concerned that the milk she produced lacked in nutrients for her child, given that she was poor and malnourished. They gave her rice in order to help, but as she was a devout person, she offered the rice to the deity at the temple instead of consuming herself. It was then that she started to lactate plenty and richly. From that moment on, rumors spread and women from all places started to come and pray for safe birth giving, abundant lactation, healthy babies, and etc. Of course, some of the ladies would also pray for matters unrelated to maternity, like asking for changing the physical appearance of their bosoms.

On a less amusing note, the temple is the 24th Peregrination Temple (Fudasho) among the Kannon Temples of Owari and was originally built at the Mt. Komaki, allegedly being moved to its current location by orders of Oda Nobunaga. The deity of the temple is Senju Kannon Bosatsu, also known as the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, often depicted in statues with tens of arms to symbolize the infinite hands, and/or multiple faces meaning the eleven faces, both gifts from Amithaba.

The Sanmon gate at Mama Kannon
is said to be a structure entirely moved from Kenchuji Temple, the famous Memorial Temple of the Owari Tokugawa Clan, located in the Higashi-Ward of Nagoya-City.
- source : aichi-now.jp/en...


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. Kannon Bosatsu List .

. Anzan Kosodate 安産子育て - all about Children .

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2019/04/10

manga and Buddha

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Manga and Buddha statues 漫画 マンガ 




. Mangadera, Manga-dera 漫画寺 / まんが寺 / マンガ寺 Manga Temple .
Joorakuji 常楽寺 Joraku-ji
Nihon Manga Hakubutsukan 日本漫画博物館 Manga Museum, Japan

. Shooeizan 松栄山 Shoeizan, Ryoohooji 了法寺 Ryoho-Ji .
TORO BENTEN とろ弁天

. Manga Jinja マンガ神社 Manga Shrine .
漫画(マンガ)の神様 - Deity of Manga
Oonomison 高知県中土佐町大野見橋谷 - Onomison, Tosa, Kochi, Shikoku


. Manga Daruma マンガ ダルマ .


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漫画家による仏の世界展 in 首里観音堂 Shuri Kannon-Do
3 Chome-1 Shuriyamagawacho, Naha, Okinawa

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レレレの千手観音 - 三井寺
By 赤塚不二夫 Akatsuka Fujio

. Mii Temple 三井寺  Miidera, Mii-dera / 園城寺 Onjo-ji .
Nr. 14 on the Saigoku Pilgrimage to 33 Temples of Kannon Bosatsu.

三井寺(園城寺)で漫画家が描く仏の世界展を開催(2019年5月19日まで)
これは赤塚不二夫さんや手塚治虫さん、いがらしゆみこさん、植田まさしさんなど著名な漫画家がさまざまな仏様を描いたもので、東日本大震災をきっかけに全国各地をまわって展示されているのだとか。
赤塚不二夫さんのレレレのおじさんをモチーフにした「レレレ千手観音像」
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. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and Talismans .


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


. 薬師如来 Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 Bhaisajyaguru - ABC .


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. Pilgrimages to Fudo Temples 不動明王巡礼
Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Fudo Pilgrims - INTRODUCTION .



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2017/12/24

Roku Six Kannon

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roku Kannon 六観音 six Kannon

. 六道 Rokudo - six realms of existance .

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source : kannonsama4000.blogspot.jp

1.聖観音・餓鬼道 - Sho Kannon - Gakido
2.千手観音・地獄道 - Thousand-Armed Kannon - Jigokudo
3.馬頭観音・畜生道 - Horse-Headed Kannon - Chikushodo
4.十一面観音・修羅道 - Eleven-Headed Kannon - Shurado
5.不空羂索観音・人間道 - Fuku-Kenjaku Kannon - Ningendo
6.如意輪観音・天界道 - Nyoirin Kannon - Tenkaido, Tendo


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Another Varient of the Six Kannon
1 - 大悲 (Daihi) Most Compassionate (Senju Kannon, 1000-Armed Kannon)
2 - 大慈 Most merciful (Shō Kannon, Holy Kannon)
3 - 師子無畏 Of Lion Courage, Fearless (Batō Kannon, Horse-Headed Kannon)
4 - 大光普照 Of Universal Light, Great Shining Light (Jūichimen Kannon, 11-Headed Kannon)
6 - 天人丈夫 Leader of Gods & Men, Divine Hero (Juntei Kannon, Pure Kannon)
7 - 大梵深遠 Great Brahma (Nyoirin Kannon, Jewel & Wheel Kannon)
Source: Soothill's Dictionary of Chinese Buddhist Terms

and more at Mark Schumacher
- Roku Kannon, Six Kannon 六觀音 -
Chinese = Liù Guānyīn.

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Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan
Fowler, Sherry D



Buddhists around the world celebrate the benefits of worshipping Kannon (Avalokiteśvara), a compassionate savior who is one of the most beloved in the Buddhist pantheon. When Kannon appears in multiple manifestations, the deity’s powers are believed to increase to even greater heights. This concept generated several cults throughout history: among the most significant is the cult of the Six Kannon, which began in Japan in the tenth century and remained prominent through the sixteenth century. In this ambitious work, Sherry Fowler examines the development of the Japanese Six Kannon cult, its sculptures and paintings, and its transition to the Thirty-three Kannon cult, which remains active to this day.

An exemplar of Six Kannon imagery is the complete set of life-size wooden sculptures made in 1224 and housed at the Kyoto temple Daihōonji. This set, along with others, is analyzed to demonstrate how Six Kannon worship impacted Buddhist practice. Employing a diachronic approach, Fowler presents case studies beginning in the eleventh century to reinstate a context for sets of Six Kannon, the majority of which have been lost or scattered, and thus illuminates the vibrancy, magnitude, and distribution of the cult and enhances our knowledge of religious image-making in Japan.

Kannon’s role in assisting beings trapped in the six paths of transmigration is a well-documented catalyst for the selection of the number six, but there are other significant themes at work. Six Kannon worship includes significant foci on worldly concerns such as childbirth and animal husbandry, ties between text and image, and numerous correlations with Shinto kami groups of six. While making groups of Kannon visible, Fowler explores the fluidity of numerical deity categorizations and the attempts to quantify the invisible. Moreover, her investigation reveals Kyushu as an especially active site in the history of the Six Kannon cult. Much as Kannon images once functioned to attract worshippers, their presentation in this book will entice contemporary readers to revisit their assumptions about East Asia’s most popular Buddhist deity.
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Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan
An 11th-century text, “A Tale of Flowering Fortunes,” described the Six Kannon who “filled the worlds in the 10 directions with innumerable rays of light, which manifested in their colors the bodhisattva resolve to benefit all living beings everywhere.”
Sherry D. Fowler’s “Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan” is an art historical study in the form of a journey to recover the scattered archaeological fragments of the past. The generalized subject is Kannon (in Sanskrit, Avalokitesvara), the compassionate and venerated deity of Buddhism. Fowler’s specific focus is its cult of six, the celestial compartmentalization being an expedient directory to “who” can help with “what” in the answering of prayers.



The reader’s traveling companions are introduced in chapter one, and number seven:
Sho (Noble) Kannon, Thousand-Armed Kannon, Horse-Headed Kannon, Eleven-Headed Kannon, Juntei (Pure) Kannon, Fukukenjaku (Rope-snaring) Kannon and Nyoirin Kannon, who holds the wish-granting jewel. Depending on the Buddhist sect, Tendai or Shingon, Juntei or Fukukenjaku are considered alternates, appearing in one or the other of a sect’s grouping of benevolent beings.

They are a cast of not altogether fixed iconography, but are usually multi-armed, sometimes multi-headed, and are colored from among blue, yellow/gold, white or flesh tone. There is one deity for each of Buddhism’s six transmigratory paths of existence (hell, hungry ghosts, animals, asuras or fighting spirits, humans and heavenly beings), assisting in salvation and better rebirth.

The cult was initially patronized by elites, so Fowler’s historical retrieval of texts and images for the Six Kannon in Japan begins in the 10th to 12th centuries in Kyoto. It was, however, the textual description of the Six Kannon in the Chinese text 摩訶止観 “Mohe Zhiguan” by Zhiyi (538-597) that was adopted and modified in Japan to give legitimacy to the cult’s local implementation and development. Fowler then shifts her geographical address to extant artifacts of the 12th to 18th centuries found on the island of Kyushu, both a place of active Six Kannon worship and a site of the comingling of Buddhist with pre-existing Shinto religious practices. Returning to Kyoto to discuss the superlative Six Kannon set attributed to Higo Jokei in Daihoonji, Fowler then turns to other Japanese areas for their sculptures, paintings and temple bell decorations, eventually touching on the West’s early reception of Japan’s Six Kannon from the 19th century.

A recurring concern throughout is with the instability of the number six, as the deities have also historically been configured as groups of five or seven, sometimes mistakenly. Fowler later follows with the morphing of the original Six Kannon into a supernumerary assembly of 33 that took impetus from that number of deity manifestations mentioned in the Lotus Sutra. The increased number was consonant with the supposed multiplication of power in a collectivity, and the 33-deity concept developed in tandem with the popularization of 33-stop pilgrimage routes from the 15th century. Pious enthusiasm fueled this together with a flourishing print culture, though the expanded cast of deities resulted in the gradual demise of the emphasis on the cult of six.

Part of the book’s message is with the repurposing of Kannon in accord with evolving religious practices, or the multi-purposing of Kannon in historical overview. While early Kannon worship was tied to aristocratic anxieties about the afterlife, the roles and functions of Kannon gradually transformed to aid nonelites in their earthly concerns. These could include the staving off of calamities, safe childbirth, seafaring, animal husbandry, removing curses, exorcism, preventing children from crying at night and apparently also in at least one example, placating the spirit of an angry cat.

A further intriguing discussion of both historical and contemporary concern is the gender and identity reassignment of various deities. The guises and employs of Kannon have risen to the needs of changing circumstances and what different time periods have required of them.

Much of the visual material introduced within is not conventional art historical imagery. The previous century’s scholarship largely saw fit to either ignore or denigrate Buddhist sculpture produced after the 13th century, discerning it had peaked only to suffer protracted decline. The last 50 or so years, however, has observed some reconsideration and Fowler’s scholarship is exemplary for engaging a subject over its vast historical spread — 1,000 or so years of Japan-focused Buddhist art developments.

A further engaging aspect is the book’s feel for treasure-hunting and discovery. In one instance, aided by the internet, digital maps and GPS, Fowler rediscovers a stone monument dated 1562 that survives next to a parking lot in Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture. Rather than seeming like a detour, such details are marshaled to bring color and extension in her pursuit of fuller narratives and interpretative contexts. Doing this breathes new life and knowledge into the remnants of the past that were heretofore only known in bits and pieces.
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. Six Kannon Temples in Oshu province 奥州六観音 .
founded by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro




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rokumen Kannon 六面観音 Kannon with six faces



六面観音金銅仏 Bronze statue of Kannon with six faces
大明永楽年製


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. rokumen Kannon 六面観音 Kannon with six faces .
for six sacred mountains - by master carver 円空 Enku

The inscription is at the bottom of a Kannon statue with only 6 faces, instead of the usual 11 -
rokumen Kannon 六面観音.


Statue from the year 1690, Gifu, Temple Keiho-Ji 桂峯寺蔵


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2017/02/24

Edo 33 Kannon Pilgrimage

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江戸三十三観音霊場 Pilgrimage to 33 Kannon Temples of Edo
江戸三十三箇所




This is a rather new pilgrimage, put together in 1976.
But is leads to old temples dedicated to Kannon Bosatsu in Edo, founded from 1641 to 1703.

昭和新撰江戸三十三観音霊場

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01 浅草寺(台東区浅草2-3-1) 聖観世音菩薩 / 浅草観音 Asakusa Kannon
. Asakusa Kannon 浅草観音 .

02 清水寺(台東区松が谷2-25-10) 千手観世音菩薩
03 大観音寺(中央区日本橋人形町1-18-9) 聖観世音菩薩
04 両国回向院(墨田区両国2-8-10) 馬頭観世音菩薩 Bato Kannon
05 大安楽寺(中央区日本橋小伝馬町3-5)  十一面観世音菩薩
06 清水観音堂(台東区上野公園1-29 寛永寺清水観音堂 千手観世音菩薩
07 心城院(文京区湯島3-32-4) 十一面観世音菩薩 / 湯島聖天
08 清林寺(文京区向丘2-35-3)  聖観世音菩薩
09 定泉寺(文京区本駒込1-7-12)  十一面観世音菩薩

10 浄心寺(文京区向丘2-17-4)  十一面観世音菩薩
11 圓乗寺(文京区白山1-34-6)  聖観世音菩薩
12 . Denzu-In, Dentsu-In 伝通院 Koishikawa .
13 護国寺(文京区大塚5-40-1) 如意輪観世音菩薩
14 . Konjooin 金乗院 Konjo-In . 聖観世音菩薩 / 目白不動尊 (豊島区高田2-12-39)
15 . Hoojooji, Hōjōji 放生寺 Hojo-Ji . 聖観世音菩薩 新宿区西早稲田2-1-14)

16 安養寺(新宿区神楽坂6-2) 十一面観世音菩薩
17 宝福寺(中野区南台3-43-2) 如意輪観世音菩薩 / 中野観音
18 . Shinjooin 真成院 Shinjo-In  . 聖観世音菩薩 (新宿区若葉2-7-8)
- - - - - Shiohi Kannon 潮干観音 "Kannon of the Ebb Tide"

19 東円寺(杉並区和田2-18-3) 聖観世音菩薩

20 天徳寺(港区虎ノ門3-13-6) 聖観世音菩薩
21 増上寺(港区芝公園4-7-35) 西向聖観世音菩薩
22 . Chookokuji 長谷寺 Chokoku-Ji 麻布大観音 . 東京都港区西麻布二丁目, 10 m high
23 大円寺(文京区向丘1-11-3) 聖観世音菩薩
24 梅窓院(港区南青山2-26-38) 泰平聖観世音菩薩
25 魚籃寺(港区三田4-8-34) 魚籃観世音菩薩 Gyoran Kannon
26 済海寺(港区三田4-16-23)  亀塚聖観世音菩薩
27 道往寺(港区高輪2-16-13) 聖観世音菩薩
28 金地院(港区芝公園3-5-4) 聖観世音菩薩・千手観世音菩薩
29 高野山東京別院(港区高輪3-15-18) 聖観世音菩薩 / 高輪結び大師

30 一心寺(品川区北品川2-4-18) 聖観世音菩薩 / 成田不動尊 Narita Fudo Son
31 品川寺(品川区南品川3-5-17)  水月観世音菩薩・聖観世音菩薩 / 品川観音 Shinagawa Kannon
32 世田谷山観音寺(世田谷区下馬4-9-4) 聖観世音菩薩 / 世田谷観音 Setagaya Kannon
33 目黒不動瀧泉寺(目黒区下目黒3-20-26) 聖観世音菩薩 / 目黒不動尊 Meguro Fudo Son
. Meguro Fudo Temple 目黒不動 瀧泉寺 Ryusen-Ji .

番外 Bangai
龍吟山 Ryuginsan 瑞林院 Zuirin-In 海雲寺 Kaiun-Ji 
(品川区南品川3-5-21)- 3 Chome-5-21 Minamishinagawa, Shinagawa
十一面観世音菩薩 / 品川千躰荒神 Shinagawa Sentai Kojin


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みぢかな出会い 江戸三十三観音ガイド


- reference source : tesshow.jp/edo33kannon_index -
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. Kannon Pilgrimages to explore in Tokyo - Edo .

山の手三十三観音霊場 - Yamanote
東京三十三観音霊場 - Tokyo


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. Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩 - Introduction . .
. 薬師如来 Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 Bhaisajyaguru - ABC .

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2016/04/08

Kannon Bosatsu Legends

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Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩 伝説 legends about Kannon



. Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩 Avalokiteshvara - ABC List .
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. Sake, 酒 Kannon and Yokai monster legends .


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..................................................................... Miyagi 宮城県

. Uyamuya no Seki 有耶無耶の関 The Inamu Barrier .
若松観音 Wakamatsu Kannon and The 笹谷観音 Sasaya Kannon


..................................................................... Nagano 長野県
下條村 / 下条村 Shimojo - Shimoina district

tobi kannon 飛び観音 the flying Kannon
When the soldiers of Oda Nobunaga 織田信長軍 came toward Shimojo, they burned down the temple 栗生山興徳寺 Kotoku-Ji. The statue of Kannon saved herself by flying away to the spot where she is now. Villagers found her still hot by the waterfall at the riverside.


source : ishihara-art/s~tobikannon

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天龍村 Tenryu village

. Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and Kannon .



..................................................................... Tokyo 東京 .

Akasaka 赤坂
. 氷川明神 Hikawa Myojin and 十一面観音 Juichimen Kannon .



..................................................................... Toyama 富山県 .

. Ogawadera 小川寺 Kannon Legend .


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- reference : nichibun yokai database 妖怪データベース -
馬頭観音 / あかずの観音 and many more
391 to explore (00)
19 十一面観音 (01)
36 観音像 statue (01)

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. Legends about Kobo Daishi Kukai - 弘法大師 空海 - 伝説 .

. Japanese legends and tales 伝説 民話 昔話 - Introduction .

- Yookai 妖怪 Yokai Monsters of Japan -
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2015/12/03

Sennyuji Kyoto

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Sennyuji, Mitera 御寺 泉涌寺 Mitera Sennyu-Ji, Kyoto

Mitera 御寺 The Honorable Temple (of the Imperial Family)



京都府京都市 東山区泉涌寺山内町27 / 27 Sennyuji Yamanouchi-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

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Temple for the imperial family
Sennyu-ji Temple is the headquarters of the Sennyu-ji School of the Shingon sect of Buddhism standing at the foot of Mount Tsukiwa 月輪御陵拝所 .
Since this temple is the home to successive imperial members’ graves, it is also respectfully called Mitera. According to temple history, the important Buddhist priest, Kukai opened a temple at this location in the early 9th century and named it Horin-ji. Later in 1218, when another Buddhist priest called 月輪大師俊仍 Gachirin Shunjo constructed new temple buildings, water sprang up from the ground so the name of the temple was changed to Sennyu-ji Temple, or temple where water springs.
Sennyu Mizuyakata 泉涌水屋形 The Water Well House
This water still continues to provide pure water to this day.




The large temple precinct consists of Dai-mon 大門 main gate, Butsu-den Hall 仏殿, Shari-den Hall 舎利殿  and Reimei-den Hall 霊明殿 where successive imperial members’ spirit tablets are placed.
Many other buildings are accommodated in the large temple property. Each sub-temple has a different deity and characteristics, so visiting them one by one is also very interesting.
Being apart from the central city area, this temple emanates serenity and seasonal beauty no matter which season you visit.
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Gozasho 御座所 The Place where the Emperor rests
usually shown with a traditional elevated seat on tatami mats
(but when the Emperor visits, it is replaced by a tabel and chairs for the Imperial family).
And its adjacent beautiful park 御座所庭園 
This park is especially beautiful with the red autumn leaves.


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Sennyu-ji temple in Kyoto
Located on the slopes of Higashiyama, Kyoto’s eastern mountains, Sennyu-ji temple might be a little bit hard to reach as it is off the main tourist tracks. Despite its lack of accessibility, it is a must see among Kyoto’s Buddhist temples. Surrounded by a dense forest, it is a secret well preserved, even from many locals, a haven of peace which contains more than twenty-five imperial mausoleums.

A simple but massive wooden gate west of the temple marks the frontier between the secular and the sacred world as your journey begins here with a short but steep climb. Turn right at the intersection and follow the main road to reach the temple's main gate (daimon).


Sennyu Mizuyakata 泉涌水屋形 The Water Well House

Sennyu-ji, or the "temple of the gushing water", is said to have been founded during the 13th century by the illustrious monk Junjo. Sponsored by feudal lords and aristocratic families, he was allowed to build the first pavilions of what would become a flourishing Buddhist school during the next centuries. Burnt down almost entirely during the 15th century, most of the buildings were rebuilt in the mid-seventeenth century and still stand today.

Start by heading left to reach a small pavilion, the yokihi kannon-do. You can admire a very rare statue of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of compassion, brought back from China in 1255. It is said to have been carved to reflect the beauty of the legendary Chinese Empress Yang Guifei. Until 1955, this treasure used to be kept hidden and shown to the public only once every hundred years!

Turn left as you exit and follow the path down to reach the main hall (honden) and, behind it, the hall of Buddha’s relics (shariden). Both are heavily influenced by Chinese architecture. Feel free to enter the first one as it contains several treasures, including a rare set of gold-layered Buddha statues. The shariden, where a tooth taken from the historical Buddha’s relics is said to be enshrined, is unfortunately closed to the public except on special occasions. You can still enjoy its splendid curved tile roof, covered with a silvery sheen on rainy days.

Before entering the last pavilion of the temple compound, you should make your way to the right, behind the hall of relics. A narrow approach along the forest will lead you to an imperial mausoleum, one of a kind in Japan. Since 1242, fourteen Emperors and several other members of the Imperial Family have chosen to be buried here. Far from the city lights and bustle, this is probably when you will realise that you have not heard a sound for the last hour.

Visit the gozasho, used as a resting place by the Imperial Family since the 19th century, photographs, personal artifacts, pieces of art and folding screens are on display here. From mid-November to early December, the blaze of maple trees will paint the charming inner garden with vivid colours. Enjoy this moment of tranquility while sitting on the wooden balcony.

Often called Mitera, or The August Temple, due to its connections with the Imperial Family, Sennyu-ji is a witness to the passing of time like no other place in Kyoto. The superb architecture and unique atmosphere within an ever-changing city is a delight for the senses. Whatever the season, you will hardly ever forget the journey.
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Yookihi Kannon, Yōkihi Kannon 楊貴妃観音 Yokihi Kannon

大門を入って左手奥の堂内、六羅漢像の中央に安置される聖観音像(重文)で湛海律師が寛喜2年(1230)月蓋長者像らとともに将来された像である。
像容の美しさから、玄宗皇帝が亡き楊貴妃の冥福を祈って造顕された像との伝承を生み、楊貴妃観音と呼ばれて来た。

. Yookihi 楊貴妃 Yokihi - Princess Yang Gui Fei .
a famous Chinese beauty


source : hotsuma816nifuku

. Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩 .

. bijin 美人 beauty - beauty amulet 美守 - bijin kigan 美人祈願お守り .
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仏教と巡礼は深い関わりがあります。四国八十八ケ所や西国三十三ケ所巡りは人々の信仰に新たな経験となり心を慰めるものでした。江戸時代の平和の中で商業や手工業が発達し、庶民にも旅するゆとりが生まれると、巡礼や名所巡りは大きな楽しみとなりました。泉涌寺山内においても楊貴妃観音は洛陽三十三所の、今熊野観音寺は西国三十三ケ所巡りの、雲龍院は西国薬師四十八所の霊場となっています。
- source : www.mitera.org

The temple is part of many Kannon pilgrimages and other pilgrimages since the Edo period.


amulet to become as beautiful as Princess Yokihi


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1月1日~3日 修正会
1月成人の日 泉山七福神巡り(山内寺院)
1月 大般若法要
2月節分 星供法要
3月14、15、16日 涅槃会
3月21日 弘法大師正御影供法要
3月 春季彼岸会
4月1日~8日 開山忌法要
5月 大般若法要
7月14、15日 盂蘭盆法要
9月2日 静寛院宮法要 薮内献茶式
9月 大般若法要
9月 秋季彼岸会
10月7、8日 舎利会法要
11月4日 解脱会法要
12月31日 結界諷経(涅槃会、舎利会には月輪末生流献花)


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. Kobo Daishi Kukai 弘法大師 空海 .
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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

Kanmu Tenno 桓武天皇 (737 - 806) wanted to make sure 平安京 Heiankyo (Kyoto) would stay the capital of the empire for ever. So he ordered a huge statue of a warriour in armor, holding a bow and arrow, made of about 240 cm and burried it in a mound at Higashiyama, facing West.
This is the mound above temple Sennyu-Ji, 将軍塚 Shogunzuka.
Sometimes the mound rumbled as an omen.
For example in the year 1156 at the Hogen no Ran 保元の乱 Hōgen Rebellion, in the year 1177 when Taira no Kiyomori moved to Fukuhara 福原遷都 and in the year 1493 and 1511 during the Ashikaga Shogunate.
Also in 1598 when Toyotomi Hideyoshi died.

もし京に変災があれば、必ず鳴動するといわれている。明応2年には、実際に将軍塚が鳴動したという。

寛政7年8月24日の日暮れ前から東の方角がしばしば鳴った。大きな鼓を鳴らすような音だった。暁になって鳴りやんだという。昔から将軍塚鳴動というものがある。

享保15年4月頃、東山将軍塚が毎夜2度程鳴動するという風説がある。賀茂川辺りの者の話では、家をゆすっているようであると言う。

将軍塚は変があるとき必ず鳴動する。予が幼少の時、地震も無いのにこだまのように聞こえたのを覚えている。ある和尚の話によれば、天明6年4,5月頃から鳴動を続けたという。怪しんでいると、9月6日の夜丑の2刻ほど聞こえた。天明8年の大火の前兆だろうか。

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The Shogunzuka Mound (将軍塚, Shōgunzuka) is located on the eastern mountains of Kyoto on the spot where Emperor Kanmu is said to have first surveyed the valley where he ultimately build the ancient capital city of Kyoto.
Keeping with this tradition, Shogunzuka is perhaps best known these days for its observation decks which offer spectacular views out over the city below. The area is part of Shorenin Temple whose main buildings stand at the base of the mountain.
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2015/01/29

Sho Kannon

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Shoo Kannon,Shō Kannon 聖観音 / 正観音 Sho Kannon

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The Sacred Form of Kannon, the model for other forms of Kannon. Worship of this deity began in India around the 1st or 2nd century AD. Also one of the Six Manifestations of Kannon who protect the six realms of karmic rebirth. In this latter role, Shō Kannon brings salvation to those in the hell realm (in some traditions, Shō Kannon is instead responsible for beings in the realm of hungry ghosts).

Shō Kannon represents the root form, the unchangeable form, of Kannon -- the pure, noble, sacred, holy form -- while his/her other manifestations are commonly referred to as the 33 Keshin or Henge Kannon. Shō comes from the Sanskrit "Arya," meaning holy. In Japan, another name for Shō-Kannon is Guze Kannon, one referring to the simple (non-esoteric) form of this deity. The earliest extant wooden statue in Japan (first half 7th century AD) is the Guze Kannon housed at Hōryū-ji Temple 法隆寺 in Nara.

In traditional Japanese Buddhist art and sculpture, Shō Kannon commonly holds a lotus bud or water vase (see Objects Page for significance of these important icons), and wears a crown that contains a small image of Amida Buddha (called a kebutsu 化仏). The kebutsu symbolizes Kannon’s role as one of Amida's main attendants.

Shingon Mantra (ご真言)
おん あろりきゃ そわか On Arorikyu Sowaka
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大宝山来迎院阿弥陀寺 来迎院 Raigo-In


source : Kubota san, facebook

made by 松本喜三郎 Matsumoto Kisaburo (1825 - 1891)
from Kumamoto 熊本市


熊本市春日6丁目8-8 Kumamoto 来迎院 Raigo-In
熊本市春日、万日山(まんにちやま)中腹にある大宝山来迎院阿弥陀寺(たいほうざん らいこういん あみだじ)は、大宝年中(701~703年)、行基(ぎょうき)により創建されたといわれています。かつて万日山は別名阿弥陀寺山とよばれ、ふもとの集落は阿弥陀寺村といわれるほど栄えていました。もともとは法相宗の大寺院で、万日山山上に奥の院、本堂があり、現在来迎院があるあたりは僧坊があったと伝えられています。

平安時代に衰退しましたが、寛喜2年(1230年)、筑前国善道寺の聖光上人の弟子蓮阿上人が浄土宗寺院として再興したといわれています。しかし、肥後国衆一揆の兵火が万日山を襲い、堂塔は焼け落ち、多数の僧侶が焼死しました。その遺骨を葬ったので、万日山には坊主山との別名もありました。加藤清正入国後、城下に寺院が集められ、阿弥陀寺も細工町に移されました。そのおり、万日山に残った寺を別院として、来迎院(俗に古阿弥陀寺)とよぶようになりました。
- source : www.pref.kumamoto.jp



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- reference - Matsumoto Kisaburo
He was famous for "Living Dolls".
The term iki ningyo did not come into common parlance until the early years of the Meiji Period (1868-1912)

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IKI NINGYO: LIVING DOLLS AND THE LEGACY OF MATSUMOTO KISABURO
In 1868, in preparation for a large-scale exhibit of iki ningyo (living dolls)* to be held at the Asakusa Sensoji Temple in the newly christened capital of Tokyo, Matsumoto Kisaburo (1826-1892) created his most enduring masterpiece: a life-sized image of Kannon dressed as a female traveler. The exhibit itself, designed as a series of vignettes involving over 33 individual figures, was a tour de force and represented Kisaburo at the peak of his powers as a ningyo artist. It was based on popular stories of faith and manifestations of the power of the Buddhist deity Kannon, called the Saikoku sanjusan [Miraculous Deeds of Kannon at the 33 places of Shikoku].



This particular image, the Tanikumi Kannon, clothed in rich silken robes and wearing the lacquered cap of a traveling noblewoman, was suffused with a life and vitality that gave these striking figures their name: iki-ningyo or "living" dolls. The graceful pose of the body with the head looking back slightly over her left shoulder, her finely formed hand, ripe and fairly pulsing with life, the index finger pointing delicately into the distance, her enigmatic expression, beatific and haunting, was all masterfully rendered. Her ivory teeth and inset glass eyes, exquisitely executed, completed the image of divinity. Such was the perfection of this particular figure when Kisaburo finished it that, rather than including it in the intended exhibit, he donated the piece to Jo koku-ji Temple in his home town of Kumamoto where it remains to this day as an object of veneration. A second piece was subsequently created for inclusion in the Kannon exhibit which first appeared in 1871.
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Kumamoto
According to family documents originally held by Kisaburo’s descendant Serikawa Saburo and reviewed by Kuboto Beisho in his work Ningyo-shi, [Tokyo, 1937], Matsumoto Kisaburo was born on February 15, Bunsei 8 (1826) to an oil salesman named Matsumoto Hambei living in the Ideguchi area of Kumamoto, Hijo Prefecture. Early in life he showed great promise in carving and was apprenticed to a local scabbard maker. His talent and rapid progress soon earned Kisaburo the enmity of his fellow apprentices and abuse at their hands eventually forced him to return home where he crafted lanterns and paper stencils for textile dyeing. At this point he also began to turn his artistic focus on the creation of dedicatory figures called hono ningyo. A local festival tradition venerating the Buddhist bodhisattva Jizo (Kitshigharba) involved the creation of these hono ningyo which were carved and displayed in each neighborhood before being presented to the temple. Competition between the various neighborhoods was quite lively and Kisaburo along with another young artist by the name of Yasumoto Kamehachi soon distinguished himself as a superior artist, each reportedly challenging the other in the creation of increasingly sophisticated forms of ningyo.
Osaka
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The Kisaburo Legacy
Over the some 40 years of iki ningyo production, Kisaburo created literally hundreds of figures ranging from the beautiful to the grotesque, from the erotic to the quotidian. But out of this impressive body of work, only three existing iki ningyo definitively attributable to him remain to attest to his genius: the Tanikumi Kannon at Jokoku-ji Temple, another Kannon image also dedicated to a temple in the Kumamoto area, and, interestingly enough, a male figure at the Smithsonion Institute in Washington DC. The latter being a special commission piece ordered by a gentleman named Kaplan. This piece, remarkable in its attention to detail and its high sense of realism is the only figure known to be signed by Kisaburo, bearing an inset seal on the bottom of his foot.
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Heilige Kannon
Aarya-Avalokiteshvara, Padmapaani, Padmapani

Orthodoxe menschliche Gestalt. Gehört nicht zu den abweichenden Figuren. Seit im 6. und 7. Jhd. die abweichenden Kannon-Statuen immer häufiger wurde, erhielten die einfachen Statuen diese Bezeichnung.
Zusammen mit Seishi Bosatsu in der Amida-Dreiergruppe. Häufiger als Einzelstatue besonderer Gegenstand der Verehrung, z.B. Yume Kannon, Guze Kannon und Kudara Kannon im Tempel Horyuuji in Nara.
Am 100. Todestag wird diese Kannon mit einer Lotusknospe und einem Lotusblatt verehrt.

Sitzt auf einem Lotussockel.
Hohe Krone mit Verkörperung des Amida. Rechte Hand erhoben zur Geste Fürchtet Euch nicht! oder gesenkt zur Geste der Wunschgewährung. In der linken Hand eine Lotusknospe, mit der rechten diese Knospe aufblätternd (daher der Name "Padmapaani": Der mit dem Lotus in der Hand). Oder ein Wassergefäß, ein Juwel oder einen Wedel in der Hand. Die Gegenstände werden entweder fest in der Hand gehalten oder erscheinen zwischen den gefalteten Händen eingeklemmt.

Als Dreiergruppe mit Jikokuten und Tamonten (Tempel Joshoji, Tokyo).




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大寒の臍うつくしき聖観音
daikan no heso utsukushiku shoo kannon

the beautiful navel
of this Sacred Kannon 
in the great cold


大石登世子 Oishi Toyoko


. daikan, taikan 大寒 "great cold" .
According to the Asian lunar calendar, the 20th day of the first lunar month is one of the coldest days.
Now re-located in January, but it should be February.



source : shokkou/archives

At temple 薬師寺 Yakushi-Ji, Nara


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2015/01/27

Kannon ABC List

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Introducing over 100 forms of Kannon in Japan.
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Ayumi Kannon あゆみ観音 "Kannon for going step by step”
for the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake, 2011.


Batoo Kannon, Horseheaded Kannon 馬頭観音

Byakue Kannon 白衣観音 with White Robes


Daruma Kannon ... だるま観音

dorei 観音像土鈴 clay bell with Kannon Bosatsu

Edo - 江戸三十三観音霊場 Pilgrimage to 33 Kannon Temples

Enkiri Kannon 縁切り観音 to cut a bond


Fukutoku Kannon 福徳観音 - 福泉寺 Fukusen-Ji, Tono, Iwate
The biggest wooden Kannon statue in Japan !

Funanori Kannon 救世舟乗観音 Kannon riding a boat


Gankake Kannon Bosatsu 願掛け観音 to make a wish

Empress Gensho Tenno 元正天皇 and Kannon Statues in her memory

Guze Kannon 救世観音 Temple Horyu-Ji 法隆寺, Yumedono 夢殿, Nara


Hakodate 33 Kannon Pilgrimage 西国移土三十三観音, 函館市湯川寺

Hatakiri Kannon はたきり観音さん Shikoku Henro 10

Hitokoto Kannon 一言観音 One-Prayer Kannon

. Hokuriku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage 北陸三十三ヵ所観音霊場巡り .


Ichigan Kannon ... 一願観音 ... One Wish Kannon

Irezumi 刺青 tatoo with Kannon and Dragon King

Iwa Kannon 岩観音 Rock Kannon / 栃木県那須町芦野
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Iwakura Kannon Holy Water 岩倉大雲寺 観音水 Temple Daiun-Ji


Joogyoo Bosatsu, Jōgyō 浄行菩薩 Jogyo Bosatsu of Purity

Jundei Kannon, Juntei Kannon 准胝 観音 Mother of all Buddhas, 准胝仏母


Kamakura - Kannon Pilgrimage

Kitamuki Kannon 北向き観音 Kannon facing North

Kosodate Kannon 子育観音 to protect children

. 巨勢金岡 Kose no Kanaoka - painter . - first Kannon Painting

. Koyasu Kannon 子安観音 Protector or Children.

Kudara Kannon 百済観音 Temple Horyu-Ji Nara 法隆寺


. Mama Kannon 間々観音 龍音寺 Ryuon-Ji, Aichi .
お乳のお寺 O-Chichi no O-Tera // おっぱい寺 Oppai Tera, Oppai-dera - Breast-feeding Kannon

Matsukura Kannon 松倉観音 Hida, Takayama, Gifu

menoo Kannon めのう観音 / 瑪瑙観音 Meno Kannon statue made of Agate stone, 5 cm high
- shinjuku historical muesum -

Me no Hotoke, Kannon for your Eyes Nara, Tsubosakadera 壷阪寺(南法華寺)

Michibiki Kannon 導き観音 "Guiding Kannon" at temple Taimadera 当麻寺 / 當麻寺, Nara

. Mikata 大悲山三方石観音 Saihizan Mikata Ishi Kannon - Stone Kannon .
Fukui

Mushifuuji Kanzeon 虫封観世音 Mushifuji "Kannon to ward off "insects"


Nago Kannon 那古観音 temple Nagodera 那古寺, Tateyama, Chiba

Nyoirin Kannon, Wishfulfilling Kannon- 如意輪観音
..... Seiryuu Gongen, Dragon Deity Zennyo 清瀧権現


. Ogawadera 小川寺 Kannon Legend - Toyama .

O-Shichi Kannon お七観音 at temple Tanjo-Ji in Okayama 誕生時

Owari shi Kannon 尾張四観音
The Four Kannon Temples of Owari Nagoya

Owari Thirty-three Kannon Pilgrimage
(尾張三十三観音 Owari Sanjuusan Kannon)


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33 Kannon Temples of Saigoku (Kansai area) 西国三十三観音霊場 or Saigoku Junrei 西国巡礼.
33 Kannon Temples of Bandō (Kanto area) 坂東三十三観音霊場
34 Kannon Temples of Chichibu (Valley in Saitama) 秩父三十四観音霊場
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. Hyakkannon Joju-In 百観音成就院 100 Kannon statues at Temple Joju-In .
Kanto. Named after the three pilgrimages to Saigoku, Bando and Chichibu.



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pokkuri Kannon ぽっくり観音 / ポックリ観音 - or
korori Kannon ころり観音 / コロリ観音 Kannon Bosatsu granting a sudden death


. roku Kannon 六観音 six Kannon .
1.聖観音・餓鬼道 - Sho Kannon - Gakido
2.千手観音・地獄道 - Thousand-Armed Kannon - Jigokudo
3.馬頭観音・畜生道 - Horse-Headed Kannon - Chikushodo
4.十一面観音・修羅道 - Eleven-Headed Kannon - Shurado
5.不空羂索観音・人間道 - Fuku-Kenjaku Kannon - Ningendo
6.如意輪観音・天界道 - Nyoirin Kannon - Tenkaido, Tendo

. rokumen Kannon 六面観音 Kannon with six faces .
carved by Enku 円空

Ryuu-oo Kanzeon Bosatsu 竜王観世音菩薩 Ryu-O
with the Dragon King


. ryuutoo Kannon 龍灯観音 with a "Dragon Light" . - Miyagi, Ishinomaki


Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage

. Sake, 酒 Kannon and Yokai monster legends .

Sasano Kannon 笹野観音 Yonezawa, Yamagata

Sendai 仙台 - Pilgrimage to 33 Kannon Temples
- source : ja.japantravel.com/miyagi/33-kannon-temple -

Senju Kannon, with 1000 Arms and Juuichimen Kannon with 11 heads
千手観音, 十一面観音

Shichimen Kannon 七面観音 Nichiren and Mount Minobu

Shiohi Kannon 潮干観音 "Kannon of the Ebb Tide"  -海繁寺 Kaihan-Ji Tokyo

Shoo Kannon, Shō Kannon 聖観音 / 正観音 Sho Kannon


Tono Shichi Kannon 遠野 七観音 Seven Kannon of Tono - pilgrimage .

Usuzumi Kannon, Light Charcoal Cherry Tree Kannon 薄墨観音


. Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and Kannon 長野 .

Yookihi Kannon 楊貴妃観音 Yokihi Kannon
Sennyuuji 泉涌寺 Sennyu-Ji, Kyoto. like the Chinese Princes Yang Gui Fei


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dorei どれい 土鈴観音 clay bells with Kannon
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hariko Kannon 張子観音 papermachee dolls of Kannon
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manga mukashibanashi マンガ昔話データベース Legends about Kannon
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Pilgrimage to Kannon Temples
From Hokkaido to Okinawa
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. Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩 - Introduction .



. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and Talismans .

. Japan - Shrines and Temples - ABC .


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