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Carved by 西村公朝 Nishimura Kocho in 1975
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Fudō Myō-ō 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O
- Acala Vidyârâja - Vidyaraja

Who is he? - Introduction


Fudoo Myoo-Oo / Acala Vidyârâja 不動明王
Fudoo Myoo-Oo - Japanese   

19 Characteristic Signs of Fudo Myo-O . 不動十九観

Three Most Famous Fudo . 三大不動尊 Sandai Fudo Son

Fudo Myo-o. Explanation in German. auf Deutsch


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Sometimes he is even called

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Japanese Deities

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Japanese Buddhas and Deities


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.................. Introducing Buddha Statues


History of Buddha Statues in Japan 仏像の歴史



.. .. .. .. .. .. .. The Nyorai Group 如来


Amida Buddha 阿弥陀如来

Dainichi Nyorai 大日如来 The Great Sun, Center of the Universe

O-Take Nyorai お竹如来

Shaka Nyorai 釈迦如来  Gautama Buddha

Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来、Buddha of Medicine


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.. .. .. .. .. .. .. The Bosatsu Group 菩薩

. Bosatsu 菩薩  Bodhisattva Group .


Daigen Shuri Bosatsu 招宝七郎大権修理菩薩
monastery-protecting spirit (gogaranjin 護伽藍神)
and temple Anryu-Ji 安竜寺


Fugen Bosatsu 普賢菩薩(ふげんぼさつ) (Samantabhadra)
and the white Elephant


Hoki Bosatsu, Hooki Bosatsu 法起菩薩 ... "Hoodoo Sennin" 法道仙人, Temple Bodaiji 菩提寺, Saint Tokudo 徳道上人



... ... ... Jizo Bosatsu 地蔵菩薩
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Ajimi Jizo 嘗試地蔵 and Kobo DaishiKoya san

Jizo as Jigoku Bosatsu 地獄菩薩, Namu Jigoku Daibosatsu
南無地獄大菩薩

Asekaki Jizoo, the Sweating Jizo 汗かき地蔵

Gote Jizoo ごて地蔵 Gote Jizo , Osaka, Kita-Ku
曽根崎警察署の裏

Hadaka Jizoo Naked Jizo 裸地蔵

Hooroku Jizoo ほうろく地蔵 with an earthen pot on his head
(Horoku Jizo 焙烙地蔵)

Miso Jizoo 広島のみそ地蔵

O-Bake Jizoo 化け地蔵 the monstrous Jizo statues Nikko

Omokaru Jizoo, Heavy or Light Jizo おもかる地蔵、重軽地蔵

Shinpei-Ji 心平寺 地蔵  Kencho-Ji, Kamakura

Shioname Jizo 塩嘗地蔵 Salt-tasting Jizo in Kamakura

Yonaki Jizo and babies crying at night 夜泣き地蔵



... ... ... Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩

Batoo Kannon, Horseheaded Kannon 馬頭観音

Hakodate 33 Kannon Pilgrimage 西国移土三十三観音, 函館市湯川寺

Hatakiri Kannon はたきり観音さん, Shikoku Henro 10

Jundei Kannon, Juntei Kannon 准胝 観音 Mother of all Buddhas
准胝仏母(じゅんていぶっぽ)

Maria Kannon マリア観音 Christians in Nagasaki

Nyoirin Kannon, Wishfulfilling Kannon如意輪観音
..... Seiryuu Gongen, Dragon Deity Zennyo 清瀧権現

O-Shichi Kannon お七観音 at temple Tanjo-Ji in Okayama 誕生寺 (Tanjooji)

Senju Kannon, with 1000 Arms and Juuichimen Kannon with 11 heads 千手観音, 十一面観音

Shichimen Kannon 七面観音 Nichiren and Mount Minobu
Shichimen Daibosatsu 七面大菩薩

Usuzumi Kannon, Light Charcoal Cherry Tree Kannon 薄墨観音




Kokuuzoo Bosatsu 虚空蔵菩薩 Kokuzo Bosatsu
Akashagarbha Bodhisattva.
Bodhisattva of Wisdom and Memory



Maso Bosatsu, Senrigan and Junpuji 媽祖菩薩, 千里眼, 順風耳

Memyo Bosatsu 馬鳴菩薩. Ashvagosha

Miroku Bosatsu 弥勒菩薩 Maitreya

Monju Bosatsu 文殊菩薩 Manjushri

Myoken Bosatsu (Myooken Bosatsu) 妙見菩薩
and Star Shrines in Japan, Hoshi Jinja 星神社


Seishi Bosatsu 勢至菩薩 Mahasthamaprapta


Sengen Daibosatsu 浅間大菩薩 Deity of Mount Fuji



Daibosatsu is a term of Buddhist origin, and refers to a "great kami that has awakened to the Way of the Bodhisattva."


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.. .. .. .. .. .. .. The Myo-O Group 明王の部

Aizen Myo-O  愛染明王

Daigensui 大元帥明王 Taigen (Atavaka)

Daiitoku Myo-O 大威徳明王 Yamaantaka


. . . . Fudo Myo-O ... see above


Goosanze Myo-O 降三世明王 Gosanze Trilokavijaya


Kujaku Myo-O 孔雀明王 The Pheasant Wisdom King 

Ususama Myo-O 烏瑟沙摩明王
Ucchusma, deity of the toilet

Zao Gongen 蔵王権現


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.. .. .. .. .. .. .. The Ten Group, Tenbu 天部 Deva, Devas

Many of them are devas are deities coming from India and some have shrines with a torii 鳥居entrance gate dedicated to them. The division between Shinto and Buddhism is difficult here, ecpecially since many sanctuaries were erected before the separation of the two religions in Japan in the Meiji period.


Ashura, Asura (あしゅら) 阿修羅


Benzaiten 弁財天, Benten 弁天 Benzai-Ten
..... Benten and the Gods of Water


Bishamonten、Tamonten 多聞天 (Vaishravana) 毘沙門天、毘沙門の使ひ

Bishukatsuma 毘首羯磨 (Vishvakarman ヴィシュヴァカルマン)
自在天王・工巧天・巧妙天

Daikoku Ten 大黒天 Daikoku sama

Dairokuten Ma-O ... 第六天魔王, 大六天 Take Jizaiten 他化自在天

Dakiniten, Dakini Ten (Vajra Daakini) 荼枳尼天

Datsueba 奪衣婆 or 脱衣婆 the Old Hag of Hell

Ebisu ... 夷 恵比寿 恵比須 えびす、エビス God of Good Luck

Enma Ten, Enma Oo (Emma): The King of Hell閻魔天、閻魔王
..... The Ten Kings of Hell, Juu Oo 十王


Gigeiten 伎芸天 Daijizai Tennyo 大自在天女 and
Daijizai Ten 大自在天 (Shiva)

Gohoojin 護法神 Protectors of the Buddhist law


Hotei 布袋 Pu-Tai

Idaten 韋駄天 (Skanda)

Juuni Shinshoo 十二神将 Twelve Heavenly Generals,
12 Warrior Generals

Kankiten (Ganesh) Elephant-headed deity

Kichijoten 吉祥天 Kichijooten (Lakshmi, Shri Mahadevi)

Kishibojin 鬼子母神, Kishimojin, Kangimo, Kariteimo 訶梨帝母

Madarajin, Matarajin, Matara Shin 摩多羅神 Mathara, Mahakala

Mao son 護法魔王尊 Gohoo Maoo Son
and the three sonten 尊天 of Kurama mountain temple

Marishiten 摩利支天 Marishi Ten

Nio, Deva Kings 仁王 (Nioo, Niou)


. Ototen 乙天 Bishamonten .


Shomen Kongo 青面金剛 Shoomen Kongoo


Taishakuten, Taishaku Ten 帝釈天
Indra, Sakra Deva, Shakra Devanam Indra
and the Koshin Cult (kooshin 庚申, ka no e saru)


The Gods of the four elements 風水天地の神様
水神 Suijin, 風神 Fuujin, 地神 Chijin, 火神 Kajin


Seven Gods of Good Luck 七福神 Shichifukujin 


. Wakaten 若天 Fudo Myo-O .

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Saints and holy figures


Binzuru 賓頭盧 (Pinzuru)

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.. .. .. .. .. .. .. Shinto Deities 神道の神様


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- - - - - The Gods of Japan and Haiku (kami to hotoke)


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Shingō 神語
A "divine title" affixed to the name of a kami.
A wide variety of titles have come into use in accordance with the unique characteristics of kami, and as a result of historical changes in the way kami have been understood. In the ancient period, the title mikoto was used, while expressions such as myōjin ("shining kami"), daibosatsu (great bodhisattva), and gongen (avatar) came into use as a product of kami-buddha combinatory cults (shinbutsu shūgō). During the Edo period, the title reisha ("spirit shrine") was applied to the departed spirits of human beings.

The title mikoto, written variously with the characters 命 or 尊 was used in ancient classics such as Kojiki and Nihongi as a title of respect for both kami and noble persons. It is believed that mi represents an honorific prefix, while koto means "thing," "event," or "word"; together, the reading mikoto has been interpreted as referring to a "noble personage," "minister" or "medium" (mikotomochi), and "noble child" (miko; see mikogami).

Nihongi differentiates between the usage of characters 尊 and 命 for mikoto, stating that the earlier character is used to refer only to kami of the utmost dignity with direct linkage to the imperial descent, while the latter character is used for all other kami.

The title myōjin 明神 as applied to Japanese kami is believed to evolved from an earlier term myōjin 名神 ("eminent kami"), which was used in ancient works like Engishiki to refer to kami of particularly noteworthy power. Under the influence of the homophonic myōjin 明神 ("shining deity") found in Chinese and Buddhist texts, the latter character combination came to be applied to indigenous kami as well.

Daibosatsu is obviously a term of Buddhist origin, and refers to a "great kami that has awakened to the Way of the Bodhisattva." The title daibosatsu is first seen in 781, when the kami Hachiman was honored with the title Gokoku Reigen Iriki Jintsū Daibosatsu ("Great Bodhisattva of National Protection and Marvelous Spirit Power"). From that time, the title daibosatsu has been applied to numerous other kami, including Fuji Sengen Daibosatsu and Tado Daibosatsu.

Gongen (avatar) is likewise of Buddhist origin, a term deriving from the doctrine of honji suijaku ("original essence, manifest traces"). According to this belief, buddhas may provisionally manifest themselves in this world in the form of kami or deities indigenous to various locales. Some well-known kami bestowed with this title include Kumano Gongen, Kasuga Gongen, and Hakusan Gongen.

The title reisha originates with the Yuiitsu Shinto school of the Yoshida family, which first used the term to refer to a shrine erected over the grave of the school's founder. Mano Tokitsuna's Kokin shingaku ruihen describes reisha as "a general term referring to shrines devoted to the spirits of human beings," but the term was also later used as a title for the kami themselves. Within Yoshida Shintō, the titles reijin reisha and myōjin were all applied to deceased human spirits, and this usage influenced the use of the terms in other schools as well, including Yoshikawa Shintō and Suika Shintō, where they were applied to persons who had mastered the deepest imports of the religion. Some of these individuals included Yoshikawa Koretari, posthumously titled Miaredō Reisha, and Yamazaki Ansai, who was titled Suika Reisha.

Another unusual example of the attribution of shingō to humans is that of Sugawara Michizane, who was titled tenjin or "heavenly deity."
source : Sato Masato, Kokugakuin 2005


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12/29/2015

Fudo Myo-O Introduction

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Who is Fudo Myo-O, the Wisdom King ?

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

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Acala (Skr.: Acala, Achala अचल; "immovable" one)
is a guardian deity primarily revered in Vajrayana Buddhism in Japan, China and elsewhere.

He is classed among the vidyārāja and preeminent among the Five Wisdom Kings of the Womb Realm. Accordingly, his figure occupies an important hierarchical position in the pictorial diagramatic Mandala of the Two Realms. In Japan, Acala is revered in the Shingon, Tendai, Zen and Nichiren sects.



Overview
Descriptions of his physical appearance derive from such scriptural source as the Mahavairocana Tantra (Dainichikyō (『大日経』)) and its annotation.

His face is expressive of extreme wrath, wrinkle-browed,left eye squinted or looking askance, lower teeth biting down the upper lip. He has the physique of a corpulent (round-bellied) child. He bears a sword in his right hand, and a lariat or noose (kensaku (羂索)) in his left hand. He is engulfed in flame, and seated on a "huge rock base" (banjakuza (盤石座)).

Acala is said to be a powerful deity who protects All the Living (sattva, shujō (衆生)) by burning away all impediments (antar-aya, shōnan (障難)) and defilements, thus aiding them towards enlightenment.

In Japanese esoteric Buddhism, according to an arcane interpretive concept known as the "three wheel-embodiments(ja)" or san rinjin (三輪身) Acala and the rest of the five wisdom kings are considered kyōryō tenshin (教令輪身 "embodiments of the wheel of injunction"), or beings whose actions constitute the teaching of the law (the other embodiments teach by word, or merely by their manifest existence). Under this conceptualization, the wisdom kings are ranked superior to the Dharmapala (gohō zenshin (護法善神)), a different class of guardian deities. Nevertheless, this distinction sometimes fails to be asserted, or the two are openly treated as synonymous by many commentators, even in clearly Japanese religious contexts.

The Sanskrit symbol that represents Acala is hāṃ हां ( conventionally transliterated kān (kaan) (カーン)).
However, it has been confounded with the similar glyph (हूं hūṃ), prompting some commentators to mistakenly identify the Acala with other deities. (The Sanskrit symbol is called siddham, bonji (梵字)), or "seed syllable" (zh: bīja, Ja: shuji (種子)).

Some of the other transliterations and variants to his name are Ācalanātha, Āryācalanātha, Ācala-vidyā-rāja. The Hindu form of the deity may also be known as Caṇḍamahāroṣaṇa or Caṇḍaroṣaṇa "the violent-wrathful" one.

History
Originally the Hindu deity Acalanātha (अचलनाथ),
whose name in Sanskrit signifies ācala "immovable" + nātha' "protector, Acala was incorporated into esoteric Buddhism (late 7th century, India) as a servant of Buddha. In Tang Dynasty China, he became Budong (pinyin: Búdòng; Middle Chinese: /pǝw dungx/- 不動, "immovable"), a translated-meaning-name derived from Acala. In turn, the deity was imported into Japan as Fūdō (不動) "immovable") by the priest Kobo Daishi Kūkai (died 835) who was studying in China as a member of the Kentoshi mission, and founded the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism.

As the deity's importance waned in India and China (as did the religion itself), the iconic image remained popular throughout the Middle Ages (and into modern times) in Nepal, Tibet and Japan, where sculptural and pictorial representations of them are most often found. Much of the iconography comes from Japan, where a popular cult especially devoted to him has developed.

In Tibetan Buddhism and art, the buddha Akshobhya, whose name also means "the immovable one", presides over the clan of deities to which Ācala belongs. Other sources refer to the Acala/Caṇḍaroṣaṇa as an "emanation" of Akshobhya, suggesting further assimilation.

Acala in Japan
Fudō-myōō (不動明王) is the full Japanese name for Acala-vidyaraja, or Fudō (o-Fudō-sama etc.) for short. It is the literal translation of the Sanskrit term "immovable wisdom king".

Iconography
Acala in Buddhist art since the Heian era has depicted him as angry-faced, holding a vajra sword and a lariat. In later representations, such as those used by the yamabushi monks, he may have one fang pointing up and another pointing down, and a braid on the one side of his head.

The sword he holds may or may not be flaming and sometimes described only generically as a hōken (宝剣 "treasure sword") or as kongō-ken (金剛杵 "vajra sword"), which is descriptive of the fact that the pommel of the sword is in the shape of the talon-like kongō-sho (金剛杵 "vajra") of one type or another. It may also be referred to as sanko-ken (三鈷剣 "three-pronged vajra sword"). However in some cases as in the Akafudo painting, the divinity is seen holding the Kurikara-ken, a sword with the dragon coiled around it.

The flaming nimbus or halo behind the statue is known as the "karura flame", after a mythical firebreathing birdlike creature, the garuda.

The two boy servants who is usually depicted in attendance to Acala are named Kongara (Kiṃkara) and Seitaka (Ceṭaka) though there are said to be eight such boy servants altoghether, and as many as forty-eight servants overall.

His seat, the banjakuza (盤石座 or "huge rock base")   is considered an appropriate iconographic symbol to demonstrate the steadfastness of" the Fudō.

Acala/Fudo Cult
In Japan, Acala became an idol of worship in its own right, and became installed as the gohonzon (本尊) or main deity at temples and outdoor shrines. A famous example is the Narita Fudo, a Shingon subsect temple at Narita-san.

At Shingon Buddhist temples dedicated to Ācala, priests perform the Fudō-hō (不動法), or ritual service to enlist the deity's power of purification to benefit the faithful. This rite routinely involves the use of the ritual burning ceremony, fire ritual or goma (護摩) (Skr.: Homa) as a purification tool.

Lay persons or monks in yamabushi gear who go into rigorous training outdoors in the mountains also often pray to small Ācala statue or talisman they carry, which serve as his honzon. This praciticed path of yamabushi's training, known as Shugendō, predates the introduction of Ācala, so at first adored idols such as the Zaō Gongen who appeared before the sect's founder En no Ozunu or the Vairocana. But eventually Ācala was added to list of deities most typically enshrined by the yamabushi monks, either portable, or installed in outdoor shrines (hokora). These statues would be often placed near waterfalls (a common training ground) and deep in the mountains and in caves.

Ācala also tops the list of so-called Thirteen Buddhas (jūsan butsu (十三仏)). Thus Shingon sect mourners assign the Fudo the "First Seven Days" (Shonanoka (初七日)) of service. The first week is an important observance, but perhaps not as prominently important as the observance of "seven times seven days" (i.e. 49 days) signifying the end of "intermediate state" (bardo).

Literature on Shinto Buddhist ritual will explain that such and such Sanskrit "seed syllable", or mantra or mudra is attendant to each of the "buddhas" for each observance period. But the scholarly consensus seems to be that the invoking of the "Thirteen Buddhas" had evolved later around the 14th century and became widespread by the following century, so this could not have been part of the original teachings by priest Kukai, but rather a later adaptation.
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Acala Vidyârâja
is one of the Vidyârâjas (Myôô) class of deities, and a very wrathful deity.

He is portrayed holding a sword in his right hand and a coiled rope in his left hand. With this sword of wisdom, Acala cuts through deluded and ignorant minds and with the rope he binds those who are ruled by their violent passions and emotions. He leads them onto the correct path of self control. Acala is also portrayed surrounded by flames, flames which consume the evil and the defilements of this world. He sits on a flat rock which symbolizes the unshakeable peace and bliss which he bestows to the minds and the bodies of his devotees.

Purpose and Vows
Acala transmits the teachings and the injunctions of Mahâvairocana to all living beings and whether they agree to accept or to reject these injunctions is up to them, Acala's blue/black body and fierce face symbolize the force of his will to draw all beings to follow the teachings of the Buddha. Nevertheless, Acala's nature is essentially one of compassion and he has vowed to be of service to all beings for eternity.

Acala also represents his aspect of service by having his hair knotted in the style of a servant: his hair is tied into seven knots and falls down from his head on the left side. Acala has two teeth protruding from out of his mouth, an upper tooth and a lower tooth. The upper tooth is pointed downward and this represents his bestowing unlimited compassion who are suffering in body and spirit. His lower tooth is pointed upward and this represents the strength of his desire to progress upward in his service for the Truth. In his upward search for Bodhi and in his downward concern for suffering beings, he represents the beginning of the religious quest, the awakening of the Bodhicitta and the beginning of his compassionate concern for others.
It is for this reason that the figure of Acala is placed first among
the thirteen deities (juusanbutsu 十三仏).

His vow is to do battle with evil with a powerful mind of compassion and to work for the protection of true happiness. To pray for recovery from illness and for safety while traveling is to rely upon his vow and power to save. Acala is also the guide for the deceased, to help save them and assist them in becoming buddhas for the first seven days after death.

Read more about these 13 deities.
http://www.shingon.org/deities/jusanbutsu/fudo.html

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The 19 characteristics of Fudo Myo-O
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Firmly Rooted: On Fudo Myoo's Origins
by Richard K. Payne
- source : pdf file on facebook


Read more on this extensive page about Buddha Statues
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12/28/2015

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19 Characteristic Signs of Fudo Myo-O

不動十九観 / 不動十九相観

Fudoo Juukyuu Sansoo
Fudo Jukyu Sanso

Just as Buddha Shakyamuni has 32 characteristic signs, Fudo Myo-O has 19.
They are described in documents of the Tendai sect like the following:

1 He is an incarnation of Dainichi Nyorai.
2 His Mantra has the four letters : a ro kan man .
3 He usually lives in a world of fire.
4 He has the figure of a fat young man, rather unpleasant.
5 He has seven knots in his hair and a lotos blossom on top of them.

6 On his left shoulder a plait of hair hangs down.
7 The wrinkles on his forehead look like water waves.
8 The left eye is closed, the right one wide open.
9 He bites his right upper lip with the lower teeth and his left lip protrudes.
10 He has his mouth shut strictly.

11 He carries a three-pronged sword in his right hand.
12 He carries a rope in his left hand.
13 He eats the leftover food of ascetic monks.
14 He stands or sits on a throne of stone.
15 His body color is of an unpleasant black-blue-green.

16 His look is fierce and threatening.
17 He has a firy Garuda bird on his halo.
18 A Kurikara Dragon is wrapped around his sword.
19 He has two child acolytes by his side.


09 . kiba 牙 the teeth of Fudo .

12 . kensaku, kenjaku 羂索 rope, lariat, noose .

17 . koohai, kōhai 光背 mandorla, halo, Nimbus .

18 . Kurikara sword 倶利伽羅不動剣 .

19 . Sanjuuroku Dooji 三十六童子 36 Attendants .
Kongara 矜迦羅童子(こんがらどうじ)、
Seitaka 制迦童子(せいたかどうじ)

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天台僧 安然が、「不動立印儀軌修行次第」により不動明王を想い従うために唱えたもの

(1)大日如来の化身
(2)真言中に、ア・ロ・カン・マンの4字がある
(3)常に火生三昧(かしょうざんまい)に住んでいる
(4)肥満した童子の姿で、卑しい
(5)頭頂に七沙髻があり、蓮華をのせている

(6)左肩に一弁髪を垂らす benpatsu
(7)額に水波(すいは)のようなしわがある suiha
(8)左の目を閉じ右の目を開いている
(9)下の歯で右上の唇を噛み、左下の唇の外へ出している
(10)口を硬く閉じている

(11)右手に三鈷剣を持っている
(12)左手に羂索を持っている
(13)行者の残食を食べる
(14)大磐石の上に安座している
(15)色が醜く青黒

(16)奮迅して憤怒している
(17)光背に迦楼羅炎(かるらえん)がある
(18)倶力迦羅竜が剣にまとわりついている
(19)両脇に2童子が侍している
source : www.kyototsuu.jp



Buddha Shakyamuni
Signs of a Great Man 32 and 80

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Fudo from Museum Collections 不動明王

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York




The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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This statue of "Fudo Myoo," from Japan's Kamakura period (1185-1333),
is part of the exhibit "Masterpieces of the Mary Briggs Burke Collection,"
opening at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art Tuesday. The exhibit showcases the biggest and most comprehensive private collection of Japanese art outside Japan.

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Los Angeles County Museum




A hibitsu or “secret Buddha” is a temple statue, not necessarily of the Buddha, that is shown rarely or not at all. Cultures around the globe have religious art intended to be displayed on special occasions.
Japan takes this universal idea to chronological extremes. Some hibitsu are shown only every 7 years, or 33 years, 0r 60 years. In a few cases they have been made with the intention of never being displayed at all. LACMA’s new Fudo Myoo: The Indomitable Foe of Evil (about 1125), a gift of Irene Christopher, Scott M. Delman, and the 2012 Collectors Committee may be one of these rarely-seen objects.

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



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asekaki Fudo 汗かき不動 / あせかき不動 sweating Fudo
Introduction

There are various statues with this name in Japan.

There are also other deities showing "sacred sweat":


. asekaki 汗かき /  あせかき sweating deities .

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Nokogiriyama 鋸山
Kanaya, Temple Nihon-Ji 金谷 - 日本寺

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Mount Nokogiri (鋸山 Nokogiri-yama) literally "saw mountain" is a low mountain on the Bōsō Peninsula on Honshu, Japan. It lies on the southern border of the city of Futtsu and the town Kyonan in Awa District in Chiba Prefecture.
The western side of the mountain is also the site of the sprawling Nihon-ji temple complex, which is the home of two Daibutsu sculptures - a huge seated carving of Yakushi Nyorai that at 31.05 metres (101.9 ft) tall is the largest pre-modern, stone-carved Daibutsu in Japan, and the "Hundred-shaku Kannon", a tall relief image of Kannon carved into one of the quarry walls - as well as 1500 hand-carved arhat sculptures, which combined with the spectacular scenery of the Bōsō Hills and Tokyo Bay, make Mount Nokogiri a popular tourism destination.
- source : wikipedia


The statue of the sweating Fuod is behind the collection of 100 Kannon statues 百体観音.

The statue would sweat as a prelude to some ill omen.
It would also start sweating to make up for the sins of mankind.

身に罪の重きを恨みたきつせの
不動の力たのむうれしさ


source : 4travel.jp/travelogue



source : qookaku3.blog.shinobi.jp


. Nokogiriyama 鋸山 .
Kazusa Province (上総国, Kazusa-no kuni), now Chiba

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Takahata Fudo Temple 高幡不動尊
Tokyo


During the Muromachi period, whenever there was a major fight and battle in the country, this wooden statue would start sweating sacred sweat 霊汗. So it was widely revered by the warriors.
This Fudo was also a protector of fires for the town of Edo.



. Takahata Fudo Temple 高幡不動尊 .

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Tsugaru

. Kogakesan Fudoo-In Kokushooji 古懸山不動院国上寺 Kokusho-Ji .

青森県平川市碇ヶ関古懸門前1−1
Monzen-1-1 Ikarigasekikogake, Hirakawa-shi

One of the
Tsugaru San Fudoo 津軽三不動 Three Fudo in Tsugaru

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



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7/17/2014

Yokoyama Fudo Miyagi

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Yokoyama Fudo 横山不動

Nr. 26 Hakugyosan 白魚山 - 大徳寺 - 横山不動尊
Daitokuji 大徳寺 Daitoku-Ji
Miyagi 宮城県 - 禅定の道場 zenjoo

. 東北三十六不動尊霊場
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宮城県本吉郡津山町横山字本町3
Motomachi-3 Tsuyamacho Yokoyama, Tome

The temple had been called 明王山金剛寺 for about 350 years and became a temple of the Shingon sect in 1504. Its first head priest  was 竹甫慶玉大和尚. It was then re-named 白魚山大徳寺 Daitoku-Ji and called in a friendly way :  "Yokoyama Fudo Son".

The main statue is Shakyamuni 釈迦牟尼佛.




The five-storied pagoda from bronze 青銅五重塔 was built in 1766.
In autumn it is surrounded by the famous bright 秋明菊 Anemone japonica.
The whole temple area is now part of the Minami Sankiku Kinkasan Quasi-National Park 南三陸金華山国定公園.





Fudo Doo 不動堂 Fudo-Do Hall
Built from the local 津山杉 Tsuyama Sugi pine.



- Chant of the temple

横山に その名も高し 不動尊 
神秘の池に うぐいまします


at Yokoyama
the most famous
Fudo statue
in the mysterious pond
so many dace fish



ugui 石斑魚 / 鯎 Japanese dace, Tribolodon hakonensis

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source : www.etsy.com/listing

The statue was carved by Kobo Daishi Kukai himself.
Inside 胎内 was found another golden statue, which had come from Korea (Kudara 百済国) around 1157. This statue had been venerated in the nearby Yokoyama area, hence the name.

Fudo about 275 cm high (other sources quote 5 meter) and weights 300 kg
Made from katsura 桂 wood. Yosegi woodwork 寄せ木造り.
Important cultural property 重要文化財

katsura 桂 Japanese Judas tree, Cercidiphyllum japonicum

This statue is counted as one of the three famous Fudo Statues of Japan.
日本三不動のひとつ

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- source and photos : plaza.rakuten.co.jp/chiikihukusi

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平成二十六年は横山不動尊・記念の年になります。
After the Earthquake of 2011
- source : www.machi-navi.tv


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- - - - - Yearly Festivals 年中行事

1月1日  年頭大祈祷 New Year Ritual

1月14日 どんと祭

1月28日 初不動 First Fudo Ritual

4月27、28日 春季大祭典 Great Spring Festival

10月28日 秋季大祭典 Great Autumn Festival

12月28日 納めの不動 Last Fudo Ritual

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Tome City, Miyagi Prefecture
Nine towns in northeastern Miyagi Prefecture were no exception; they combined to become one city on April 1, 2005, and so Tome City was born.

In the city, there are also a number of ponds and swamps where swans and wild geese fly over and stay through the winter. Izunuma, a designated conservation site under the Ramsar Convention (an international convention on wetland habitats that recognizes important world waterfowl sites), and Naganuma are particularly notable. In the daylight and the moonlight, graceful silhouettes of birds appear on the water’s surface and minnows, fireflies, and golden eagles also populate the region.

Tome City is an agricultural city with a population of approximately 88,000. It is famous throughout Japan for its high-quality rice varieties like “sasanishiki” and “hitomebore”. Good rice means that the region’s other food is good, too. The city produces a wide range of specialties, from which traditional products like miso, soy sauce and abura-fu (fried wheat gluten) are made. Good rice also means that excellent Japanese sake can be produced. “Sawa no Izumi” is a well known brand brewed from locally-produced rice.

There are many historical sites and ruins in Tome city including ancient tombs, Shinto shrines, temples, and other buildings that have been designated important cultural properties by local municipalities. Among them is the building of the former Toyoma elementary school, constructed in the Meiji era and now an educational reference library, and the wooden statue Fudo myo-ou zazou housed in Yokoyama Fudo-son, both of which are officially named important cultural treasures by the Japanese government. Furthermore, a local festival and designated intangible important cultural property, “Yonekawa no mizu-kaburi”, and a Noh performance, “Mori Butai”, are amongst the traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation.

Tome City has provided sources for contemporary artistic inspiration, too. It is the birthplace of creative talents in popular culture like the late Shotaro Ishinomori, a manga author and animation giant. His masterpieces, “Cyborg 009” and the “Kamen Rider (Mask Rider)” series have a great influence on many authors today. Near the house where he was born is a memorial museum displaying Ishimori’s works, his favorite items, and a replica of the rooms of the Tokiwa-so, an apartment in Tokyo where many young manga artists, including Ishinomori, used to live from the 1950s to 1970s. Another popular manga author and director, Katsuhiro Otomo is also from Tome City. He is especially known for his work “AKIRA”.
- source : www.ny.us.emb-japan.go.jp

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- - - reference - - -

横山不動尊不動堂
- source : www.jade.dti.ne.jp

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

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. Kobo Daishi, Kukai 弘法大師 空海 .
. (774-835)

. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and talismans from Japan . 

. Japanese Temples - ABC list - .

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. Japan - after the BIG earthquake .
March 11, 2011, 14:46

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Kamitera Miyagi

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Kamitera Fudo 神寺不動尊

27 松景院 真言宗智山派 - 神寺不動尊
Shookei-In 松景院 Shokei-In
Miyagi 宮城県 - 禅定の道場 zenjoo

. 東北三十六不動尊霊場
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- source and more photos : minkara.carview.co.jp/smart


宮城県遠田郡美里町中埣字町80番地
Machi-80 Nakazone, Misato-machi, Tōda-gun


- footprints of Fudo Myo-O

This temple was a center of asceticism, combining Buddhist and Shinto rituals.
The main statue (secret) is 大聖歓喜天 Daisho Kangiten and people come here to pray for good luck.

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Kamitera Fudoson Shokeiin
is a temple of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. It was founded in 1591 by the priest Jitsue, Jitsu-E 実恵法印 / 実慧 (786 - 845).

In those days, there was a pine grove with old palm trees in the area around the temple, which was located between the Tajiri River 田尻川 and the Bijo River 美女川. Likening the buds coming out from the ground by the river to bamboo trees, Jitsuetsu said,
“This is a very celebrated place, where pine, bamboo and palm trees grow together. I am going to build a temple for ridding people’s bud luck and bringing them better luck,”
and named the temple “Baikozan Shokeiin 梅光山,” which literally means “Pine Landscape Temple in Palm Light Mountain.”

The temple was called Kamitera (God’s Temple) because the ascetic training in the Shugendo method (mountain practice in which Shinto and Buddhism were mixed together) has been performed at this temple. Even after the Meiji period (1868-1912), when the movement of Haibutsu Kishaku (the anti-Buddhism movement) arose, the tradition of Shinbutsu Shugo (fusion of Shinto and Buddhism) has been uniquely handed down at this temple.

The principal image of worship, Kamitera Fudoson, is about 7 m tall and weighs 40 tons. It is the world’s largest clay statue. The statue is made of clay in which the ashes of 210,000 prayer sticks, which were burned for 21 days in the Goma fire kept burning by the priest who was observing a fast, were mixed.
- source : nippon-kichi.jp


. Kankiten (Kangiten) 歓喜天 .
Ganesh, the elephant-headed deity of Hinduism

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sozoo 塑像 clay statue
世界最大の不動明王坐像
This is the greatest seated clay statue of Fudo Myo-O in the world.





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- Amulets from the temple


交通安全ステッカー sticker for traffic safety


chigo mamori 稚児守り Amulet to protect small children at festivals


星座守り - Amulet of your birth star constellation


For the health, to prevent dementia and cancer and many more
ぼけ封じ守り / 癌封じ守り




- - - - - Homepage of the temple
- source : www.acala.jp/kamitera


. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and Talismans .

. chigo 稚児 temple acolytes, children at festivals .






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- - - - - Yearly Festivals 年中行事

元旦~7日 新年特別大護摩祈祷
1月第3土・日曜日 一日山伏修行
1/28 初不動
2月節分 星祭 - Star Festival
3月彼岸(中日) 春彼岸法要
3/28 不動尊春季大祭 Great Spring Festival for Fudo
4月第3日曜日 大般若祈祷
7/28 千巻心経会
8/15 大施餓鬼法要
8/15夜 少年山伏火渡り
9月彼岸(中日) 秋彼岸法要
10/28 不動尊秋季大祭 Great Autumn Festival for Fudo
11/15 七五三子育祈祷
11/23 大根炊き
12/28 納めの不動尊
12/30 大祓


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Jitsue, Jitsu-E 実慧 (786–847)
A priest of the True Word (Shingon) school in Japan, also known as the Supervisor of Priests Hino’o or the Great Teacher Dōkō. He first studied the doctrine of the Dharma Characteristics (Hossō) school under Taiki of Daian-ji temple. When Kōbō, who was later to found the True Word school in Japan, returned from China to Japan, Jitsue became his disciple. He helped establish Kongōbu-ji temple on Mount Kōya and, in 823, moved to Tō-ji temple in Kyoto. Thereafter he founded Kanshin-ji temple at Hino’o in Kawachi Province.
He was regarded highly by the imperial court and revered as foremost among Kōbō’s ten major disciples.

His works are
The Orally Transmitted Teachings on Meditation on the Character a
(sanscrit a - - represents the vowel sound “ă”),
The Teachings Orally Transmitted to Hino’o, and The Treatise on the Diamond Realm.
- source : www.nichirenlibrary.org


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- reference : www.tohoku36fudo.jp


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

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Fudo - 日本吉 - NIPPON-KICHI

A rich source of information about Japan.
Here is the collection about Fudo Myo-O: 不動明王
- source : nippon-kichi+fudo

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秋保の田植踊 Akiu-no-taue-odori Taue Odori in Akiu
秋保大滝不動尊大祭 Akiu-ootaki-fudou-son-taisai 
The Grand Festival at Akiu Otaki Fudoson Temple

安国寺不動院 銅製梵鐘 Ankoku-ji Fudo-in Dosei-bonsyou 
The Copper Bell at Ankokuji Fudoin Temple
Ankokuji Fudoin Temple in Hiroshima City

朝日不動の滝 Asahi-fudoo-no-taki The Asahifudo-no-taki Waterfall

浅布渓谷 Azabu-keikoku Azabu Gorge Fudo Waterfall

普光寺 Fukou-ji Fukoji Temple Magaibutsu

願成寺 板橋不動院 Ganjyoo-ji Itabashi-fudouin Itabashi Fudo-son

群馬 不動大滝 Gunma Fudou-ootaki The Fudo-Otaki Waterfall in Gunma


八王子 金剛院 Hachiouji Kongou-in Kongoin Temple in Hachioji
八王子 真覚寺 Hachiouji Shinkaku-ji Shinkakuji Temple in Hachioji

箱島湧水 Hakoshima-yuusui Springs of Hakoshima
Hakoshima Fudoson Temple

法善寺横丁 Houzenji-yokocho Hozenji Alley - Mizukake Fudo Osaka

犬飼石仏 Inukai-sekibutsu Inukai Giant Buddha Rock Carving
Tonase, Bungo-ono, Oita Prefecture.

十二滝 Jyuunitaki Juunitaki  Junitaki Waterfall

川台渓谷 Kawadai-keikoku Kawadai Gorge
statue of Gofukin Fudoson

川越 喜多院 Kawagoe Kitain Kawagoe Kitain Temple

鬼室神社 Kishitsu-jinja Kishitsu Shrine

幸田町 不動ヶ滝 Koota-cho Fudou-ga-taki The Fudogataki Waterfall in Koda Town

小僧不動の滝寒中みそぎ Kozou-fudou-no-taki-kanchuu-misogi 
Waterfall Purification at Kozo-Fudo Sui Shrine

目黒不動尊 Meguro-fudouson Meguro Fudoson

苗村神社 Namura-jinja Namura Shrine
Ayado in Ryuo Town, Shiga Prefecture

楢本磨崖仏 Naramoto-magaibutsu Naramoto Granite Carving
Oita Prefecture Magaibutsu


大杉神社 Oosugi-jinjya Osugi Shrine
Fudoin Temple in nearby town of Edosaki

識蘆の滝 Shikiro-no-taki The Shikiro Waterfall

総持寺 Soujiji Sojiji Temple Ibaragi City, Osaka Pref


多賀大社 Taga-taisha Taga Taisha Shrine - Tendai Sect, Fudoin

高鍋大師 Takanabe-Taishi Takanabe Taishi - stone statues

滝谷不動明王寺 Takidani-fudou-myouou-ji Takidani Fudo Myo-o Temple

東門院 守山寺 Toomon-in Moriyama-dera Tomonin Moriyamadera Temple

東南院 Tounan-in Tonanin Temple

つばくろ谷 Tsubakuro-dani Tsubakuro Valley
Fudousawa Creek


薬王院有喜寺 Yakuou-in-yuuki-ji Yakuoin Yukiji Temple

雄飛滝 Yuuhi-daki The Yuhidaki Waterfall


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



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Saiko-Ji Sendai

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Ootaki Fudo 大滝不動 Otaki Fudo at the Big Waterfall

Nr. 29 Saikooji 西光寺 Saiko-Ji - 大滝不動
Saikooji 西光寺 Saiko-Ji
Miyagi 宮城県 - 禅定の道場 zenjoo

. 東北三十六不動尊霊場
36 Fudo Temples in Tohoku .
 

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宮城県仙台市太白区秋保町馬場字大滝11
Ōtaki-11 Akiumachi Baba, Taihaku-ku, Sendai-shi



秋保大滝 Akiu Great Falls

Akiu (Akiho) is a famous hot spring near Sendai with one of the famous huge waterfalls nearby.
The waterfall is about 55 m long and 6 meters wide.

Priest Ennin tried to built a temple at the mountain 長嶺山 near the waterfall, but could not succeed the first time. He continued his pilgrimage in Tohoku, toward the mountains of Dewa and in860 founded the famous Yamadera 山寺.
On the way back he was again stopped by the powerful energy of the waterfall and the forest and this time carved a statue of Fudo Myo-O himself. He established this temple as the "Oku no In" of Yamadera.

The Fudo Hall 不動堂 is on a cliff above the fall. Further down is a bridge over the river, 不動橋 Fudobashi .


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

. Risshaku-ji (Ryushaku-ji) 立石寺 - Yamadera 山寺 .


- Chant of the temple

南無不動 功徳は世々にあらわれて 
みちびきたまえ 秋保大滝

Hail to Fudo !
May his charity prevail and lead us
at the Waterfall of Akiu



Legend knows that in 1770 a priest performed austerities here for 1000 days 千日籠り to pray that his mother would be healed. And the powerful energy of this area indeed helped to get her well.


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Saiko-ji, or Takimotosan (Mt. Takimoto) as it is officially called, is regarded as the inner shrine of Risshaku-ji in Yama-dera, Yamagata Prefecture. It is said that the priest Jikaku Daishi (also known as Ennin) founded Risshaku-ji during his preaching tour around Tohoku in the Jogan Period (856-875 CE), after undergoing a rigorous course of religious training for a hundred days at Akiu Otaki (a waterfall) located right beside the current Fudo-do (hall dedicated to Fudo Myoo).

The temple features a huge bronze seated statue of Fudo-myoo which is 3.3 meters in height, 5.1 meters around the waist, 7.2 meters around the knees, and has flaming nimbus 5 meters high.



In 1828 (year 11 of the Bunsei era), after completing the statue of Fudo, saint Chisoku Shonin 知足上人 jumped into the waterfall, praying for all people to have their wishes come true. Since then many people have prayed to the statue to grant them their wishes. Right behind the Fudo-do is Akiu Otaki, which is designated as a national area of natural beauty.
The statue of Fudo is said to have been cast during the Edo period, when Chisoku-shonin rebuilt the temple.
- source : www.sentabi.jp/en


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不動明王座像 Statue of the seated Fudo Myo-O

Look at more photos of the waterfall and the temple :
- source : www11.atpages.jp/ruisho

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- - - - - Pilgrim page of the temple
- source : www.tohoku36fudo.jp


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

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. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and talismans from Japan . 

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. Japan - after the BIG earthquake .
March 11, 2011, 14:46

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