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.