1/31/2013

Temples of Edo - INFO

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 Temples of Edo 江戸のお寺 - INFO





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. Asakusa Kannon 浅草観音 .
Temple Sensooji 浅草寺 Sensoji
fujikoo 富士講 Fujiko , Fuji pilgrims


. Fukagawa Fudo Doo 深川不動堂 . Tokyo


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

. Jooju in 成就院(たこ薬師)Temple Joju-In .
and Tako Yakushi, Meguro, Tokoy


. Karasuyama teramachi 烏山寺町 Karasuyama Temple Town .
Introducing 26 temples in Setagaya ward.


. Keigenji 慶元寺 Keigen-Ji .
and The Edo Clan of the Musashi Taira 武蔵江戸氏 Musashi Edo-Shi

. Koofukuji 弘福寺 Kofuku-Ji . Tokyo


. Mokuboji 木母寺 temple Mokubo-Ji .
and the legend of Umewakamaru 梅若丸伝説

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


. Sengakuji - (Senkakuji) 泉岳寺 Sengaku-Ji .
and the story of the 47 Ronin, Chuushingura 忠臣蔵  Chushingura


. Zoojooji, Zōjō-Ji 増上寺 Zojo-Ji .
- the family temple of the Tokugawa family

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Tokyo Daibutsu 東京大仏 Great Buddha of Tokyo
Joorenji 乗蓮寺 Joren-Ji
板橋区赤塚5-28 / 5 Chome-28 Akatsuka, Itabashi ward



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... this temple was only available to Japan’s ruling family - the Tokugawa Shogunate - before their 268 years of dynastic rule ended with the Meiji Restoration.
These days the temple is known for its more recent addition - the Tokyo Daibutsu.
Upon completion in 1980, it was the third largest sitting Buddha in Japan (at 13m it’s only a mere meter shorter than it' more famous Kamakura cousin).
Twenty two tons of once shiny golden metal has oxidized into a jet-black patina that exudes a powerful serenity. The bronze statue sits meditating in a grand hilltop compound that also houses a huge wooden temple, a Chinese pagoda, a pond of hungry pouting carp, a traditional family dwelling, a scattering of statues, and a graveyard.
There is an impressive example of a traditional temple bell used to ring in the New Year, with a Buddhist countdown of 108 strikes that serve to cleanse the 108 delusions of mankind.
Nearby stand a set of stone Shichifukujin, or seven gods of good fortune. Ebisu, Daikokuten, Bishamonten, Benzaiten (or Benten), Fukurokuju, Jurojin, and Hotei are the deities of prosperity in business, the kitchen, battle, arts and sciences, long life, wisdom, and overall happiness.
... the small temple shop provides a tiny guardian deity to petition the larger Jizo, already crowded with hundreds of statues representing wishes requested.
A gaman no oni - literally a patient demon - will shoulder your worries for the price of a prayer.
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The imposing presence of the Daibutsu dwarfs the temple’s historical significance.
Commissioned in 1977 by the then 88-year-old chief monk, the figure took three years to complete. Built to comfort the souls of those who lost their lives in the 1923 earthquake and WWII, he hoped it might also assuage his own haunting memories of the death and destruction of both calamities. Perhaps this also extends to all those who died in the fierce battles that once raged over the old Akatsuka castle, the site the temple now occupies. Ironically, while it has become a cherished local landmark, succession of custodianship is a problem.
The current caretaker would dearly love a young devotee of Jodoshu Buddhism to take over the temple and grounds, but it isn’t a lifestyle that appeals to many young people these days.
- source : Michael McDonagh -


gaman no oni 我慢の鬼 demon who endures with self-control and perserverance


. Daibutsu 大仏 The Great Buddhas of Japan - Introduction .

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