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Kannonji 観音寺 Kannon-Ji

Nr. 25 天台宗別格本山 - 瑞国海岸山観音寺 - 身代不動 Migawari Fudo
Kannonji 観音寺 Kannon-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 .


宮城県気仙沼市本町 1-4-16 / 1 Chome-4-16 Motomachi, Kesennuma-shi

In former times this region was within the influence of the Ezo Emishi 蝦夷 people from the North.

The temple is located on a hill overlooking the town of Kesennuma.
In 709, 藤原宇合 Fujiwara no Umakai (694 - 737) had been sent here to subdue these people. He killed many and placed their heads (which had been cut off as a sign of victory) on the Southern Mountain Range 南流山. This was the beginning of the temple.

Later in 742 行基菩薩 Gyoki Bosatsu passed here and carved the statue of Kannon.
In 850 慈覚大師 Ennin Jigaku Daishi built a small hall and founded a temple near the beach, Kaigan Kannon-Ji 海岸山観音寺.

Minamoto no Yoshitsune passed here and grieved for
Princess Minatsuru Hime 皆鶴姫.
He had the temple rebuild at the mountain with the present
Kannon Hall 観音堂. 
Now it is called 瑞国海岸山観音寺 Kaiganzan Kannon-Ji.

In 1732, the 5th Daimyo 伊達吉村 Date Yoshimura visited here and collected a lot of money for repair work of the inner sanctuary.

The main statues are Kannon, Amida Nyorai and Fudo Myo-O.

- Chant of the temple

とうかいの 紫雲たなびくかいがんざん みがわりふどう


Ushiwakamaru (Yoshitsune) and Minatsuru-hime

source : www.mfa.org/collections
by Ichirakutei Eisui

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Kiichi Hôgen, Kiichi Hoogen 鬼一法眼 Kiichi Hogen
According to legend, Minamoto no Yoshitsune trained with Kiichi Hogen in the art of martial strategy. Kiichi’s daughter, Princess Minatsuru eventually falls in love with him and he ends up using the daughter to steal some books of strategy 兵法書. Hogen tries to kill him for the theft, but Yoshitsune killed him instead.

- Kiichi Hogen and the Secret of Aikido
- source : aikidosangenkai.org/blog/kiichi-hogen... -

. Minamoto no Yoshitsune 源の義経 (1159 - 1189) .
- Introduction -

- Kabuki  歌舞伎 -
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Kiichi Hôgen Sanryaku no Maki
The play "Kiichi Hôgen Sanryaku no Maki" was originally written for the puppet theater (Bunraku) and staged for the first time in the 9th lunar month of 1731 in Ôsaka at the Takemotoza. It was adapted for Kabuki at the end of the same year and produced for the first time in the 12th lunar month of 1731 at the Kado no Shibai. The zamoto was Arashi Kokuseki (unknown casting). It was produced by Arashi Koroku I in the first quarter of 1732 in Kyôto with the actors Mihogi Gizaemon I and Ichiyama Sukegorô I playing the roles of Yoshioka Kiichi Hôgen and Ichijô Ôkura Naganari. Arashi Kokuseki produced the play one more time in Ôsaka at the Kado no Shibai in March and 4th lunar month of 1732. It was performed for the first time in Edo, at the Moritaza, in the 1st lunar month of 1757.
- Structure
The play "Kiichi Hôgen Sanryaku no Maki" is in 5 acts. "Kikubatake", or "the Chrysanthemum Garden" in English, is the 2nd scene of 3rd act. The following scene, "Okuniwa" ("the Inner Garden) is added to "Kikubatake" on extemely rare productions. Here are the scenes names:

今出川鬼一法眼館菊畑 Imadegawa Kiichi Hôgen Yakata Kikubatake
今出川鬼一法眼館奥庭 Imadegawa Kiichi Hôgen Yakata Okuniwa

- Summary
Imadegawa Kiichi Hôgen Yakata Kikubatake
The Chrysanthemum Garden at Kiichi Hôgen's Mansion in Imadegawa
- Read the story here
- source : kabuki21.com/kikubatake... -

唖侍鬼一法眼 Oshizamurai Kiichi Hogan

- Kiichi Hogen and Bunraku 文楽 -

Kiichi Hogen Sanryaku no Maki 鬼一法眼三略巻 Kiichi Hogen's Book of Strategy

and his head as an old man

. Onipedia - 鬼ペディア - Oni Demons - ABC-List - Index - .


The Fudo statue in a miniature shrine
in the inner sanctuary of the main hall, which is rather well decorated with golden objects.

- source and more photos : www.sukima.com


- - - - - Homepage of the temple
- source : miyagitabi.com/kesennuma


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Fujiwara no Umakai 藤原 宇合
(694 – September 7, 737) was a Japanese statesman, courtier, general and politician during the Nara period. The third son of Fujiwara no Fuhito, he founded the Shikike ("Ceremonials") branch of the Fujiwara clan.

He was a diplomat during the reign of Empress Genshō; and he was minister during the reign of Emperor Shōmu. In the Imperial court, Umakai was the chief of protocol (Shikibu-kyō).

716 (Reiki 2): Along with Tajihi no Agatamori (多治比縣守), Abe no Yasumaro (阿倍安麻呂) and Ōtomo no Yamamori (大伴山守), Umakai was named to be part of a Japanese diplomatic mission to Tang China in 717-718. Kibi no Makibi and the Buddhist monk Genbō were also part of the entourage.

724 (Jinki 1, 1st month): Umakai led an army against the emishi; but this military campaign was later judged to have been unsuccessful.

729 (Tenpyō 1): The emperor invested Umakai with the power to raise an army to quash a revolt, but the cause for alarm was dissipated without the need for military action.
737 (Tenpyō 9): Umakai died at age 44. A smallpox epidemic caused the deaths of Umakai and his three brothers.
- - - More in the WIKIPEDIA !


- after the earthquake of 2011

東日本大震災慰霊碑 -
Memorial statues are erected in Tohoku
to bring light to all the grieving corners

慈光観音菩薩 the statue of Jiko Kannon Bosatsu

- source : www.kyoseki.jp/voice


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


. 行基菩薩 Gyoki Bosatsu .
(668-749 AD) Gyōki

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

. 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 - .


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


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