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2018/02/15

Yakushi legends 11 Toyama Yamaguchi Yamanashi

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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and
legends from Toyama 富山県, Yamaguchi 山口県 and Yamanashi


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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Toyama 富山県

. Yakushidake, Yakushi-Dake 薬師岳 Mount Yakushi .

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下新川郡 Shimo-Niikawa district 朝日町 Asahi and 高岡市 Takaoka

On the 8th day of the 10th lunar month Yakushi goes off to 出雲 Izumo and comes back on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month.

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各願寺 Kakugan-Ji
本尊:薬師如来
富山市婦中町長沢5692







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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Yamaguchi 山口県

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下関市 Shimonoseki

Yakushi Doo ato no ike 薬師堂跡の池 the pond a the remains of the Yakushi Do Hall
The water of this pond is said to heal eye diseases and warts.




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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Yamanashi 山梨県



. Budō Yakushi, budoo Yakushi 葡萄薬師 Budo Yakushi, Grapes Yakushi .
行基菩薩 Saint Gyoki Bosatsu (668 - 749) at 勝沼町 Katsunuma


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富士吉田市 - Fuji Yoshida

Yakushi no tatari 薬師のたたり The curse of Yakushi
Once upon a time
there lived a person with bad eyes in the home of 加賀美イツケ Kagami Itsuke.
One day in a dream he saw a thrown-away statue of Yakushi Nyorai in the lake 明見湖 Asumiko in Fujiyoshida. He went there to get the statue and his eye disease was healed.
But since there was a curse to go with this statue, he then brought it to the temple 常在寺 Jozai-Ji in the village 小立村 Kodachi mura.

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南巨摩郡 Minamikoma gun 富沢町 Tomizawa

At the temple 龍徳寺 Ryutoku-Ji at mount 蓧井山 there is a statue of Yakushi Nyorai which had come floating down the river 有東川 Utogawa, looking almost like a log. When someone got the ax and dried to chop it down for firewood, there was blood flowing out of the statue. So the villagers build a little temple and venerated the statue. Whichever way they placed it, next morning it stood there facing the mountain, 蓧井山.

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韮崎市 Nirasaki 大草町 Okusa cho

. kadomatsu 門松 gate decoration with pines for New Year .
The Zen temple 正福寺 Shofuku-Ji has a Yakushi Do Hall.
On the New Year's night, the Yakushi in this hall had to go out to take a pee. He stumbled in the dark and hit his eye on a branch of the pine decoration, thus becoming blind.
Now there is never a pine decoration for the New Year at this temple.

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上野原市 Uenohara 秋山村 Akiyama

In the hamlet of 尾崎 Ozaki the statue of Yakushi Nyorai had been stolen and sold to a temple in Yokohama.
But the statue always went back to Ozaki, however many times they tried to put it up in Yokohama.

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- reference : Nichibun Yokai Database -

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2018/02/14

Yakushi legends 10 Tochigi Tokushima Tottori

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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and
legends from Tochigi 栃木県, Tokushima 徳島県 and Tottori 鳥取県


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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Tochigi 栃木県


能満寺

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芳賀郡 Haga 茂木町 Motegi

kome-togi baa sama 米とぎ婆さま old hag washing rice
Near the Yakushi temple there is the old hag washing rice.
She washes and polishes rice in the evening, singing this song:
「米とぎ婆さま晩方さあらさら。薬師様さあらさら。子供さろべとさあらさら。」

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鹿沼市 Kanuma

In front ot the home of the 上沢氏 Kamisawa family there is a 薬師堂 Yakushi Do Hall.
When washing the eyes at a well nearby, the eyes are healed. But the water has now dried up.


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鶏足寺 Keisokuk-Ji "Temple dedicated to the legs of a hen"
本尊:七仏薬師 Shichibutsu Yakushi
足利市小俣町2748-1 // 2748 Omatachō, Ashikaga-shi, Tochigi

. Shichibutsu Yakushi 七仏薬師 / 七佛薬師 Seven Yakushi Statues .


source : .city.ashikaga.tochigi.jp/site/bunkazai...

The statue is 52 cm high. End of Heian or beginning of Kamakura period.
In the compound of 鶏足寺 Keisoku-Ji was a hall dedicated to the Buddha of Medicine, 医王堂本堂.

. Keisokuji 鶏足寺 Keisoku-Ji Temple of the chicken legs .
Three temples with this name, each with a legend of its own.


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- - - - - Yakushi Temples in Tochigi

長樂寺 Choraku-Ji
那須郡那須町寺子丙1404

医王寺 Io-Ji
足利市田中町454



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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Tokushima 徳島県
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海部郡 Ama district 宍喰町 Shishikui

tanuki 狸 badger
Once upon a time there lived a Tanuki near the Yakushi Do Hall. He would play a trick on the villagers : When they went to bed with their head facing South, they would wake up next morning with the head facing North (kitamakura, pillow in the North).

kitamakura 北枕
Living people should never sleep with their pillow facing North.
This is the position for placing a dead body in the home, before the funeral.

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美馬郡 Mima district つるぎ町 Tsurugi

. ikiryoo 生霊 . 生き霊 Ikiryo“living spirit” .
Around 1670, a man had made a promise to marry a woman, but did not keep it and married another woman.
The insulted woman went to the Yakushi Do Hall and hit the eyes, ears and breast of the Yakushi statue with a cursing nail. The new wife begun to suffer from possessions and could not be healed. Even a mountain priest performing sacred rituals could not get her rid of the bad spirit.

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- 12 Yakushi Temples in Tokushima
- reference source : yaokami.jp/tokushima -

井戸寺 Ido-Ji
本尊:七仏薬師如来 Seven Yakushi Statues
徳島市国府町井戸北屋敷80-1


薬王寺 Yakuo-Ji
本尊:厄除薬師如来 Yakuyoke Yakushi Nyorai
海部郡美波町奥河内寺前285-1




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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Tottori 鳥取県  



Kurayoshi, Sakura village 倉吉市桜
大日寺は寺伝に承和8年(841)Temple Dainichi-Ji
Statue by Ennin - Jigaku Daishi 慈覚大師 / 慈覺大師 (794 – 864)
慈覚大師円仁の開基、永延2年(988)恵心僧都の再興とされる。本像は、桧又は榧の一木造りで、像高152.0cm。
肉身部は黄土彩、着身部はベンガラ彩の朱衣金体を呈し、両膝に見られる同心円状の衣文にも特徴がある。丸みを帯びた大らかな作風で、平安中期~後期の造像とみられる。
一木造りの、県内に残る数少ない平安時代の仏像として、価値が高い。
- reference source : db.pref.tottori.jp/bunkazainavi.nsf... -

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The Elder Ashioka 葦岡長者
. Yoshioka Onsen 吉岡温泉 Hot Spring .

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. Yakushi no men 薬師の面 Yakushi Nyorai mask .
and the makuragami 枕神 "god of the pillow"

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hebi 蛇 serpent
Once a villager found a large pot in the forest behind the temple 薬師寺 Yakushi-Ji. In it was a dead serpent, but on the bottom was a liquid substance like 漆 laquer.
He took the pot home and gave the pot to the priest of the temple, and the scales of the serpent to his neighbour.
And oh wonder, the family of this old man became rich all of a sudden. This must have been the gratitude of the serpent. Later he gave the scales of the serpent to the local 弁天さん Benten Shrine.

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Yakushizoo 薬師像 statue of Yakushi
There lived a dangerous bandit, called 金屋の千賊 Kanaya no Senzo. The lord Chunagon 中納言 藤原行平 Fujiwara no Yukihira came all the way from Kyoto to fight him, but after many years of fighting he was not successful. So Yukihira had to give up his title of lord and retired.
He made a vow to 天地神明 the deities of Heaven and Earth, and then carved 14 statues of Yakushi Nyorai. He threw the statues into the river and kept praying to be able to win over Senzo. With the help of the deities, he could eventually win and was able to go back to Kyoto.
One day when he was playing Go, there was a voice: "Hello Chunagon!"
When he looked outside, there was one of the statues of Yakushi Nyorai.
Kanaya is a mountain village, in Kotoura, Tohaku District, Tottori.

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西伯郡 Nishi-Hoki gun 中山町 Nakayama village

tawara Yakushi 俵薬師 Yakushi and a bale of rice
A man always told lies and got his riches by cheating other people, even killing a blind man. One day out of his storage house with the bales of rice he had aquired there came a statue of Yakushi Nyorai.
So he finally changed his mind, cut his hair and became a monk, venerating the statue until he died.

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紙本著色俵薬師縁起絵 Shihon Chakushoku Tawara Yakushi Engi E



This paining is from the legend of the tempel Tofuku-Ji 東福寺:
Once upon a time
they found a statue of Yakushi at the beach and stuffed into a straw bale to carry it to the temple, hence the name "Straw Yakushi".
The top part shows some temples and shrines, below are farmers, fishermen and other people busy with the statue.

一宮町一宮 東福寺
- source : town.ichinomiya.chiba.jp

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東伯郡 Tohaku district 琴浦町 Kotoura

The Yakushi Statue of the temple in 向原 Mukaihara had been found on the beach and brought here. But after that, there were many ill people in the village and many had bad dreams.
An oracle told them to bring the statue to a place where it could not hear the sound of the waves:
灘の音のしない所に祀ってくれ!
Now people come here to pray for healing of breast diseases.


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2018/02/12

Yakushi legends 09 Osaka Saitama Shiga Shizuoka

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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and
legends from Osaka 大阪,
Saitama 埼玉県, Shiga 滋賀県 and Shizuoka 静岡県


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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Osaka 大阪



Tookooin 東光院 Toko-In - Hagi no Tera 萩の寺 Bushclover Temple
豊中市南桜塚1-12-7 // 1 Chome-12-7 Minamisakurazuka, Toyonaka-shi, Ōsaka-
第12番 新西国霊場 Pilgrimage

- reference source : haginotera.or.jp... -

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In 浪速の車町 Kuruma-machi, Naniwa at the 蘆池 Ashi-Ike pond a stone memorial with a figure of Yakushi had been found.
It is also known as
浪花薬師 Naniwa Yakushi or 蘆やくし Ashi-Yakushi.
Every year there was a festival in its honor.
But now the whereabouts of this Yakushi are not known any more.

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- More Yakushi Temples in Osaka

Hoounji 法雲寺 Houn-Ji
堺市美原区今井192-甲

Jigenin 慈眼院 Jigen-In
泉佐野市日根野626

Nichira Zenji 日羅禅寺 Nichira Zenji
八尾市南木の本615

Yachuji 野中寺 Yachu-Ji
羽曳野市野々上5-9-24




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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Saitama 埼玉県

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宮代町 Miyashiro

migawari Yakushi 身代わり薬師 Yakushi as personal substiture
When a samurai from Aizu, called Ito 伊藤修理太夫光家 passed here, he was attacked from bandits 野武士. But Yakushi jumped in his place and the samurai was saved.

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所沢市 Tokorozawa

nezumi Yakushi ねずみ薬師 Yakushi and the mice
If the farmers prayed hard to Yakushi, he would prevent their estate from the damage of mice eating their rice harvest.

There is a mountain called
Nezumi Yakushi ねずみ薬師 in Niigata.


source : takasei.sakura.ne.jp/-nezumiyakusi




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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Shiga 滋賀県

In Shigaraki town there is a 不動寺 Fudo Temple. Once a man went missing there and people got out with drums and bells to look for him. They found him dead leaning on a tree on the Ise Road near the Ishi Yakushi stone 石薬師伊勢道.
This was the wrongdoing of a 天狗 Tengu for sure.

. Ishi Yakushi 石薬師 and Yakushi Ishi 薬師石 Rock and Stone .

. Yakushi Nyorai and Tengu Legends 薬師と天狗伝説 .




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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Shizuoka 静岡県
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富士吉田市 Fujiyoshida

Yakushi no tatari 薬師のたたり the curse of Yakushi
Once upon a time, a member of the 加賀美イツケ Kagami clan had an eye disease. In a dream he was told that he should go to lake 明見湖 Asumiko (in nearby Yamanashi) and look for a statue of Yakushi Nyoarai to venerate. He did so and his eyes were healed.
But later through a curse of the Yakushi he was forced to bring it to the temple 常在寺 Jozai-Ji in 小立村 Kodachi-mura.

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庵原郡 Ibara district 両河内村 Ryogochi-mura

Once Tokugawa Ieyasu came to 大平の薬師様 Yakushi Sama in Ohira village and prayed, and soon his eyes were healed.
This Yakushi once wanted to be venerated by many more people and came all the way to 吉原 Yoshiwara Town in Eastern Shizuoka. But there he could not move on any more.
So it seems Yakushi did not want to go to Ohira after all.
Ohira is a small village near Numazu - 静岡県沼津市大平.

. Tokugawa Ieyasu 徳川家康 (1543 - 1616) .


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2018/02/11

Yakushi legends 08 Mie Miyazaki Nara Niigata

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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and
legends from Mie 三重県, Miyazaki 宮崎県, Nara 奈良県 and Niigata 新潟県


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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Mie 三重県


薬師如来坐像 西盛寺 Nishimori-Ji
薬師三尊像(光善寺)
- reference source : bunka.pref.mie.lg.jp/rekishi... -


. Sanjusan Gendo Hall and 柳のお加持 "Rite of the Willow" .
Yooji Yakushi Doo 楊枝薬師堂 The Yakushi Hall of Yoji Village
- 浄薬寺 Joyaku-Ji

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熊野市 Kumano

. Oguri Hangan 小栗判官 .
and the Hot Spring 湯の峰温泉 Yunomine Onsen

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鈴鹿市 Suzuka

At the temple 清泉寺 Seisen-Ji in Kitabatake there is 北畑の薬師 a Yakushi statue.
people hard of hearing will certainly be healed. To show their gratitude, they have to make an offering. They must find a stone with a hole, place a thread or a mizuhiki 水引 ceremonial paper cord around it and offer it.

uma 馬 horse
At the temple 石薬師寺 Ishiyakushi-Ji (Stone Yakushi Temple) there is an ema 絵馬 votive tablet of a horse. The horse came out at night and devastated the fields.
So the farmers put a stake into it to fix it and bound its legs with painted ropes.

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上野市 Ueno

hi no tama ヒノタマ ball of fire
At 治田村 Haruta village there was an ill person. The door to his sick room suddenly made a strange sound, ガタガタ gatagata, opened and a ball of fire left the room.
The ball first flew to the nearby graves of the family and then to the temple 薬師寺 Yakushi-Ji. Now the bell of the temple begun to ring.

There is also a very old Yakushi-Ji temple in
三重県伊賀市鳳凰寺245 / 245 Bōji, Iga-shi, Mie
dating back to the 白鳳時代 Hakuo period.


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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Miyazaki 宮崎県

. Hokedake-Ji, Hokkedakeji 法華嶽寺 Hokedake Yakushi-Ji .
- Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and Izumi Shikibu 和泉式部


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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Nara 奈良県


新薬師寺 Shin-Yakushi-Ji

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奈良市 Nara

chi no deru ishi 血の出る石 a bleeding stone
The cornerstone of the pagoda of Yakushi-Ji is said to be bleeding. A stone mason wanted to split the stone secretly, when the blood of a baby came flowing out of it. The mason was quite surprized and afraid and run home, but he died soon afterwards.


. yonaki Jizoo 夜泣地蔵 Jizo crying at night .
at 春日神社 Kasuga Jinja

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吉野町 Yoshino

kagayaita yo na sugata no hito 輝いたような姿の人 "shining person"
In the afternoon when children were playing in front of the Yakushi Do Hall, a person with a shining body appeared and told them:
「お前ら、来いよ、来いよ」"Hey, you children, come on, come here!"
But the children became afraid and fled in panic.



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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Niigata 新潟県


source : city.nagaoka.niigata.jp...
The statue is 22 cm high and made from 椿 camellia wood.
Niigata, Nagaoka Akatani 長岡市赤谷

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加茂市 Kamo town 南蒲原郡 Minami Ganbara district

. Yoneyama Awagatake Awayakushi 米山,粟ケ岳,粟薬師 .
Awa Yakushi / 薬師岳 Mount Yakushidake

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両津市 Ryotsu

The town of 水津 Suizu on Sado Island had a prosperous period when the ships to the North stopped here.
Once a ship stopped and had a traveller had a vision of Yakushi Nyorai entering the home of the 川端家 Kawabata family.
So they build a small hall and venerated the Yakushi sama.

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十日町市 Tokamachi 松代町 Matsushiro

Once a young woman who had just married and entered a different family, became quite ill. Her father prayed to Yakushi Nyorai every day. He had a vision in his dream: He saw an old man with a white beard, telling him she would certainly be well soon.
When her father went to the in-laws the next day, he saw a hanging scroll of Yakushi Nyorai in their guest foom - and Yakushi looked just the same as the old man he had seen in his dream.
The bride got well soon after that.

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2018/02/10

Yakushi legends 07 Kyoto

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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from 京都 Kyoto 


勝持寺 Shoo-Ji - お薬摘む薬師
(西国四十九薬師巡礼 Nr. 42)

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. Inaba Yakushi 因幡薬師 Yakushi from Inaba .
Byoodooji 平等寺 Byodo-Ji - 五条高倉薬師堂 Gojo Takakura Yakushi Do .
Medicine Master Buddha: The Iconic Worship of Yakushi in Heian Japan


. Tako Yakushi 蛸薬師 Octopus Yakushi .
Temple 永福寺 Eifuku-Ji
京都市中京区新京極蛸薬師東側町503


京都十二薬師霊場 / 洛陽十二薬師
. Pilgrimage to 12 Yakushi Temples in Kyoto .

kuwagata Yakushi 鍬形薬師 Yakushi with a cut of a hoe
temple 大超寺 Daicho-Ji


The statue was found by a farmer plowing his fields, it shows the impression of his kuwa 鍬 hoe on the back.


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kane no oto 鐘の音 the sound of the bell
Near the 火葬場 crematory there was a 薬師堂 Yakushi Do Hall. People say there were a lot of gold coins buried there. In a quiet night the sound of a bell was heard from below the Yakushi hall.


kuruma-kaeshi no O-Yakushi san 車返のお薬師さん Yakushi stopped the transport
On orders of the Kamakura government a very precious statue of Yakushi was to be brought to 奥州平泉 Hiraizumi. But on the way at 白糸 Shiraito the cr with the statue on it could not be moved any more. So the people thought that Yakushi had chosen this place for himself and built a hall there to venerate him.

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tsuchinoko hebi 槌の子蛇 hammerspawn
Hammerspawns had been sighted at various spots in Kyoto:
In Northern Kyoto, 雲ケ畑 Kumogabata at the 薬師峠 Yakushi pass, at 沢の池 Sawanoike, at 老ノ坂峠 Oinosaka Pass
. at 京都清滝不動院 Kiyotaki Fudo-In .


Yakushi Tooge 薬師峠 Yakushi Toge pass

. tsuchinoko 槌の子 hammerspawn .
a legendary snake-like cryptid from Japan

- reference : Yakushi Toge in Japan -

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亀岡市 Kameoka

Yakushido no kane 薬師堂の鐘 the bell of the Yakushi Do Hall
When villagers buried the bell of the Yakushi Do Hall at the upper waterfall of the river 蛇谷川 Jadanigawa, it begun to rain immediately and the drought was over.


Yakushi Butsuzoo 薬師,仏像
About 200 years ago, during a flooding, a buddha statue came floating down the river. People thought it was Yakushi and venerated it.
Most people in the village stayed healthy after that.


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中京区 Nakagyo

. tengu no tsume 天狗の爪 nails of a Tengu .
shown at Temple 丹州国分寺 Kokubun-Ji


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南丹市 Nantan

薬師如来 Yakushi Nyorai
If people make a wish for healing at the Yakushi Do Hall at the temple 成就院 Joju-In, people hard of hearing will certainly be healed. To show their gratitude, they have to make an offering. They must find a stone with a hole, place a thread or a mizuhiki 水引 ceremonial paper cord around it and offer it.


kyuuri kaji 胡瓜加持 ritual for cucumber purification, cucumber blessing
At the Yakushi Do Hall people come to get a purified cucumber, take it home and each member of the family has to take a bite. The rest will be buried under the beams of the house to prevent people from getting ill during the year.



. kyuuri fuuji きゅうり封じ / 胡瓜封じ cucumber ritual .


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与謝郡 Yosa district 野田川町 Nodagawa

. muchi yakushi 鞭薬師 "whip Yakushi" .
麻呂子親王 Prince Maroko Shinno carved seven statues of Yakushi Nyorai ...



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Aichi 愛知県 / 名古屋市 Nagoya 熱田区 Atsuta

. 大薬師の鬼祭 "Festival of the Demons of Yakushi Nyorai" .
高蔵不動院 Takakura Fudo-In


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Shimane 島根県 / 邇摩郡 Nima district

. Yakushi no men 薬師の面 mask of Yakushi .
at the tempel 山田寺 Yamadadera


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Wakayama 和歌山県 / 日高郡 Hidaka district みなべ町 Manabe

O-Ryuu Yanagi おりゅう柳 The Willow Tree O-Ryu
. Sanjusan Gendo Hall and 柳のお加持 "Rite of the Willow" .
and the legend of O-Ryu.

A willow tree from 熊野川町 Kumanogawa village had been cut down and should be shipped to Kyoto for the building of the Sanjusan Gendo Hall.
The tree was very large and could not float down the river smoothly. There appeared the spirit of a woman and helped pulling the tree downriver. But the place where the tree had been cut was now cursed
and the villagers venerated 十二薬師 12 Yakushi statues there.

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Tooji 東寺 To-Ji - Yakushi Do Hall


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- - - - - More temples with statues of Yakushi Nyorai in Kyoto

一様院 Ichiyo-In, 大宮薬師山東町16

神護寺 Jingo-Ji, 高雄山 Takao-San

教王護国寺 Kyoo-O Gokoku-Ji

来迎院 Raigo-In

三宝院 Sanbo-In, 醍醐寺 Daigo-Ji 塔頭 三宝院

- reference source : yaokami.jp/kyoto -

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2018/02/09

Yakushi legends 06 Kagawa to Kochi

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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and
legends from Kagawa 香川県 / Kanagawa 神奈川県 / Kochi 高知県


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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Kagawa 香川県

kubikire uma クビキレウマ horse with the head cut off
This Yokai horse makes a sound like shango-shango シャンゴシャンゴ and is also called
shango-shango uma シャンゴシャンゴウマ.
It is often seen at a nawa-suji ナワスジ road where Yokai pass along.
Once a man stayed at the Yakushi Do hall near the lake. When he had to go out for a pee at night, he saw a small horse that grew larger and larger. When he had to bend his head to look up to it, it suddenly disappeared. Then another small horse showed up and the man got so afraid, he run away for his dear life!

. kubikire Yokai legend from Tokushima 徳島県 .
This Headless Horse Yokai is well known in many parts of Japan.

. madoo 魔道 - まどう Mado, road where monsters pass .
ma no toorimichi 魔の通り道 / masuji, ma-suji 魔筋 //mamono no toorimichi 魔物の通り道
nawasuji, nawa-suji 縄筋

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三豊郡 Mitoyo district 詫間町 Takuma

If a woman wants to help her ill husband or child or has another wish she needs to have fulfilled urgently, she goes to the 薬師堂 Yakushi Do hall, cuts her hair and gives it as an offering.

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仲多度郡 Naka Tado district まんのう町 Manno village

chichi Yakushi 乳薬師 Yakushi and the breast
There is a Yakushi statue carved by Gyoki Bosatsu. Women who do not have enough milk to feed their babies come here to pray. And if all went well and the child is healthy, mothers bring a small replica of a breast in gratitude.


source : ameblo.jp/kushihiko

There is another shopping street and 薬師堂 Yakushi Do Hall nearby.
「乳薬師」交流拠点に-赤門筋商店街
「赤門七佛薬師堂」 - 香川県善通寺市善通寺町


source : www.shikoku-np.co.jp




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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Kanagawa 神奈川県



日向薬師 Hinata Yakushi Temple, Isegahara
Founded in 716 by Gyoki Bosatsu.

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江ノ島 Enoshima

The 江ノ島の薬師堂 Yakushi Hall has been built by 日詰五郎俊衡 Hizume Goro Toshihira.
This Yakushi does not like dogs and cocks. If anyone would keep them as pets, the whole island would suffer. Lately a young person did not follow the old sayings and kept some, but he soon suffered great difficulties.

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川崎市 Kawasaki 中原区 Nakahara

yoogooseki ヨウゴウセキ 影向石 Yogoseki Stone with Yakushi Image
(Eigoseki, Yogoishi)
In the year 739 天平11年, 光明皇后 Emperess Komyo became ill. Her husband, Shomu Tenno 聖武天皇 (701 – 756) had a dream one night: A monk came to his bedside and told him, the village of Tachibana in Musashi no Kuni 武蔵国橘 (now Kanagawa) there was a sacred spot with a sacred stone where people prayed to a statue of Yakushi Nyorai to be cured.
The emperor sent Saint Gyoki Bosatsu to pray there - and - the Empress was cured.
Later there were more stories about people being cured there.



One year later he ordered a temple being built there, Yoogooji 影向寺 Yogo-Ji
威徳山月光院影向寺 / 川崎市宮前区野川419 - 419 Nogawa, Miyamae-ku, Kawasaki
- Homepage of the temple
- source : yougouji.org

. Empress Komyo 光明皇后 Komyo Kogo .
(701 - 760)



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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Kochi 高知県 - Tosa 土佐



清滝寺 Kiyotaki-Ji
Takaoka, Tosa, Kōchi

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. O-Fudo sama from Takaoka 高岡の不動明王.
Fudo Myo-O stands next to his friend, Yakushi Nyorai.

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長岡郡 Nagaoka district 西豊永村 Nishi-Toyonaga

tsue 杖 walking staff
When Gyoki Bosatsu came to the Yakushi Do Hall in Nishi-Toyonaga on his way to climb the mountain,
he planted his walking staff into the ground. It grew larger and larger into a tree and is called
sakasa sugi 逆さ杉 / 逆杉 upside-down cedar tree

. Gyooki Bosatsu 行基菩薩 Gyoki Bosatsu .
(668 - 749)

. sakasa sugi 逆さ杉 from Aomori .
sacred to 山の神 Yamanokami and 狗賓 Guhin.


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Yakushi legends 05 Ibaraki Ishikawa

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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and
legends from Ibaraki 茨城県 and Ishikawa 石川県



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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Ibaraki 茨城県


菖蒲沢薬師如来坐像 Shobusawa Yakushi Nyorai
At 菖蒲沢薬師堂 the Yakushi hall
Also known as one of the Four Yakushi of Tsukuba, 筑波四面薬師.
本尊の薬師如来坐像のほか,同時期の作と思われる脇侍像と十二神将の一部,そして仁王像2体が現存している。
古くから「筑波四面薬師」と呼ばれて信仰を集め,かつては大変な参拝者で賑わったといわれる。平成20年から21年にかけて修理作業の際に胎内から見つかった墨書から,貞享4年(1687)に東光寺29代目別当寛泉によって作られた像であることが判明した。
菖蒲沢
- reference source : city.ishioka.lg.jp/page... -

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Yakushi statue at the temple 妙香寺 Myoko-Ji
稲敷郡美浦村土浦
- reference source : edu.pref.ibaraki.jp/board/bunkazai... -

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延命寺の薬師如来 Enmei-Ji Yakushi Temple
茨城県坂東市岩井4365番地 Bando town
- reference source : city.bando.lg.jp/sp/page...-


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東村 Higashi

Yakushida 薬師田 / ヤクシダ "Fields of Yakushi"
Near the bus stop 釜井駅 Kanai along the national road Nr. 294 there is a 薬師堂 Yakushi-Do hall. About 3000 square meters of former field land was used, but soon people begun to get ill in the neighbourhood.
Later the land was sold and a mansion was built there

- - - - - Yakushiden / Yakushida 薬師田 as a place name in
秋田県秋田市飯島薬師田 Akita
福島県福島市在庭坂薬師田 Fukushima
小川の薬師田 Ogawa no Yakushida

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水戸市 Mito

keikeigami ケイケイ神,seki no kami 咳の神 Kami of coughing
Near the Yakushi of 台町 Daimachi there is a sanctuary for the God of Coughing. It used to be a shrine for Lord Kuruma Tsunatada, 車斯忠丹波守 (? - 1602) . He had lost a battle and tried to hide in the forest, but could not suppress his coughing, was found out and killed.
After his death, he became the local 百日咳の神 "God of the whooping cough".


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筑波郡 Tsukuba 谷田部町 Yatabe

katame no sakana 片目の魚 fish with one eye
The 弁天池 Benten Pond in the village of 島名 Shimana was also called Yakushi no Ike 薬師の池 and Yakushi was venerated there.
If a person with eye disease would release a living fish in the pond, he got cured, but the fish in the pond lost one eye.


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牛久市 Ushiku

byooninda 病人田 / ビョウニンダ - byooninbatake 病人畑 "sick field"
There was a "sick field" dedicated to Yakushi at the temple 薬師寺 Yakushi-Ji. It was cursed and nobody wanted to use it for farming.
Once some young farmers decided to use it together, but soon some of their members died from mysterious accidents, so they stopped the project.

稲敷の病人田(忌地)伝説 Legend of the Byoninda of Inashiki
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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Ishikawa 石川県



龍護寺 Ryugo-Ji
The statue is 120 cm high.
羽咋郡志賀町酒見門前67
- reference source : pref.ishikawa.lg.jp/kyoiku/bunkazai... -


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羽咋郡 Hakui district 富来町 Togi

ryuutoo 龍燈 "dragon lantern"
The statue of Yakushi in the 高爪山の観音堂 Kannon Hall of Takatsumeyama was carved from some wood found on the beach.
Every year during the festival on the 18th day of the 8th lunar month, there is a strange "dragon lantern" light seen from the large tree in the compound.



. ryuutoo, ryūtō 龍燈 Ryuto, "dragon lantern" .
a light phenomenon at the Ariakekai sea in Kagoshima, Kyushu, and other areas, in the evening hours.

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輪島市 Wajima

funetogame no Yakushi 船咎め薬師 Yakushi blamed for ship traffic
The Yakushi who was responsible for safe ship traffic off the coast once caught the anger of the boatmen. So they cut off his left arm.



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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from
Fukui 福井県, Gifu 岐阜県, Gunma 群馬県, Hiroshima 広島県 and Hyogo 兵庫県


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. Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Fukui 福井県 .
with many photos of Yakushi Statues.


source : info.pref.fukui.jp/bunka/bunkazai...



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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Gifu 岐阜県


薬師寺 Yakushi-Ji


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. 円空上人と小さな仏さまたち Saint Enku and the small Buddha Statues .
- 飛騨の国の正宗寺 - Temple Shoso-Ji in Hida // kamishibai 紙芝居


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益田郡 Mashita district 下呂町 Gero

Two legends about an ema 絵馬 votive tablet painted with a horse:
蚕飼薬師堂 Kogai Yakushi Hall
上原村薬師堂 Ueharamura Yakushi Hall

Once 狩野法眼 Kano Hogen painted a votive tablet of a horse. But the horse left the plate every night and devastated the fields. So eventually he painted some golden braidle to keep it in place.

. Kano Eitoku 狩野永徳 - 古法眼 Kohogen, . (1543 - 1590)

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多治見市 Tajimi town

Yakushi no tatari 薬師の祟り the curse of Yakushi
At the temple Gensho-Ji 元晶寺 in 小泉村根本 the hamlet Nehon of Koizumi village, there is a golden statue of Yakushi of the size 1寸8分
(1 sun 寸 is about 3 cm, 1 bu 分 is about 1/10 of a sun).
A young farmer's girl had found it along the river Kisogawa, but wherever it was kept, it brought misfortune to the people.
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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Gunma 群馬県



source : city.midori.gunma.jp/www/contents
みどり市 Midori city

. 円空上人と小さな仏さまたち Saint Enku and the small Buddha Statues .

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太田市 Ota

Yoneyama Yakushi 米山薬師
Once a man as large as the Daibutsu took the 米山薬師 Yakushi from Yoneyama on his back, set it up at 丸山 Maruyama, sat down at 金山 Kaneyama and washed his feet in the river 渡良瀬川 Watarasegawa.
His straw boots became the Big and Small Mount Maruyama 大丸山 - 小丸山.


米山薬師 Yoneyama Yakushi

- many other Yoneyama Yakushi in Japan, here are just two of them:
米山薬師、Kagoshima-ken, 姶良市 Aira-shi, 鍋倉 Nabekura
米山まいり / 米山薬師堂 in Niigata, 柏崎市 Kashiwasaki
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多野郡 Tano district 神流町 Kanna

daija 大蛇 great serpent
At the 池の薬師 Yakushi Pond there lived a husband and wife serpent. The husband snake got killed by a shot. The wife snake shapeshifted into a young woman, went to the temple and told the priest about it. Then she disappeared.
Later when the priest went to the pond to perform amagoi 雨乞い rain rituals, it would always rain after his prayers.

. daija, orochi 大蛇 the huge serpent, great snake .



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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Hiroshima 広島県



広島県の文化財
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呉市 Kure 蒲刈町 Kamagari

hi no tama 火の玉 ball of fire
Around 1898 on a summer night it was raining heavily. From the temple of Yakushi there came three balls of fire rolling over toward the beach and disappeared.
Since Yakushi and the deity 明神 Myojin are enshrined in the same temple, some villagers said it might have been Myojin.

. hinotama, hi no tama 火の玉と伝説 Legends about fire balls .

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Jizoo sama 地蔵様 Jizo Bosatsu
Once upon a time a fisherman wanted to take the Jizo statue from the Yakushi temple home, but it was so heavy he could not bring it to his boat, so he threw the statue into the water.
A few days later a man walked along the beach and saw a strange sparkle in the water - It was the statue of Jizo!
He saved it and brought it back to the Yakushi temple.

. Legends about Jizo Bosatsu - 地蔵菩薩 .



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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Hyogo 兵庫県


- reference : Hyogo Yakushi Bunkazai -


- Legends about Saint Gyoki Bosatsu and
. Arima Onsen 有馬温泉 Hot Spring .
Kobu-zaka (Lump Slope)
In olden times, there was a sick man with a big "kobu (lump)", over his eye. Hoping to be cured, he went to Arima Onsen and prayed to Yakushi Nyorai to heal him. Despite coming all the way to Arima and bathing in the hot springs, he was not cured. Resigned to his fate, the sick person decided to leave Arima.
Incidentally,
there is a slope to the east of Arima. As the sick man was walking up the slope to leave Arima, the lump miraculously dropped from above his eye like ripe fruit dropping from a tree. When people heard about that they started calling the place "Kobu-zaka (Lump Slope)". This sloping path going from Arima Onsen to Zuihoji Temple is now neatly paved.

. 行基菩薩 Gyoki Bosatsu (668 - 749) .

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伊丹市 Itami

katame uo 片目魚 / 片目の魚 fish with one eye
At the pond 昆陽池 Koya-Ike there are many fish with only one eye.
Once upon a time, 行基上人 Saint Gyoki Bosatsu found a man lying by the roadside and wanted to bring him to 有馬温泉 Arima Hot Spring. But the man could not move and only murmured he wanted to eat some fresh fish. When Gyoki found a fish and offered him to eat it, the man said, Gyoki should eat first. So Gyoki ate half of the fish, including one eye.
Now the man said he had black pocks all over his body and wanted Gyoki to lik them. When Goyki started to lik his skin, the man suddenly changed and stood there as Yakushi Nyorai.
He had only tried the purity of Saint Gyoki.
The fish was thrown into the pond, but now he had only one eye.


Koyaike is now a place name in Itami, where there is a park, 昆陽池公園.


月なくて昼は霞むや昆陽の池
tsuki nakute hiru wa kasumu ya Koya no Ike

there is no moon
and haze during the day -
Koyaike Pond


. Uejima Onitsura 上島鬼貫 (1660-1738) .


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神戸市 Kobe 東灘区 Higashinada ward

Yakushi Ishi 薬師石 Yakushi Stone
Near West Hirano Village 西平野村 in the direction of Daibutsuhara 大仏原 there is an old Kofun in the pine grove. In the hall is a "Yakushi Stone" 薬師石.
Once a carpenter 大工 wanted to build a house and this stone was in his way, so he wanted to dig it up. But things did not go so smooth. The carpenter was dead from a stomach illness withing three days.
So a statue of Yakushi Nyorai was placed before it to appease the stone.

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Raijin and Yakushi sama 雷神と薬師様
Once upon a time
the God of Lightning fell into a tree, but Yakushi got hold of him, before much damage happened.
Since that time there are no more lightning accidents in 有馬 Arima.


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神戸市 Kobe 西区 Nishi ward

Taisanji 太山寺 / たいさんじ Taisan-Ji (Daisen-Ji)
The statue of 播州明石郡大山寺 Yakushi Nyorai of this temple always started to sweat very much shortly before a disaster would happen in Japan, in order to warn the people.

Sanshinzan Taisan-ji 三身山太山寺
It was established on orders of Empress Gensho in 716, who had a dream about Yakushi Nyorai.

. Genshō Tennō 元正天皇 and Yakushi Nyorai .
and the 勅願寺 Chokugan-Ji, "Imperial Temples".



- Homepage of temple Taisan-Ji
- reference source : do-main.co.jp/taisanji -
Pilgrim Temple Nr. 1 of the Banshu Yakushi Temples 播州薬師第一番霊場
and on four other pilgrim routes in the region.

. 播州薬師霊場 Yakushi pilgrim temples in Banshu / Harima / Hyogo .

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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 .


. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and Talismans .

. Japan - Shrines and Temples - ABC List .


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