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2019/06/12

Hannya Shingyo Sutra

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Hannya Shingyoo 般若心経 Hanya Shingyo Heart Sutra
(はんにゃしんぎょう)

Each letter of the Hanya Sutra is a Buddha in itself.




. 般若心経 Hannya Shinkyo, Hannya Shingyo, Hanya Shinkyo, Hanya shingyo .
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. o-kyoo お経 O-Kyo Sutras .
kigo and Haiku - shakyoo 写経 Shakyo, copying Sutras

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Tenkooji 天光寺 Tenko-Ji
東京都西多摩郡檜原村字本宿801-2 //Motoshuku, Hinohara, Nishitama District, Tokyo


yakuyoke, mayoke 厄除け . 魔除け with Fudo Myo-O 不動尊札
Fudo Myo-O holds the goma no ken 降魔の剣 sword of conquering evil.
So his amulet is especially helpful.
On the back is a script of the Hanya Shikyo Sutra 般若心経.

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This Sutra is often recited if someone is bewitched or possessed by a fox or Tanuki.

. kitsune densetsu 狐と伝説 fox legends キツネ .

. tanuki 狸 - mujina 狢 - racoon dog, badger legends .

. kori 狐狸と伝説 Legends about fox and Tanuki badger .

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................................................................................. Ehime 愛媛県 
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伊予市 Iyo city

ame no hi 雨の日 a rainy day
Once the road to a temple in Iyo had a landslide and one woman had died in the disaster.
Later another group of women passed this road on a rainy day and suddenly one of them flet her umbrella to become very heavy. She stabbed it with her tsue 杖 walking staff and it became light again, but soon afterwards, it felt heavy. That evening all the women recited the Heart Sutra many times and the woman felt much better.




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

. ayakashi あやかし something suspicious .
山の神 the voice of Yamanokami




................................................................................. Kagawa 香川県 
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山本町 Yamamoto cho town

. kanashibari カナシバリ / 金縛り "bound in metal" - unable to move .
bewitched by a fox or badger




................................................................................. Nara 奈良県 
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吉野郡 Yoshino district

. En-no-Gyôja 役行者 En no Gyoja . The Founder of Shugendo
shoojinbutsu 生身仏 a living Buddha
When En no Gyoja was still practising austerities, he climbed 金峰山 Mount Kinpusen in Yoshino and hoped to find a honzon 本尊 Main Deity.
He recited the Heart Sutra for 17 days, when 地蔵菩薩 Jizo Bosatsu showed up. Jizo is a Bosatsu with a most merciful gentle face, but En no Gyoja thought that was not what he needed to bring peace to the world and threw the statue down the valley to the West. This Jizo flew all the way to 大山 Mount Daisen in Tottori and became the honzon 本尊 main statue there.
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fox and Tanuki
If someone walks in the forest and chants the Heart Sutra, he will not be bewitched by a fox or Tanuki.
Even if an ookami 狼 wolf and one chants the Heart Sutra, the wolf will pass by without doing any harm.

. ookami 狼と伝説 Okami, wolf legends .




................................................................................. Oita 大分県 
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. タチアイの風 "tachiai no kaze" wind of the gods .
イキアヒの風 "ikiahi no kaze" or toorigami 通り神 / トホリ神 (通神 kayougami)




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小田郡 Oda district

Once a pious person became bewitched by a fox and called for help to get rid of it. A healer begun to recite the Heart Sutra many times, but it did not help.
So he begun to recite darani 佗羅尼 / 陀羅尼 mantras and performed choobuku 調伏 exorcist rituals until the man was healed.




................................................................................. Saitama 埼玉県 
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蕨市 Warabi city

There is a ritual for the Inari fox deity ((稲荷神 tookami トウカミ).
One man with blindfold eyes sits in the middle, holding a heisoku 幣束 ritual wand.
The people around him are chanting the Heart Sutra without a pause. When the deity has possessed the man, he begins to tremble.
Now they spent the whole night to ask him questions about the future and their good or bad luck. Questions about their fields and the harvest are most frequent.

. Inarigami 稲荷神 Deity to protect silkworms .




................................................................................. Wakayama 和歌山県 
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田辺市 Tanabe city

The great-grandfather of 和田氏 Mister Wada called 熊吉 Kumakichi, went to 栗栖川 Kurisugawa to buy oil and fish. On his way back his luggage begun to get more and more heavy and finally he could not eve move. He thought he was bewitched by a fox and begun to recite the Heart Sutra. Soon he felt better and found his way home.




................................................................................. Yamagata 山形県 

A young woman of 27 years, not yet married, was bewitched by a fox.
A priest and his helpers performed exorcist rituals for four and one half hours, but the fox was still there.
Now they begun to recite the Heart Sutra backwards and shot arrows in the four directions. Finally the fox was gone and the woman came back to her senses.


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- reference : Nichibun Yokai Database -
般若心経 - OK
21 心経 (00)

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2019/04/22

sosei revival legends

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sosei 蘇生 revival; resuscitation from the dead


. Priest Joozoo, Jōzō 浄蔵 Jozo (891 - 964) .
and the revival of his father


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................................................................................. Niigata 新潟県 
江南区 Konan ward

buna 鮒
日枝神社境内に以前は古池があり、そこに焼鮒が住んでいた。親鸞聖人が焼鮒を池に放ったところ、蘇生してその子孫が繁殖した。それで鱗は後々までも焼けたような色であったという。


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- reference : Nichibun Yokai Database -
35 蘇生 (01)


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2019/04/20

soshiki sogi funeral

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soshiki 葬式 / sogi 葬儀 funeral, Beerdigung

. Legends about Death .
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source : toyokeizai.net/articles...


A Japanese funeral (葬儀 sōgi or 葬式 sōshiki)
includes a wake, the cremation of the deceased, a burial in a family grave, and a periodic memorial service. According to 2007 statistics, 99.81% of deceased Japanese are cremated.
... 91% of funerals are conducted as Buddhist ceremonies.
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................................................................................. Ehime 愛媛県 
喜多郡 Kita gun

. funeral at temple 善光寺 Zenko-Ji .



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

. nogama ノガマ .


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- reference : Nichibun Yokai Database -
36 葬儀
286 葬式

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2019/04/16

daiojo shiun death

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daioojoo 大往生 peaceful death
shiun, shi-un 紫雲 purple clouds
ikoo 異香 / イコウ especially good-smelling incense


Purple clouds show in the sky when a person has died and the soul in on its way to the Buddhist paradise.

. raigō 来迎 Raigo, the soul on the way to paradise .
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落語で大往生 お説教のススメ Rakugo stories about a peaceful death
亀井鉱 Kamei Hiroshi

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In Niigata is a town named
紫雲寺町 Shiunji machi "Shiun Temple Town"
located in the 北蒲原郡 Kitakanbara district.

In 2005, it was merged with another village to form the town of 新発田(しばた)市 Shibata.

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. Shiunseki suzuri 紫雲石硯 Shiunseki Inkstone .
Iwate


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. Oojoyooshuu, Ōjōyōshū 往生要集 Ojoyoshu, Ojo Yoshu .
by Genshin 源信  (942-1017), Eshin Soozu 恵心僧都 Eshin Sozu
daioojoo 大往生 daiojo - peaceful death

. pokkuri ぽっくり / 輔苦離 - 法功力 pokuri - 放苦利 sudden death .

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koochii hooin 広智法印
広智法印はかつて高野山に登ろうと思って、ある土地に来た際に、飛瀑に紫雲が生じるのを見てここが浄土だと思って入定した。それから470年にわたって体はなんら損なわれることなく、いまもなお在るという。また、900年ほど前にも比叡山で伝教大師の弟子で広智という人がいたのは、この人のことだろう。

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Nyoirin Kannon 如意輪観音
いまだ山城国に都がなかった時、聖徳太子の夢に如意輪観音が出現し、この山城国の東山の地は寺塔を建立するのに大変すばらしい土地であり、必ず建てるべきであると伝える。実際聖徳太子が東山を見ると、紫雲が立ち昇っていたので、ここに法観寺と寺塔を建立し、塔に仏舎利を三粒納めた。

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shirohata 白籏 white flag and 異香

証誉念信はある時、夢ともなく覚めるともなく、目の前に4本の白い旗が庵の四方の木にかかり、半時ばかりの間、目を閉じても見えていたという。その時は部屋に異香がただよっていた。

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takejo 竹女,shiun 紫雲,ikoo 異香 good-smelling incense
musoo 夢想
元和寛永の頃、武蔵国比企郡に戒行堅固という、日頃から正身の大日如来を拝みたい僧がいた。そして出羽の羽黒山に登山した時、夢想に江戸にいる佐久間某の召使い竹女を拝せという。そこで江戸に向かうと、佐久間某も同じ夢想があった。そして竹女を拝むと、全身から光明を放っていた。寛永15年3月21日の暁に、屋上に紫雲がたなびき、異香が漂っている中で竹女は大往生を遂げたという。

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tanuki 狸
蜷川新右衛門親元が臨終の時、阿弥陀如来が紫雲に乗って影向してきたが、親元がこれを射ったところ狸だったという。

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source : ganref.jp/m/fujimoch...

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Aichi 愛知県 南知多町 Minami-Chita town

. pokkuri Kobo Daishi ぽっくり弘法大師 .
Arakuma Jinja 荒熊神社
Once upon a time, an old man of 92 years fell down by the wayside and could not get up any more. From out of nowhere came Kobo Daishi, poked him with his walking staff and helped him get up again.
The old man thanked him very much. After a week, the old man died peacefully.


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Chiba 千葉県 白浜町 Shirahama town

Saishuu Hooshi 西春法師
西春法師が断食行の後に死亡する時、村人が空を見ると、紫雲が起こり、華が舞い、音楽が聞こえてきた。


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Fukushima 福島県 須賀川市

仲作での妊娠に関する俗信。卵を食べると白子が生まれる。卵を食べると紫雲が出て子どもが河童に食われる、など。


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Hiroshima 広島県 廿日市市 宮島町

juugo dooji 十五童子
芸州宮島光明院の開山である以八和尚は宮島に住居を定めたが、常に美しい女性が十数人仕えていた。その事を誹謗する人がいるとの話を聞いて和尚は、彼女らを法談の席に呼び、事情を説明して立ち退きを命じた。すると海上にわかに波が起こり、暴風すさまじい状況になって、先の女性がたちまち蛇の姿になった。それらは黒雲と一緒に海底に入っていったという。彼女らは天女が使わした十五童子だったという。その後、上人は別時念仏の回向の日に往生するといって往生した。すると、紫雲が立ち、妙なる香りがし、潮がみちて遺灰を残らず流していった。竜神が供養したのだと思われた。


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Kagawa 香川県 詫間町積 Takuma cho town, Seki hamlet
Two Legends about 紫雲出山 Mount Shiudeyama, 344 m high


source : my-kagawa.jp/point...
- famous for the cherry blossoms

ryuujin 竜神 dragon deity
At Mount Shiudeyama lived a Dragon God in a Shrine, turned toward the direction of the hamlet Seki.
Therefore lightning never strikes at Seki.

. ryuu, ryū 龍 竜 伝説 Ryu - dragon legends .
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tanuki 狸 badger
To repel a possessed Tanuki one has first to take the possession upon himself.
To repel the Tanuki from Mount Shiudeyama, who had possessed a woman from the village, they did this and the now possessed Tanuki jumped high in the sky, begun to drink a lot of Sake ricewine and ate fish all raw.

. tanuki 狸 - mujina 狢 - racoon dog, badger legends .


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Kanagawa 神奈川県

hiru 蛭,muken no kane 無剣の鐘
無剣山という寺の鐘をつくと百万長者になれるということを聞き、文右衛門は寺を訪ねた。住職は、握飯を池に入れ、飯粒一つ一つが蛭になる様を見せながら、死後蛭に苦しめられてもかまわないならいい、と鐘をつかせた。文右衛門は長者になって大往生したが、出棺の時には棺が軽く、門の前に片腕が落ちていた。
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shari 舎利,(光を放つ念珠)
Temple Komyo-Ji
鎌倉の光明寺に住む檀通和尚が死んだ時、火葬の場では異香がただよい、遺骨はみな舎利になった。また50粒ほどの念珠は光を放ったという。


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Kyoto 京都府

. meido de shari o eru 冥途で舎利を得る bringing back relics from the underworld .

Rokkakudo 六角堂 -shiun
太子は淡路国の海から得られた如意輪像を、毎朝紫雲が覆う杉の霊木で建てた六角堂に安置した。その後、桓武天皇が平安京に遷都した時、六角堂が小路の中にあたった。都を造営する官使たちは、太子の建立した堂だから移すのもどうかと悩んだ所、黒雲がこの堂を覆い5丈北に退いたので、無事小路を通して都ができた。

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sennin 仙人 - 異香
定頼が禁中より退出する時、内に入らずに法華経を読誦していると、影のようなものが現れ高欄の上に立ち、異香が部屋に漂った。誰かと問えば、仙人楊勝である。天台の嶺から金峰山へ飛んでいる途中でお声を聞いたので参ったと答えた。


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Nagano 長野県

Amida Nyorai 阿弥陀如来
白介翁は信濃に流された都人の子であった。父母の菩提の為に供養をしていたが、導師も布施物もなかった。そこで善光寺に7日7夜の祈願をこめたところ、満願の朝にひとりの僧が導師になろうと言った。千日の湯に入れると浴室の隙間から異香がもれてくる。怪しんで見てみると、そこには金色の阿弥陀如来がいたという。



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Niigata 新潟県 佐渡市 Sado city

yao bikuni 八百比丘尼
佐渡の羽茂の里に住んでいた男は、加持祈禱をやって村人を驚かせていた。ある晩、村人たちを招いて珍しい肉を得たから食べてくれと焼肉らしいものを出すが、村人たちは気味悪がって誰も箸をつけない。田屋のじいさんが、その1片を袂に入れて帰る。娘がそれを知らずに食べ、それは人魚の肉で、娘はそれから齢をとらなくなる。その後、比丘尼になって、若狭の国に渡り、再び佐渡に戻ってくるが、若狭の国へ戻り、1000年の命のうち200年を国主に譲って大往生を遂げる。若狭の人々は八百姫明神と崇めた。


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Okayama 岡山県 久米南町 Kumenan town

tanjoomuku 誕生椋
法然の父母は子がないことを嘆いて仏神に祈った。すると母は剃刀を飲む夢を見て懐妊し、苦しむことなく男子を産んだ。その時紫雲がたなびき、白旗が2流降り下り、館の西にある椋の木にかかった。鈴鐸が四方に響き、紋彩が日に輝き、7夜を経て天に上った。この木を誕生椋と名づけ、寺を建てた。


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Osaka 大阪府

ikoo 異香
摂州住吉の快円比丘の上足である如幻律師は、病気のために大坂上尾町義雲軒という庵で保養していた。すると延宝6年11月15日に阿弥陀仏が現れて、明後日に自分の念願が叶うと告げられた。如幻は喜び、周りの人間にそのことを話したところ、異香が部屋に満ちていたという。その後如幻はお告げどおり17日に死んだという。

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Osaka 大阪府 高槻市
Temple 邂逅山紫雲院金龍寺

konryuu 金龍
邂逅山紫雲院金龍寺は開山当時は安満寺と呼ばれていたが、応和三年三井寺の僧千観がここに隠棲し名を改めた。これは邂逅池から金龍が昇天したという伝説に基づくという。

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nenbutsu 念仏
大坂に伊賀屋妙喜という尼がおり、大変な念仏者であった。彼女が往生を遂げた時、えもいえぬすばらしい香りがして、寝屋に紫雲がたなびいたという。


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Shiga 滋賀県 彦根市 Hikone city

shari 舎利
寛永19年8月13日、江州彦根の円常寺の実誉上人が臨終の際、仏殿の上に紫雲がたなびき、火葬の後で遺灰から舎利を得たという。



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Tochigi 栃木県

kamonbana 掃部花
足利地方では、紫雲英草(げんげそう)のことを掃部花という。萬延元年三月に井伊掃部直弼が殺された年からさき始めたからであるという。



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Tokushima 徳島県

ikoo 異香 good-smelling incense
阿州阿波郡鏡原に住む妙西尼は、父とともにこの地にやってきて乞食念仏を行った。父が死んで2年経った時に自分の死期を悟ったので、西に向かって端座し、念仏を唱えながら臨終した。その時部屋中に異香が立ちこめ近隣にまで漂い、また紫雲がたなびいて五色の花びらが降ってきたという。

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Tokyo 東京都

寛永3年9月15日に崇源院殿が病気にかかったとき、一心に称名を唱えていたところ、西から紫雲が3筋やってきて城中に棚引き、五色の花が空中に舞ったという。江戸中の貴賎は拝み、三尊の如来を拝した者もいたそうだ。

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Tokyo 中央区 Chuo ward

. oogonkyuu 黄金宮 Ogon-Kyu Golden Hall .

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Tokyo 東大和市 Higashi-Yamato city

reikoo 霊光 seijin 聖人
聖武天皇の頃、行基菩薩が遊行で際現村山貯水池近くに至った時、樹林の間から千手陀羅尼(経文)を唱える声が聞こえた。菩薩は樹に掛け霊音を感じつつ経文を唱え、夜四度目を繰り返した時異香が四方に薫り霊光輝き千手千眼の聖人が現じなされた。菩薩は感極まってその後千手の尊像を造った。(山口観世音縁起)


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2019/04/08

Yakushizakura Cherry

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Yakushizakura 薬師ザクラ / 薬師桜 Cherry Blossom Yakushi




At the Yakushido Hall from the temple 瑞龍院 Zuiryu-In.
山形県西置賜郡白鷹町高玉字薬師堂 / 1071 Minowada, Shirataka, Nishiokitama District, Yamagata

The tree is about 15 m high and has a diameter of 8 meters.
The cherry type is called エドヒガン Edohigan, Edo Higan sakura

The temple has been founded in 1453 by the local Daimyo 伊達持宗 Date Muramune (1393 - 1496).
Legend knows that there was another old Sakura tree colse by, dating back to 1200, to Sakanoue Tamuramaro, named
釜ノ越ザクラ Kamanokoshi zakura

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- 釜ノ越ザクラ -
山形県西置賜郡白鷹町高玉


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Cherry blossoms at
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. Sakurado Yakushi 桜堂薬師 / 櫻堂薬師 .
佐久羅宮神社(櫻宮神社) Sakuramiya Jinja

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2018/04/18

Tachidaruma statue Gifu Tounji

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Tachidaruma, Tachi-Daruma 立達磨 / 立ち達磨 Standing Daruma Statue



This is the largest Daruma statue in Japan!
It is in Hida, Gifu 岐阜県飛騨市(旧吉城郡神岡町) and 16,5 m high.
It was made in 1973 in July.

The mountain belongs to the temple 曹洞宗補陀山洞雲寺 Toun-Ji of the Soto Zen Sect.
It was founded around 1400 and became the family temple of the 江馬氏 Ema clan around 1600.
The temple is better knows as だるま堂 Daruma-Do Hall.
There is a huge collection of Daruma artifacts in the hall, now attracting many visitors.




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立ち達磨(たちだるま)は、岐阜県飛騨市(旧吉城郡神岡町)にある達磨像である。立ち達磨とは、達磨大師の立たれた姿である(一般には達磨は座禅した姿が多い)。 観音山の中腹に鎮座しており、同山の麓にある曹洞宗補陀山洞雲寺の所有となる。 発願主の筆頭は同寺の先々代住職大森雅道老師 通称『日本一の立ち達磨』
「町のシンボルにしよう」と達磨像の話が持ち上がった。 達磨大師は曹洞宗の原点の一つだが、別のきっかけもあった。 浩潤球学(1877-1953)という高僧である。俗姓を丘といい、丘球学としても知られる。球学老師は明治27年に洞雲寺二十世住職となった大潤(丘)宗潭に随侍していた。宗潭老師は伊豆の修禅寺住職となり、のちに永平寺副貫首も務める。 球学老師はよく洞雲寺にきて、町の住民に戒を授ける「授戒会」で「戒師」を務め、昭和28年に遷化されたが、住民たちは今も「球学さん」と、よくその名を覚えている。  その球学老師は、よく筆を執り、数多くの絵や書を神岡の人々に手渡したという。絵では観音様の次に達磨太子の絵が多く、そのことを町の人たちは思い出し、達磨像にしようという話になった。  またこの立ち達磨をきっかけに、昭和59年に全日本だるま研究会初代会長・今泉實平氏が三千点に及ぶ達磨コレクションの寄進を申し出た。すると建物は寄進を申し出る人もいた。これにより洞雲寺内に「達磨堂」が完成。展示を行っている。  昭和30年一月、江戸木遣りが神岡に伝授された記念に、町の人々が行列を組み、横2m、縦1mの額を同寺の金毘羅堂に奉納。以降、「初金毘羅」は盛大になり、達磨市が出て達磨供養も行われるようになった。
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高さ8.9mの銅製の立達磨像。台座を含めると16.5mに及ぶ。
使用した銅約8tは、三井金属鉱業神岡鉱山から産出された銅鉱を使用。
1973年(昭和48年)6月3日建立。
「だるま」は禅宗の「初祖」として崇敬されている菩提達磨が壁に向かって九年の座禅を行ったことによって手足が腐ってしまったという伝説がある。ここから、手足のない形状で置物が作られるようになり、丸みを帯びた「だるま」が一般的となった。「立ち達磨」は菩提達磨が立位した銅像で、日本一の大きさを誇り、極めて珍しい。
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Tachidaruma loves the Statue of Liberty

TLSTプロジェクト(Tachidaruma Loves the Statue of Liberty)
立ちだるま、NYへ熱視線
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There is another temple named Toun-Ji in Shirakawa, Gifu.

洞雲寺(とううんじ)は、岐阜県加茂郡白川町にある曹洞宗の寺院。山号は大龍山

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2018/04/14

Sennin 16 Saga no In Kunshi

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Saga no In Kunshi 嵯峨の隠君子 / 嵯峨隠君子

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

He was 嵯峨天皇の隠君子 the son of Emperor Saga Tenno.
He entered priesthood as a child before becoming an adult. As he grew older, his hair grew white while he kept his childlike figure.

Not much is known about him.

He lived during the time of Sugawara no Michizane (845 - 903) - Butsusen Nr. 15.
He lived as a hermit in 西山 Nishiyama. (Or maybe in 南山 Nanzan).
He liked to play the 琴 Koto.
He also got along well with the local Onigami Kishin 鬼神 Demon Deity.

老君子 / 隠れ若子

. Emperor Saga 嵯峨天皇 (786 – 842) .
Saga was a scholar of the Chinese classics. He was also a renowned as a skillful calligrapher.
According to legend, he was the first Japanese emperor to drink tea.

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南山白頭翁 Nanzan Hakuto Okina
Old man with white hair from Mount Nanzan

He was 98 years old and still had full white hair, a face fresh like a peach.
Nanzan is another name for 吉野山 Yoshinoyama.
The old man lived in a small hut, he was not a farmer nor a merchant.
He only had a desk and a bamboo basket.
He had no money and no food provisions.


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2018/04/13

Sennin 11 Sadazumi Shinno

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Sadazumi Shinno 貞純親王 Prince Sadazumi-Shinno
(873 – 916)

He is Nr. 11 of the
. 日本の仏仙人16人 - The 16 Buddhist Immortals of Japan .



He was the sixth son of the emperor Seiwa.
His line has produced the three Shogun families of Minamoto, Ashikaga, and Tokugawa.
Descendants of the Minamoto clan worship Sadazumi Shinno as their tutelary deity.
He had ordered 13000 Buddha statues to be placed in the temples of Japan.

Legends tells of him one day when he turned 44 he went to 一条大宮の桃園池 the Peach Park Pond at Ichijo Omiya and became a huge dragon.
From then on he was also called 桃園親王 Prince from the Peach Park.

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The Seiwa Genji (清和源氏)
is a line of the Japanese Minamoto clan that is descended from Emperor Seiwa, which is the most successful and powerful line of the clan. Many of the most famous Minamoto warriors, including Minamoto no Yoshiie, Minamoto no Yoritomo, the founder of the Kamakura shogunate; and Ashikaga Takauji, the founder of the Ashikaga shogunate, belonged to this line. Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543–1616), founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, also claimed descent from this lineage. The family is named after Emperor Seiwa, who was the grandfather of Minamoto no Tsunemoto who founded the Seiwa Genji.
Emperor Seiwa was father of Imperial Prince Sadazumi (貞純親王 Sadazumi Shinnō) (873–916),
who was in turn the father of Minamoto no Tsunemoto (源経基) (894–961), founder of the Seiwa Genji, from whom the Seiwa Genji descended.
Many samurai families belong to this line and used "Minamoto" clan name in official records, including the Ashikaga clan, Hatakeyama clan, Hosokawa clan, Imagawa clan, Mori, Nanbu clan, Nitta clan, Ogasawara clan, Ōta clan, Satake clan, Satomi clan, Shiba clan, Takeda clan, Toki clan, Tsuchiya clan, among others. The Shimazu clan served the Tsuchiya clan loyally for many years.
The Shimazu and Tokugawa clans also claimed to belong to this line.

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A group of Shinto shrines connected closely with the clan is known as
the Three Genji Shrines (源氏三神社 Genji San Jinja).
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平安時代前期-中期,清和天皇の皇子。
母は棟貞王(むねさだおう)の娘。貞観(じょうがん)15年親王となる。中務(なかつかさ)卿,兵部(ひょうぶ)卿,上総(かずさ)・常陸(ひたち)・上野(こうずけ)の太守をつとめた。清和源氏の祖である源経基(つねもと)の父とされる。延喜(えんぎ)16年5月7日死去。
貞純親王(さだずみしんのう)は、日本の平安時代前期の皇族。清和天皇の第六皇子。母は棟貞王の娘。王子に経基王・経生王がある。桃園親王と号す。
親王任国とされる上総や常陸の太守や、中務卿・兵部卿を歴任したが、位階は四品に留まった。経基・経生の両王子が共に源姓を賜与され臣籍降下したことから、清和源氏の祖の一人となった。ただし、これについては異説があり、従来の貞純親王流とされる清和源氏は陽成天皇(親王の兄)からつながる血筋だとする説もある。また、出生年月日は貞観12年(870年)3月10日[1]、貞観16年(874年)3月23日[2]とも。
いわゆる清和源氏の出自について異説があるが、その一つに陽成源氏説がある。これは、清和源氏の祖とされた経基王が陽成天皇の皇子・元平親王の皇子ではないかとする説である。これは明治の歴史学者星野恒の唱えたもので、明治30年代に石清水八幡宮祠官田中家文書の中に源頼信が応神天皇陵に納めたとされる永承元年(1046年)告文に「先人新発其先経基其先元平親王其先陽成天皇其先清和天皇」と明記してある事を根拠としたもの。しかしこの文書は写本であり、告文の裏面に校正したと但書きがあることから信憑性が疑われている。また、告文の内容は河内石川庄の相続順序に過ぎないとする説や、12世紀はじめに書かれた「大鏡」が武家源氏を清和天皇の末としていることもあり、清和源氏が正しいとする学者が多くいる。
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Sadazumi Shinno, the fifth son of the Emperor Seiwa, passed the greater part of his life as a priest at the temple Amadera (Ama-dera) in Kyoto
- writes Lafcadio Hearn.

Daitsuuji 大通寺 Daitsu-Ji ; 【通称名称】: 尼寺(あまでら)Amadera Nunnery
Founded by the widow of Minamoto no Sanetomo in 1222.

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大通寺(尼寺) Daitsu-Ji Amadera
源実朝の夫人・本覚尼が夫の菩提を弔うために建立。北条政子も寺領を寄進し、足利氏も源氏ゆかりの寺として保護につとめ、豊臣、徳川氏もこれらにならったという。現在、本堂に本尊宝冠釈迦如来座像と、脇壇に源実朝像を安置する。門内右の五輪石塔は‘十六夜日記’の作者、阿仏尼の墓と伝える。(一般非公開)
建立:1222年頃(鎌倉時代)

南区大宮通九条下ル西九条比永城町1 / Nishikujo Hieijocho, Minami Ward, Kyoto
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Genji San Jinja 源氏三神社 Three most important Genji Shrines

六孫王神社(京都府京都市南区)Rokusonno Jinja, Kyoto

多田神社(兵庫県川西市多田)Tada Jinja, Hyogo

壺井八幡宮(大阪府羽曳野市壺井)Tsuboi Hachimangu, Osaka

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2018/04/12

Sennin 07 Yoro

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Yooro Sennin 養老仙人 Yoro Sennin
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Nanigashi 草野某(なにがし)


He is Nr. 07 of the
. 日本の仏仙人16人 - The 16 Buddhist Immortals of Japan .

Not much is known about this Sennin. He was a poor 樵夫 forest worker in 美濃国多藝郡 Mino no kuni, Tagenokoori(たげのこおり)
now 多芸郡(たぎぐん)岐阜県(美濃国) Tagi district, Gifu.
As a reward for his filial piety he obtained longevity.
The water of the waterfall does not only turn to Sake, it also heals various ailments of humans.
Some people come here to get the water and have even seen an old man near the fall.
Sake no Izumi 酒の泉 the fountain of Sake



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Yoro’s power is outlined in an old legend about a poor woodcutter who went into the woods to find firewood, and discovered the water of the spring had turned to rice wine. He filled a hyooten ひょうたん gourd with the spring water and brought it to his aged and ill father, who was returned to good health by the wine. The water-to-sake transformation was believed to be the gods rewarding the son for his dedication to his father.
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The Empress Genshō, visited the area, and renamed the period of her reign after it ...
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元正天皇の霊亀三年、この樵夫の孝咸(こうかん)に因りて同郡多度山より醴泉(れいせん)出せり。故に改元ありて、霊亀の年号を改めて養老とせらる。これを以てこの樵夫の孝名、普(あまね)く世に知られたり。然れども、この樵夫が道を得て神仙となりたることは、未だこれを知る者無かりき。
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Yōrō (養老) was a Japanese era name (年号 nengō, "year name") after Reiki and before Jinki.
This period spanned the years from November 717 through February 724. The reigning empress was Genshō-tennō (元正天皇).


The gourd, a most common water container for travelers in the Edo period, has become the symbol of Yoro town and there is a Gourd Festival.


ひょうたんと養老


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Yooro no Taki 養老の滝 Yoro no Taki Waterfall

The famous Yōrō Falls (養老の滝, Yōrō no Taki) is a waterfall in Yōrō Park located in the town of Yōrō.
There are a few other waterfalls in Japan with this name.

yooro no kooko 養老の孝子 filial piety at Yoro


about 26 cm high

. Yooro no Taki 養老の滝 Yoro no Taki Waterfall .
Once a pious son scooped some water from the waterfall pool and brought it home to his old parents.
When they took a sip - oh wonder - it had turned into sake and all their ailments were healed.

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Kooshi jinja 孝子神社 (こうしじんじゃ)"Shrine of the Filial Piety"



岐阜県養老郡養老町 / Yoro Town Gifu
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松尾芭蕉 Matsuo Basho wrote:

盃の下ゆく菊や朽木盆
sakazuki no shita yuku kiku ya Kitsuki bon

below the sake cup
there is a chrysanthemum -
tray from Kitsuki


Written in 1675, 延宝3年, Basho age 32.
He took the inspriation from an old song, Yooroo 養老 Yoro.
The sake in the small cup is overflowing rapidly and becomes the famous waterfall of Yoro. Its flow looks like the chrysanthemums flowing in the river.


. Kitsuki bon 朽木盆 tray from Kitsuki .


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Nanigashi 草野某(なにがし)
was a Samurai who lived around 1580 in 美濃国本巣郡 Mino no Kuni, Motosu gun district.
His family was very poor and he lost his father at age 4. He was brought up by relatives and later went to Kyoto to the temple 西園寺 Saion-Ji.
There he got a letter from his mother, who was very ill and wanted him to come back soon. On his way he got involved in fights between Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Shibata Katsuie, but managed to find his way home. His mother was very pleased to see him. He took some medicine from his luggage and gave it to his mother as an expression of his filial piety.
Since his family was so poor, they could only eat rice and wild vegetables, and he decided to practise ablutions and austerities at the waterfall.
His mother died shortly after, but he had obtained the power to fly and change places freely and eventually left the waterfall to become an Immortal.


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HŌJŌGAWA - a noh play by kanze motokiyo zeami
Hachiman River
I am Chikuba Nanigashi, priest at the Kashima Shrine.
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The story of the filial piety and healing water from the waterfall is also known in 千葉県 Chiba, 香川県 Kagawa, 兵庫県 Hyogo and 茨城県 Ibaraki.


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The son had to care for his father, who loved to drink Sake . . . and then found the miraculous pond at the foot of the waterfall.

kogane take 黄金竹 golden bamboo
美濃の養老の滝にある神社の後方に、毎年二本ずつ生えるが、一年で枯れる竹があるといわれていた。

tengu 天狗
美濃国養老郡一の瀬村付近では、大きな天狗の面を作り、村人が鉦や太鼓で囃したてながら隣村へと順に送り、山奥深くまで送っていく天狗祭がある。天狗が村里に出現して人畜に該をなすのを封ずるためであるという。明治初年まで行われていたらしい。

ubakiri ishi 姥切石
昔、石の傍らで悶死した女の霊が石に乗り移った。夜中になると石は人肌ほどに暖かくなり、奇声を発した。京都の高僧が歌を詠み、喝を入れるとそうならなくなった。その石は姥切石と呼ばれた。

zengashi iwa 膳貸岩
養老塚という石がある。法要のあるときに必要な数の膳椀を頼めば、翌日には岩の上に希望の数だけ膳椀があった。ある時1つを破損して岩上に返したためにそれ以来借りられなくなった。

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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.

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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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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
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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.


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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"
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Gama Sennin 蝦蟇仙人 "Toad Immortal" - 劉海 Liu Hai
The Sage with the three-legged Toad


The Japanese legend of Gama Sennin (蝦蟇仙人 "Toad Immortal") is based upon Chinese Liu Hai (劉海), a fabled 10th-century alchemist who learned the secret of immortality from the Chan Chu ("Three-legged Money Toad").
He is a benign sage with great magical knowledge about pills and drugs. He is always accompanied by a toad and he can assume the shape of a toad.
He could also change his skin and become young again.

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Gama Sennin, (Chin. Liu Hai) and Tekkai Sennin (Chin. Li Tieguai).


Gama Sennin, known literally as the ‘toad hermit,’ a character based on the historical civil servant and alchemist Liu Hai of 10th century China. Various accounts associate Gama with a large, three-legged toad by which he can be identified. Gama was thought to be able to release his spirit from his body, metamorphose, and fly with the aid of his magical companion. Chinese prototypes of this theme sometimes represent the immortal sitting on or resting his foot on the animal and holding a string of gold coins, with which he is supposed to have lured the toad from its hiding place in a well. ...
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Photo curtesy of Tosh Beppu, October 2007


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養老高田まつり Festival Float


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Jiraiya (自来也 or 児雷也, literally "Young Thunder"),
originally known as Ogata Shuma Hiroyuki, is the toad riding character of the Japanese folklore Jiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari (児雷也豪傑物語, "The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya"). The tale was adapted into a 19th-century serial novel, a kabuki drama, several films, video games and a manga, and has also served as a source of influence for various other works.
In the legend, Jiraiya is a ninja who uses shapeshifting magic to morph into a gigantic toad. As the heir of a powerful clan in Kyūshū of the same name, Jiraiya fell in love with Tsunade (綱手), a beautiful young maiden who has mastered slug magic. His arch-enemy was his one-time follower Yashagorō (夜叉五郎), later known as Orochimaru (大蛇丸), a master of serpent magic (the kanji 大蛇 literally means "giant snake" or "serpent"). It was first recorded in 1806.
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The Magic Serpent (怪竜大決戦 Kairyū Daikessen)
The Mystic Dragons' Decisive Battle) is a 1966 tokusatsu kaiju/ninja fantasy film produced by Toei Company Ltd. This film is a loose retelling of the famous Japanese folktale, Jiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari (The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya).

Just like Toei's many superhero shows, this film is just as action-packed and colorful. And to entertain younger audiences, the hero Jiraiya and the villain Orochimaru use ninja magic to transform into daikaiju to battle each other (this was also done in the original story, even though the animals were not necessarily gigantic). Despite the many differences between this film and its source material, this has remained a cult classic.
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Princess Tsunade Hime 綱手姫
is standing on a Namekuji to cross over the sea to meet her lover, Jiraiya.
. namekuji 蛞蝓 (なめくじ / ナメクジ) slug .



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