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8/22/2014

Nikko Hotokeiwa

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Nikko Hotokeiwa 日光仏岩 "Buddha rock" in Nikko
Hotoke-Iwa

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Hotoke-iwa - Buddha Crag - 開山堂仏岩
Priest Shoto 勝道上人 - Shodo Shonin (see below) passed away on March 1st of 817. He was cremated in the valley of crags, which was located near the kaizan-do hall of the founder.

A small and vermilion lacquered hall was built to enshrine Shoto. That shrine is today's Kaizan-doh hall. Wooden image of Bosatsu and seated image of Priest Shoto are enshrined in the Kaizan-doh hall. It is told that those images were made in the Muromachi period. Also, wooden images of ten pupils of Shoto are put on the right and left of the principal image. Rites of Kaizan ceremony are carried out in the hall on April 1st.

There is Gorin-to tower 五輪塔 in the place of Shoto's tomb. Three other tombs are also put there, but these are for his followers. The Gorin-toh tower stands on the back of Kaizan-doh hall.



The crag on the back of Kaizan-doh is called Hotoke-iwa, which means Buddha Crag. Rocks of the crag were like Buddha, but these collapsed during an earthquake. Today, 6 stone images of Buddha are put on hollow place, located on the back of Kaizan-doh hall.
One of the statues is Fudo Myo-O 六部天(1体は不動明王).
- source : www.nikko-jp.org/english

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Look at details of the other statues here :
- source : www.geocities.jp/kawai24 -

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. Shoodoo Shoonin 勝道上人 Shodo Shonin .
(735 - 817) - Introduction -
started the mountain worship in Nikko

. Nikkoo Kaidoo 日光街道 Nikko Kaido Road .

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



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6/17/2014

Inami Toyama

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Walking in Inami Toyama

富山県南砺市井波町

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井波とは、富山県南砺市井波町のこと。
井波の八日町通り
- source : 石仏散歩 BLOG

The author takes a walk along the road and shrines on the way.



真宗王国 - 密教の不動明王




Fudo statues also in the compound of Shinto shrines.
There are many small sanctuaries called
神明社 Shimei-Sha (at least 240 )



神明社(南砺市今里)- Shinmei-Sha



天満宮(南砺市川原崎)- Tenmangu



不動堂(南砺市蓮台寺)- Fudo Hall at Rendai-Ji



八幡神社(南砺市東城寺)- Hachiman Jinja



神明社(南砺市沖) - Shinmei-Sha



神明宮(南砺市井口川上中)- Shimei-Gu

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All the Fudo statues placed in shrines were offered with the wish to be protected from fire.
hibuse no kami火伏せの神 deity who protects from fire

Reference
「神社に坐る不動明王たち」西田栄一
(『日本の石仏』96号2000年10月)
阿弥陀如来と並んで座る越中の不動さん(西田栄一)

「真宗地帯の石仏」尾田武雄
(『日本の石仏』98号2001年6月)


. Hibuse 火伏不動尊 Fudo preventing fire .



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



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7/28/2008

Stone Carvings

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Stone Carving from Temple
Miroku-Ji 弥勒寺

Nagasaki prefecture, 長崎県大村市 弥勒寺町


Fudo Myo-O Hi 不動明王碑



This is an old stone memorial, which people call "Fudo Myo-O", but the carving from the middle of the Kamakura period is almost lost.
The stone is andesite 安山岩 and about 168 cm high and 76 cm at its widest place. On the front is the carved figure of a seated Fudo.

The figure below has been produced by fukusige, using his computer graphics facilities.



source : fukusige


fukusige : 弥勒寺跡


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From a Card Game introducing Moriya Town :
守谷のふるさとかるた.. Moriya Furusato Karuta

Most of these cards introduce a haiku or senryu and a famous place of the town, including the relationship to the famous warlord Taira no Masakado.



sono mukashi hito sawagasete obake-ishi

long long ago
it had the people bewildered ...
a haunted stone


One day in July 1975, children playing in the area found a "HUMAN FACE" had appeared on a stone memorial of a Narita Fudo Myo-O stone memorial. It was the time of the O-Bon festival and the whole village got very excited about this finding.

It is said to have been the face of the famous and feared warlord Taira no Masakado, who had made a prayer here to win a fight, but had his head severed by Fujiware no Hidesato 藤原秀郷 instead. Masakado appeared here to show his eternal grudge and hatred.
source :  www.city.moriya.ibaraki.jp

On the same link of Moriyama town there is another card of a temple with a reference to Masakado and Fudo Myo-O.
Kuyoo no mon, 九曜の紋, the family crest of nine days. The big circle represents the sun and the eight smaller ones are the days of the week from monday to sunday, the other two represent Shakyamuni Buddha and Fudo Myo-O.
Masakado brought the belief in the stars to the area of Moriyama.



The crest is also called :
Kuyoo Hoshi Mon ..(九曜星紋)or Kuyoo Mon (九曜紋)



I have more about Taira no Masakado HERE:
The famous head mound of Masakado in Tokyo


Wikipedia : Taira no Masakado, died 940



Stone Memorial in honor of Kobayashi Issa

行く歳や空の名残りを守谷まで
iku toshi ya sora no nagori o Moriya made

the year passes by -
leaving part from the sky
to Moriya

Tr. Nakamura Sakuo



Sairin-Ji sora no nagori o ... Issa no hi

Temple Sairin-Ji
leaving part from the sky ...
stone memorial of Issa


Issa stayed at the temple Sairin-Ji 西林寺 for quite a while and they had many haiku meetings there.

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Back to the Fudo Stones !

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”不動明王碑”
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Kuyoo Mon ... 九曜紋 ...Nine Stars Crest ... and Taira no Masakado 平将門


Iwa, Fudo Iwa : Stones and Rocks like Fudo 不動岩

Magaibutsu Stone Carvings 磨崖仏不動

and
Jomo Karuta (Joomoo Karuta) 上毛かるた.
A card game from Gunma prefecture


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6/02/2006

Magaibutsu

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Stone Carvings and Sculptures
Magaibutsu 磨崖仏




I found this carving of Fudo Myo-O on Shiraishi Island in the harbour, at a very low level close to the beach.

白石島の磨崖仏(不動明王)
フェリー乗り場のすぐ近くにあります。

Buddhist figures chiseled out of stone, the Magaibutsu of Japan.
They follow in the tradition of the greate figures along the Silk Road, from the un-famous reliefs of Bamiyan in Afganistan to Dunhuang and others in China.

Magaibutsu can be found all over Japan, but maybe the most famous are in Kunisaki in Kyushu.
Read the LINKs given below for more.

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More about the Henro Pilgrimage of Shiraishi
and my STONE links is here:

The Shiraishi Pilgrimage to the 88 Temples of Shikoku


. Magaibutsu from the Kibi Region of Okayama
Bunei Sekibutsu 文英様石仏 Stone Buddhas of the Bunei style .

吉備の文英様石仏 

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source : facebok

. Ooiwasan Nissekiji 大岩山日石寺 .
達磨不動明王 Daruma Fudo

真言密宗大岩山日石寺 - Toyama

. 北陸三十六不動尊霊場
Hokuriku - 36 Fudo Temples .



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. Stones and Daruma san 石とだるまさん  
Introduction


Magaibutsu 磨崖仏散歩 Stone Cliff Buddhas

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I will take this chance to tell you a little about Buddha figures chiseled out of stone, the Magaibutsu of Japan. They follow in the tradition of the greate figures along the Silk Road, from the un-famous reliefs of Bamiyan in Afganistan to Dunhuang and others in China.
磨崖仏はアフガニスタンのバーミアンや中国の敦煌が有名です。
Have a look at the Bamiyan Buddha before it was destroyed.
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Here are some Buddhas from the oasis Dunhuang in China.
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Magaibutsu can be found all over Japan, but maybe the most famous are in Kunisaki 国東半島 in Kyushu. On this HP you can find a lot of information about them, sorted according to areas in Japan, with explanations and access directions.         
http://www1.kcn.ne.jp/~yosikatu/index.html


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the Magaibutsu in Usuki 臼杵磨崖仏, Kunisaki
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Gohyaku Rakan 五百羅漢 The 500 Arhats from Kunisaki
Twenty long years were spent by a mason from Hiji-machi Town in carving this. It was done at the order of the 15th chief priest during the latter half of the Edo period. 538 bodies stand close to one another on a slanting surface.
江戸後半にできた538体の羅漢さんです。
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Stone Buddhas from Kunisaki in Oita prefecture
大分県

Oita has a wealth of Buddhist figures carved into mountainsides and sculpted from stone. The group of 75 figures in the mountainside in the area of Usuki City (the Usuki Magaibutsu) is a National Treasure. The immense Kumano figures (Kumano Magaibutsu at Kitsuki) are also famous, and the 3,770 stone images at the Rakan-ji temple (Nakatsu) attract much attention.

This area was famous for Magaibutsu since the late Heian period. Three medallions of the Kamakura period are visible on the cliff face; they are carved with Sanscrit characters representing Fudo, Comet, and Yakushi. Two additional medallions, now weathered, represent Eclipse and Bishamon. The combination of deities has astronomical and astrological and protective significance, in keeping with the esoteric Buddhist (Tendai) affiliation of the shrine. Buddha figures of various periods are carved near the base of the cliff.       
http://www.art-and-archaeology.com/japan/magaibutsu1.html



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The Kunisaki Peninsular in Oita Prefecture, northern Kyushu, was a major center of Shugendo, the syncretic mountain religion mixing elements of esoteric Buddhism, Daoism, and other forms of mountain "religions". The version practised in Kunisaki was a variant based on Tendai and Hachiman.


Though details differ, most statues of Fudo Myo have him holding a sword in his right hand, a rope in his left, and flames behind.

More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan
- source and more photso : ojisanjake.blogspot.jp


古園磨崖仏(十三仏)Koen Magaibutsu
There is a group of 13 statues, with Dainichi Nyorai in the middle (one of them is Fudo Myo-O:



この大日如来を中心に左右6体づつ、合計13体並んでおり、13仏といわれている。向かって右端から、多聞天、隆三世明王 観世音菩薩、普賢菩薩、薬師如来、釈迦如来、中尊が大日如来、弥勒菩薩、阿弥陀如来、文殊菩薩、勢至菩薩、不動明王、増長天と曼陀羅式に彫られている。
ここが臼杵石仏の中心仏である。
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古園石仏群 Koen Sekibutsu
金剛界大日如来坐像を中心に、その左右にそれぞれ如来像2躯、菩薩像2躯、明王像1躯、天部像1躯を配する。尊像構成の意図には諸説あり、金剛界曼荼羅を表したものとする説もある。
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. Jusanbutsu 十三仏 13 Protector Buddhas .


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source : facebook

天寧寺 Tennei-Ji
川中不動 Kawanaka Fudo

大分県国東半島 Oitak Kunisaki Hanto
大分県豊後高田市長岩屋



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- More photos
- source : www.yado.co.jp/kankou/ooita

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Stone Buddhas in Motohakone  元箱根の石仏

Have a look at this beautiful Jizoo Bosatsu of stone.
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The Big Yakushi Buddha at the Nihon-ji Temple in Nokogiriyama, Chiba Prefecture. He is 31 meters high. This temple is easily reached from Tokyo by ferryboat from Kurihama to Kanaya and then up the Nokogiri mountain by cablecar.
The whole area with its many stone statues is well worth a daytrip.
千葉県の日本時にも観音様の磨崖仏やこの薬師さまが印象的です。久里浜から金谷のフェリボートで簡単に行けますから、ぜひ見にいってください。
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. asekaki Fudo 汗かき不動 sweating Fudo .
at Nokogiriyama


Read more details HERE

Magaibutsu, Buddhas carved in Stone Cliffs
Mark Schumacher


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春雨や 確かに見たる 石の精
harusame ya tashika ni mitaru ishi no sei

spring rain -
I really saw this
spirit of the stone

Tr. Gabi Greve

. Murakami Kijoo 村上鬼城 Murakami Kijo .


Read Hugh Bygott about this haiku:
TWENTIETH CENTURY JAPANESE PHILOSOPHICAL HAIKU



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青蔦のがんじがらめに磨崖仏
aotsuta no ganji garame ni magaibutsu

the vine creeper
has completely wrapped it -
cliff Buddha


Shoobu Ayame 菖蒲あや

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Oita Prefecture
Kumano Magaibutsu Fudo Myo-O
This one is about 8 meters high and the largest in Japan.
熊野磨崖仏
胎蔵寺から250m登ると、鬱蒼と茂る森の中に、不動明王(8m)と大如来(6.8m)が姿を現します。磨崖仏としては我が国最大級のものといわれています。


© PHOTO : www.pref.oita.jp



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Fudo Cliff Statue

at Temple Fuko-Ji (Fukoo-Ji 普光寺), Urasa 浦佐, Niigata pref.
Also a Naked Festival of this temple.


. Tomikawa Magaibutsu 富川磨崖仏 Tomikawa Cliff Buddha .
mimidare Fudo 耳だれ不動 "Fudo with hanging earlobes".

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一山の枯れの中なる磨崖仏
hitoyama no kare no naka naru magaibutsu

in the middle
of this withered mountain forest -
cliff Buddha


Shoobuke Kazuo 正部家一夫
Tr. Gabi Greve


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Iwa no Mi (岩の身) "Body of Rock"
This teaching was made famous by the legendary Miyamoto Musashi.
It describes a warrior who remains calm and imperturbable in all circumstances. There is a famous story regarding this saying. It seems that this saying became very famous in Japan, and naturally people became interesting as to what Musashi actually meant by "Iwa no Mi".

So it happened that one day a lord came to call upon Musashi and inquire what his teaching actually meant?
Musashi immediately summoned one of his deshi, Terao Ryuma Suke, and ordered him to commit seppuka instantly. The deshi instantly dropped to his knees, opened his kimono exposing his midsection, drew out his wakizashi and without hesitation began to thrust the blade into his belly. Musashi rapidly reached down and grasped his student's arm stopping him at the last second from carrying out his command of suicide. Musashi then looked at his quest and replied "This is the body of a rock". The lord took several steps back, bowed several times, and scurried on his way.

Historically, this story is actually recorded in the "Terao Ka Ki" 寺尾家記 the chronicle of the house of Terao.

- Shared by Steve Weiss -
Joys of Japan, July 2012

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. Stones and Daruma san 石とだるまさん  
Introduction


. Stone Daruma ... my PHOTO ALBUM



Stone Buddhas
石仏 ishibotoke, sekibutsu
. . . and HAIKU


Wayside Gods in Stone
道祖神 Doosojin (Doososhin, Dosojin Dososhin)



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