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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。
- source : wikipedia

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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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. Japanese Legends - 伝説 民話 昔話 – ABC-List .

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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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.

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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
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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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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.


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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"
flying Apsara, divine nymph, celestial maiden .






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Gama Sennin Toad

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


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

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


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



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

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

. tsuru kame, tsurukame 鶴亀 Tortoise and Crane .
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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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on a roof tile



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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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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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