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4/05/2019

Hakoshima springs Gunma

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. Legends about Fudo Myo-O - 不動明王 .
. Pilgrimages to Fudo Temples 不動明王巡礼 .
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Hakoshima yuusui 箱島湧水 Hakoshima springs


source : water-pub.env.go.jp/water-pub/mizu-site...

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Clear water counted as one of Japan’s 100 Fine Water gushes out at the base of a 500-year-old huge cedar tree in the precinct of Hakoshima Fudoson Temple in Hakoshima, Higashi-Agatsuma-cho, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture.
It springs out 30,000 tons of water per day.
The water is supposed to be the sub-soil water of Lake Haruna.
Legend has it
that the wife of a Warring States period warrior of the Kibe clan was pursued by the enemy and finally threw herself into Lake Haruna. Knowing this tragedy, her son Priest Enko of the nearby temple sent her memorial tablet to the bottom of the lake to appease her soul. The tablet, however, floated out of water in the springs later. This memorial tablet is placed in the temple hall even today.
The spring water
pours into the Narusawa River, which supplies water for agriculture, trout aquaculture and the prefecture’s Inland Water Fisheries Experiment Station as well as the drinking water to the local village. This clear water is so cold that your hand will become numb.
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Hakoshima Fudo Hall
東吾妻町大字箱島、箱島不動尊(箱島不動堂)

の脇に立つスギの木(「不動尊の大杉」、樹齢400ないし500年、東吾妻町指定天然記念物)の根元から湧き出す水が、箱島湧水である。湧出量は1年間を通じて1日あたり3万立方メートルで、伝説では榛名湖からの水とされているが、実際にはそうではなく、山に降った雨水が火山灰層を浸透して湧いたものである。湧出後は高さ12メートル・幅7メートルの山雀の瀑と呼ばれる滝となって流れ落ちている。下流の鳴沢川はホタルの生息地であり、地元の住民らによって清掃活動が行われている。
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群馬県吾妻郡東吾妻町
909 Hakoshima, Higashiagatsuma, Agatsuma District, Gunma






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- Yearly Festivals 年中行事 -

On the third Saturday of March in the Fudo Temple Hall.
箱島不動尊のお祭り


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. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and Talismans .


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



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



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11/24/2017

Yuhidaki waterfall Shizuoka

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yuuhidaki 雄飛滝  Yuhidaki waterfall
Horigiri, Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture 410-2418

. Waterfalles named "Fudo no Taki" 不動の滝 .  
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The Yuhidaki Waterfall
Yuhidaki is a 30 meter waterfall located in Yamada Town in the northernmost part of Shuzenji Town in Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture.
It flows down in two stages; the upper stage is 20 meter tall and the lower stage is 10 meter tall. The white lines of water flowing down on the columnar joint rock surface, which is typical to this region, are very beautiful.
The statue of Fudo Myoo is enshrined beside the bottom of the waterfall.



Double-flowered cherry trees that come into bloom in late April and hydrangea flowers that line the walking trail down to the basin in June offer wonderful color contrasts to the waterfall. In winter, on the other hand, the dashing flow of water freezes to create beautiful ice pillars. You will feel as if time has stopped when you see the sharp tips of ice plunging from above your head and protruding toward you.
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雄飛の滝 Yuhi no Taki 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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5/08/2016

Mount Kamurosan

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Mount Kamurosan 神室山
Kamuroyama

located on the border of
秋田県湯沢市 Akita, Yuzawa and 山形県新庄市 Yamagata, Shinjo.
1365 m high
One of the most famous 200 mountains of Japan, with beautiful flower fields
日本二百名山』、『花の百名山

Since olden times a mountain for the Shugendo priests 修験の山.

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Mount Kamuro, Mt. Kamuro, Shinjo, Yamagata Prefecture
- page with great photos !
- source : sunrise.maplogs.com

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There are many waterfalls on the climb.

Half way up the mountain is Fudo Myo-O
to welcome the traveler.


source and photos : blog.livedoor.jp/yamasone/archives



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



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3/05/2015

carp koi

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koi 鯉 carp

. Goldfish and KOI 鯉 .  
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John Dougill wrote
I visited Jako-In at Ohara, north of Kyoto, and got a personal guide round from the eccentric 80-year old nun running the place.



There's a pond there, and she told me in no uncertain manner that carp were the incarnation (keshin) of Fudo Myo-o . . .
- source : John Dougill - facebook



Still trying to find the connection with Fudo Myo-O!

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Jakkooin 寂光院 Jakko-In, Jako-In, Jakoin
京都市左京区大原草生
Oharakusaocho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto

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Jakko-in, a nunnery of Tendai sect, is said to have been established in the year 594 by Shotoku-Taishi, or Crown Prince Shotoku, to pray for the soul of his late father, Emperor Yomei. The first abbess had been a wet nurse of the prince. The temple is dedicated to Rokumantai-Jizoson.



Jakko-in is well known as a place where Kenreimon-in lived in seclusion. Kenreimon-in Tokuko (1155-1213) was a daughter of Taira no Kiyomori (the chief of Heike clan, 1118-1181) and the consort of Emperor Takakura. She was rescued from her attempted suicide when the Heike clan was destroyed by Minamoto no Yoshitsune (a younger brother of the chief of Genji clan, 1159-1189) at the naval battle of Dan-no-ura. She lost her whole family including her eight-year-old son, Emperor Antoku, and she spent the rest of her life in the temple to pray for the souls of her family.

The main hall was set fire on May 9, 2000 and rebuilt in June 2005. The principal Buddhist image is also newly built and modeled the original image faithfully as well.
- source : kyoto.asanoxn.com/places


. Darumapedia about 寂光院 .

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



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8/01/2014

Ena Valley Gifu

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Ena Valley in Gifu 恵那峡 - 岐阜県

There are a few places related to Fudo in this region.


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Ena Valley - 恵那峡 Ena-kyo
The uniquely shaped rocks create a stunning sight, especially when taking in the sights from a boat while brilliant maple leaves light up the entire valley!



Ena Valley is a beautiful scenic area whose man-made lake was originally formed because of the construction of a dam downriver. It is a river valley where, in the spring, cherry blossoms bloom in full force and, in the fall, the cliffs blaze red and yellow with autumn leaves. Enjoying this scenery with the added feature of strangely shaped rocks dotting the area is particularly fulfilling from a cruise boat, which takes you around the lake for 30 minutes of incredible sightseeing.

One of the best places around Ena Valley is the hot spring bath from where you can enjoy a fabulous view of the valley. Soaking in the bath in the early evening is highly recommended, as one can watch the setting sun in all of its glory. The Ena area is also famous for chestnuts and, therefore, for the Japanese sweet called kurikinton, a delicacy made from chestnuts that you simply must try!
- source : travel.kankou-gifu.jp

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天祐山大洞院のお不動様 Tenyuzan Daito-In





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Iitaka Kannon 飯高観音



山岡町の妙法山萬勝寺

One of the three big Kannon of Japan
日本三大観音の一つ

Venerated to prevent calamities and fires.
The statue has been carved by Jigaku Daishi 慈覚大師.

In the temple compounds are the hall for Kannon
千手観世音菩薩(本堂), Hall for Fugen Bosatsu 普賢菩薩(狐月坊)
and
a hall for Fudo Myo-O 不動明王(不動院 Fudo-In)

The temple is famous for finding a partner or good friends (go-en 御縁)
as a pun with the coin for five yen (go en 五円)
- source : www.kankou-ena.jp




- source and more photos : toppy.net/tour


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

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天佑山大洞院 天佑稲荷 Tenyu Inari
中津川市蛭川5735-9



八月第一日曜恵那の火祭り
Fire Festival on the First Sunday in August
- source : www.kankou-ena.jp


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Nakano tsuchi ningyoo 中野土人形 clay dolls
from Ena town 恵那市中野

to distinguish them from the clay dolls of Nakano/Shinano in Nagano, they are also called

Mino Nakano tsuchi ningyo 美濃中野土人形 Mino Nakano Clay Dolls

They are not made any more.

Here is one sample of Momotaro


source : www.pinterest.com



source : Kobijutsu Sasaki


. Mingei 民芸 Folk Art of Japan .
Gifu Folk Art - 岐阜県 


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Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Fudo Pilgrims .



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6/07/2014

Mizukiri Fudo

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Mizukiri Fudoo 水切り不動 Mizukiri Fudo,
the "Water Cutter"


People pray to him when a wild river gets even wilder during heavy rainfall.

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The stone Buddhas of Moriya Sadaji 守屋貞治.
Stone Mason (1765 - 1832)
He became an apprentice of the craft when he was 15 and became independent at around 20. He worked until his end, when he was 68. He made more than 340 stone statues.


The wild river Mibugawa 三峰川, a trubutary to the Tenryugawa 天竜川, which flows from Nagano to Shizuoka, was flooding regularly during strong rain periods.
So to appease the spirit of the river, this Mizukiri Fudo was built.

長野県上伊那郡高遠町西高遠(建福寺)
1824 Takatomachi Nishitakato, Ina, Nagano 396-0211




大聖不動明王



The statue at Takatomachi, Katsuma is 1.5 m high and has been made by the stone mason of the village、Moriya Sadaji 守屋貞治.


There is also a normal Fudo statue by Sadaji at Komachiya, Komagane, Nagano 駒ヶ根 - 小町屋


- Look at many of his stone statues here
- source : www.isinohotoke.net


Fudo overlooking the valley

- source : shigeru.kommy.com/moriyateiji

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Shishigatani Mizukiri Fudo
鹿ヶ谷の水切り不動






- source : hamadra.jugem.jp

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There is a town at Shishigatani Fudoyama 鹿ケ谷不動山
Shishigatani Fudoyamacho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture


There is a pilgrimage to 12 temples dedicated to Myoken.
At temple 円成山霊鑑寺 Reigan-Ji there is also a statue of Fudo Myo-O beside the Myoken statue.
Shishigatani no Myooken san 鹿ケ谷の妙見さん

This temple for nuns was build in 1652 for the daughter of Gomizuno-O Tenno 後水尾天皇 and is one of the Monzeki temples of the Imperial Family in Kyoto.
People call it Tani Gosho 谷御所 "Honorable place in the Valley"



京都市左京区鹿ヶ谷御所ノ段町
Shishigatani Goshonodancho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
- source : www.eonet.ne.jp/~jyunisimyouken


. Myoken Bosatsu 妙見菩薩 .
and Star Shrines, Hoshi Jinja 星神社

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- source : Takatoshi Goto - facebook

Izurusan Mangan-ji temple in Tochgi
出流山 満願寺 - 栃木県栃木市出流町288
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- Homepage of the temple
- source : www.idurusan.com

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Manganji temple is the seventeenth temple in the Bando (33 Kannon temples of kango region) pilgrimage circuit.
- source : templesofjapan.com/Manganji

. Soomen Jizoo そうめん地蔵 Somen Noodles Jizo .
with a legend from Mangan-Ji

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Some sources say there is a mizukiri Fudo in Meguro, Tokyo, but this is maybe a mix-up with
mizukake Fudo, a statue where you can throw water on it and make a wish.

. Meguro Fudo Temple 目黒不動 .


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6/05/2014

Onsen hot spring Fudo

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onsen 温泉 hot springs and Fudo

There are hot springs named Fudo 不動温泉
or Fudo Yu 不動湯

and
there are Fudo statues near not springs 温泉不動.

. onsen 温泉 hot springs  

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不動温泉花菱 Hanabishi

長野県下伊那郡阿智村浪合254-1
54-1 Namiai, Achi, Shimoina District, Nagano
- source : www4.ocn.ne.jp/~hanabisi




不動温泉佐和屋 Sawaya

長野県飯田市千代2303-1
2303-1 Chiyo, Iida, Nagano
- source : www.fudou-onsen.co.jp


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. Hanano Onsen 花野温泉 たぬき湯 Tanukiyu .


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Kusatsu Onsen 草津温泉

西の河原公園 Sai no Kawara Park


source : 4travel.jp/travelogue

Kusatsu Onsen boasts the largest flowing water volume of all hot springs in Japan.
- source : kusatsuonsen-international

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. Minakami Onsen 水上温泉 .
and Minakamidera 水上寺 Minakami-dera

Totsukawa Onsen 十津川温泉 Totsukawa Hot Spring - Nara

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6/27/2012

Rice Field Art

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Rice Field Art 田んぼアート  tanbo aato


Plan for 2012 in Inakadate village, Aomori

田舎館(村)




Jibo Kannon and Fudo Myo-O 悲母観音と不動明王



The village uses 7 different types of rice, including 2 new ones, to produce the colors and patterns.

They have a special building with a high tower where you can enjoy the view from above.

source : www.vill.inakadate.lg.jp





I saw it on TV in June 2012, it looks quite impressive already.

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Rice field art has become quite popular in Japan. This is the 20th year in Inakadate village.

There has been Daikoku, Mona Lisa, Mickey Mouse, even the great wave of Hokusai in 2007!





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Tanbo art (田んぼアート, tanbo āto, also tambo āto) is a Japanese project in which people use rice of various types and colors to create a giant picture in rice fields.

In 1993, the people of Inakadate, Aomori were looking for a way to revitalize their village. Archaeological exploration led to a realization that rice had been grown in the area for more than 2000 years. To honor this history, the villagers started a rice field behind the town hall. With the paddy as a canvas, the villagers cultivated and used four different types of heirloom and modern strains of rice to create a giant picture in the field. To allow viewing of the whole picture, a mock castle tower 22 meters high was erected at the village office. In 2006, more than 200,000 people visited the village to see the art.

For the first nine years, the farmers created a simple picture of Mount Iwaki before going to more complex designs.

Following Inakadate's example, other villages such as Yonezawa in Yamagata prefecture, have started to create their own tanbo art.

Every April, the villagers meet and decide what to plant for the year. Prior to planting, farmers sketch out the designs on computers to figure out where and how to plant the rice. In 2007, 700 people helped plant rice.In Inakadate, the fields used are approximately 15,000 square meters. Agreements between landowners have allowed for larger pictures to be created.
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The silhuette of Matsuo Basho and a haiku !

松尾芭蕉のシルエットと俳句

蚤虱馬の尿する枕もと

Miyagi perfecture, Naruko Hot Spring, 2011
宮城県・鳴子温泉/2011.8.30
source : tanbo/tohoku/naruko-sp


nomi shirami uma no bari suru makuramoto

fleas and lice
and a horse pissing
next to my pillow


. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 .




source : www.iwanichi.co.jp
from a local newspaper in July 2013 - 緑のキャンバスに俳聖くっきり 平泉
Basho and Sora as "field art" 田んぼアート , rice art 「ライス・アート」


. Oku no Hosomichi - Hiraizumi .


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. WKD : Fields, rice fields, rice paddies (ta) .  


. Hokusai, the Great Wave and the Tsunami in 2011.


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3/12/2011

Nai no Kami Earthquake

. jishin 地震 Legends about Earthquakes .
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Nai no kami 地震神
The Japanese god of earthquakes.

nai no kami ないのかみ / なゐの神【地震神】 deity of earthquakes

and what we need most, an earthquake talisman - 地震御守




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by Mori Mizue
A kami worshiped following disastrous earthquakes.
The earliest historical record of an earthquake in Japan appears in a poem included in Nihongi's account of Emperor Buretsu, but the first record of an earthquake kami and its worship comes from Nihongi's records of the reign of Empress Suiko.

In summer of the seventh year of her reign (599 C.E.), a temblor struck the capital regions, and an order was issued to offer worship to the kami of earthquakes, although no title is given to any specific kami to be worshiped.

In later periods, the transmission of legends regarding the "pivot stone" (kanameishi) at the shrine Kashima Jingū led to the belief that the shrine's central deity Takemikazuchi was a protector against earthquakes, and identifications were also made with kami of the "landlord deity" (jinushigami) type.

The mythologies transmitted by Kojiki and Nihongi, however, provide no descriptions of kami with clear attributes as protective tutelaries against earthquakes, and the original deity may have been related to Chinese Onmyōdō (Yin-Yang) beliefs.

Some have suggested that Nai Jinja in Nabari of Iga Province (a shikinaisha or shrine listed in the Engishiki) was dedicated to this kami.
source : Kokugakuin University, 2005


In the Manyo-Shu 万葉集 poetry collection there is a verse reading

ゆるげどもよもや抜けじの要石
鹿島の神のあらん限りは

The pivot stone may wobble
but it will not become unstuck
as long as the God of Kashima Shrine is with us!


In the Edo period people believed that if you write this poem on a piece of paper, read it out loud three times and then stick the paper to your door, the house will be protected from earthquake damage.

(Some sources say this poem is not from the Manyo-Shu.)


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jishin mushi 地震虫 (じしんむし) earthquake bug

This mythical animal is mentioned in the Nihon Shoki volume about Suiko Tenno 推古天皇紀.
In the year 599 there was a huge earthquake in the region of Nara, so the Tenno ordered the "God of Earthquakes" Nai no Kami「地震神」(なゐのかみ) to be venerated in the country.
The name refers to the attribute of the deity, like the "god of the fields 野の神", or the "god of the sea 海の神".

This deity was later venerated at the shrine Kashima Jingu.





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Takemikazuchi no mikoto (武甕槌大神)


Tekemikazuchi standing on a catfish

the "rough spirit" (aramitama) of Amaterasu ōmikami


He holds down the God of the Earthquake, here in the form of a huge catfish, and sits on the famous "key stone" "kaname ishi 要石".

A giant catfish (namazu) lived in mud beneath the earth. The catfish liked to play pranks and could only be restrained by Kashima, a deity who protected the Japanese people from earthquakes. So long as Kashima kept a mighty rock with magical powers over the catfish, the earth was still. But when he relaxed his guard, the catfish thrashed about, causing earthquakes.


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Takemikazuchi
by Kadoya Atsushi
A kami produced from the blood adhering to the sword when Izanagi killed the fire kami Kagutsuchi. Together with Amanotorifune (Kojiki) or Futsunushi no kami (Nihongi), Takemikazuchi descended to the land of Izumo and entreated Ōkuninushi to transfer the land (kuniyuzuri) to the heavenly kami.

Kojiki adds that he engaged in a test of strength with Takeminakata, the child of Ōkuninushi, who had opposed the heavenly forces. Subduing Takeminaka, he drove him away to Suwa in the province of Shinano (present-day Nagano).

On the occasion of Emperor Jinmu's eastern campaign, Takemikazuchi deferred from descending to aid Jinmu, but in his place sent his sword Futsunomitama, in this way aiding Jinmu's forces in their successful pacification of the land. Takemikazuchi is worshiped at Kashima, Kasuga and other shrines.
source : Kokugakuin University, 2005



Kashima Shinko 鹿島信仰
The Faith related to Kashima
. Kashima Shrine 鹿島神宮 Kashima Jingu .  



Kashima Torii 鹿島鳥居 Kashima Shrine Gate


It broke down during
the super earthquake on March 11, 2011.

鹿島神宮の鳥居が倒壊している
鹿島神宮崩壊してる
鹿島港の北埠頭と南埠頭で浸水が発生した。

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Nai jinja 名居神社(ないじんじゃ)shrine Nai Jinja

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In the town Nabari 名張市下比奈知 宮ノ谷 in Iga, Mie prefecture.
The pronounciation may have changed from nafuri to nahori to nabari to nai.

The deity Ooanamuchi no Mikoto 大己貴命 おおあなむち‐の‐みことis venerated.
He used to be a Kunitsu Daimyojin 国津大明神 (the god of the earthly realm).

also venerated the deities :

Sukunahiko no mikoto 少彦名命(スクナヒコナノミコト)
Amenokoyane no mikoto天児屋根命(アメノコヤネノミコト)
Kotoshironushi no mikoto事代主命(コトシロヌシノミコト)
Ichikishima hime no mikoto 市杵嶋姫命(イチキシマヒメノミコト)
Hiruko no mikoto 蛭子命(ヒルコノミコト)


This is a shrine dedicated to the deity of earthquakes,
jishin no kami 地震の神.


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god of earthquakes -
what does it take
to keep you quiet ?





Thank you, Origa san, for your haiga.
Let us hope Nai no Kami accepts this offering.

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The Super Earthquake March 11, 2011
東北地方太平洋沖地震
magnitude 9:0
with a huge tsunami of more than 10 meters
. Tohoku region Pacific Ocean offshore earthquake .  


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. WKD : Earthquake (jishin 地震)  

. jishin 地震 Legends about Earthquakes .

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