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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
弘法三


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Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Fudo Pilgrims - INTRODUCTION .



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2018/04/12

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. .....
- source : theparhelia.com/blog/2017... -


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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.
- reference source : The Taoism Reader - Thomas Cleary -


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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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- reference source : gdn2425.jp/statue/s_takayama... -


- source : 飛騨高山まちの博物館


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.
- reference source : nijl.ac.jp/pages/event/exhibition/images/kansou4.pdf -

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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.
- source : ojisanjake.blogspot.jp/2012/01/kanzui-matsuri... -

- further reference : suzukayama dance -


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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。
- reference source : jyokakuzukan.la.coocan.jp/007kanagawa/003yamashita... -


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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。
- reference : fukushima-museum.jp... -

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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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source : watanabe san facebook

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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source : artsy.net/artwork/suzuki-harunobu...

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 .
symbols of long life in China


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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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. sennin to netsuke 仙人と根付 Netsuke of Immortals .

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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 .
symbols of long life in China



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Sennin Kinko

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kinkoo sennin, Kinkô 琴高仙人 Kinko Sennin

Qin Gao from China 周代

Kinko, who lived beside a river and was a painter of fish.
One day a giant carp offered to take him for a ride into the realm of the immortals. He returned after a month, telling his followers never to kill another fish. He then jumped into the river, where he was transformed into a carp himself.
Kinko is usually shown reading a Taoist scroll while riding on the back of the magical fish.



. China - The Eight Immortals 八仙 Pa Hsien .

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春日神社 Kasuga Jinja, Aichi - 仙人の飾り瓦
愛知県高浜市春日町2丁目1番地8

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Courtesan Riding a Carp; Parody of the Immortal Qin Gao (Kinkô sennin)
女性見立琴高仙人
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. Hanayama ningyo 花山人形 - 山形県 Yamagata .


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The Immortal Qin Gao, represented by Hinazuru of the Chôjiya, kamuro Tsuruji and Tsuruno (Kinkô, Chôjiya uchi Hinazuru, Tsuruji, Tsuruno),
from the series Eight Immortals in the Art of Love (Enchû hassen)
艶中八仙 琴高 丁子屋内 雛鶴 つるし つるの
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. sennin to netsuke 仙人と根付 Netsuke of Immortals .

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2018/02/19

Kikujido Chrysanthemum Boy

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kikujidoo, kiku jidoo 菊慈童 Kikujido "The Boy with Chrysanthemums"


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A barrel-shaped container made of chyrsanthemum and hinged at the bottom Inside is the figure of Kikujido, a sennin (immortal being) who wrote the magic characters of longevity on chrysanthemum leaves

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「不老不死の薬となって七百歳を送りぬる。」
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Kikujido is a boy who appears in the song (Noh script), Makurajido (Jido and Pillow), who remained youthful even with the passing of 700 years after writing the lines of the Lotus Sutra graciously gifted to him by the Emperor on the leaves of a chrysanthemum, when the dew drops from the chrysanthemum became an elixir for immortality.
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菊慈童図 - the Chrysanthemum Boy
by Tsukioka Sessai (died in 1839)

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The Kikujido (The Boy with the Chrysanthemums) kasaboko festival float
is from Miyano-machi, a former castle town of Yatsushiro Castle, and is the oldest of all the kasaboko.
Kikujido is a boy who appears in the song (Noh script), Makurajido 枕児童 (Jido and Pillow), who remained youthful even with the passing of 700 years after writing the lines of the Lotus Sutra graciously gifted to him by the Emperor on the leaves of a chrysanthemum, when the dew drops from the chrysanthemum became an elixir for immortality. This story represents people’s desire for immortality.
The name of Miyano-machi is derived from being a part of Monzen-machi, which was once in Myōken Shrine (Yatsushiro Shrine). Since it has a deep-rooted relationship with Myōken Shrine, the Kikujido kasaboko travels in front of the other kasaboko in the procession and is customarily always kept in the service of Myōken Shrine, regardless of the weather.
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Tsuba with design of Kikujido gathering chrysanthemums.

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Kiku Nyosen 菊女仙 female Chrysanthemum Sennin
also called 人菊女 or 阿菊 Agiku.
She is a mysterious 仙女 female Sennin (sometimes translated as "fairy").

She lived around 720.
Sometimes she came down from her mountain and could be seen at the waterfall at the 水晶渓 "Chrystal gorge".
She ate only the leaves and petals of chrysanthemums.
           

有田焼 萬仙窯 Aritayaki


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Kumedera Kume Sennin

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Kumedera 久米寺 Kume-Dera, Nara


奈良県橿原市 / Nara Prefecture, Kashihara, Kumecho, 502

第7番 霊禅山 久米寺 Kumedera
Nr. 7 of the 49-temple pilgrimage dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai.
. 西国四十九薬師巡礼 Yakushi Nyorai in Western Japan .

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ema 絵馬 votive tablet of the founder, Kume Sennin



stone statue of Kume Sennin

久米寺は、畝傍山(うねびやま)の南に位置する仁和寺(にんなじ)別院の真言宗のお寺で、橿原神宮(かしはらじんぐう)の一の鳥居を南に入ってすぐのところにあります。
久米仙人伝説(くめせんにんでんせつ)
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. sennin 仙人と伝説 Legends about Immortals .



Kume no Sennin 久米の仙人
The Immortal Kume used to fly around in the sky, riding on clouds. Once he saw a beautiful woman doing the washing at a river and got quite exited and involved with her.
This was the reason why he lost his 神通力 supernatural powers.
Part of this 通 power stayed deep in the mountain and became akki 悪鬼 a bad demon, who was called 通鬼 Tsuki, Tsu-Oni. This wicked demon went to the village and bewitched boys, even making them ill and mentally confused.
He lived at the times of emperor 欽明天皇 Kinmei Tenno.

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Who is Kume Sennin?



..... Kume Sennin’s legend is recounted in classical works, such as Book 11:24 of Konjaku Monogotari (今昔物語集) a 12th century collection of Buddhist Parables, and Essay 8 of Tsuregurekusa (徒然草), a collection of thoughts on life by the Buddhist monk Yoshida Kenko (1283 – 1352).
The legend says
that Kume was traveling on his cloud when he suddenly noticed a young woman near a river washing her clothes. He curiously watched the woman and unexpectedly caught a glimpse of her white leg under her raised kimono.
Kume’s mind became filled with desire and he immediately lost the ability to fly. Heavy with lustful thoughts, Kume fell to the earth and crashed in front of the lady!
Smitten,
Kume chose to marry the maiden. They made love for many years and started a family. Yet one day Kume realized the error of his ways, repented and set off to achieve the ultimate goal of immortality all over again.
According to the legend,
Kume worked hard to redeem himself, regained his powers, and built (or inspired the building of) Kumedera Temple (久米寺)in Kashihara City, Nara Prefecture. This temple dates back to the time of Prince Shotoku Taishi (574 – 622 AD) and still exists today.
This tells us that the Kume legend goes back at least 1,400 years.
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A Japanese ivory netsuke 20th century, signed Keiun finely carved as Peeping Tom Sennin, the cloud dwelling spirit of Kume, 4.5 cm long.
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Kume Sennin 久米仙人 Also written 粂仙人.
A legendary immortal often depicted in Edo period painting. According to legend recorded in KONJAKU MONOGATARI 今昔物語 (vol.11), Kume Sennin studied the special practices of the immortals at Ryuumonji 龍門寺 in Nara. Having learned how to fly, he flew one day over the Yoshino 吉野 river, and spotted a young woman washing laundry in the river. At the sight of the woman's white legs, he was so struck with passion that his supernatural powers failed him and he tumbled to the ground in front of the woman. This woman became his wife. Kume Sennin was then recruited to help build the capital at Takechi 高市 and was told to move lumber with his special powers. After eight days of intense training, he obtained the protection of Buddha and regaining his supernatural powers, flew the large quantity of wood to its destination in one swoop. For this deed, he received land in Kashihara 橿原 from the emperor, and here he founded Kumedera 久米寺. Pictorial representations of Kume Sennin usually depict him in the act of seeing the woman and tumbling from the sky.
A well known example is the folding screen by Soga Shouhaku 曾我蕭白 (1730-81) in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (dated 1759). In ukiyo-e 浮世絵 prints Kume Sennin often appeares dressed in the garb of a Chinese sage.
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Kume Sennin on a festival float
秋の高山祭

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. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and Talismans .
. 薬師如来 Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 Bhaisajyaguru - ABC .

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