5/19/2014

Jofuku-Ji

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Joofukuji 常福寺 Jofuku-Ji

36 常福寺 - 赤井嶽不動 -
Joofukuji Akaidake Fudo
Fukushima prefecture - 智慧の道場 - chie

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

Iwaki is the most south-eastern district of Fukushima's municipalities, with beautiful beaches.

This temple is also included in the following pilgrimages

福島八十八ヶ所霊場 結願札所 - last fe of 88 Henro temples
福島浜通り十二薬師霊場 第一番
- first one of12 Yakushi Temples in Fukushima Hamadori

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福島県いわき市平赤井字赤井嶽1 - 水晶山玉蔵院常福寺

The main statue of this temple is Yakushi Nyorai, Buddha of Medicine.

In 724 there was a great earthquake in the region and famine and diseases followed. To help the poor people a temple to the Buddha of Healing was erected in 806 by priest Genkan 善無畏三蔵 (大和国鷲峰山の住僧源観上人).
Other sources quote Tokuitsu 徳一 as the founder.
Mount Akaidake is 605 meters high and has a great view over the ocean.

The temple has been burned down by wildfires and the present main hall was erected in 1942, the priest compound in 1953 and the bell tower in 1974.
Recently a small pagoda has also been erected.
Many people come here to pray for an easy birth (anzan 安産祈願).

The compound is rather large and suited for a walk in nature to enjoy the atmosphere of old pine trees.



source : minkara.carview.co.jp


Kukai Kobo Daishi, priest Tokuitsu and the fighting with the Emishi people in the Tohoku region by the imperial government in Kyoto.
. Enichiji 慧日寺 Enichi-Ji .

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- source and more photos : danjiki197


Fudo Waterfall 滝不動 at Tenguzawa 天狗沢
Here ascetic practises are performed.

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Akaidake Yakushi 閼伽井嶽薬師

akai 閼伽井 a well with healing water (aka)

Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 Buddha of Medicine


眼病に霊験 - 大師堂弘法水 Sacred Water at the Daishi Hall
There is also a small sanctuary to cure diesases of the eyes.

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- - - - - Homepage of the temple
- source : www.evam.ne.jp/akaidake


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- - - - - Yearly Festivals 年中行事




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There are other temples with this name in Japan.

Temple Jofuku-Ji Mie prefecture, Iga town
三重県伊賀市古郡559 - 江寄山常福寺



The Great Five Myo-O 常福寺本尊五大明王
http://www.ict.ne.jp/~jofukuji/sub2.html

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

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. Narita Fudo 成田不動尊 .
Temple Shinshooji 新勝寺 Shinsho-Ji

. 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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1 comment:

Gabi Greve said...

At the 薬師堂 Yakushi Hall of 閼伽井薬師 Akai Yakushi

there is a stone in the form of a 独鈷 Tokko, which looks very much like the real thing. But now it is not there any more.
There is also a well (Akai 閼伽井) where Kobo Daishi had hit with his 独鈷 Tokko to produce healing water for eye diseases.
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http://heianperiodjapan.blogspot.jp/2016/08/tokko-dokko-vajra-thunderbolt-legends.html
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