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2018/04/14

Sennin 14 Miyako no Yoshika

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Miyako no Yoshika 都良香
(834 - 879)

He is Nr. 14 of the
. 日本の仏仙人16人 - The 16 Buddhist Immortals of Japan .


- source : wikimedia / painting by Kikuchi Yōsai 菊池容斎

Miyako no Yoshika (都良香) was a poet and scholar of the Heian Period and had an office at the court.
His speciality was kangaku 漢学 Chinese learning.
Legends say that 100 years after he left office, he was spotted on a mountain as a hermit, his face unchanged.


When Miyako no Yoshika passed through the Rashomon Gate in Kyoto, he composed the beginning of a new poem:
氣霽風梳新柳髪
From the roof of the gate there was a voice continuing with the second part of the poem:
氷消波洗旧苔鬚
This must have been the voice of the Demon of Rashomon Gate.

. Rashomon Gate 羅生門 - Introduction .
羅城門の鬼、羅生門の鬼 // The Demon of Rashomon

. Sugawara no Michizane 菅原道真 (845 - 903).

A similar tale is known when he traveled to 竹生島 Chikubu Island in Lake Biwako.
There it was 弁才天 the Deity Benten who provided the second part to his poem.

Although their life dates are different, there are tales about Yoshika and Sugawara no Michizane.
They were shooting arrows at the estate of Miyako.



- source : 国文学研究資料館

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Miyako no Yoshika was a scholar and statesman of the Heian court.
Today, he is most famous for having written up the earliest convincing account of Mt Fuji’s crater. This appears in an essay entitled A Record of Mt Fuji.
Unfortunately, history doesn’t relate whether he saw the crater for himself, or heard about it from somebody else.
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On the face of it, the ninth century would have been a bad time to make the attempt. Three huge eruptions wracked Mt Fuji between 800 and 865, the last one so extravagantly effusive that it created a new lake at the mountain’s foot. Yoshika’s own account of the volcano describes how a new parasite cone suddenly appeared in March 803.
Even if he wasn’t put off by these fulminations,
Yoshika had a lot of business to keep him in Kyoto. He was a lesser private secretary (shō-naiki) in the administration, and a professor of literature too. In 870, he set the civil service entrance examination for Sugawara no Michizane, who later became the greatest scholar-statesman of the age.
Intriguingly,
the exam’s second question required Sugawara to “Analyse earthquakes” – elucidating why the normally still earth moved, how the Chinese explained the phenomenon, and how the Buddhists in India explained it. Michizane first presented the Confucian view – that the earth heaved when the emperor’s virtue was inadequate and the government was in disarray – and then added a Taoist interpretation of earthquakes for good measure.
Reading this story, I was momentarily enthused. Perhaps Miyako no Yoshika was a would-be geophysicist, born a thousand years before his time. If so, he would naturally have wanted to climb Mt Fuji, taking samples of the ash and meticulously recording the still-steaming lava streams as he went…
Alas,
a re-reading of Yoshika’s Record of Mt Fuji disabused me. The essay doesn’t support the idea that Yoshika was a proto-scientist. Indeed, it’s clear that the author’s real concerns lay elsewhere than the crater; which is described more or less as an afterthought. What really fascinated Yoshika were the supernatural “Immortals” said to inhabit the upper slopes, or the angels who were seen dancing in the clouds over the summit.
For Yoshika,
it seems, there was no dividing line between the “natural” and “supernatural”. In Heian times, nature and super-nature were larger and more mysterious than humans could possibly imagine. A quaintly outmoded way of thinking, one might have thought – at least, until last year, when those waves crashed ashore that were higher than anybody could possibly have imagined.
So perhaps Yoshika didn’t climb Mt Fuji after all.
Yet there is still something appealing in the idea of him hanging up his court robes on the back of his office door – perhaps after a stressful day examining the impossibly precocious Sugawara – sneaking out of the Palace incognito, and then hopping aboard the evening Shinkansen to Shizuoka for a quick run up Mt Fuji...
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Fujisan ki 富士山記 A Record of Mt Fuji


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都 良香(みやこ の よしか)  (承和元年(834年) - 元慶3年2月25日(879年3月21日))
は、平安時代前期の貴族・文人。姓は宿禰のち朝臣。初名は言道。主計頭・都貞継の子。官位は従五位下・文章博士。
----- 経歴
----- 人物
----- 官歴
----- 説話
漢詩にまつわる説話が複数伝えられており、後世においても、漢詩人として評価されていたことが窺われる。
-- ある人が羅城門を通った時に、良香の詠んだ漢詩を誦したところ、門の鬼が詩句に感心したという(『江談抄』『本朝神仙伝』)。
-- 良香が晩夏に竹生島に遊んだ際に作ったという「三千世界は眼前に尽き。十二因縁は心裏に空し。」の下の句は竹生島の主である弁才天が良香に教えたものであるという(『江談抄』)。
また、
活躍時期がやや異なるにもかかわらず、良香と菅原道真が一緒に登場する説話・逸話が見られる。
-- 良香の家で門下生が弓遊びをしていた際、普段勉学に追われていることから、とうていうまく射ることはできないであろうと道真に弓を射させてみたところ、百発百中の勢いであった。良香はこれは対策及第の兆候であると予言し、実際に道真は及第したという(『北野天神縁起』)。
-- 菅原道真に昇進で先を越されたことから、良香は怒って官職を辞し、大峯山に入って消息を絶った。100年ほど後、ある人が山にある洞窟で良香に会ったところ、容貌は昔のままで、まるで壮年のようであったという(『本朝神仙伝』)。
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- source - 太宰府天満宮・宝物館 - 『北野天神縁起』
Yoshika and Michizane shooting arrows


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Who was the first to climb Mount Fuji ?



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富士山・富士登山者昔むかし - Who was the first to climb Mount Fuji ?
富士山に最初に登ったのは木花開耶姫だという。2番は中国秦の徐福(前330年)。3番めはあの大和武尊(西暦110年?)と伝えます。
4、聖徳太子(598年頃)。5、役の行者(680年頃)。6、都良香が取材した人(898年以前)。7、僧末代(1149年頃)…私はいったい何千万人めにあたるのでしょうか。
・山梨県と静岡県との境

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いまではすっかり観光地化され、ゴミの山イメージになってしまった富士山。清掃登山も盛んに行われるようになってきましたが、「山ヤ」さんの間では、冬以外もはや登山の対象ではなくなています。

しかし遠く北アルプス白馬(しろうま)岳、北陸白山、和歌山県の山からも望めるその姿は、やはり気になります。富士山に最初に登ったのは誰でしょうか。

①:最初に登ったのは木花咲耶姫(このはなさくやひめ)。Konohahasakuya Hime
縄文時代、いまから3000年前の新富士山形成時から紀元前400年前後までの間に「永遠の命を天に求めるため登った」という。『古事記』や『日本書紀』などに記載されている伝説の中ながら、この神は神武天皇(紀元前711年生まれということになっている)の曽祖母にあたるというから古い話です。

②:中国の仙術士除福(じょふく)。The Chinese Sennin Jofuku
秦始皇帝の命令で不老長生回春の薬草を探しに登ったという。中国945~954年ころ、僧義楚が編纂した『義楚六帖』(きそろくじょう)という本には除福、富士山に漂着し、その子孫は「秦」と称していまに至るとあります。330年ころと伝えます。

③:弥生時代、西暦150年代?日本武尊(やまとたけるのみこと)Yamato Takeru
が東征のおり登頂したと伝えます。

④:あの聖徳太子。Shotoku Taishi
598年ころ(17歳の時)、甲斐の国より献上された黒駒に乗り、空を飛んで富士山に登ったと「聖徳太子伝暦」などに記載がある。

(5):次は役ノ行者。En no Gyoja
奈良の葛城山で一言主神の讒言により伊豆の大島に流された行者は、昼間は勅命に従って島の内にいておとなしくしていたが、夜になると富士の山に登って修行したと『日本霊異記』(平安初期・僧景戒著)にあります。680年ころ。

⑥:桓武(かんむ)天皇 Kanmu Tenno (800年頃・平安時代初期)。

⑦:空海(807年ころ)。Kukai

⑧:平安初期の漢学者の都良香(みやこのよしか)Miyako no Yoshika
が会った登山者。良香は富士山に登った人から聞いて「富士山記」(879年)のなかで、噴火口の沸騰池、虎岩など見た者でしか分からない細かい描写をしています。
Yoshika heard the details from someone who had climbed Mount Fuji, when he wrote his report in 879. It seems he did not climb the mountain himself.

⑨:平安後期の末代(まつだい)法師。Matsudai Hoshi
久安年中(1145~1151)に山頂奥宮の位置に大日寺を建立。⑩:鎌倉時代に入ると、猪之頭の民が源頼朝の「巻狩り」の時に、山頂の雪を献上した記録があります。

続いて親鸞上人が、また日蓮上人が登り経ヶ岳に経を埋め、1518年には、暴風で13人の道者が遭難した記録もあります。江戸時代に入ろうとする1600年ころになると、128回登山の記録を持つ藤原角行が富士講を開き、以後、講を組んで「六根清浄」と唱えながらの富士登山が隆盛をむかえます。……私はいったい何千万人めの登山者にあたるのでしょうか。

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kishi 鬼詞 the demon's poem
When Miyako no Yoshika passed through the Rashomon Gate in Kyoto, he composed the beginning of a new poem. From the roof of the gate there was a voice continuing with the second part of the poem.
When 菅原道真 Sugawara no Michizane heard this story, he said it must have been the Demon of Rashomon who composed this part of the poem.


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. sennin 天狗と仙人伝説 Legends about Tengu and Immortals .

. sennin 仙人と伝説 Legends about Immortals .


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2018/04/10

Butsusen 02 Udohama 03 Yoshinoyama

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Udohama Nyosen 宇度浜女仙 female Sennin from Udohama beach
and 漁夫 her husband, a fisherman

She is Nr. 02 of the
. 日本の仏仙人16人 - The 16 Buddhist Immortals of Japan .

Udohama 宇度濱(うどはま)/ 有度浜 / 宇土浜 / 宇渡浜(うとはま) Utohama
In Shizuoka, 駿河国宇度郡 Suruga, Udo District, near 三保の松原 Miho no Matsubara.

Not much is known about this heavenly maiden. She appeared at the beach of Udohama and became the wife of a fisherman.


西村重長 Nishimura Shigenaga (1697 - 1758)

A dance performed by a heavenly maiden who arrived at Udohama, Suruga Province in the reign of Emperor Ankan is known.
安閑天皇の御世、駿河国の宇土浜に天女が降って舞ったものを模したという.


. Miho no matsubara 三保の松原 Miho pine grove .



Miho no Matsubara is known as the site of the legend of Hagoromo 羽衣 "the Feathered Robe",
which is based on the traditional swan maiden motif.
The story of Hagoromo concerns a celestial being flying over Miho no Matsubara who was overcome by the beauty of the white sands, green pines, and sparkling water. She removed her feathered robe and hung it over a pine tree before bathing in the beautiful waters.
A fisherman named Hakuryo was walking along the beach and saw the angel. He took her robe and refused to return it until she performed a heavenly dance for him. As the angel could not return to heaven without her robe, she complied with Hakuryo's request. She danced in the spring twilight and returned to heaven in the light of the full moon leaving Hakuryo looking longingly after her.
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歌川国貞 Utagawa Kunisada (1786 - 1865)



Udohama and Yoshinoyama are stories of two tennyo 天女 heavenly maidens.

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Yoshinoyama Nyosen 吉野山女仙 Female Sennin from Mount Yoshinoyama

She is Nr. 03 of the
. 日本の仏仙人16人 - The 16 Buddhist Immortals of Japan .

She lived during the time of 天武天皇 Emperor Tenmu (631 - 686)
吉野山二女仙 indicates that there were two of them.

. Tenmu, Tenbu 天武天皇 Emperor Tenmu Tenno .
Prince Ōama 大海人皇子 Oama no Oji
Prince Oama pretended to be a monk at the temple in Yoshino,

tennyo 天女 the Heavenly Maiden
Once Tenmu Tenno played the 琴 Koto near a waterfall in Yoshino. On the cliff opposite the river something strange like a colorful cloud appeared. Looking closer it had the form of 天女 two heavenly maiden, clad in traditional layered robes, performing a ritual dance.


This is the beginning of the ritual gosetchi no maihime 五節の舞姫 Gosechi no Mai .
This imperial dance is performed to our day, even in Kabuki.


- more photos source : deep.wakuwaku-nara.com/kiyomi -

吉野川 - 天皇淵 Yoshinogawa Tenno-Buchi Tenno Riverpool at river Yoshinogawa
Nearby is the shrine 浄見原神社 Kiyomihara Jinja.

Tenmu Tenno was quite taken by the dance of the Heavenly Maiden. He composed a poem:
おとめ子が乙女さびしもからたまを袂にまきておとめさびしも
をとめども をとめさひする 唐たまを たもとにまきて をとめさびすも


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


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. tennyo 天女, hiten 飛天 "heavenly maiden"
flying Apsara, divine nymph, celestial maiden .






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. sennin 天狗と仙人伝説 Legends about Tengu and Immortals .

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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
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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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Rokubu memorial monuments

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Memorial monuments for the Rokubu pilgrims 六部



rokubu doo 六部堂 Rokubu Do, Rokubu-Do, Rokubu-Hall

rokubu no hokora 六部尊の祠 small Shrine for a Rokubu

. rokubu Jizoo 六部地蔵 Rokubu and Jizo Bosatsu memorials .

rokubu kuyoo too 六十六部供養塔 Kuyo-To, memorial stone

rokubuzuka, rokubu no tsuka 六部塚 memorial mound for a Rokubu


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rokubu doo 六部堂 Rokubu Do, Rokubu-Do, Rokubu-Hall

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. Rokubu son doo 六部尊堂 Rokubuson-Do hall .
千葉県流山市の六部尊の祠 Chiba, Nagareyama

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. 義安寺の六部堂 - A hall for a Rokubu pilgrim at Gian-Ji .
Matsuyama, Ehime - for the Rokubu Tomohei 友兵


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- - - - - The Shikoku Pilgrim wrote:
伊予 遍路道;千本峠越えと六部堂越え . . .
At the Rokubu-do pass, I couldn’t find a hall. Just a signpost for hikers.



Pilgrim road from 45th temple (Iwaya-Ji:岩屋寺) to 46th temple (Joururi-ji:浄瑠璃寺)
I tried to cross over this pass and found the route to the pass has completely disappeared. I "swam" in a heavy bush and got the pass at last. None of the pilgrim now walk on this route, I suppose.
. Rokubu Pilgrims - facebook .

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Ehime, Mount Saragamine 皿が峰
東温市上林地区 Uebayashi


source and more photos : yamap.co.jp/activity...
六部堂越 / 六部堂峠 - starting at 久万側六部堂

- - - - - A friend wrote:
I happened to meet seven stone memorials for Rokubu in a very small area in a 東温市上林地区(Uebayashi district) on the way to Mt.Saragamine, Ehime prefecture.
These big memorials were installed from 1785 to 1822 by Rokubu who came from other countries. Beside these memorials for Rokubu, I saw several big memorials for various motives.
In old days people usually climbed up and down the Uebayashi pass to the village in the Shikoku mountain area as a community road. One interesting thing I have to say about the from the Uebayashi pass, we have a trail path on the mountain ridge leading to 六部堂 Rokubu do pass via 皿が峰 Mt.Saragamine.


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六部尊者堂 Rokubu Sonja Do Hall

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六十六部遺跡の本場は四国 Rokubu Pilgrims in Shikoku
(蛇足)
「渡し場を上ると六部三つ打」(『誹風柳多留』五篇)。
お遍路さんでなく、六十六部(廻国渡世の巡礼、門付けする乞食も多かった)の事例ですが、渡し賃を取られないお礼に、鉦(かね)を三つ叩いて拝礼する。
(義安寺の案内石碑)Gianl-Ji - Namu O-Rokubu Sama
松山市の義安寺の案内石碑には「南無おろくぶさま」と敬称されている。
「六部堂」、愛媛県上浮穴郡久万町
(二世安穏、奉為供養僧俗六十六部、自他平等)
『日本回國供養之塔』享保十四己閏九月吉日。(観音寺市池の尻地区)
『六部地蔵尊』中仙道・街道筋の関が原宿と垂井宿の中間
「大乗妙典日本廻国供養塔供養塔 - Gifu
a long list with photos
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rokubu no hokora 六部尊の祠 small Shrine for a Rokubu

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rokujurokubu kuyoo too 六十六部供養塔 memorial tower for a Rokubu

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source : yoyochichi.sakura.ne.jp/yochiyochi...196..
天満宮の六部供養塔 Tenmangu
- 埼玉県草加市金明町 Saitama


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. 六十六部供養碑 Rokujurokubu Kuyo Hi Memorial .

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柿の久保集落 Chichibu, Kakinokubu
On a route to 秩父観音霊場 Kannon temples in Chichibu



On the way down from 大日峠 Dainichi Toge pass. One can imagine a pilgrim being totally exhausted and coming to his end here and villagers building a memorial for him.
- reference source : yoyochichi.sakura.ne.jp... -

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- 六十六部納経塔 1816年 / 重輪寺入口の石仏 - with many further references
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- 六十六部廻国供養塔 / 大阪市天王寺区四天王寺2 Osaka
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rokubuzuka, rokubu no tsuka 六部塚 memorial mound for a Rokubu

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. Rokubusama 六部様 / 六部塚 Rokubu mound .
Rokubuzuka in 多治見市 Tajimi, Fukui


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A stone guidepost for the Shikoku pilgrimage
Guidepost indicates the route from inner shrine of 65th to 66th Unpen-ji (雲辺寺).



The phrase nihon kaikoku kuyoo "日本廻国供養" is engraved on the front surface of the guidepost,
This stone pillar is used as guidepost for Shikoku pilgrim and stone memorial for Rokubu.
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Kazuma no kiritooshi 数馬の切り通し Kazuma no Kiridoshi pass


東京都西多摩郡奥多摩町白丸 / Shiromaru, Okutama, Nishitama District, Tokyo

A narrow pass cut through a steep rocky mountain at Kazuma.
It is not accepted opinion, but some says this narrow pass through a cliff was made by a Rokubu and a farmer in 1699.
Before this pass was opened, people had to climb up and down the mountain ridge
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長久院 Chokyu-In - Tokyo 台東区谷中6-2-16
六十六部造立石造閻魔王坐像及び両脇侍像
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. rokujuurokubu 六十六部 Rokujurokubu, Rokujuroku Bu pilgrims .
- Introduction - 六部 Rokubu Pilgrims -


. Japan - Shrines and Temples - Index .

. Onipedia 日本の鬼 The Demons of Japan .


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2016/04/29

Mikka Jizo

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Mikka Jizo 三日地蔵 Three days Jizo

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Jizo statues go from house to house in obscure religious practice in Nara

Generations of families have quietly passed down a mysterious religious practice in a mountainous area of western Japan where Buddhism was abolished long ago.

It is not known how or when the Buddhism-derived “Mikka Jizo” (Three days Jizo) practice started, nor exactly why and how it has survived over the years.

But if it had been uncovered in the Meiji Era (1868-1912), serious repercussions could have followed.

Throughout the year, two statues of Jizo, the guardian deity of children, are transferred from house to house every three days in Nara’s Nyucho district, about 20 kilometers east of the city’s downtown core. About 50 homes in Nyucho are involved in the Mikka Jizo practice, in which prayers are given for the healthy lives of the villagers’ children.

On March 20, the Jizo statues used in the practice were on their third day inside a “zushi” Buddhist altar at a home in Nyucho. The zushi, which stands about 40 centimeters high, sat in an alcove of the house, where offerings of fruit and water had been placed.

One small Jizo statue and a larger one enshrined in the back of the zushi could be seen through a slight gap between the altar’s doors.



Kimiyo Minami, 60, who lives in the house, said she was born and raised in the district, so she has seen Mikka Jizo since childhood.

“I personally do not feel it is a rare sight,” Minami said.

During the Meiji Era, Nyu village, the predecessor of the Nyucho district, abolished Buddhism and converted to Shinto in the “Haibutsu Kishaku” movement triggered by the Meiji government's policy to adopt Shinto as the state religion.

Buddhist temples were demolished, and all Buddhist services were eliminated from the village. Even today, funeral ceremonies in Nyucho are, in principle, held in Shinto style.

Although practitioners of Mikka Jizo would face no persecution today, they still maintain a sense of mystery with the practice.

After the Jizo statues are enshrined at a home for three days and nights, they are carried to the next home at dusk.

Busy or rainy days can lead to postponements in the transfers. If household members in charge are too sick or too old to carry the zushi, they can wait until the weekend when a younger person can do the job.

No one--except the household that keeps the statues and the one that transferred them--knows where the statues are enshrined in the district at any given time.

Only once a year, the statues make a public appearance, inside the zushi wrapped in “hagi” Japanese clovers at a Bon festival.

On the evening of March 20, Minami used ropes to carry the zushi on her shoulders to a neighbor’s home. Her grandson brought with him a small wooden box containing tools for religious rituals.

“The guest has arrived,” Minami called out to the neighbor, using a respectful and friendly reference to the Jizo statues.

After receiving no reply, Minami opened the door to the house and left the zushi inside. She left the house after giving a bow.

The neighbor, Sazako Nakakubo, 85, returned home about 30 minutes after Minami left.

Nakakubo moved the zushi to a “zashiki” tatami-matted room where she undid the ropes and put her hands together in prayer in front of the zushi.

“I was told to wish for a healthy baby to the statues when I married into the family,” Nakakubo said, recalling her marriage more than 60 years ago.

Nakakubo said she told her daughter-in-law, Kazuyo, who married Nakakubo’s oldest son, to follow in her footsteps.

Kazuyo, 64, confirmed those instructions.

“Tomorrow, my son will visit us with his wife whom he married in autumn last year, so she will offer a prayer to the statues for the first time,” Kazuyo said cheerfully.

It is unclear where the Jizo statues are currently enshrined.
- source : asahi.com -NORIHIDE FURUSAWA


Eighty-five-year-old Nyucho resident Sazako Nakakubo recalled the role Jizo had played in her marriage 60 years earlier. “I was told to wish for a healthy baby to the statues when I married into the family,” Sazako said, adding that she had subsequently instructed her daughter-in-law, Kazuyo, who married her eldest son, to continue the practice.
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廻り地蔵は女の守り神
mawari Jizo, the protector of women



Jizo ready to leave this home.

Nyucho, Nara
奈良市丹生町には三日づつ集落各家を廻る三日地蔵さんがいます。


Jizo is carried to his new home.

廻ってはくるものの、どこにいるかは誰も話すことはなく、廻ってきて初めて分かるといいます。
なのでお探しするのは大変。
丹生の里を尋ねまわりましたが不明。お願いした自治会長さんに連絡いただきK様宅を訪問させて頂きました。


Jizo arrived at his new home for 3 days.

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- Jizo Bosatsu 地蔵菩薩 - Introduction -

. Pilgrimages to Jizo Bosatsu 地蔵菩薩 - 地蔵霊場 Jizo Reijo .

. Legends about Jizo Bosatsu - 地蔵菩薩 .




. Join the Jizo Bosatsu Gallery - Facebook .



. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and Talismans .

. Japan - Shrines and Temples - ABC List .


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2016/01/04

Maegamiji Shikoku 64

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. Shikoku Henro Temple List .
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Maegamiji 前神寺 Maegami-Ji

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Nr. 64 - 石鈇山 Ishizuchisan 金色院  Konjiki-In 前神寺 Maegami-Ji

愛媛県西条市洲之内甲1426 / 1426 Sunouchikō, Saijō-shi, Ehime



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The Front God Temple
The temple is located at the foot of Mt. Ishizuchi and was founded by 役行者小角 En no Gyōja while he was engaged in ascetic practices on Mt. Ishizuchi, the highest mountain in western Japan. During these practices, both Sakyamuni and Amida appeared to him in the form of Zaō Gongen. Because it has long been associated with the worship of the god Zaō Gongen in the Shintō tradition, the temple's buildings and shrines are all built in the form of a Shintō shrine. The temple houses a statue of Shaka Nyorai that is attributed to En no Gyōja as well.

According to legend, Kōbō Daishi once spent 21 days on the top of Ishizuchi Mountain performing a Goma ritual and fasting 断食修行 and the Gomonjihō 虚空蔵求聞持法 for 37 days.

Emperor Kammu 天武天皇 dedicated seven shrines and a pagoda to this temple through the Lord of Iyo Province. Frederick Starr notes that the Okunoin is 7 ri up the mountain and only accessible in the summer.
- source : www.shikokuhenrotrail.com

Ishizuchisan, Ishizuchiyama is one of the seven most important mountains for Shugendo and Mountains 山岳信仰. The mountain is 1982 meters high.

- Chant of the temple
前は神後は仏極楽の 
よろずの罪をくだくいしづち
Mae wa kami ushiro wa hotoke gokuraku no yorozu no tsumi o kudaku ishizuchi


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- Homepage of the temple
- source : 88shikokuhenro.jp


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Mount Ishizuchi (石鎚山 Ishizuchi-san)
is a 1,982 metres (6,503 ft) high mountain on the border of Saijō and Kumakōgen, in Ehime, Japan. This mountain is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan. It is the highest mountain in Western Japan.
Mount Ishizuchi is the highest mountain on the island of Shikoku and also the highest mountain west of Mount Haku. It is known as 'the roof of Shikoku' and the sharp, rocky summit resembles a huge stone hammer (石鎚 ishizuchi).

Mount Ishizuchi is an important object of worship in this region and one of the major centers of Shugendō, a sect of mixture of Shintoism and Buddhism. At the top of the mountain there is a small shrine called the Ishizuchi Shrine. This mountain is also known as one of Seven Holy Mountains (七霊山 nana reizan). There are several sets of heavy iron chains (鎖 kusari) leading up to the summit and this is the route many pilgrims opt to take, the longest set being 68m. However, it is possible to hike all the way to the peak along a trail which includes stairs and ramps with handrails.

The climbing season opens every year on July 1, and women are forbidden from climbing the mountain on this day.Between mid-October and mid-November, people come from far and wide to view the autumn colours.
The area around Mount Ishizuchi is a major part of Ishizuchi Quasi-National Park.
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. Fudō Myō-ō, Fudoo Myoo-Oo 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O
Acala Vidyârâja - Vidyaraja – Fudo Myoo .



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


The Five Great Wisdom Kings, Godai Myo-O - 五大明王
. The Five Great Elements of the Universe - 地水火風空の五大 .

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. - Photo Album from my visit - .


. 四国お遍路さん Pilgrims in Shikoku . - General Information

Koya San in Wakayama

Kobo Daishi Kukai 弘法大師 空海
(Kooboo Daishi, Kuukai)

. Gyoki Bosatsu 行基菩薩 (668 - 749) Saint Gyōki .


Haiku and Henro:
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2015/03/31

Yakushi Miyagi Legends

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. Yakushipedia - ABC-Index 薬師如来 .
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Yakushi Nyorai Legends from Miyagi 宮城県

. Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 the Buddha of Medicine - Bhaisajyaguru .
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Kinoshita no Yakushi 木ノ下の薬師 Yakushi from Kinoshita village
nabe Yakushi 鍋薬師 Yakushi and the cooking pot
nure Yakushi 濡れ薬師 Yakushi who got wet
Shiga no Yakushi 志賀の薬師 Yakushi from Shiga village
shio no Yakushi 塩の薬師 Yakushi and Salt
sugi Yakushi 杉薬師 Yakushi and the cedar tree


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nabe Yakushi 鍋薬師 Yakushi and the cooking pot

黒川郡 Kurokawa 大和町 Yamato village

In the year 1592 Lord Date Masamune led his troups from 岩出山城 Iwadeyama Castle toward the capital of Kyoto. To honor the God of War 軍神 with a blood offering 血祭 at the forest 七ツ森 he begun a hunt for a sacrifice animal, but they did not catch anything. Masamune got angry and begun to climb up Mount 大森山 Omoriyama. From there he saw something black in the distance.
When he asked his retainer 片倉小十郎 Katakura Kojuro, he said it was Yakushi Nyorai.
The angry Masamune ordered a shot at it and broke the breast of the Nabe Yakushi, but at the same time blood was running out of his own nose and did not stop.
Kojuro bowed many times 三拝九拝 and then used the leaf of the bamboo grass (sasa 笹) to stop the nose bleeding.
The anger of Masamune was also calmed down now and he climbed down the mountain. He then ordered the mountain to become his special hunting ground.
- - - One version of the legend says:
The arrow came flying back at Masamune and hit his eye, causing him to loose his eyesight.


Ōmori-yama 大森山薬師如来 Omoiryama Yakushi Nyorai is now a famous camping spot in Miyagi.
The mountain is 226 meters high. A festival in honor of "The Buddha of Healing" is held.
The mountain is also called 笹倉山 Sasakura-yama at 七つ森 Nanatsumori .

The grave of Masamune is at the temple 大義山 覚照寺 Kakusho-Ji
宮城県黒川郡大和町宮床字大椚69 / Okunugi-69 Miyatoko, Taiwa, Kurokawa District, Miyagi


. Date Masamune 伊達政宗 (1567 - 1636) .


宮城県仙台市若林区木ノ下2丁目8-28

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nure Yakushi 濡れ薬師 Yakushi who got wet

Miyagi - 柴田郡 柴田町 Shibata

At the village Tsukinoki 槻木 there had been a long period of sunshine and drought.
The villagers gathered at the swamp 鰌沼 Dojo-Numa and decided to make an offering of a village girl to the Dragon king 竜神 as a rain ritual 雨乞い (amagoi).
The beautiful O-Yoshi およし agreed to be the victim, because she was upset with her first love, Kensaku 勘作 and felt very unhappy with her life.
On her way to the swamp, O-Yoshi she met an itinerant priest. When he heard her story he suggested that the Dragon God would not be content with her unhappy sacrifice and they would better give him a statue of Yakushi Nyorai.
When they threw the statue in the water, Yakushi got wet and then - - suddenly a strong rain began to fall and the village was saved.
They build a Yakushi Hall 薬師堂 and a small retreat for O-Yoshi who would now serve Yakushi Nyorai at the temple.


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Gunma 高崎市南八幡 - Takasaki Town Minami Hachiman

Near the fence of the assembly hall and the graveyard of the Uehara family 上原家墓地 there is a cherry tree. Below it there is a stone with the inscription of 濡れ薬師.



Since olden times, this Yakushi san has been known to heal diseases of the eyes and many people, who got healed by his power, come here to pray again in gratitude. They also made other small stone statues as offerings, now there are more than 30 beside the Yakushi stone.

But why is it called "Yakushi who gets wet" ?
Well, once there was a good man who built a roof over the stone to keep it dry and protect it from the rain. But then . . . the home of this good man burned down.
So people thought the stone and Yakushi with it were ment to get wet.

- source and more photos : 南八幡 History

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shio no Yakushi 塩の薬師 Yakushi and Salt

Miyagi 名取市 Natori 塩手 Shiote

Once upon a time
some say it was in the year 647, at the bottom of Mount Shiodeyama 塩出山 there was a spring with salty water. An old priest 老僧 and 12 acolytes boiled the water to make salt and distributed it to the villagers.
Because of this beneficent salt, all villagers were healed from their illnesses and became healthy.
The old priest was seen as an incarnation of Yakushi Nyorai and thus the name given to him.
The place where the salt water welled up was called Shiogawara 塩河原 and the place where they boiled it down was called Shiode 塩出 - "where the salt comes from".

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Shio Yakushi Doo 塩薬師堂 Hall for the Shio Yakushi 塩薬師
This Hall is beside the pond Shio no Ike 塩ノ池.

Once upon a time
during a wildfire most of the hamlet was burned down, but the statue of Yakushi flew high in the sky and was saved. It landed safely in a pine tree nearby. So the greatful villagers build a hall for him there and called him the "Salt Yakushi" 塩薬師.

The seated statue we see now is from the Muromachi period, covered with lacquer and then gold foil. It is seated on a lotus throne.



at the temple 塩福山永禅寺 Eizen-Ji  
宮城県名取市愛島塩手字仮宿46 

The main statue is Shaka Nyorai.

There is also a statue of Fudo Myo-O 大聖不動明王  



The statue is carved with one knife 一刀彫 and one among the three famous standing statues of Fudo Myo-O 不動三尊立像 in Tohoku.
- source : sekishin.info


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Kinoshita no Yakushi 木ノ下の薬師 Yakushi from Kinoshita

陸奥国分寺 Mutsu Kokubun-Ji  薬師堂 Yakushi-Do Hall
宮城県仙台市若林区木ノ下2丁目8-28 / 2 Chome-8-28 Kinoshita, Wakabayashi-ku, Sendai



This is the provincial temple of former Mutsu Province. The Hall for Yakushi 薬師堂 Yakushidō is an Important Cultural Property.
After its first construction around 740, the temple was destroyed in 1189. Lord Date Masamune rebuilt the complex in 1607, including the Yakushi Hall.
In 1903 it was designated an Important Cultural Property.

When Date Masamune was involved in a severe fight with 大崎義隆 Osaki Yoshitaka (1548 - 1603) it seemed difficult for his forces to win. Then suddenly 48 brave monk-soldiers 法師武者 appeared from nowhere and fought with the enemy, so in the end Masamune was victorious.
When he asked where these soldiers had come from, he was told
"From Kinoshita in Miyagino 宮城野" and the soldiers vanished as fast as they had appeared.

At Miyagino there was only a group of stone markers in a small stone sanctuary, dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai.
That night Masamune had a dream telling him that the soldiers had come on orders of Yakushi Nyorai to help him.

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朝鮮の役に政宗の軍勢が肥前の名護屋を出航したとき、薬師如来が支那に学問修行しにいく僧に化身して便乗して玄界灘を無事乗り切るよう保護し、帰還のときも同乗して守ってくれた。往復ともに僧は「陸奥木ノ下の僧」とのみ答えて名を言わなかった。





Daruma ko ame 達磨コ飴 / 達磨子飴 Daruma lollipop
A kind of candy in red color and the form of Daruma san.
On the seventh day of the first month and the third day of the third month of the old lunar year during the festival of Yakushi お薬師さん this sweet was sold. People who eat it will be healthy all year long.
After buying it you have to roll it up the stairs to the Daruma statue in the Yakushi Hall 薬師堂 and then offer it to the 神棚 Shelf of the Gods in your own home with the wish for the child or children to grow up healthy and well.
This custom was very popular until about 1910. Another type was a small horse sweet.

. 仙台のだるま飴 Daruma sweets from Sendai .


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Shiga no Yakushi 志賀の薬師 Yakushi from Shiga village

岩沼市 Iwanuma 志賀 Shiga

Temple Ganzooji, Ganzōji 岩蔵寺 Ganzo-Ji
Iwanuma-shi, Shiga, Yakushi−9




慈覚大師 Jigaku Daishi founded the temple in 861, bringing a statue of Yakushi Nyorai to be venerated here. During the construction there came a group of skilled carpenters from Hida and promised to build the hall in one night.
But the villagers imitated the crow of a rooster long before daybreak, when the carpenters had just added one ceiling beam 天井板. They were quite angry and left the village.
In front of the hall were the other beams waiting to be fixed and between them was a stone looking like a snake 蛇石. It was formed when an oxen pulling the wooden beams for the building stumbled.

The temple is also famous for its ema 絵馬 votive tablets.
In the hall is a special ema painted by 狩野法眼元信 Kano Motonobu (1476 - 1559).
The oxen on this painting did not have any reins, so he escaped from the painting and damaged the fields in front of the temple. Therefore Motonobu came back and painted some reins to keep the oxen in place on the wooden tablet.

The statue of Yakushi in the Yakushi Hall 薬師堂 is said to be carved by Jigaku Daishi himself. It is a secret statue preserved in a small sanctuary 厨子 and never shown.


. Ennin - Jigaku Daishi 慈覚大師 . - (794 – 864)


. Hida no Takumi 飛騨工匠 Hida’s Master Builders .

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sugi Yakushi 杉薬師 Yakushi and the cedar tree
栗原郡 Kurihara 築館町 Tsukidate


source : www.pref.miyagi.jp
The seated statue from the Heian period is 121.2 cm high and made of keyaki ケヤキ zelkova wood.
It is an important cultural property of the town 重要文化財.

Long ago in the Tenpyo period (729 - 749), when the Emperor 孝謙天皇 Koken Tenno (718 - 770) was very ill and asked his diviners for advise, they told him:
"In Mutsu 陸奥 there is a very very high cedar tree 大杉 and its long branches produced a shadow until your living quarters, causing your illness."
So he ordered one of his ministers, 某(なにがし) the Dainagon Nanigashi, to have the tree cut down.
The minister found a huge cedar tree at the village of Tsukidate and had it cut down. From the cutting surface blood spilled on the ground. But on the next morning all was healed and the tree was standing there as before.
However many times they cut it down, the same thing happened. Then a diviner told them to prepare a rope of the reeds in a field North-East to the cedar tree and cover the cutting wound with it.
The splinters from cutting flew in all directions and were soon gone.
Finally the illness of the Emperor was healed.
So he ordered to have a temple build over the stump of the cedar tree. Later Jigaku Daishi 慈覚大師 passed here and had a statue of Yakushi Nyorai placed on the altar.


The temple, built in 760, was called Soorinji 双林寺 Sorin-Ji.


宮城県栗原市築館薬師台双林寺
1-1 Tsukidateyakushidai, Kurihara, Miyagi

The temple became quite famous and had more than 48 sub-temples  in its compound.
But during the Middle Ages it declined through fire and fighting.
In 1591 it was re-built on orders of Date Masamune.
In the compound is the new hall 薬師瑠璃殿, / 薬師堂 - Ruridono 瑠璃殿
where the statue is now called
「お薬師様」O-Yakushi sama, 「杉薬師様」Sugi Yakushi Sama.

Every year on November 3 there is a special festival at the Yakushi Hall.
Tsukidate Yakushi Matsuri つきだて薬師まつり, also called
Fujiwara Ichizoku Yakushi Matsuri 藤原一族薬師まいり Yakushi Festival of the Fujiwara clan.

The festival is based on another legend of Kurihara town, the
しづはた姫物語 Shizuhata Hime Monogatari.

When the princess of the Fujiwara clan (Shizuhata, later 北の方 Kita no Kata) was on her way to Hiraizumi, she became ill on the way and prayed at the Cedar Tree Yakushi temple. She got healed on the spot and later, when she was with the Fujiwara clan, she had her retainers come to pray at this temple in a long parade.

The region of present-day Kurihara was part of the ancient Mutsu Province 陸奥の国, and has been settled since the Jomon period by the Emishi.
During the later portion of the Heian period, the area was ruled by the Northern Fujiwara. During the Sengoku period, the area was contested by various samurai clans before it came under the control of the Date clan of Sendai.


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Monsters, legends and Yakushi 妖怪データベース
- source : nichibun yokai database

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. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and Talismans .

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



. Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 the Buddha of Medicine - Bhaisajyaguru .
- Legends about Yakushi Nyorai -

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Just when I had finished this article, with the words Miyagino and Wakabayashi still fresh in my mind, there was an article in the Japan Times
about the reconstruction efforts after the earthquake of March 11, 2011 -

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Innovation helps Tohoku’s tsunami-hit farmers bounce back
by Megan Rowling - Japan Times -
SENDAI –
Even before a tsunami swamped fields east of Sendai in March 2011, Chikako Sasaki and her husband, a rice farmer, had dreamed of starting a business selling food made from their own produce. . . .
. . . The company in Wakabayashi Ward also has a processing facility nearby, and is planning to expand its other activity of making boxed lunches for convenience stores and public events.
. . . The company, which began operating almost two years ago in Miyagino Ward with capital from five young local farmers and disaster relief grants and loans, employs around 40 people and is branching out into organic vegetables too.
. . . Drainage pumping stations were quickly restored after the disaster with new ones now being built to double capacity needed to cope with the 50 cm of ground subsidence caused by the quake.
To cover the extra cost of the new pumping stations, the Sendai’s city government has installed solar panels near its agriculture and horticulture center in Wakabayashi.
With a capacity to generate power for 150 households, the solar plant has recently begun producing electricity, which is sold to the grid.
- source : Japan Times April 01, 2015

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. Ennin - Jigaku Daishi 慈覚大師 . - (794 – 864)

. Japan - Shrines and Temples - ABC .


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Meiseki-Ji Shikoku 43

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Meisekiji 明石寺 Meiseki-Ji

. 四国お遍路さん Henro Pilgrims in Shikoku . - General Information -

. Shikoku Henro Temple List .

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Nr. 43 - 源光山 Genkozan  円手院 Enshu-In - 明石寺 Meiseki-Ji - Brilliant Stone Temple
愛媛県西予市宇和町明石201 / 201 Uwachō Ageishi, Seiyo-shi, Ehime-ken



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This temple was founded in the 6th century by Shōchō Enjun ?円手院正澄 , under the orders of Emperor Kinmei 欽明天皇. Later, a 5th generation disciple of En no Gyōja (En no Ozuna) named 寿元 dedicated the gods of the twelve Kumano shrines here and made this the Dōjō of the practice for followers of Shugendō. Kōbō Daishi repaired the temple buildings and Minamoto Yoritomo constructed buildings and donated a Sutra mound (kyōzuka) in memory of the nun Ike no Zenni in the early years of the 13th century.

During the Kamakura Period, the Saionji clan became rulers of southern Iyo and patronized this temple, as did Uwajima Date in the Edo Period.

The temple is popularly called Ageshisan (Brilliant Rock Mountain). Note the reddish roof bricks (Sekishun-kawara).

Note: This is the temple where many pilgrims start if they are coming from Kyūshū or further south. You can see Kyūshū from the hill behind the temple, or as you cross over the mountain coming from Temple 42. The trail over the mountain has been repaired and is now in spectacular shape.
- source : www.shikokuhenrotrail.com


- Chant of the temple
聞くならく千手の誓いふしぎには  
大盤石もかろくあげ石
kikunaraku senju fushigi no chikara ni wa daibanjyaku mo karokuageishi





- Homepage of the temple
- source : www.88shikokuhenro.jp


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Fudo Myo-O in a small roadside shrine not too far from Meisekiji,

source : ojisanjake.blogspot.jp


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



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


The Five Great Wisdom Kings, Godai Myo-O - 五大明王
. The Five Great Elements of the Universe - 地水火風空の五大 .

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- Two short Haiku Henro Trips, Summer 2005


. 四国お遍路さん Pilgrims in Shikoku . - General Information

Koya San in Wakayama

Kobo Daishi Kukai 弘法大師 空海
(Kooboo Daishi, Kuukai )

Haiku and Henro:
.... . The Haiku Henro Pilgrimage  

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