11/29/2004

Pilgrimages to Fudoo Temples

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関東三十六不動霊場
Pilgrimage to 36 Fudo Temples in Kanto / Bando

Bandoo Sanjuroku Fudo Reijo
Kanto Sanjuroku Fudo Reijo


発心の道場 Hosshin - Kanagawa - 01 - 07
修行の道場 Shugyo - Tokyo - 08 - 26
菩提の道場 Bodai - Saitama - 27 - 31
涅槃の道場 Nehan - Chiba - 32 - 36

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source :rainbow-goblins.blogspot.jp


神奈川県 Kanagawa -
発心の道場
The first round: Awakening your heart


01 . Oyama Fudo 大山の不動様 .

02 ●道了尊 第二番 - 南足柄市大雄町1157

03 . Yokohama Naritasan 横浜成田山 - 延命院 Enmei-In .

04 . 和田不動 Wada Fudo - 真福寺 Shinpuku-Ji .

05 ●金蔵寺 Kinzoo-Ji - 横浜市港北区日吉本町2-41-2

06 Shiboku Fudo 神木不動尊 - Shibokuzan Toogakuin 神木山等覚院 in Kawasaki
- source : www.tougakuin.jp Togaku-In

07 . Kawasaki Daishi 川崎大師 .


東京都 Tokyo - 修行の道場 Shugyoo

08 . 高尾山 Takao-San 八王子 Hachioji .
09 . Takahata Fudo Temple 高幡不動尊 .

10 ●総持寺 - 田無市本町3-8-12

11 . Sanpooji 三寶寺 / 三宝寺 Sanpo-Ji . - Nerima

12 ●南蔵院 Nanzoo-In 第十二番 - 板橋区蓮沼町48-8

13 . Me-aka Fudo 目赤不動尊 Fudo with Red Eyes .

14 . Me-jiro Fudo 目白不動 Fudo with White Eyes .

15 . Hoosenji 宝仙寺 Hosen-Ji .

16 . 目青不動尊 Me-ao Fudoo-Son (blue eyes) .

17 ●等々力不動 第十七番 - 世田谷区等々力1-22-47

18 . Meguro Fudo 目黒不動 .  

19 . 目黄不動尊 Me-ki Fudoo-Son (yellow eyes) .

20 . 深川不動堂 Fukagawa Fudo .

21 . 薬研堀不動院 Yagenbori Fudo-In .

22 . 寿 不動院 Kotobuki Fudo-In .

23 ●橋場不動院 Hashiba Fudoo-In 第二十三番 - 台東区橋場2-14-19
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24 . Tobi Fudo 飛不動尊 Flying Fudo . 正宝院 Shobo-In

25 ●皿沼不動 Saranuma Fudoo 第二十五番 - 足立区皿沼1-4-2

26 . 西新井大師 Nishiarai Daishi . - Adachi

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埼玉県 Saitama - 菩提の道場 Bodai

27 川越成田山 Kawagoe Narita-San 第二十七番 - 川越市久保町9-2

28 - 喜多院 Kita-In, Kawagoe 川越市小仙波町1-20-1
- some entries in the Darumapedia

●洞昌院 第二十九番 - 秩父郡長瀞町野上下郷2868

30 . Sooganji 總願寺 Sogan-J .
不動ヶ岡不動尊 Fudo-ga-oka Fudo Son

31 ●岩槻大師 第三十一番 - 岩槻市本町2-7-35


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千葉県 Chiba - 涅槃の道場 Nehan

32 岩瀬不動尊 第三十二番 - 富津市岩瀬416
33 高塚不動尊 第三十三番 - 安房郡千倉町大川817
34 宝勝院 第三十四番 - 夷隅郡夷隅町苅谷307
35 大聖寺 第三十五番 - 夷隅郡大原町大原10676

36 - Shinshooji 新勝寺 Shinsho-Ji- 成田さん  Narita san
. Narita Fudo 成田不動尊 .


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34 Hooshoo-In 宝勝院 Hosho-In - Isumi Fudo 夷隅不動
夷隅郡夷隅町苅谷307 - 307 Kariya, Isumi, Chiba







- source : facebook Ishii Yasuyuki san


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. 北関東三十六不動尊霊場
36 Fudo Temples in Northern Kanto - Information .



Goshiki Fudo 五色不動
. 江戸の五色不動明王 Fudo in Five Colors in Edo .
Introduction


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Kanto 88 Henro Temples - Bando
関東八十八ヶ所霊場.

Many of them have a Fudo Myo-O as main statue.

Nr. 13 - Shoogonji 荘厳寺 Shogon-Ji
Hatagaya Fudo  幡ヶ谷不動

東京都渋谷区本町2丁目44番3号 - Shibuya, Tokyo

The founder is 宥悦法印.
The present building dates back to 1561, the main statue is 薬師如来 Yakushi Nyorai.
It used to belong to the shrine 氷川神社 Hikawa Jinja in Asakusa.



There was a special hall for 不動堂 Fudo Myo-O, but the building was lost in the Air Raids of 1945. The statue of Fudo and Kobo Daishi could be saved however.
In the early Heian period
藤原秀郷 Fujiwara Hidesato came here to pray for victory against Taira no Masakado and to partake of the power of this statue. The statue had then been handed around in various temples in the Kanto area. But in 1714 the priest from 三光院 Sanko-In in Tama had the vision to bring it back to Shogon-Ji where it is kept to our day.

. Taira no Masakado 平将門 (? – 940) .

Pilgrim Temple Nr. 11
. Gofunai 御府内八十八ヶ所霊場 88 Henro Temples in Edo .

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. Nr. 15 - Joorakuji 常楽寺 Joraku-Ji Jorakuji .
gankake Fudo 願かけ不動 Fudo to make a wish
pokkuri Fudoo Son ぽっくり不動尊 Fudo to grant a sudden death

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Scroll from a diligent pilgrim, Ishii san.

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




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Ooyama Fudo in Kanagawa Pref.

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Ooyama Fudoo, a National Treasure

県指定重要文化財木造不動明王坐像


大山寺に伝わる木製の不動明王坐像です。
source : www.city.isehara.kanagawa.jp


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. Oyama Fudo (Ooyama no Fudoo sama)
大山の不動様、神奈川県 .
 

Shrine Oyama Afuri Jinja


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11/27/2004

TAKI : Waterfalls and Fudo Myo-o

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Waterfalles named "Fudo no Taki" 不動の滝

An impressive waterfall is considered the personification of Fudo, for example the Great Waterfall at Nachi, about which I wrote in the story about
Kumano.


Waterfall Ascetism (taki shugyoo) 滝修行


Kurikara Fudo Taki 倶利伽羅不動滝

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. Kurikara, the Sword of Fudo Myo-o
不動明王と倶利伽羅不動剣
 


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List of some Fudoo-Waterfalls in alphabetical order

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Akataki Fudoo-son 赤滝不動尊
Near Asama. There are two stone steles in honor of Fudo Myo-o
赤滝不動尊には2体のお不動様が祀られています。

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. Akiu Otaki 秋保大滝 Akiu Great Falls .
大滝不動 Otaki Fudo
Saikooji 西光寺 Saiko-Ji, Sendai, Miyagi

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. Fudo Taki 不動瀧 and Gongen Taki .
Yonakomachi, Suzaka-shi, Nagano
and Fudo Temple 米子瀧山不動寺 Yonako Takizan Fudo-Ji

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Asama : A frozen Fudo-Waterfall 浅間不動滝



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. Ibigawa Fudo Waterfall 揖斐川町 Gifu .
with a Fudo Legend

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Kiyotaki at Asama 清滝、浅間

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. Myooken no taki 妙見の滝 Waterfall of Myoken Bosatsu .   
and Fudoo no taki 不動の滝 Waterfall of Fudo Myo-O
In the year 701, this waterfall has been established officially 大宝律令 to heal mentally instable people 精神障害者.
Iwakura waterfall and
temple Daiun-Ji 岩倉大雲寺

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0oji Fudoo no Taki 王子不動之滝 Fudo Waterfall in Oji, Edo



There used to be at least seven waterfalls of the river Shakuji-I gawa 石神井川, also called 滝野川 in Edo. People came here in summer to feel the cool, have a snack and relax.
Now part of Nerima ward.

- source : yogimessage.seesaa.net


. Edo no taki 江戸の滝 waterfalls in Edo .
The statue of Fudo 滝不動尊 is now preserved at the temple 正受院 Shoju-In.

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桑不動様 - 新桑不動滝 Sarakuwa Fudo Taki
新桑竈(さらくわがま)


source : mienotaki.raindrop.jp

Mie prefecture 三重県南島町棚橋竈地区


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Tajimi (Gifu), Onoda village
多治見市 - 小名田不動尊



source : www.pref.gifu.lg.jp/kankyo


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Takamori Fudo Waterfall



高さ50m、幅10m余りで、規模の大きさといい、周囲の谷間も広く、雄大な景観は実に素晴らしい。  若芽萌える春に、夏の涼を求めるに、秋の紅葉に、又、冬は全面結氷して、巨大な氷岩となり、四季を通じて訪れる人が多い。長野県自然百選の一つである。
高森町下市田ダサラ明神橋周辺とJR市田駅
http://www.town.takamori.nagano.jp/sangyo/kankou.htm



Takizawa Waterfall .. Tsuruoka Town


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Other Fudo Waterfalls

Fukushima Prefecture


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Tatsusawa Fudo Taki 達沢不動滝
福島県猪苗代町大字蚕養, Inawashiro town
www.pref.fukushima.lg.jp


. Tatsuzawa, Tassawa Fudo on Taki 達沢不動滝 .


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Long list of the location most Fudo Waterfalls in Japan.
They are sorted by province.
I will introduce some more later.
http://uub.jp/nam/fudotaki.html
. my BCC



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佐賀県小城市清水の滝 Shiga prefecture, Ogi Town

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H A I K U

Taki Fudoo 瀧不動 Fudo Waterfall


霜月の瀧に聲 (声)なき瀧不動
shimotsuki no taki ni koe naki taki Fudoo

there is no voice
in this waterfall in november -
Fudo Waterfall


Shimomura Hiroshi 下村ひろし 西陲集



滝不動水にうつして初紅葉
taki Fudoo mizu ni utsushite hatsu momiji

Fudo Waterfall -
in its water reflected
the first red leaves

Abe Toshiko 安部 トシ子


ががんぼのぶらさがりをり滝不動
高澤良一 素抱

滝不動女声の祈願萌えきざす
河野南畦 湖の森


滝不動芽木も燭めく祈願声
河野南畦 湖の森

滝不動苔むすなまくら剣かな
高澤良一 素抱

蠅がみな金ンに見えしよ滝不動
吉田紫乃

source : HAIKUreikuDB
Tr. Gabi Greve

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source : Teruaki - facebook

牛の滝 / 牛滝 Ushi no Taki
愛知県豊川市東上 / 3 Chome-133 Suwa, Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture

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不動尊竹で吹きたり手向けかな
fudooson take de fukitari tamuke kana

in Fudo Myo-O's sanctum, blowing bamboo as an offering
(bamboo, as in shakuhachi flute)


秋涼や心清める千ヶ滝
shuryouya kokoro kiyomeru sengataki

autumn chill! heart-cleansing Sengataki falls


千ヶ滝久々流し水の音
sengataki hisabisa nagashi mizu no oto

sengataki, flowing on through ages- the sound of water


Glenn Swann (chikukai)
(my own haiku and translation)
http://www.myspace.com/glennswannshakuhachi
Translating Haiku Forum, August 2009

Glenn lives near asama yama, close to a fudo-son waterfall in karuizawa called sengataki.
千ヶ滝・軽井沢(せんがたき
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. MORE - Haiku and Fudo Myo-O

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. Fudo on Taki 達沢不動滝 Photo Collection .


Waterfall (taki) as a KIGO


Waterfall Hokku by
. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 - Archives of the WKD .

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. yōkai 妖怪 Yokai monsters - ABC-List .

taki rei-oo, taki reio, taki reiō 滝霊王 / 瀧霊王
Spirit-king of the waterfall



鳥山石燕『今昔百鬼拾遺』 Illustration by Toriyama Sekien
諸国の滝つぼよりあらはるると云 青竜疏に一切の鬼魅諸障を伏すと云々

There are many waterfalls in Japan, where this Yokai appears..
One is mentioned in the 青竜疏 Blue Dragon Commentary by Saicho.
It is not really a Yokai, but seems to be Fudo Myo-O himself.

. Saicho, Dengyo Daishi 最澄 伝教大師 .
(766 - 822) - established the Tendai Sect.


Another legend knows this as its origin:
Once the priest 相応和尚 So-o of the temple 葛川息障明王院 Katsuragawa Sokusho Myo-O In Myo-O In in Shiga found a 霊木 divine tree in the waterfall basin and carved this statue of Fudo Myo-O out of it.

. 建立大師相応和尚 Konryu Daishi So-O Kasho .
(833 - 918)
and the Katsuragawa 葛川息障明王院 Katsuragawa Sokusho Myo-O In



The statue of Fudo is a secret statue and only shown on the 28th day of the 8th month.


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Kurikara, the Sword of Fudo Myo-o

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Kurikara, kulika 倶利伽羅 the Sword of Fudo Myo-o
不動明王と倶利伽羅不動剣

Kurikara Fudo, Kurikara Fudoo


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My MAIN Story is here:

The Buddhist Sword of Wisdom 知剣 chiken  
. The Wisdom King Fudo Myoo-o and
the Sword Kurikara


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With the sword of wisdom, Fudo cuts away the

sandoku 三毒 "three poisons" . three passions
三不善根 - skt: akuśala-mūla

01 貧/欲しい、惜しいの心 - desire, passion, greed
ton (lobha) represented by a rooster

02 瞋/怒りや恨み - anger, aggression, hatred
shin (dosa) represented by a snake 蛇 鶏

03 痴/正しいことが判断できない)
- confusion, bewilderment, delusion
chi (moha) represented by a pig or wild boar 豚


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The three poisons (Sanskrit: triviṣa; Tibetan: dug gsum) or the three unwholesome roots (Sanskrit: akuśala-mūla; Pāli: akusala-mūla), in Buddhism, refer to the three root kleshas of ignorance, attachment, and aversion. These three poisons are considered to be the cause of suffering (Sanskrit: dukkha).



In the Buddhist teachings, the three poisons (of ignorance, attachment, and aversion) are the primary causes that keep sentient beings trapped in samsara. As shown in the wheel of life (Sanskrit: bhavacakra), the three poisons lead to the creation of karma, which leads to rebirth in the six realms of samsara.
Of these three, ignorance is the root poison.
From ignorance, attachment and aversion arise.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !


"The Sword symbolizes more
than the simple protection of the doctrine.
It is the emblem of the victory
that knowledge gains over error."
source : quotes about Fudo


. sandoku goyoku 三毒五欲 the three poisons and five passions .
The five desires (goyoku), the five obstructions
I. They are desires for
① property, ② sexual love, ③ eating and drinking, ④ fame, and ⑤ sleep.
II. Five sense - objects:
① form, ② sound, ③ smell, ④ taste, ⑤ the tangible.
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The unmovable Fudoo (Acala Vidyaaraaja) is one of the Wisdom Kings (Myoo-oo). He is usually depicted in a very wrathful way. He is a typical Japanese deity, introduced by Kobo Daishi about 806 and soon became a special protector of the Mountain Ascetics (yamabushi). An impressive waterfall is considered the personification of Fudoo, for example the Great Waterfall at Nachi, which we met in the story about
. Kumano 熊野



Fudoo is portrayed holding a two-edged sword with a three-pronged hilt in his right hand and a coiled rope in his left hand. With this sword of wisdom, Fudoo cuts through deluded and ignorant minds and with the rope he binds those who are ruled by their violent passions and emotions.


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Kurikara Fudo is another personification of this deity, this time in the form of a Dragon-Sword. The Dargon King Kurikara (Sanskrit: Kulikaa Nagaraajaa) is said to have a golden body color and is sometimes depicted with one or two horns on his head. Legend has it that Fudoo had to fight the representative of a different religion. He changed himself into a flaming sword but the opponent did the same and the fighting went on without a winner. Now Fudoo changed himself into the Dragon Kurikara, wound himself around the opposing sword and started eating it from the top. This episode gave rise to the iconographic rendering as we know it now.

The dragon used to be a vasall or symbol of the deity, but in this unique case the symbol and the deity came to be honored as the same thing. Especially during the Edo period where the sword was a symbol of the vasall's loyalty to his lord, the statues and steles of Kurikara Fudo were produced in greater numbers.

倶利加羅は、「倶梨迦羅」「古力迦羅」「倶力迦羅」などと書れ、黒色の龍を意味し、不動明王の化身とされる。この龍が燃え盛る炎に包まれながらも岩上の利剣に巻き付き剣を飲み込まんとする尊像が倶利加羅不動明王で、危険な修羅場の守り神、火消し・博奕打ちが好んで刺青に使った尊像である。http://www.jsdi.or.jp/~kirara80/meisho/narusawa/index.html/index412.html

The kulika Dragon King symbolises the triple poison - greed, anger and folly.

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Kurikara 倶利迦羅
Also known as Kurika 矩里迦, a transliteration of Sanskrit Kulika, the name of a dragon-king *ryuu 龍 mentioned in Indian legends.
In this connection he is also known as Kurikara Ryuu 倶利迦羅龍 (Dragon Kurikara), sometimes with the addition of ou 王, to read Dragon king Kurikara. Kurikara could also be an abbreviated transliteration of Kulika raja (King Kulika), or of Kulika-nagaraja (Dragon king Kulika).

In Esoteric Buddhism mikkyou 密教 he is regarded as a manifestation of *Fudou Myouou 不動明王 and is also known as Kurikara Fudou 倶利迦羅不動 or Kurikara Myouou 倶利迦羅明王. He assumes the form of a flame-wreathed snake or dragon coiled around an upright sword, with his open mouth about to swallow the tip of the weapon, which is called the Kurikara sword, kurikaraken 倶利迦羅剣.

According to the KURIKARA RYUUOU DARANIKYOU 倶利迦羅龍王陀羅尼経 (Kurikara Ryu-O Darani Kyo), this manifestation of Fudou had its origins in a contest between Fudou and a non-Buddhist heretic in the course of which Fudou transformed himself first into a sword and then into the dragon Kurikara and threatened to devour the sword into which the heretic had changed himself.

Alternatively the dragon and sword are sometimes said to represent the noose and sword held by Fudou and images of Kurikara may be used as a substitute for Fudou as for example on the lid of a lacquered sutra box *kyoubako 経箱 from the Heian period belonging to Taimadera 当麻寺 in Nara, where he is flanked by Fudou's two attendants *Kongara douji 矜羯羅童子 and *Seitaka douji 制た迦童子.

Early statuary representations are rare: that kept at Ryuukouin 龍光院 Mt. Kouya 高野 (Koyasan)  in Wakayama prefecture, inside a small shrine *zushi 厨子 is thought to date from the Kamakura period, although temple tradition holds that the sword (42.2cm) was brought back to Japan by *Kukai 空海 (774-835).
The largest completely wooden image (183.2cm), dating from the late Heian period, is kept at Kotakeji 小武寺 in Ooita prefecture.
The Kurikara pattern, kurikara-mon 倶利迦羅紋 is also a popular motif in tattoos irezumi 入墨.
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at the Chiba Art Museum 千葉市美術館

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. Fudo with white eyes , Mejiro Fudo 目白不動 Tokyo
White Fudo, Shiro-Fudo 白不動 .


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Stone carving
倶利伽羅不動庚申

Erected in 1666. Compounds of the White Fudo, Edo.



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At Kawaguchi Village, Taki no Zawa
川口町滝ノ沢


This Sword Fudo watches over a watering place in a gourge of a mountain pass near Hachioji, Tokyo. There are many poisonous snakes in this area and many people died of their bites. Since the statue was erected in around 1770, Fudo protects the humans. The present statue dates from the Meiji period.
The area is also called Fudo Valley, Fudo Yatsu 不動谷津.
There is also an old mountain cherry tree close by, said to be more than a few hundred years old, with a diameter of about three meters.


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Inunakisan, Inunaki san 犬鳴山



This statue is said to have been made by En no Gyoja himself 役行者の自作.



本地大聖不動明王

Kobo Daishi came to this region in the footsteps of En no Gyoja, carved a statue of the Great Fudo and performed sacred rites to honor this statue.
The deity would ward off evil influence and protect the pilgrim from dangers.

災厄を除き、繁栄成就、難病平癒、方災消除、家宅安穏、知恵聡明、勝負必勝、和合敬愛、安産成就、一切所求円満

犬鳴山本尊倶利伽羅大竜不動明王
犬鳴山本尊 大龍不動明王


The fire ceremony


大阪府泉 佐野市大木8
source : www.inunakisan.com

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Situated in Izumisano City, Mt. Inunaki is known as the location of a hot spring resort, as well as Shippo-ryuji Temple, headquarters of the Inunaki school of Shugendo, which is one of the oldest Shugendo temples founded by En-no-gyoja about 1,300 years ago.

In the precincts of the temple 28 pilgrim spots are recognized, among which some are at main Shugendo training halls; some are near waterfalls; some at rocks; some at smaller Shugendo halls; and others at small shrines, so that many visitors can experience making a pilgrimage.

Also called “Nyonin Omine” (the alternative to Mt. Omine for women), Mt. Inunaki is famous as a Shugendo training place where women are allowed to participate in Shugendo training although they are forbidden to enter Mt. Omine, another famous Shugendo training spot.

The name “Inunaki” (dog barking) comes from the legend that when a hunter was about to be attacked by a giant snail in the mountains in the era of Emperor Uda (887 to 897), his dog barked furiously and sacrificed himself to save his master’s life. On the way to Shippo-ryuji Temple, you can see tombs of fine and faithful dogs.

The hot spring resort located along a stream at the foot of Mt. Inunaki has an atmosphere of a quiet mountain village, with various seasonal attractions, including mountain cherry blossoms in spring, fireflies and kajika frogs in summer (“kajika” means river deer in Japanese; kajika frogs croaking sounds like deer calling), autumn leaves in autumn and fluttering snowflakes in winter.
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. Arao Fudo-In 荒尾不動院 倶利伽羅不動 Kurikara Fudo .
Kumamoto

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Modern Caraving of Kurikara Fudo


総柘植 倶利伽羅不動龍剣 
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Kurikara Pass 倶利伽羅峠

The temple Kurikara Fudo-son is located near Kurikara Pass, a place famous for the battle between the Heike Clan and Saso Yoshinaka during the 2nd year of the Eiju period (1183). The statue of Fudo Myo-O is said to be carved by Kobo Daishi.
Matsuo Basho passed here on his famous walk to the small roads in the North.

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Kurikara ga tani 倶利伽羅谷 
is a valley located on the border between the provinces of Kaga and Etchu and is the valley below Kurikara toge Pass.
This is the site where in 1184 Kiso no Yoshinaka led his forces against the great Taira army and drove them back in defeat. Yoshinaka won a night battle by tying flaming torches to the horns of cattle and stampeding them through the Taira lines in front of his advancing army.
Curiously Basho makes no mention of this, especially since the Taira army was led by Koremori.
http://www.uoregon.edu/~kohl/basho/35-kanazawa/notes.html



The battle of Kurikara, also known as the battle of Tonamiyama (砺波山), was a crucial battle of Japan's Genpei War; in this battle the tide of the war turned in the favor of the Minamoto clan.

Background
Minamoto no Yoshinaka, commander of a contingent of warriors from Shinano province, raided Taira lands several years earlier, before his raids, and the war itself, were put on hold on account of two years of famine. As conditions improved in 1183, the Taira sought retribution against Yoshinaka. Taira no Koremori, son of Taira no Shigemori and grandson of the late Taira no Kiyomori, took charge of this operation, backed by Michimori, Tadanori, Tomonori, Tsunemasa and Kiyofusa.

Their forces severely reduced by battle and famine, the Taira sought to recruit warriors from the surrounding lands, and did so at the risk of further famine, since many of these warriors were farmers leaving their farms. Though some chronicles list their numbers as exceeding 100,000, this is a highly unlikely number, and other, more reliable sources have estimated it as being closer to 40,000.

Minamoto no Yoritomo, Yoshinaka's cousin, moved to fight him for dominance of the clan in March 1183, but was convinced to stand down and withdraw by Yoshinaka, who argued that they should be united against the Taira. To ensure his intentions, Yoshinaka also sent his son, Yoshitaka, to Kamakura as a hostage. Shortly afterwards, Yoshinaka received news of Koremori's army, and moved to engage him, along with his uncle Minamoto no Yukiie and so-called shitennō, his four most loyal retainers: Imai Kanehira, Higuchi Kanemitsu, Tate Chikatada, Nenoi Yukichika.
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Meanhwhile, Yoshinaka's armies moved into position, and as the sun set, the Taira turned to find behind them a Minamoto detachment, holding far more flags than a single detachment should merit, again giving the illusion of greater numbers. Yoshinaka's central force, having gathered a herd of oxen, now released them down the pass, directly into the Taira army, with lit torches tied to their horns. Many of the Taira warriors charged into the herd, while many others were simply knocked clean off the path, to their deaths in the rocky crags far below. Many more tried to retreat, but became lost in the various paths, meeting their deaths at the hands of Minamoto warriors lying in wait for them, or falling into various gorges and the like.
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Oku no Hosomichi ... 2007
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Gabi Greve

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Read more about the Waterfalls connected with Fudo :

Waterfalls and Fudo Myo-o 不動滝

O-Fudo-Sama in Japan: Waterfall Ascetism (taki shugyoo)

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Afuri Jinja, Oyama 大山の阿夫利神社



A statue of Kurikara-ryu-o, or Kulika in Skt.Kurikara-ryu-o is believed to be an incarnation of Fudo-myo-o. Ryu-o is the king of dragon, and here the statue shows a dragon in a blaze is trying to swallow a sword.
http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~QM9T-KNDU/afurim.htm.htm



. Oyama no Fudo 大山の不動様.
Kanagawa

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Most statues of Fudo Myo-O have him carry a special sword




Most statues of Fudo Myo-O have him carry a normal sword

gooma ken, gooma no ken 降魔の剣 goma sword of Fudo Myo-O
subjugating the demons, demon-quelling sword
gooma riken 降魔利剣 demon-subjugating sharp sword
fudoo ken 不動剣 sword of Fudo
eken, e-ken sword of wisdom

or

riken 利剣 the double edged sword of Sapience (or Hôken)
sacred sword

sanko ken 三鈷剣, sanko no ken 三鈷の剣
sword with a three-pronged vajra
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Sankoji 三鈷寺 Sanko-Ji - Kyoto
"temple of the three-pronged vajra.



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Gravures ou Horimono sur katana
L'épée, ou Ken, représentait la divinité Fudo Myoo

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Fudo's Sword
GLIMPSES INTO JAPAN'S SHAMAN PATH
AND THE KUNDALINI DEITY FUDO MYOO

"On an afternoon in November, 1963,1 went to the Kurama temple with the intention of walking over the top of the mountain and down the other side to Kibune," chronicles British professor of Japan studies Carmen Blacker in The Catalpa Bow. "A little way down from the summit I heard from among the trees a strong hard voice reciting what sounded like mantras. I left the path and followed the voice until, in a clearing in the forest, I saw an enormous cryptomeria tree, its huge trunk girdled about with the belt of straw rope, and before it, with her back to me, a woman seated on the ground reciting. The hard base voice continued for several minutes, through a number of invocations, while the woman sat perfectly motionless with a long rosary in her hands.

Venturing to approach her, I asked if there were still a good many tengu (half-bird, half-hawk spirit) to be found on the mountain. She turned to face me, a brown face peculiarly like an old bird, with an expression fierce yet remote and a pair of extraordinarily glittering eyes, brightly sparkling like steel. 'If you do gyo [austerities] like me you can see them,' she replied abruptly. I asked again if the kami (god) in the great tree was very strong. 'Ask it. The tree is more than a thousand years,' she replied, and without another word, and without looking behind her, she plunged rapidly down the mountainside until she disappeared among the dark green trees and yellow leaves."

This wilderness mystic - a modern day miko, Shinto priestess - peacefully haunting the sacred hill valleys of Japan is not different from the revered Hindu shamans of Nepal or India. Both can ply the palpable pure energy that interconnects all form - nagare in Shinto texts and Satchidananda in Sanskrit. Both use it to heal. The Indian shaman and Japanese yamabushi mountain ascetic both perceive the many planes that invisibly interpenetrate ours. The miko plucks a koto lute; the Hindu shaman claps a bell - by sound, both alert those who live beyond. Each know how the magic of fire, mantra and meditation further stretches open the veils between these worlds for communication with the beings that reside there - kami in Japanese and devas in Sanskrit. Both understand how a mountain - or lakes, trees or rocks - can be the home of celestials. Hindus trekking along the pilgrimage pathways of Japan would naively marvel at all the "Siva lingams." Oval boulders girdled with straw bands speckle sacred hilltops, drawing the pilgrim to halt and worship. Japanese refer to the physical portal to the deity's consciousness yorishiro, "vessel" - murthi in Sanskrit.

Fudo Myoo: A Japanese Siva Reflection
Overwhelmingly a one nerve current cavernously flows beneath the Orient landmass, welling up at different points and periods as yogis - Indian, Chinese, Japanese - plumbed the uniquely Asian akasha of consciousness. Cruder overland intercourse and dispersion of ideas by trade and travel mirrored the subtler mind routes. Today religious similarities, sympathies and sensibilities wed snow-capped Fuji to icy Kailas in an unearthly way. Examples abound. Esoteric Tendai Buddhists believe Maheshwara (Siva) taught them Yorigito, mediumship and at the secluded mountainside temple of Ryosanji, in Okayama, an ichiko, priest, wears large white swastikas, the ancient Hindu symbol, embroidered on front and back of his indigo gown.

The Shiva-like Japanese Deity Fudo Myoo re-echoes this pan-Asian interlacing. Like Shiva, Fudo Myoo specially befriends the recluse, mystic and mountain hermit, granting boons and powers. Fudo Myoo, explains Dr. Carmen Blacker, is the "central and paramount figure in the group of divinites known as the Godai Myoo or Five Great Bright Kings, who in esoteric Buddhism stand as emanations, or modes of activity, of the Buddha. His long hair hangs in a coil over his left shoulder." Like Siva Nataraja, He is always ringed with fire. The ichiko or Japanese shaman sees Fudomyoo as his own most interior Self and meditates on this essential oneness just as the Saivite tantric seeks to merge with Shiva-ness within. "Fudo is frequently represented by his attribute, an erect sword," continues Dr. Blacker, "twined about by the dragon Kurikara," not unlike Shiva entwined by a serpent and often represented by his trident alone. "The halo of flames which surrounds Fudo is the same fire which the ascetic must kindle in himself. Here again is surely a reminder of the kundalini snake which as it rises up the spine of the yogi confers upon him heat and transformed sexual energy. As it writhes spirally upwards round Fudo's erect sword, we see the shakti or feminine energizing force in its traditional serpent aspect. Once again we meet with this mysterious coincidence of images, so far unexplained, between India and Japan."
Article copyright Himalayan Academy.
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. yorigitoo 憑祈祷 / 憑り祈祷 exorcistic 祈祷 kito rituals .

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Schwert-Fudoo (Kurikara Fudoo)

Zweischneidiges Schwert, von einem Drachen umwickelt, der die Schwertspitze im Maul hält. Der Drachenkönig Kurika (Sanksrit: Kulikah) hat eine goldene Körperfarbe. Manchmal mit einem Horn auf dem Kopf dargestellt. Von einem flammenden Nimbus umgeben.

Nach einer Überlieferung kam es einmal zu einem Wettkampf zwischen Fudoo Myoooo und dem Vertreter einer anderen Religion. Dabei verwandelte sich Fudoo in ein flammendes Schwert, aber der Gegner tat dies ebenfalls und sie fochten ohne Ergebnis. Nun verwandelte Fudoo sich in den Drachen Kurika, umwand das Schwert des Feindes und begann, es von der Spitze her zu verschlingen. Nach dieser Geschichte entstand das Kurikara-Schwert.

Drache zunächst als Bote bzw. Symbol des Fudô und später als die Gottheit selbst verehrt. Einziges Beispiel, bei dem Symbol und Gottheit getrennt und doch als Gleichwertig verehrt werden. Für die Samurai der Edo-Zeit war das Schwert ein ganz besonderer Gegenstand der Vasallentreue; in dieser Zeit breitete sich der Kurikara Fudoo besonders aus.

Aus Holz, Bronze, Eisen oder Stein. Oft entweder in der Myôô-Halle oder davor aufgestellt.

© Gabi Greve
Buddhastatuen (Buddha statues) Who is Who
Ein Wegweiser zur Ikonografie von japanischen Buddhastatuen


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Statue with Fudo holding his Kurikara sword

神代楠一木造 made from one piece of very old kusunoki 楠 camphor



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. 水戸岡伯翠 Mitooka Hakusui .
Mitooka 水戸岡仏像彫刻研究所
Buddha Statues Store and Research

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. Nanzoo-In 南蔵院 Nanzo-In, Nanzoin .
Fukuoka, Kyushu

Statue of Fudo Myo-O with a Dragon face !




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The Gods of War:
Sacred Imagery and the Decoration of Arms and Armor

By Donald J. LaRocca
the triple-pronged vajra as the hild of the sacred sword

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Kasugabe Fudo 春日部 張子
Papermachee Dolls from Kasukabe






. Fudo Daruma 不動達磨 / 不動だるま   
達磨不動明王 Papermachee Doll

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Kasukabe 春日部
is a small town in Saitama prefecture. It is famous for its folk craft, especially for traditional chests of Paulownia wood and toys for the New Year (hagoita 羽子板). The papermachee dolls are another speciality of this town.

Kasukabe Daruma is made in the tradition of the Musashino (Bushu 武州) papermachee dolls. In this area it is easy to get traditional Japanese paper and under the influence of Takasaki the production of Daruma goes back to the Meiji Restauration (1868). Many producers of Daruma have found their own style and expression for a Daruma face, but it takes an expert to recognize all these differences. Eyebrows and beard are not so strongly painted as in the Takasaki Daruma dolls and the Chinese characters FUKU IRI for bringing in Good Luck 福入 are painted on the belly.



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. Dolls from Kasugabe (Kasukabe) / 春日部張子   




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Otsu-E, Pictures from Otsu

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Otsu Paintings 大津絵 of Fudo Myo-O

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. Pictures from Yamashina and Otsu
山科絵  /  大津絵




http://www.otsue.jp/images/gallery/fudo.jpg

They have survived until today and we find these motives on postcards or ceramics of all kinds.

The most common topics are
Demons 鬼、Buddhist Deities 仏画、beautiful ladies 美人画、famous warriors 武者絵 and others. Just click on any. The above picture is curtesy to this gallery.
http://www.otsue.jp/main_g.html





On this LINK
http://www.otsu.or.jp/otsue/otsue.htm
you find the most common topics of Otsu paintings, the little Demon saying his prayers in the cold (oni no kan nenbutsu) is probably the most famous one.



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The name otsu-e is derived from the place where these paintings were sold, in and around the post town of Otsu, which lay on the Tokaido Road running between Edo (present day Tokyo) and Kyoto. Stands were set along the road to sell these paintings as souvenirs to passing travelers. Created by anonymous artists, the paintings were sold in great numbers for little money.

Some of the first otsu-e were created during the Kanei Era (1624-44) following the early Edo persecution of Japanese Christians. The artwork provided an inexpensive source of Buddhist art that could be displayed in the homes of commoners who feared retribution from the authorities, and needed proof of their devotion to Japanese religious beliefs.

By the end of the Genroku Era (1688-1704), otsu-e had become so popular that their themes were expanded to include depictions of secular subjects, such as beautiful women, courtesans, heroes, animals and mythical goblins.

The paintinge also demonstrates the exceedingly simple artistic techniques used to depict the subjects of otsu-e. Usually drawn on plain brown paper, the paintings utilize a limited number of mineral pigments, typically including the colors blue, red, green, yellow and white. The first stage in creating the paintings was to make an outline in black, which was then filled in with colors in simple brushwork.
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銭だるま;ゼニダルマ
Daruma made from Coins, as a catfish
namazu Daruma 鯰だるま

. Namazu なまず/ 鯰 catfish in legends and toys .

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Daruma as a lady behind priest Ikkyu in the pleasure quarters
達磨と遊女 or
一休禅師と地獄太夫 Jigoku Tayuu




a special Otsu-E made with ink only


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source : blog.otsue.com
Basho looking at the Otsu-e paintings. by Matsuyama 4th.
四代目松山の創作図


大津絵の筆のはじめは何仏
Ootsu e no fude no hajime wa nani botoke

the first brush stroke
for an Otsu-E painting -
which Buddha will it be ?


. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 - Archives of the WKD .


. fude hajime 筆始 first use of the brush .
humanity kigo for the New Year



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. Benkei with a halberd 長刀弁慶 - ema 絵馬 votive tablet .


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大津絵に糞落しゆく燕かな
Ootsu-e ni fun otoshi-yuku tsubame kana

a swallow leaves
its droppings on this
Otsu painting !

Buson 蕪村 1778


Comment by Robin D. Gill:
Good paintings were only shown briefly -- a day a week a month? --
in the tokonoma then rolled back up, but tsubame nested in hallways and i imagine a cheap otsue was stuck on a wall maybe in a genkan left cracked open for the tsubame, so it could get pooped up as have been art in my places of residence by geckoes --
as usual an environment with some nostalgic pull is being created here by buson.
source : Buson Study Group - facebook


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. Matsumoto matsuri 松本祭 (まつもとまつり)
Matsumoto festival

at the shrine Hirano Jinja in Otsu
平野神社 大津
May 5



. Otsu Matsuri 大津祭 Otsu Festival

kigo for autumn


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Kusatsu-juku (草津宿)
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was the fifty-second of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō as well as the sixty-eighth of the sixty-nine stations of the Nakasendō. It is located in the downtown area of the present-day city of Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.

Coming from Moriyama-juku, the borders of Kusatsu-juku started at the banks of the Kusatsu River to the present-day Miya-chō in Kusatsu. The famed ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige traveled through the post station using both the Tōkaidō and the Nakasendō in order to create woodblock prints.

In 1843, the post station had 2,351 residents and 586 buildings. Among the buildings, there were two honjin, two sub-honjin, and 72 hatago. Of the two honjin, one was constructed in 1635 and stood until 1870.That honjin was later repaired and opened as a museum in 1996.
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. Regional Folk Toys from Japan .
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