3/22/2018

Komagata district

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Komagatachoo 駒形町 Komagata district
Taito ward, 台東区, Taitō, with two sub-districts 駒形一丁目 / 駒形二丁目. South of 浅草 Asakusa



The name Komagata-Cho is mentioned in books since about 1661.
(浅草駒形 Asakusa Komagata).

koma 駒 is another word for uma 馬 horse.
Komagata means "form of a horse", "looking like a horse".
Thetemple hall 駒形堂 Komagata Do could be seen from boats down the river Sumidagawa, looking like a white horse running, koma kake 駒駆け.
komakake changed in the local dialect to Komagata.

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Komagata doo 駒形堂 Komagata Do Hall


Komagata-dô Azuma-bashi 駒形堂 Komagata Hall and Azuma Bridge
Hiroshige

Komagata-do,
dedicated to the horse-headed guardian deity of mounted travelers, one of the many manifestations of the bodhisattva Kannon, marks the original gateway to Senso-ji, standing formerly on the threshold of the land and waters from where Kannon is said to have emerged in the ancient past. Because of this legend, the hall was originally facing the river, and fishing was forbidden as a mark of respect.
. Asakusa 浅草 district in Edo .


- reference source : senso-ji.jp/guide... -

The main deity was Kannon Bosatsu, a statue which was found near the 駒形橋 Komagata bridge.
The hall is near Komagata Bridge beside the 隅田川 Sumidagawa river. It was the first hall for the Kannon statue, which is now in the main temple of Asakusa,
The first Komagata Do Hall was built in 942 by 平公雅 Taira no Kimimasa, right next to the boat landing place at the river. So visitors first came to the Komagata Do Hall to pray and then went to the Asakusa Kannon temple. The front of the temple was first located facing the river, but eventually it was rebuilt to show the back to the river. The present-day hall was built in 2003.
One priest of the Asakusa Kannon temple, 網野宥俊僧正, knew that the original place of the statue was in the Sumidagawa, so the Kannon must like fresh things from the water and thus he installed Bato Kannon 馬頭観音 the Horse-headed Kannon in the hall. For the people to pray to, he had the statue made like a horse (umagata 馬形), later written 駒形.

. Asakusa Kannon 浅草観音 - 浅草寺 Temple Senso-Ji .




. batoo Kannon 馬頭観音 Bato Kannon, "Horseheaded Kannon" .
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Komagata no asagiri 駒形の朝霧 morning mist at Komagata


source : national diet library
一勇斎国芳 Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi

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. Kawase Hasui 川瀬巴水 (1883 - 1957) .



Komagata kashi, Komagatagashi 駒形河岸 Komagata embankment

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Komagata-bashi 駒形橋 Komagata Bridge
Length/ Width: 146.2m/ 22m


source : gotokyo.org/en/kanko/taito...


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. Deity 駒形明神 Komagata Myojin / 馬鳴菩薩 Memyo Bosatsu .
menari myoojin 馬鳴明神 "neighing horse deity"


© PHOTO : kawamura

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Komagata Jinja 駒形神社 Shrines devoted to the gods and goddesses of horses

. Komagata no ookami 駒形大神 the great gods of Komagata .
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Amaterasu oomikami (天照大御神)
Amenotokotachi no mikoto (天之常立尊)
Kuninosatsuchi no mikoto (国之狭槌尊)
Wagatsu no mikoto ( 吾勝尊)
Okise no mikoto (置瀬尊)
Hikohohodemi no mikoto (彦火火出見尊)

- - - - - 駒形神社 Komagata shrines in Tohoku
駒形神社(柿ノ沢) // 駒形神社(綾織) // 駒木の駒形神社



Arakawa Komagata Jinja 荒川駒形神社
遠野市附馬牛町上附馬牛14 / Tsukimo-Ushicho Kamitsukimo-Ushi, Tōno,


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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

................................................................................. Fukushima 福島県
石川郡 Ishikawa district 平田村 Hirata

A horse had been drinking from the water under a rock of the shrine for 八大神様 Hachidai Sama (the eight dragon deities). It became very large and flew off to heaven.
The footsteps of the horse are still seen on the rock and the region was called Komagata.
Komagata mura 駒形村 Komagata village, now part of 喜多方市 Kitakata town.




................................................................................. Miyagi 宮城県
栗原郡 Kurihara district 花山村 Hanayama village


- Mount Komagatayama 駒形山

deities Komagatane Gongen 駒形根権現 and Ontake Gongen 御嶽権現
The deities from the mountains of 駒形根 Komagatane and 御嶽 Ontake came down to meet in 陸奥 Mutsu, near 築館 Tsukidate. Near the river 一迫川 Ichihasamagawa they found beautiful flowers in bloom and named the mountain 花山 Hanayama "Mountain with Flowers".
On the way back the Kami from Ontake became sleepy, but the Kami from Komagatane kept going and pursued the way with the most beautiful landscape. This is now mount 御駒山 Okomayama.
The Kami from Ontake came later and took another route. This is now 御嶽権現の山 the mountain of Ontake Gongen, where beautiful shakunage 石楠花 rhododendron are flowering.
Komagatane Gongen became jealous and wanted some flowers too, but since he had left Ontake behind earlier on, he did not get any.
To our day, these rhododendron flower only at mount 御嶽山 Ontakesan and not on mount 駒形山 Komagatayama.


Komagatane Jinja 駒形根神社
Miyagi Prefecture, Kurihara, Kurikomanumakura, Ichinomiya 11



................................................................................. Nagano 長野県
小県郡 Chiisagata district 長和町 Nagawa

Komagata-iwa 駒形岩 Komagata Rock
Rock with the imprint of a horse




. uma 馬 koma 駒伝説 horse legends .




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台東区 Taito ward

onna no ushi-oni 女の牛鬼 a female Ushi-Oni demon
At 浅草駒形 Asakusa Komagata a female Ushi-Oni demon has been seen runing around.
浅草駒形の門前より女の牛鬼が走り出たという。

. ushi oni, ushioni, gyuuki 牛鬼 "bull-demon" .

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- reference : nichibun yokai database -

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source : matcha-jp.com...
"Dozyo(Loach fish)" is one of the regional menus eaten by locals since Edo era (17th Century~). At those times there used to be shops selling "Dozyo-jiru", a dish of rice bowl with dozyo soup poured on. We can say that it was one typical fast food back then.
Traditional Dojo Loach Fish Gourmet at ”Komagata Dozyo”, Asakusa

. dojoo 泥鰌 Loach, weather loach, weatherfish, Dojo loach .
- kigo in various seasons


駒形のどぜうの霧に工事燈
Komagata no doseo (dojoo) no kiri ni koojitoo

石原八束 Ishihara Yatsuka (1919 - 1998)


初弁天駒形泥鰌に歩を変へぬ
緒方梧葉


- Komagata Dojo 駒形泥鰌 Hot Pot with Komagata Loach -



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1 comment:

Gabi Greve said...

- Japan Times -
Banking on the riverside alleyways of Komagata
Hidden crafts and a Michelin star in Tokyo’s aquatic neighborhood

by Kit Nagamura

The shadowy backstreet that parallels the west bank of the Sumida River, between the Umaya and Komagata bridges, has always struck me as woefully underrealized.

Two venerable dining establishments — the freshwater loach specialists at Komakata Dozeu and the grilled eel experts at Maekawa — have for centuries denoted the area’s aquatic proximity, but a smattering of new guesthouses and hotels appearing in the Komagata district suggests an area in transition.
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continue in the Japan Times
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2018/10/05/travel/banking-riverside-alleyways-komagata/#.W7771LjsaXJ
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