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2019/06/10

kuyoo Kuyo memorial service

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kuyoo 供養 Kuyo, memorial service

kuyoozuka 供養塚 memorial mound
not only for humans but for other living beings


memorial mound for fish, by the sea, erected by the local fishermen to appease the souls.
. kuyoo 供養 Kuyo Memorial Service .
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. Ako Roshi Memorial tower 赤穂浪士 供養塔 .

. Fukan 贈大教普寛霊尊供養塔 priest Fukan Kuyo tower .

. goma kuyoo 護摩供養 fire memorial service - Fudo Myo-O. *

. inu no kuyoo ike 犬の供養池 Kuyo pond for dogs .

. juzu kuyoo 珠数供養 Kuyo for a rosary .

. Nijuugo Bosatsu nerikuyoo 二十五菩薩練供養 25 Bosatsu ritual parade .
at temple 誕生寺 Tanjo-Ji, Okayama, for 法然上人 Saint Honen Shonin

. rokubu kuyoo too 六十六部供養塔 Kuyo-To, memorial tower for Rokubo pilgrims .


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udon kuyoo うどん供養 memorial service for Udon noodles


source : NHK 2012
at the Rinzai Zen temple 相国寺 Shokoku-Ji in Kyoto

Usually the priests are not allowed to make any sound while eating.
But twice a month they get a food offering of Udon and are allowed to slurp the noodles. They also have to eat all the Udon they got.

The Folk Art of Japanese Country Cooking: A Traditional Diet for Today's World
By Gaku Homma
"The ceremony is called "udon kuyo", but what we got was somen."
The priests call somen "Udon".
... It was great fun to make loud slurping noises while enjoying the noodles.
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. 讃岐うどん Sanuki udon noodles - Kagawa .


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. hari kuyoo 針供養 memorial service for used needles .
kigo for Winter or Spring


. ningyoo kuyoo 人形供養 memorial ceremony for used dolls .
kigo for Autumn


. toowan kuyoo 唐椀供養 memorial service for Chinese bowls .
kigo for early Spring
at the temple Manmanji 万満寺, Matsudo town, Chiba

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uni kuyoo 雲丹供養 Kuyo for sea urchins


うに供養祭 at 赤間神宮 Shrine Akama Jingu, Shimonseki
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巫女一つづつ雲丹海に雲丹供養
miko hitotsu zutsu uni umi ni uni kuyoo

one by one
the Shrine maidens carry them down to the sea -
memorial service for sea urchins


上甲明石 Joko Akashi

. miko 巫女 shrine maiden, female shrine attendant .


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................................................................................. Gifu 岐阜県 
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岐阜市 Gifu city

鼠小僧の祟り,源助茶屋
大正10年ごろ、鼠小僧治郎吉の墓を学校を建てるために埋め、化学実験室が建てられた。化学実験室は原因不明の火事で全焼し、新築するもまた丸焼けになった。鼠小僧の祟りだという噂が出たので、墓を探して現在の場所に安置し、懇ろに供養した。



................................................................................. Hiroshima 広島県 
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廿日市市 宮島町

. juugo dooji 十五童子 15 temple acolytes .


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2019/04/22

Komyo shingon legends

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Kōmyō shingon 光明真言 Mantra of Light
不空大灌頂光真言(ふくうだいかんぢょうこうしんごん)
fuku daikanchoko shingon




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The Mantra of Light (光明真言 kōmyō shingon), also called
the Mantra of the Unfailing Rope Snare,
is an important mantra of the Shingon and Kegon sects of Buddhism, but is not emphasized in other Vajrayana sects of Buddhism. It is taken from the Amoghapāśakalparāja-sūtra or Sutra of the Mantra of the Unfailing Rope Snare of the Buddha Vairocana's Great Baptism and is chanted as follows:

Sanskrit:

om amogha vairocana mahamudra manipadma jvala pravarttaya hum

Japanese:

おん あぼきゃ べいろしゃのう まかぼだら まに はんどま じんばら はらばりたや うん
on abokya beiroshanō makabodara mani handoma jimbara harabaritaya un

Initially, the mantra received little mention in East Asian Buddhist texts, and although Kukai brought the sutra to Japan in the 9th century, there are no records that he ever utilized it in tantric practices. Records show gradually increasing use in the Heian Period, until the 13th century when it was popularized in medieval Japanese Buddhism by Myōe, and later by Shingon monks Eison and Ninshō in their ministries.
Both the Mantra and the nembutsu (nenbutsu) were often incorporated by medieval Buddhists at one time or another, often in the same service. A common practice for the Mantra of Light was to sprinkle pure sand, blessed with this mantra, on the body of a deceased person or their tomb, based on teachings expounded in the Sutra.
The belief was that a person who had accumulated much bad karma, and possible rebirth in Hell would be immediately freed and allowed a favorable rebirth into the Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha. This practice is known as dosha-kaji (土砂加持) in Japanese.
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Dosha kaji 土砂加持“Blessing of Sacred Sand”
Kaji Dosha 加持土砂 "Blessed Sand"



source : chisan.or.jp/chisanh...


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source : chanted on youtube
光明真言曼荼羅 Komyo Shingon Mandala

Koomyooji 光明寺 Komyo-Ji temples in Japan


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光明寺 - reimu 霊夢
奥州忍の里に住むタカソトハノタケトシが,息子を光明寺に入れる。息子は光明寺一の学匠となり,比叡山に移ることになった。その頃叡山の高僧は,山王権現から「東から来る童子を弟子とすれば山門の誉れとなる」との霊夢を授かっていた。果たして息子は一大学匠となり,後に盲目の父母と再会を果たす。息子は慈覚大師であり,観音菩薩の化身である。



................................................................................. Aichi 愛知県 
知多郡 Chita district 南知多町 Minami-Chita town

. Statue of Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来像 .

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光明寺 - 知多郡 Chita
Dainichi Nyorai 大日如来
天文年間、勅願寺御嶽山光明寺では、兵火を避けて本尊である大日如来を池に埋めた。明暦年間、これを知った長尾村の大島四郎兵衛久成が大日如来を発掘して持ち去る途中、西浦の村人が村の守り本尊だから返せと言って追ってきて奪い合いになった。ところが、西浦の村人が持ち帰ろうとすると、持ち上げることも動かすことも出来ない。長尾の村人が持ち上げると軽々と運べたので、西浦の村人は諦めて帰った。そこで長尾村の大日堂に運び入れて守り本尊にしたという。

光明寺 - nue 鵺
光明寺に源三位頼政の、鵺退治の図がある。鵺は顔は猿、胴は狸、手足は虎、尾は蛇の姿をした伝説上の動物。

愛知郡 東郷町
光明寺 - reibutsu 霊仏
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美浜町 Mihama cho town
光明寺 - hikeshi Benten 火消し弁天
慶長5年秋9月「悪竹(あたけ)」と呼ぶ九鬼一族が兵船を出し知多郡西岸を却椋した。横須賀馬走村、大野光明寺、次々に寺を焼き住職を殺し寺宝を奪った。そして岩屋寺に来襲し本堂に火を放った時、弁天様が白馬にまたがって水をかけ鎮火させたので全焼をまぬがれた。(伝説)




................................................................................. Hiroshima 広島県 
宮島町 Miyajima town

光明寺 - ame 飴 sweets
At the temple Komyo-Ji in 芸州宮島 Geishu Miyajima they heard the sound of a baby crying at the grave of the head priest.
When the villagers dug out they found a baby. They gave the baby many sweets and it grew up. Its hair was almost white.



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Once a man at night in bed heard a voice calling him. When he came to his sensed he found himself at the bank of the pond.
He hurried back home, but again the voice called for him and made him come to the bank of the pond.
Back home again he begun to recite the Komoy mantra until the next morning.
If a strange voice calls for you at night, you should never - never go out and follow it.

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三豊郡 Mitoyo district 山本町 Yamamoto cho town

. tanuki 狸 - mujina 狢 - racoon dog, badger legends .
About 100 years ago, near the temple 中蓮寺 Churen-Ji a man was making charcoal and at lunchtime took a nap. He woke up when a Tanuki in formal black and white robes pushed his head down and he could not move. He begun to recite the Komyo mantra and in no time the Tanuki disappeared.

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三豊郡 Mitoyo district 詫間町 Takuma cho town

Once upon a time, a man was walking home when suddenly he forgot where he was and could not find the right road.
He must have been bewitched by a Tanuki, he thought, and begun to recite the Komyo mantra. After a while he remembered and found his way home safely.




................................................................................. Kanagawa 神奈川県 
鎌倉市 Kamakura city

. Tenshōzan Renge-in Kōmyō-ji 天照山蓮華院光明寺 .
- and wagen Jizoo 和顔地蔵 Wagen Smiling Jizo



................................................................................. Kyoto 京都府 

. goryoo, onryoo 御霊 / 怨霊 Goryo, vengeful spirits - Legends .
In 1418, 足利義嗣 Ashikaga Yoshitsugu (1394 - 1418) was killed by his brother 義持 Ashikaga Yoshimichi (1386 - 1428) at the temple 林光院 Rinko-In, where he lived in confinement.
In 1424, on the 14th day of the 6th lunar month, Shogun 足利義量 Ashikaga Yoshikazu (1407 - 1425) became very ill and often mumbled "Oh, what happened then at the temple Rinko-In!" - this must have been the vengeful spirit of Yoshitsugu. After consulting with the Emperor, they held rituals to appease the soul. For seven days, starting on the 4th day of the 7th lunar month, they held rituals 愛染護摩供 for Aizen Myo-O and also had the Komyo mantra read out many times.




................................................................................. Miyagi 宮城県 
大崎市 古川荒谷

光明寺 - Ikei Inari 斗瑩稲荷
宇津野左衛門四郎為忠という郷士の屋敷に、年を経た白狐が棲む。ある夜賊に襲われ、左衛門四郎は悉く賊を斬ったが最後に相討ちになり深手を負って死ぬ。間もなく息を吹き返すと、身に一痩も負わず、傍に白狐が斬られて死んでいた。主人に化して賊の目を欺き、身代りになったのだった。埋葬した場所に稲荷の祠を建て左衛門四郎稲荷という。のち斗瑩山光明寺が別当となり、山号をとって斗瑩稲荷という。

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仙台市 Sendai city

K光明寺 - Kashima no kaname 鹿島の要 Kaname Stone from Kashima
北山光明寺の丘と堤町日浄寺の丘の間の、梅田川水源の湿地にのぞむ光明寺境内の崎で、南面して鹿島神社があるので鹿島ヶ崎という仙台七崎の一。丘の南一帯は田であったが、太古常陸の鹿島から飛来したという七つの大石が点在し、これを地震よけの鹿島の要(かなめ)といった。


................................................................................. Nara 奈良県 

Uda 大宇陀西山
光明寺 - neko 猫 cat
大宇陀町西山の光明寺で、天和年間のこと。ある百姓の妻の葬式でにわかに雷鳴風雨が起こった。憲海上人が棺に七条の袈裟を巻いて本尊の阿弥陀様の箱を投げつけると、たちまち空は晴れて、1匹の老猫が死んでいた。本尊の箱が当ったから、猫は片目がつぶれていた。以来その本尊を猫たたき如来という。




................................................................................. Shiga 滋賀県 
守山市 勝部町

光明寺 - - orochi おろち
近江の国、栗本郡と野洲郡の境に大川があった。三上山で2川に分かれそのうち南川は土山に当り大渕となっていた。その渕に昔から大蛇が住んでいて、近辺の住民は困っていたが手の打ちようがなかった。嵯峨天皇のとき、雷が鳴り天地振動することがあり、時の博士が占うと先の大川に住むおろちが天皇の命を奪おうと振動させているということだった。そこで天皇は近辺の農民を招き大蛇を退治すべしと命令した。近隣農民数万人が打寄ってついには退治した。その時の出来事から様々な地名がつき、また褒美として大光明寺を給わった。




................................................................................. Shizuoka 静岡県 
佐久間町 Sakuma cho town

光明寺 - yamanba 山姥
山姥の住所や山姥の墓に関する記述がある。子を産んだときにつかんだといわれる指跡の凹み石が光明寺と浅間山を結ぶ尾根上にある。




................................................................................. Tokushima 徳島県 
那賀郡

daija 大蛇 huge serpent
福村の池畔と光明寺境内の五葉松には長年大蛇が棲んでいるという。池畔には日に五彩の色を現すという色変松がある。





................................................................................. Tokyo 東京 
Chuo ward

. A pious woman reciting the Amida prayer .
and the 光明真言 Komyo Shingon prayer.

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2019/04/14

konpaku two souls

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konpaku 魂魄 legends about two souls

. meido めいど【冥土 / 冥途】 the Netherworld, nether world, underworld .
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恋せよ魂魄
仁木英之 Niki Hideyuki
殺し屋・劉欣(モテモテ) VS間者集団胡蝶の頭目!? 命を賭けた最終決戦の行方は? 連れ去られた父母を救うため、長安へ向かった劉欣。後を追う美少女仙人・僕僕と王弁は途中、タシという少女と出会う。タシは不治の病だが、王弁が近くにいるとそれだけで良くなる。しかし離れると悪くなり……、薬師・王弁はどう治療すべきか悩む。一方、胡蝶の頭目は劉欣の仙骨を手に入れるため遂に始動! シリーズ最新長編!
--- 連れ去られた父母を救うため、長安へ向かった劉欣。後を追う美少女仙人・僕僕と王弁は途中、タシという少女と出会う。タシは不治の病だが、王弁が近くにいるとそれだけで良くなる。しかし離れると悪くなり…、王弁は薬師としてどう治療すべきか悩む。

konpaku 魂魄 two souls
tamashi 魂 soul and haku 魄 "white soul"

Hun and po are types of souls in Chinese philosophy and traditional religion.
Within this ancient soul dualism tradition, every living human has both a hun spiritual, ethereal, yang soul which leaves the body after death, and also a po corporeal, substantive, yin soul which is eternal and is the soul astral body.
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The tamashi 魂 soul of 実盛 Sanemori went to the underworld, but his haku 魄 "white soul" did not leave this earth.
The tamashi 魂 soul of 朝長 Tomonaga went to the kitchen, but his "white soul" went to the Shurado hell 修羅道.
The 魂魄 souls of Saint Nichiren went to Sado.

. Shurado 修羅道 World of Fighting and Slaughter .


. 寃鬼 enoki, enki ,疫鬼 eki-ki .
When a person has just died and his soul is still hanging around, it might become a konpaku 魂魄 Enoki demon and visible to other people.
This is also called yuurei 幽霊 a ghost.


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魂魄も袂あるべし黒揚羽


Tr. Gabi Greve

河原枇杷男

. WKD : kigo .

魂魄を身近かにしたる朧かな
(悼佐藤鬼房) 橋本榮治

魂魄の一条となり滝落つる
深見けん二

魂魄の塔にすがりし忍冬花
沢木欣一


黒白の魂魄ちゞれ蟻の塔
八木三日女

死者はいま魂魄をもて脚を震ふ
金子晉

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左右の手の親指の爪の付け根から魂魄は出入りする。だから恐ろしい眼にあったら親指を握って隠す。
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hitotama 人たま / hitodama 人魂
人魂とは流星である。また、魂魄とぶとも言う。日本紀略昌泰二年、尾の長さ五,六尺の流星が飛んだがそれを人魂としるしているのが証拠である。


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ki 鬼,yuurei 幽霊,enoki 寃鬼
人が死んで魂魄がまだ散じる前は、寃鬼となって人間の目にも見える事がある。それを日本では幽霊と呼んでいる。寃鬼が見える時は雲や霧のようだが、雲霧も天地の気が集まったものであるのと同様に、寃鬼も気が集まっているので見えるのだという。また、死んで長年経ってから見えるのは狐狸の妖怪である。


................................................................................. Ehime 愛媛県 

ubu うぶ
小児などが失神状態になることを「うぶがぬける」という。精気魂魄が肉体から遊離した状態と思われている。そうなると「うぶいれ」をする。子供を臼の中に入れて呪文を唱えながらしゃくしで招くなどする。



................................................................................. Kagawa 香川県 
長岡郡 Nagaoka district

nogama ノガマ
葬式の際にハカに鎌を立てる。ノガマと呼ぶ。山で不意に怪我をするとノガマに切られたと言い、ノガマの魂魄が集まって山中を通るのに突き当たったからだという。



................................................................................. Nagano 長野県 

kaidanshi 怪談師 - konpaku 魂魄
怪談師の話を聞くために、たくさんの人が集まってきた。佳境に入ると、ランプが消え、怪談師は妖怪の面をあてて見物席を周る。観客が怖がれば怖がるほど、怪談師はその日の怪談の成功を喜んでいた。

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yanagi no konpaku 柳の魂魄
女人の姿の幽霊
美青年が幽霊が出るという噂を聞き、退治するために現地に赴いた。女の幽霊は古い柳の霊だと名乗り、成仏したいという。青年は自分が僧侶になって引導を引き渡すと言うと、幽霊は喜んだ。仏になった青年はミイラになっている。



................................................................................. Shiga 滋賀県 
大津市

konpaku
『諸国里人談』に、志賀の油売が、辻の地蔵の油を盗み、死後その魂魄が炎となって大津八町を飛行するとある。
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近江国大津の八町で、雨中に必ず現れ飛行する玉のような火がある。その地の人は、大津辻の地蔵の油を毎夜盗んでいた油売が死後、炎になって迷っているという。




................................................................................. Shizuoka 静岡県 
富士市

onryoo 怨霊
水難者の魂魄は怨霊となって、子どもの足を引張る。釜ヶ淵はじめ富士川町北松野と富士市沼久保の卵岩の淵や、沼久保地先のあおい淵は、そうした怨霊の潜む場所。特にお盆は危ない。





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Kokuu daiko 虚空太鼓
大畠瀬戸では毎年晩春から初秋にかけての夜に太鼓の音が聞こえる。遭難した九州の軽業師の魂魄が改訂で太鼓を打っているのだという。

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下関市 Shimonoseki

oni 鬼
島内には山の神の森が4つある。この森について島の俗伝がある。大昔新羅から4つの鬼が渡ってきて我が国土を窺っていたのを、神宮皇后が毒酒を振るまい退治したが、3つの鬼は蓋井の森の脇で倒れ、また1つの鬼は高野の森で倒れた。この魂魄が祟って島民を悩ましたので神に祀った。


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- reference : Nichibun Yokai Database -
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2018/12/20

Koyakushizo

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Koyakushizoo 香薬師像 Koyakushi-Zo Statue, Ko-Yakushi
at 新薬師寺 the Shin-Yakushiji temple, Nara



香薬師像の右手 失われたみほとけの行方
貴田正子 Kida Masako

Koyakushizo was a gilded wooden statue of the 白鳳 Hakuho period, and 国宝 a National Treasure.
It was so beautiful everyone thought it was of pure gold
So it was stolen twice in the Meiji period.
The first thief fell on his way out of the temple and the hand broke off. Then he realized it was only a wooden piece and left the hand behind.
The statue was found and brought back for repair.
Then it was stolen again . . . and brought back for repair.
Then it was stolen a third time in 1943, this time it was not found.
It was later removed from the list of National Treasures.

Kida Masako spent many years in search of the statue and has written a book about it.
It reads like a mystery novel, but it is all real.
Her story was even featured on TV.






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奈良・新薬師寺の香薬師立像は、旧国宝に指定され、白鳳の最高傑作と言われていた美仏。あまりの美しさから「金無垢でできている」という噂がたち、明治時代に2度盗まれたが、手足を切られ、純金製でないことが分かると2度とも道端に捨てられているのが発見され、寺に戻った。そして昭和18年、3回目の盗難に遭う。
「国宝香薬師盗難事件」は、戦時中の新聞にも報じられ、仏像ファンたちに大きな衝撃を与えた。2度盗まれて戻ってきた像だったが、今回ばかりは発見されず、未だ行方が分からない。
この行方不明の香薬師を見つけ出そうと、元産経新聞の記者である著者が取材を開始。新薬師寺住職の全面的な協力を得た調査では、まるでミステリー小説を地で行くような展開に。その結果、衝撃の新事実が発覚。ついに、「本物の右手」の存在をつかむ……。
- source : amazon.co.jp...






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Shakadoo 釈迦堂 Shaka Hall
The Shaka Hall was newly built in 1976 in order to enshrine the Buddhist statue of “Hakuho Shakanyorai Izo (Hakuhobutsu)” that is a National Important Cultural Property in Japan.
The statue of “Hakuho Shakanyorai Izo” is a Buddhist image that was created in the Hakuho period (673 – 686): the time classification of Japanese art history, such as in the late Asuka era (592 – 710).
It was the principal image of the Jindaiji temple when it was established.

... Also, it is a biggest as a gilt bronze statue of the Buddha in Japan: the sitting height is 60.6cm and the height is 83.5cm.
... The baby face and the line connected to the nose from the eyebrow represents the features of the Hakuho period.
Unfortunately, the gold leaf on the statue that was used to be was destroyed by fire.
We can see the similar expression in the statues of "Koyakushi-zo" at Shinyakushiji temple
and the statue of “Yumetagai Kannnon-zo” at Horyuji temple in Nara district.
These three Buddhist statues represent this era and are called “Three Hakuho Buddhist statues”.
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2018/12/12

Kanimanji temple

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Kanimanji 蟹満寺 Kaniman-Ji, Kyoto "Crab Temple"
Kani-Manji



京都府木津川市山城町綺田(かばた) / Hama-36 Yamashirocho Kabata, Kizugawa, Kyoto

The temple houses one of the four great seated bronze Buddha statues.



The statue is 2.403m high. It is made of 金銅 gilt bronze and weighs about 2 tons.
It was made maybe even before the 奈良時代 Nara period. It is one of the four bronze statues.
The other three statues from the same period are
丈六金銅仏は飛鳥大仏 Asuka Daibutsu
興福寺仏頭 Kofukuji
薬師如来坐像 Shaka Nyorai

The temple used to have a large compound in the Nara period, but now only the main hall with the statue is left, surrounded by the village.

Not related to the statue is the founding legend of the crabs killing a serpent.



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Founded before the Nara period and located in the Yamashiro area of Kyoto prefecture, Kaniman-ji Temple is known for its magnificent 2.67 meter bronze sculpture of Shaka Nyorai.
The temple's founding legend tells of a broken promise and a snake that was killed by crabs.


Carving of a crab and snake on the side of the Kannon-do at Kanimanji Temple.
- source : taleofgenji.org...


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shuin 朱印 stamp



omamori お守り crab amulet

- Homepage of the temple
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木津川市 Kizugawa city 山城町 Yamashiro town

Once upon a time
there was a very beautiful young girl. Once the villagers had captured a lot of crabs and wanted to eat them. The girl took pity on the animals and exchanged them for fish to save them.
The next day the father of the girl saw a snake trying to swallow a toad. The snake said it would let go of the toad if he gave his daughter in exchange. He agreed.
So the snake let go of the toad.
That night a young man came to the home, saying he wanted to keep the promise of the day. Father said he had not talked to his daughter about it and sent him away.
When the daughter learned of the promise, she sat in front of the Buddhist family altar and began reciting the Sutra scriptures.

A serpent came into the room and when the villagers opened the door next morning, the girl was safe.
The serpent had been bitten to death by hundreds of crabs.
The villagers built a temple to honor this event, the 蟹満寺 Kaniman-Ji.



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相楽郡 Soraku district 棚倉村 Tanakura village

The same story as above is told about a seven-year old girl and the serpent trying to eat a frog.

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- reference : Nichibun Yokai Database -

. hebi 蛇と伝説 Legends about snakes and serpents .

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2018/05/06

Kyoto San Kobo Daishi

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Kyoto San Kobo 京都三弘法 Three Temples with Kobo Daishi



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The three most important temples related to Kobo Daishi
Getting the stamp of all three brings extra go-riyaku virtues.

東寺 To-Ji
仁和寺 Ninna-Ji
神光院 Jinko-In
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弘法大師空海ゆかりの3ヶ寺を巡拝する三弘法まいりの風習は、江戸時代中期にはじまったとされ、正月の3日間にお参りすれば一年中の厄を逃れられるとされています。 また毎月21日の弘法大師の縁日に巡礼する習わしもあります。
さらに、
四国八十八ヶ所霊場を巡るお遍路が、道中安全を祈願して3ヶ寺で菅笠・金剛杖・納札箱を授かり、それらを身につけて巡礼する風習もありました。
三弘法まいり
の風習は昭和30年代頃にいったん廃れましたが、平成24年(2012)に「京都三弘法霊場会」が結成され、半世紀ぶりに復活しました。
- source : kyonoreijo.sakura.ne.jp...








納め札箱 - 金剛杖 - 菅笠のミニチュア
Miniatures of the bag for fuda, the staff and a special Henro straw hat
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Sennin 08 Kan Shiwa Kanshiwa

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Kan Shiwa 韓志和
飛龍士韓志和 Hiryushi  Kan Shiwa


He is Nr.08 of the
. 日本の仏仙人16人 - The 16 Buddhist Immortals of Japan .


source : panoramahida.iza-yoi.net/hidatakumi...

Most probably he was a master carpenter of Hida Takayama. The statue shows him with a chisel and hammer.
He could carve a crane and make it fly around, or carve a cat and it would catch mice.
. Hida no takumi 飛騨の匠 expert carpenter or craftsman from Hida .
They were already well known in the Heian period.

Later he was 飛龍隊の兵士 in the Imperial guard of "the flying dragons" in China.

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“…’Golden Butterflies’ is about a Japanese immigrant living in the T’ang dynasty China (619-905), probably one of the many Japanese students and pilgrims who went to China during the early T’ang to learn Chinese arts and sciences for their own newly developing nation of Yamato (Japan).
The name of this particular individual, Han Shih-ho (Han Shiho, or in Japanese, Kan Shiwa) would seem to indicate that he was in fact of fairly recent Chinese or Korean ancestry, as were many families among the upper classes of ancient Japan and in the craft guilds they patronized. Kan Shiwa was a master craftsman, one of the professional pursuits traditionally associated with Taoism.
Although stories about him mention no details on this point, he was evidently also a martial artist, another profession with traditional Taoist connections, for he served in the imperial guard of the ruling house of the T’ang. His story illustrates a number of Taoist ideas. His ability to make lifelike moving replicas of insects, animals, and birds represents what is sometimes called taking over creation, the power to infuse inert matter (the physical body) with vitality, energy, and spirit. The relationship between the color of his mechanical insects and the 'food' he gives them illustrates the way personality is formed by education and environmental influences.
The story of the golden butterflies represents the Taoist theory of 'equalizing things' in worldly terms, through redistribution of wealth by nonviolent means."
-from Vitality, Energy, Spirit: a Taoist Sourcebook // translated and edited by Thomas Cleary (p.37-38)


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GOLDEN BUTTERFLIES
"In the time of the emperor Mu-tsung (Muzong) of the T’ang dynasty, in the ninth century, among the members of the elite corps of the imperial guard was a Japanese man named Kan Shiwa.
Kan Shiwa
was a most extraordinary sculptor. He could fashion any sort of bird and make it so that it could drink water, hop around, stretch out its neck and call, and so on, all in the most beautiful and charming manner. He put machinery in the bellies of the birds he made, so that besides having beautiful plumage they could also fly one or two hundred feet in the air.
Also,
Shiwa sculpted cats that could do even more; they could run around and even catch small birds.
Now the captain of the guard thought this was truly marvelous, and wrote to the emperor about it. Emperor Mu-tsung summoned Kan Shiwa into his presence, and he too was captivated by Shiwa’s skill.
The emperor asked Shiwa
if he could carve something yet more marvelous. Shiwa told the emperor he would make a 'dais for seeing dragons.'
..... Not without misgivings, the emperor stepped up. The moment he did so, a gigantic dragon appeared in the sky. It was about twice the size of a man and had scales, a mane, claws, and horns; it flew into the clouds and rode on a mist, dancing in the sky. Its energy and appearance were such that one would never think it to have been made by human hands.
The emperor
was flabbergasted. Frantically he jumped off the little platform and said, 'Fine, fine, very good, now take it away with you!'
Strange to say, the moment he got off the dais the big dragon disappeared. All that remained was to put it back in its place.
Now Shiwa apologized to the emperor for startling him so, and offered to make good by doing something amusing. .....
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..... Shiwa made some small things, "They are like spiders, they are flycatchers."
"Are they real?" the emperor asked, amazed by their lifelike quality.
"No, they are manmade," Shiwa answered. . . .
Catching the flies, one by one they returned to Shiwa's palm.
The emperor marveled at this. He gave Shiwa a big reward of silver, which Shiwa ungrudgingly gave away to poor people in the city. Now the rumor passed around among the people of the city was that Kan Shiwa was a spiritual immortal from the Isles of the Blest in the East Sea.
Just when this gossip reached its peak, Kan Shiwa disappeared from the imperial guard and no one ever saw him again.
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韓志和 Kara Shiwa(木鶴大明神)Kitsuru Daimyojin - Deity of the Wooden Crane
高山市川原町の中橋公園にある韓志和(から・しわ)の像。



木彫りやカラクリの技術に優れ、唐の皇帝・穆宗(ぼくそう)を驚嘆させたという。
この韓志和は飛騨の匠ではないかと考えられるようになった。
古くから飛騨の匠の高い技術が評価されていた事もあるのだろう。
飛騨国分寺にある木鶴大明神は、彼を描いた像といわれている。
自作の木鶴に乗って中国へ渡ったという韓志和。両手にはノミと槌が握られている。
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韓志和伝説 - Detailed study
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2018/04/11

Butsusen 04 Suzuka Okina

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Suzuka no okina 鈴鹿翁(すずかのおきな) Old Man Suzuka

He is Nr. 04 of the
. 日本の仏仙人16人 - The 16 Buddhist Immortals of Japan .


Like the
. Yoshinoyama Nyosen 吉野山女仙 Female Sennin from Mount Yoshinoyama .

he is also related to
. Tenmu, Tenbu 天武天皇 Emperor Tenmu Tenno .
when he was still Prince Ōama 大海人皇子 Oama no Oji and lived in exile in Yoshino.

Suzuka no Okina brought the Prince (who was also known as 清見原皇子 Prince Kiyomihara) to Yoshino to avoid fighting. From there the Prince kept fleeing to 鈴鹿山 Mount Suzukayama in Shiga.
The life story of the Prince continues, but the whereabouts of Suzuka no Okina are lost after that.
He was maybe the 鈴鹿山の神仙 Shinsen Immortal of the Mountain.

- - - - - Here is a PDF page with a photo of the Sennin:
Suzuka no Okina felt that the Prince would soon want to become Emperor (帝王の気).
Okina is shown with the Emperor, both riding a deer and crossing a river.
He has invited the Emperor to come with him to the realm of the Sennin (senkyo 仙郷) to introduce him to his daughter.
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Living quarters of Asuka Kiyomihara Palace
..... The building was one of the central facilities of Asuka Kiyomihara no Miya, or Asuka Kiyomihara Palace.
The building was used by Emperor Tenmu and Empress Regnant Jito from 672 to 694, during the Asuka period (593-710).

..... Other palaces built after the Nara period (710-794) have similar layouts to Asuka Kiyomihara Palace, leading experts to believe that the palace served as a model.
..... According to Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan), written in 720, there were three major buildings at Asuka Kiyomihara Palace. To the “uchi no andono” building, Emperor Tenmu invited princes and other relatives.
At the “o andono” building, parties and other entertainments were held, while the emperor’s followers gathered at the “to no andono” building.
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Kiyomihara Jinja 清見原神社 / 清見原宮
大阪府大阪市生野区小路2-24-35 // 2 Chome-24-35 Shōji, Ikuno-ku, Ōsaka



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The Kiyomihara Shrine is dedicated to Emperor Tenmu (673 - 686), the 40th emperor.
The date of erection is unknown. It is said that Emperor Tenmu stayed for a while in Ootomo Village (old name of Shoji) during his visit to Naniwa (ancient Osaka) and that the shrine was built to commemorate the imperial visit.
In 1909, five other shrines in the neighborhood were consolidated into this shrine, which was renamed the Shoji Shrine after the village name.
In 1942, the shrine was rebuilt in commemoration of the 2,600th anniversary of the accession of the first Emperor Jinmu, and the old name of Kiyomihara was restored.
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Suzuka Mountains (鈴鹿山脈 Suzuka Sanmyaku)



a mountain range running through Mie Prefecture and along the borders of Gifu and Shiga prefectures in central Japan.
The tallest peak in the range is Mount Oike at 1,247 m (4,091 ft). In spite of its height, Mount Oike is not the most visited mountain; that distinction belongs to Mount Gozaisho because of its Gozaisho Ropeway, making reaching the peak much easier.
There are seven peaks in this mountain range.
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Suzukayama Shinmai 鈴鹿山新舞 new Kagura Dance of Suzukayama
performed in Hiroshima


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Suzukayama is another hero versus demon piece based on a Noh drama.
The hero is Sakanoue Tamuramaro who was given the title of shogun (barbarian defeating generalissimo) for his success in defeating the Emishi in eastern and northern Japan.
There are many variations on the story, but this version seems to be based on the version of the story that has the demon being a "dog demon". Other versions have the demon being invisible.
The demon lives in a cave on Suzukayama which is near Ise. Apparently it was quite a dangerous place for travelers.
What is interesting to note is how halfway through the dance the upper part of the costume is undone and drops to act like a flared skirt during the spinning.
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2018/04/10

Butsusen 01 Koma no Kikori

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Koma no Kikori 高麗山樵 (こまのきこり)woodcutter from Mount Komayama

He is Nr. 01 of
. 日本の仏仙人16人 - The 16 Buddhist Immortals of Japan .

His father was 真珠男(またまお)Matamao and his mother 白綿女(しらゆうめ)Shirayume. His parents are known as 神仙 Sennin, living at 春嶽(はるだけ)Mount Harudake in 相模国大磯 Oiso, Sagami.
On orders of Yamanokami 山の神, the God of the Mountain, they had placed the baby at the shrine of Koma Myojin高麗明神.

山下長者 Yamashita Choja did not have any children of his own. He found the baby near a tree in the shrine compound and educated it.
When the boy was older, Koma no Kikori went back tho the mountains to look for his parents.
He lived from leaves and nuts and at the age of 15 mastered the art of flying freely. Now the boy could visit his real parents on the mountain and fly back to the valley to see his foster parents. Eventually he said good bye and never came back to the Yamashita family.
But the family of Yamashita prospered and became very rich (長者 choja means millionaire) over many generations.
Some stories about them from the Kamakura period are known.

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Hiratsuka, Mount Komayama 高麗山 and Mount Fuji in the background.
Koraiyama is another reading for this mountain.
It is only 168 m high.
There was a temple, 高麗寺 (こうらいじ) Koraiji, near the mountain. It was founded by 高麗若光(こま の じゃっこう) Koma no Jakko, a prince from Korea, Goguryeo.
Jakko arrived in Asuka (then the capital of Japan, now a village near Nara) but had to witness from afar how his country crumbled until the Chinese / Silla finally ripped it to pieces. He never returned to Goguryeo.
The Asuka Imperial Court held the people from Goguryeo in high regard. Jakko was made a high-ranking court official and was granted the title of kokishi, a hereditary title bestowed upon important people of foreign origin.
There are other shrines, 高麗神社, Koma Jinja, in his honor.
source : japanvisitor.com...


. The Korean heritage 韓国 Kankoku  朝鮮 Chosen .


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Yamashita Choja 山下長者 Remains of the residence
神奈川県平塚市山下 Kanagawa, Hiratsuka



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山下長者が誰なのかはわからないが、仇討で有名な曾我十郎祐成の妾となった虎御前がこの地で暮らしていたという伝承がある。鎌倉時代にはそれなりに地位のある人物が居を構えていたものと思われるが、その起源は謎に包まれている。山下長者屋敷を扇谷上杉氏との戦いで北条早雲が立て籠もった住吉要害とする説がある。それが今では主流となりつつあるが、この程度の規模しかない城館に籠るというのは考えにくい。単純に考えれば高麗山城を含めた一帯を早雲の反抗の拠点として考えたい。
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2018/02/22

Tsuru Sennin Crane

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Tsuru Sennin 鶴仙人 crane hermit
kookaku sennin 控鶴仙人 "Sennin riding a crane"

Chinese :
王子喬(おおしきょう)Oshikyo, Wangze Kao
費長房(ひちょうぼう)Hichobo, Fei Chang Fang
黄鶴楼(こうかくろう)Kokakuro. Huang He Lou



費長房 Hichobo (Fei Chang Fang)

He is riding a crane, holding a sutra scroll in his hands.
He was the disciple of the Sennin 壺公(ごこう) Goko. (ここう Koko).
He tried to become a sennin but could not pass the exam of his master. Nevertheless he became an immortal.
Some sources say he was eventually killed by 鬼神 a Demon Deity.
鶴に乗る仙人は鶴仙人といわれるが、費長房の他にも「王子喬(おうしきょう)」や「黄鶴楼(こうかくろう)」など、何人かいたようだ。
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Sennin 壺公(ごこう) Goko. (壺公 ここう Koko) "Honorable Jar"
Late Han period.
Koko Sennin was selling medicine in the market of 汝南の市場 Jonan. He had a 壺 jar hanging from his waist, and in the evening slipped into the jar and spent the night. He had lived in 天界 the heavenly realm, but was banished because he had commited a crime.
The warden of the market place, 費長房 Hichobo, was fascinated by him.
The special realm of Koko is called
kochuuten 壺中天 / こちゅうてん Kochuten, "Heaven in a Jar"
Often a name for a restaurant.




Some illustrations snow Goko slipping into a gourd
hyootan sennin 瓢箪仙人 "Gourd Immortal"







... . in ancient China, when gourds served the purpose of carrying water on long embarkments. In addition to simply water, medicine was also stored in the gourds; this is where the image of it as a “symbol of health, vitality and immortality ” was derived.
mubyootan 六瓢箪 "six gourds", a pun with mubyoo 無病 "no illness"
and thus a specially auspicious symbol.
. hyootan 瓢箪 Hyotan gourd art motives .


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kookaku sennin 控鶴仙人 "Sennin riding a crane"




名草神社 Nagusa Jinja
Hyogo / 1755-6 Yokacho Ishihara, Yabu, Hyōgo

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北野天満宮 Kitano Tenmangu


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飾り瓦 roof tile from 石作神社 Ishizukuri Jinja, Aichi
愛知県あま市甚目寺石作郷61

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Tsuru Sennin 亀仙人 the modern "Crane Immortal"


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Master Shen is the Crane Hermit (鶴仙人 Tsurusen'nin), Minister Shen, master of the Crane School and Mercenary Tao's older brother. Whilst they both trained at the Mutaito Training Academy, a rivalry quickly grew between Shen and Master Roshi. Master Shen and Mercenary Tao, likewise, began to fight over the smallest things. Eventually, a simple spilled bowl of rice was enough to break the brothers apart.
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OSHIKYO
Das Netsuke zeigt uns ein auf einer rechteckigen Siegelbasis ruhendes Rind, auf dem ein bärtiger Weiser gemütlich sitzt und ein langes Blasinstrument an seine Lippen hält. Das Sitzen auf einem Rind darzustellen, wobei sich meistens eine Union in meditativer Versunkenheit vorfindet, ist sehr beliebt und man kann den einfachen Bokudo genauso antreffen, wie den legendären Laoze, den Begründer des chinesischen Daoismus. Dieser war für den aus kaiserlichem Geblüt stammenden Oshikyo (chin. Wangze Kao) ein leuchtendes Vorbild, das ihn zu einem Leben als einsamer Eremit veranlaßte. Zusammen mit der Fee Fukyuko lebte er dreißig Jahre im Heshe Gebirge. Das alte Netsuke mit sehr schöner goldbrauner Patina zeigt ihn mit einer schon etwas abgegriffenen Haube und einem faltenreichen Umhang, die Schalmei schön angelegt und in einer Linie mit dem Rindsschweif, das Tier lauscht ebenfalls dem sphärischen Wohlklang.
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. sennin to netsuke 仙人と根付 Netsuke of Immortals .


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Parodies of Hichobo and Urashima Taro
Suzuki Harunobu

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. sennin 仙人と伝説 Legends about Immortals .

. 亀仙人 Kame Sennin - "The Turtle Immortal" .

. tsuru kame, tsurukame 鶴亀 Tortoise and Crane .
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2018/02/20

Kame Sennin Turtle

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Kame Sennin 亀仙人 "Turtle Immortal"
Kooan - 黄安仙人 / 黄安 Koan, Kame Sennin


A Sennin from China of the 前漢 Western Han Dynasty (156 - 187) .
He rode on a huge turtle of 3尺 - 3 feet. This turtle would show its head above the water once every 3000 years.
Koan had seen this at least 5 times.
Once he had an audience with the Han emperor and told him about this turtle, but when the emperor died,
Koan also drifted into the unknown.


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黄安仙人図 亀乗仙人
狩野常信 Kano Tsunenobu (1636 - 1713)



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飾り瓦 roof tile from 春日神社 Kasuga Jinja
愛知県高浜市春日町

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source : syo-kazari.net/sosyoku/jinbutsu...

carving at the shrine Kitano Tenmangu, Kyoto
京都市上京区 北野天満宮拝殿


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亀仙人 Kame Sennin - "The Turtle Immortal"
Kokeshi by Usaburo 卯三郎こけし

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Kame Sennin 亀仙人 the modern "Turtle Immortal"
Muten Roshi 武天老師 Master Roshi


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Kame Sennin, the perverted martial arts master. He lives on Kame Island in the Kame House.



Like other Sennin, he lives alone except for his acquaintance, Turtle (海亀, Umigame), a slow yet honest talking sea turtle that comedically represents his Sennin familiar.
Kame Sennin
is very much a cross cultural creation. He teaches the boys martial arts in a Zen Buddhist style of self comprehension amidst physical suffering. Meanwhile, he dresses like a Daoist Taiji master when fighting or teaching. He knows Taiji Chuan and Chinese boxing styles, and helps strengthen his disciples’ ability to use Ki (Qi). On top of that, he emulates Jackie Chan as Jackie Chun, a popular Chinese martial arts film star. He’s a mix of Buddhist, Daoist, Chinese and Japanese.
Kame Sennin is an immortal.
It’s never explained exactly how he became immortal, but he is over 300 years old by the time Goku meets him as a child, and he never ages during the progression of the story.
..... Just like Kume Sennin, Kame Sennin has a magic cloud, which he calls the Kinto’un (筋斗雲), and which shares similar Kanji to the one in Journey to the West, where it’s called the “Somersault Cloud.”
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Parodies of Hichobo and Urashima Taro
Suzuki Harunobu

. Tsuru Sennin 鶴仙人 / jookaku sennin 控鶴仙人 "Sennin riding a crane" .

. tsuru kame, tsurukame 鶴亀 Tortoise and Crane .
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