5/10/2017

Yagyu clan legends

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The Yagyu clan and legends 柳生一族と伝説



Yagyū "Sekishūsai" Munetoshi 柳生 石舟斎 宗厳 (1529 - 1606)
- His son,
Yagyū Munenori 柳生宗矩 (1571 – 1646)
- Munenori's sons,
Yagyū Jūbei Mitsuyoshi 柳生 十兵衞 三厳 (Yagyu Jubei) (1607 - 1650)
and Yagyū Munefuyu 柳生宗冬 (1613 - 1675)
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Yagyū Shinkage-ryū 柳生新陰流 Yagyu school of swordsmanship


新陰流兵法目録事 Shinkageryu Heiho Mokuroku no Koto

one of the oldest Japanese schools of swordsmanship (kenjutsu). Its primary founder was Kamiizumi Nobutsuna, who called the school Shinkage-ryū.
In 1565, Nobutsuna bequeathed the school to his greatest student, Yagyū Munetoshi, who added his own name to the school.
- More in the wikipedia ! -


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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

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Yagyu Jubei and the 妖怪 Yokai appearance
When Jubei stayed over night at the temple for the 10 Kings of Hell, 日光の十王堂 Juo-Do in Nikko,
late at night 閻羅王 Enma, the King of Hell, came out and asked him the time.
Jubei kept his cool, just told him the time and went back to sleep.

Hall for the 10 Kings of Hell

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. Juu Oo 十王, Juo, Ju-O - 10 Ten Kings of Hell .
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................................................................................. Nara 奈良県
Nara is the homeground of the Yagyu clan - 柳生の里 Yagyu no Sato

saru 猿 monkey
Yagyu Munenori Tajima no Kami 柳生但馬守 kept four monkeys. He taught them how to fight with a sword.
They were quite diligent and soon became great masters. They would easily win against the unskillful disciples of Munenori.

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奈良市 Nara town



At the shrine 天石立神社 Amanoiwatate Jinja, the famous samurai
柳生 石舟斎 宗厳 Yagyu "Sekishūsai" Munetoshi (1527 - 1606) practised martial arts. Night after night a Tengu was his partner. Once he thought he had cut the Tengu, but when he looked closer the next morning, there was only a huge rock with a cut.
This is the Ittoseki 一刀石.
Scratches of the Tengu's nails 天狗の爪痕 are still seen on the stone to our day -
if you look closely.



. tengu no tsume 天狗の爪 tengutsume 天狗爪 nails of a Tengu .

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the village 大柳生町 Oyagyuson - part of it is 柳生村 Yagyuson

In the north of the Shrine 山口神社 Yamaguchi Jinja is a forest called
Yanagi no Mori 柳の森 Willow Forest.


source : mag-net . 柳生の里

Once upon a time
there was a huge willow tree, reaching almost to the sky. This is the origin of the village name
"village of the huge willow tree".
Legend knows that when 弘法大師 Kobo Daishi passed here, he rammed his tsue 杖 walking staff in the ground and it begun to grow.
During the construction of 京都の三十三間堂 the Sanjusan Gendo Hall in Kyoto they needed large trees and this willow was to be cut down. Many workers came to help carry it away, but it would not move an inch. Suddenly out of nowhere a small man begun to sing a festival song - and indeed, now the tree could be moved easily.

. tsue 杖と伝説 Legends about the walking staff of Kobo Daishi . .

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There are some fox legends from this village, but not related to the Yagyu clan.
. kitsune densetsu 狐 伝説 fox legends .
akuta 悪田の狐 fox from Akuta

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- reference : nichibun yokai database -
- reference source : mag-net.ne.jp/public/travel/japan/memory - 柳生の里

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武家諸法度の陰に柳生あり Yagyu in the Shadow of the Laws for Samurai
週刊江戸全国版

. Buke shohatto 武家諸法度 lit. Various Points of Laws for Warrior Houses .


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笹子くる柳生一族眠る墓
sasako kuru Yagyuu ichizoku nemuru haka

nightingale come -
the graves where the Yagyu clan
finds its sleep

Tr. Gabi Greve

松本幸子 Matsumoto Sachiko

. WKD : sasako 笹子 nightingale . .
- - kigo for all winter - -
笹子 also read sasago




At the Yagyu family temple, 芳徳寺 Hotoku-Ji in Nara
奈良県奈良市柳生下町445 / Nara-shi, Yagyū Shimochō, 445

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Yagyuu michi 柳生道, Yagyuu Kaidoo 柳生街道 the Yagyu Road



Hiking the Yagyu Kaido
A samurai trail in Kasuga Mountain's Primeval Forest

The trail was constructed during samurai times and connects Kasuaga Shrine and Nara City with the sword making village of Yagyu in the east of the prefecture.
- source : en.japantravel.com/nara -


引売りの酢茎を買へり柳生道
佐々木美代子

柳生道浮びおちいり山眠る
井沢正江

芋茎をほして小字や柳生みち
金久美智子



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