Aug 22, 2011

Gundari-myoo in Anrakuji Temple

Anrakuji Temple is located in Ome city Tokyo. The Buddhist statue of Gundari-myoo is enshrined in the temple. The statue is always closed, but, it is open only on August 14th. Thus, I went to Anrakuji Temple on that day.

The guardian gods was enshrined at the temple gate. The statue is very unique. I have not seen this type of the guardian gods even though I have seen many guardian gods statues.

At the hall, I saw the staue of Gundari-myo. I think that there are numerous variations among Buddhist statues. For example, Kannon is kind, gundari-myoo is angry.

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Aug 17, 2011

Lighting-up of Kofukuji Temple and Todaiji Temple

Nara to-kae is held from August 5th to 14th. During to-kae, tens of thousands of candles are lit up around Nara Park. Kofukuji Temple and Todaiji Temple are also lit up. I visited Nara on August 8th to see to-kae.

Five-story Pagoda from Sarusawa Pond

Five-story pagoda

Candles makes flower shape

Guardians of Todaiji temple

Hall housing the seated image of the Great Buddha

Four heavenly kings

Jul 27, 2011

Dragon in Fukushima-shoten Osaka

There is a temple named Fukushima-shoten near Fukushima Station in Osaka Prefecture.

The temple has a small pond in the garden. A dragon statue is enshrined in the pond. Dragon is believed to be a water deity. Thus, dragon statues are enshrined near a river or a pond.

The dragon statue in Fukushima-shoten is very cool. When I visit Osaka, I often go to Fukushima-shoten.

Jul 16, 2011

Stone Buddhist Statue in Shinpukuji Temple

I posted an article whose title is Two Deva Kings of Mokujikii. That is a story when I visited Shinpukuji Temple in Nagaoka city. At the garden of the temple, there is a wonderful stone Buddhist statue.

I felt as if the staue was thinking about something. There are many stone Buddhist statues at the garden of temples in Japan. It is interesting to watch these statues.

Jul 10, 2011

Deserve to pray to Kannon for 46000 days

It is believed that people can accumulate virtues by praying to deities such as Kannon. Thus, they want to pray to Kannon many times. This created some special days at a temple such as Sensoji Temple. Today (July 10th) is the most special day. If you visit Sensoji Temple and pray to Kannon then it deserves to pray to Kannon for 46,000 days.

I visited Sensoji Temple today. It was very crowded. However, most visitors do not know the meaning of today. They came to the temple because festival was held.

Many people bought a good-luck charm (omamori in Japanese) for averting thunder. In the Edo period, people feared thunder because it caused fire. One year, thunder happened. But, farmer houses where red corns were hanged were safe. Thus, red corns were sold in hope of averting thunder at Sensoji Temple. In the Meiji period, there was a bad harvest of red corns. Since then, omamori for averting thunder has been sold.

Jul 9, 2011

Two Deva Kings of Mokujikii

There are statues of Two Deva Kings (Niou in Japanese) which Mokujiki sculpted in Shinpukuji Temple in Nagaoka city Niigata Prefecture.

Two Deva Kings are enshrined at a temple gate. They are guardian gods, and stop evils from entering temples.

Thus, their face is angry. However, statue Mokujiki sculpted does not seem to be angry.

Jul 8, 2011

Juou of Mokujiki

Juou means ten rulers of the afterlife (who judge the dead and determine their placement in their next life). There are statues of Juou sculpted by Mokujiki in Juou-do in Kashiwazaki-shi Niigata Prefecture.

Seven of ten rulers are enshrined in Joou-do, and the other three statues are exhibited in Kashiwazaki city Museum.

In Juou-do, statue of Mokujiki is enshrined in addition to ten rulers. The smile makes us happier.

Jul 7, 2011

Twelve Divine Generals of Mokujiki

I visited Saikoji Temple in Kashiwazaki-shi Niigata Prefecture. There are statues of twelve divine generals that Mokujiki sculpted in the temple. It is said that Mokujiki sculpted 12 statues from June 21 to June 27 1805.

Jul 5, 2011

Mokujiki Kannon-do in Niigata Prefecture

I introduced Enku in this blog. In the Edo period, there are two famous Buddhist sculptor. They are Enku and Mokujiki.

When people watch Buddhist statues of Mokujiki, they think that the statues smile slightly. Smiling is the most attractive point of Buddhist statues of Mokujiki.

I went to Niigata Prefecture June 18 and 19 to see Buddhist statues of Mokujiki. I visited Mokujiki Kannon-do in Ojiya city. There are 33 statues of Mokujiki left in the temple.

The smiling of Buddhist statues made me happy.
Note that Mokujiki Kannon-do is usually closed. It opens only 17th every month.

Jul 4, 2011

Jizo Bosatsu Statue for Christians

In the Edo period, believing in Christianity was forbidden in Japan. However, some people believed in Christianity in secret.

I visited Enpuku-ji Temple in Niigata Pref. on June 19. There are two Jizo Bosatsu statues for Christians.

JIzo is believed among Buddhists. Why are they for Christians? The reason is that cross is sculpted in the statue.

Jun 13, 2011

Shin-daibutsuji Temple in Iga-shi Mie Pref

Shin means new. Daibutsu means Big Buddha. That is, new Big Buddha is enshrined in Shin-daibutsuji Temple.

In 1180, Big Buddha in Todaiji Temple of Nara Pref was fired due to a war. To repair the statue, a lot of money was necessary. Todaiji Temple built seven temples to gather money from all over Japan. One of seven temples is Shin-daibutsuji Temple.

When I arrived at Shin-daibutsuji Temple on June 5, I paid 300 YEN for a guide. First, the guide showed me Fudo-myoo. Next, I watched Big Buddha. The Big Buddha statue was originally created in the Kamakura period. But, only the face remains, that is, the body was re-created in the Edo period. When I watched the statue, I think the Big Buddha in Shin-daibutsuji Temple is more handsome than the one in Todaiji Temple of Nara. 


Jun 12, 2011

Fugenji Temple in Taki-gun Mie Pref

I visited some temples in Mie Prefecture on July 5. First, I went to Fugenji Temple in Taki-gun. As the name suggests, Fugen Bosatsu is enshrined.

Fugen Bosatsu statue in the temple is one of the important cultural properties. The statue always exists in the storage. Thus, when you want to watch the Fugen Bosatsu statue, you have to call Fugenji Temple to reserve the time.

Fugen Bosatsu in this statue has a stick called Nyoi. Fugen Bosatsu can get everything by using the Nyoi, and give them to prayers.

Fugen Bosatsu usually rides a standing white elephant, but in this statue it rides a seated white elephant.

Jun 8, 2011

Enku in Mirokuji Temple

Enku is one of the most popular Buddha statue sculptors in Japan. Though Enku was born in 1632, his statue is very different from conventional ones. When people see Buddha statues sculpted by Enku first time, many of them probably think that a modern artist sculpted the statues.

Enku passed away near Mirokuji Temple in Seki-shi Gifu prefecture. Thus, people who love statues by Enku visit the temple. At a garden of the temple, we can see statues sculpted by modern artists who respect Enku.

I visited Mirokuji Temple on June 4. The following are pictures of statues I took at the garden of Mirokuji Temple. Though these are not statues by Enku, there is a museum called Seki-shi Enku Museum near the temple. We can see many statues by Enku at the museum.

Jun 6, 2011

Kokeizan Eihoji Temple in Tajimi-shi Gifu Pref

I visited some temples in Gifu prefecture with my friend on May 4. When I told him I wanted to visit Gifu prefecture, he recommended Eihoji Temple because its building is a national treasure.

When I visited Eihoji Temple, I was impressed by the beauty of its building. I thought it deserved to a national treasure. The roof is sharp as shown below. This is a characteristic of Zen style buildings.

National treasure building where Kannon is enshrined

Building and pond from right side

Building and pond from left side

May 28, 2011

New Main Hall of Fukagawa Fudo-do

Today is May 28th. It is said that 28th is a special day for Fudo-myoo. People who believe in Fudo-myoo visit a temple, and pray to Fudo-myoo on the 28th of every month. It may be difficult to visit a temple each month. But, it is recommended to visit a temple on the 28th of January, May, and September.

Since Fudo-myoo is very popular in Japan, there are many temples enshrines Fudo-myoo. Among these, I recommend Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and its branch. The reason is that Goma (sacred fire rite) is conducted every day, and anyone can attend the rite freely.

Today, I visited Fukagawa Fudo-do, which is a Tokyo branch of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. Fukagawa fudo-do is located near Tokyo Metro Monzen-Nakacho Station. It is one minute walk from the station.

Building a new main hall was completed in April. This was the first time I have entered the new main hall. The appearance is different from that of conventional temples. But, when I entered it, I felt stately.

The Goma rite is regularly conducted at 9, 11, 13, 15, and 17 o'clock. You can attend it sitting down a bench. This is a good points for modern people. I attended the rite that started from 3 o'clock. It becomes more powerful than before. Attending the Goma rite is one of the easiest way to learn Japanese old culture.

New main hall.

New main hall (left) and old main hall (right)

Sanskrit of Fudo-myoo