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3/12/2020

Tetsugakudo Koen Park

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Tetsugakudo Koen 哲学堂公園 Philosophy Hall Park


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The design is in a triangular form, like the Sangaku Tei 三学亭 triangluar pavillion for three philosophers.
This is a play of the sound sangaku and sankaku 三角 triangular.

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Tetsugakudo Koen
Meiji-era philosopher Enryo Inoue founded this park in 1904 as a sanctuary for self-cultivation. The Shiseido building is dedicated to Confucius, the Buddha, Kant and Socrates, and was originally known as the Tetsugakudo (House of Philosophy), thus providing the park’s name.
The various buildings and sculptures are all physical manifestations of the spirit world, inviting visitors to embark on a journey of enlightenment and discovery.
1. This traditional wooden shrine memorialises four famous philosophers – Confucius and Buddha from the East, and Socrates and Kant from the West.
2. A red hexagonal tower pays tribute to six Asian sages, two each from China, Japan and India.
3. Every aspect of the park celebrates philosophy, including this serene triangular stone pavilion dedicated to three Japanese scholars.
4. The sound of water and the smile of a stone Buddha statue offers a relaxing spot to sit and meditate.
5. Even the design of the park’s gate encourages you to pause and think.
- source : tokyo.com/guide...



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Tetsugaku-dō Park (哲学堂公園, Tetsugaku-dō Kōen)
("Park of the Philosophy Shrine" or "Temple Garden of Philosophy")

is a public park in Tokyo, Japan. Most of the park is in Nakano Ward, while approximately 7% (at the south-eastern edge) is in Shinjuku Ward.
It was created successively during the years 1904 to 1919 by the philosopher and founder of Toyo University, Inoue Enryō. Inoue thought of this philosophical theme park as a place for mental cultivation.
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Seishido 四聖堂(しせいどう) Hall of Four Sages
dedicated to Confucius, the Buddha, Kant and Socrates



Rokkendai 六賢台(ろっけんだい) Pavillion for six sages
a tribute to six Asian sages



Sanso Hi 三祖碑(さんそひ) Stone memorial for three sages




三学亭(68番)Triangular Pavillion for three Philosophers
triangular stone pavilion dedicated to three Japanese scholars / 三学 sangaku / sankaku 三角 /




Yokai 妖怪 ghosts and monsters
A lot are found in the park while walking from one place to the next.

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Guide to the Temple Garden of Philosophy
Rainer Schulzer
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Inoue Enryō (井上円了, 1858 – 1919)
was a Japanese philosopher, Buddhist reformer, educator, and royalist. A key figure in the reception of Western philosophy, the emergence of modern Buddhism, and the permeation of the imperial ideology during the second half of the Meiji Era.
He is the founder of Toyo University and the creator of Tetsugaku-dō Park 哲学堂公園 (Temple Garden of Philosophy) in Tokyo. Because he studied apparitions (妖怪, yōkai) in order to debunk superstitions, he is sometimes called
Professor Specter (妖怪博士, Yōkai Hakase) and the
Spook Doctor (お化け博士, Obake Hakase).
..... the foundation of the Morality Church 修身教会 (1903) and
the building of the Philosophy Shrine 哲学堂 Tetsugaku Do (1904).
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. Nakano ward .
. Shinjuku ward .

. kaidoo 街道と伝説 Legends about the old Kaido highways .

. Kaido 街道 Highways - ABC Index .

. Famous Places and Powerspots of Edo 江戸の名所 .

. Edo bakufu 江戸幕府 The Edo Government .

. Doing Business in Edo - 商売 - Introduction .

. shokunin 職人 craftsman, craftsmen, artisan, Handwerker .

. senryu, senryū 川柳 Senryu poems in Edo .

. Japanese Architecture - The Japanese Home .

. Interior Design - The Japanese Home .

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .


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6/06/2019

Monzen nakacho district Koto

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Monzennakachoo, Monzen-Nakachō 門前仲町 Monzen-Nakacho district
江東区 Koto ward, 門前仲町一丁目 . 門前仲町二丁目 first and second sub-district
lit. a town at the gate of a temple or shrine.
This was usually a very busy street with many pilgrims and visitors.



. Fukagawa 深川 Fukagawa district .
富岡八幡宮 Fukagawa Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine

. 深川不動堂 Fukagawa Fudo Do Hall .
Temple Eitai-Ji 永代寺, abolished in 1868, but later rebuilt - Now 深川公園 Fukagawa Koen Park

. Eitaibashi 永代橋 Eitai-bashi bridge . - Chuo ward


The most important festival, 深川祭り Fukagawa Matsuri, takes place in the streets of Monzen-Nakacho in the middle of August.

. Hamagurichoo 蛤町 Hamaguri Cho district .
former 深川蛤町 一・二丁目 Fukagawa Hamaguri cho first and second district until 1911
now 江東区永代二丁目、門前仲町一・二丁目 Koto ward, Eitai second district, Monzennaka cho first and second district.

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Guide to Monzen-Nakacho - Mon-Naka
Part of Tokyo's old downtown area, come here for izakaya, grilled mutton, fresh sushi, seafood ramen, cocktails and more
Located just one station away from hipster epicentre Kiyosumi-Shirakawa, known as Tokyo’s coffee central and home of the capital’s first Blue Bottle location, Monzen-Nakacho is considerably more down to earth than its lofty neighbour. An integral part of the capital’s ‘shitamachi’ (old downtown), it retains an Edo-era (1603-1868) atmosphere thanks to the storied Tomioka Hachiman Shrine and Fukagawa Fudoson Temple and the plethora of eateries and shops that have been around since the olden days. Monzen-Nakacho (locals call it 門仲‘Mon-Naka’) really comes into its own when night falls and the countless izakayas and small restaurants open, filling the air with tipsy chatter and smoke from charcoal grills. This is heaven for the budget-conscious drinker – if you know where to head, that is. Here are our picks.
- Tomioka Hachimangu ...
- Tatsumi Shindo
Only a quick stroll from Tomioka Hachiman is Tatsumi Shindo, a nostalgic entertainment district which retains a Showa period (1926-1989) feel. It centres on a narrow 50-metre-long street packed with tiny bars, including New Motsuyoshi, a stand bar with a meal ticket system. ...
- source and more : timeout.com/tokyo...

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Bridge 黒船橋 Kurofunebashi
2 Chome-19-13 Eitai, Koto City,

Upstream is 古石場川 the river Furuishibagawa and merges on the left riverside with 大横川 the river Oyokogawa.

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Furuishibagawa 古石場川
flows in Koto ward.
It was a canal to transport lumber connecting the rivers Oyokogawa and the river 平久川 Heikyugawa.
The lumberyards were later moved and the canal is now part of the park.


古石場川親水公園 Furuishibagawa Shinsui Koen Park
To walk along the canal and enjoy seasonal flowers.


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Ooyokogawa 大横川 Oyokogawa

. 大横川親水公園 Oyokogawa Shinsui Koen Park . - Sumida


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Koto-ku Shitamachi rivers and canals 下町河川の概要

There are eleven rivers that together form the Koto Interior River 江東内部河川 ; they are:
旧中川 Old Nakagawa River (Kyu-Nakagawa)
大島川西支川 Ooshimagawa Nishi-Shisengawa
大横川 Ooyokogawa
大横川南支川 oyokogawa Minami-Shisengawa
北十間川 Kitajikkengawa
横十間川 Yokojikkengawa
仙台堀川 Sendaiborigawa (Sendai Horikawa)
平久川 Heikyugawa
小名木川 Onagigawa
竪川 Tatekawa
越中島川 Etchūjimagawa

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. kawa 江戸の川 / 江戸の河 the rivers of Edo .
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「門前仲町」collection by 吉田はる Yoshida Haru

伊那節は父のおはこや洗鯉
Inabushi wa chichi no ohako ya arai koi

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. Kootoo ku, Kōtō 江東区 Koto ward, "East River" .


. Famous Places and Powerspots of Edo 江戸の名所 .

. Edo bakufu 江戸幕府 The Edo Government .

. Doing Business in Edo - 商売 - Introduction .

. shokunin 職人 craftsman, craftsmen, artisan, Handwerker .

. senryu, senryū 川柳 Senryu poems in Edo .

. Japanese Architecture - The Japanese Home .

. Interior Design - The Japanese Home .

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .


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4/16/2019

river Myoshojigawa

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Myooshoojigawa, Myōshōjigawa 妙正寺川 river Myoshojigawa



The name refers to the temple Myosho-Ji, where it starts.

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... designated as a Class A river by the Japanese government with a length of 9.7 km and a basin area of 21.4 km².
It starts in the 妙正寺池(Myōshōji Temple pond in Suginami Ward, and joins the Edo River later on. It flows into the Kanda River (Takadanobaba Channel) in Shinjuku Ward.
東京都杉並区の妙正寺公園内妙正寺池(すぐそばにある妙正寺に由来)に源を発し、途中中野区松が丘二丁目で江古田川を合わせ、新宿区下落合一丁目の辰巳橋付近で神田川高田馬場分水路に合流する。

- Recent history
Due to the progress of urbanization, the water retention capacity of the Myōshōji River has fallen and there is an increasing risk of water damage. To cope with this situation, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has constructed revetments that can handle rainfall of up to 50 millimeters per hour.
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妙正寺橋 Myoshojibashi
辰巳橋 Tatsumibashi
There are more than 50 bridges over this river.
- source : wikipedia


妙正寺橋 Myoshojibashi Bridge
杉並区清水3丁目
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. Nakano ku 中野区 Nakano ward - "Middle Wild Field" .
The river 妙正寺川 Myoshojigawa flows through this ward.

. Amanuma district 天沼 "heavenly swamp" - Suginami .
The rivers 妙正寺川 Myoshojigawa and 桃園川 Momozonogawa flow through this area.

. Igusagawa 井草川 River Igusagawa - Suginami .
If flows into the river 妙正寺川 Myoshojigawa from the Arakawa water system.

. Ochiai 落合 Ochiai district - Shinjuku .
The area where the rivers 神田川 Kandagawa and 妙正寺川 Myoshojigawa merged was called Ochiai.

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source and more photos : daietu-kk.co.jp... 依田しのぶ
Cherry blossoms along the river Myoshojigawa

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妙正寺川公園 Myoshojigawa Park Athletic Field
1-33 Matsugaoka, 中野区 / 中野区松が丘一丁目33番




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hotaru-gari ホタル狩り catching fireflies
along the river 妙正寺川 Myoshojigawa in 落合 Ochiai

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江戸時代の蛍狩りの名所としては、谷中の蛍沢や王子の音無川などが知られていたが、特に、
神田上水と妙正寺川の清流が落ち合うことが名の由来といわれている「落合」の蛍は、大きくてひときわ明るかったようだ。


落合ほたる」広重 Ochiai Fireflies, Hiroshige
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. ensoku 遠足 excursion, day trips in Edo .


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Myōshōji Temple
3 Chome-5-10 Shimizu, Suginami City,
法光山妙正寺 東京都杉並区清水3-5-10



The temple was founded in 1352.
Main treasures are
久遠実成本師釈迦牟尼仏 Shakamuni Buddha, 日蓮聖人 Saint Nichiren and
Jikkai mandala 十界曼荼羅 Mandala for Invoking the Ten Realms


stamp of the temple

- HP of the temple 法光山妙正寺
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. The Rivers of Edo .


. Famous Places and Powerspots of Edo 江戸の名所 .

. Edo bakufu 江戸幕府 The Edo Government .

. Doing Business in Edo - 商売 - Introduction .

. shokunin 職人 craftsman, craftsmen, artisan, Handwerker .

. senryu, senryū 川柳 Senryu poems in Edo .

. Japanese Architecture - The Japanese Home .

. Interior Design - The Japanese Home .

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .


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3/16/2019

Taishido Seijo districts Setagaya

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Taishidoo 太子堂 Taishido district
Setagaya, Taishido 一丁目 - 五丁目 first to fifth sub-district



In the compound of the temple 円泉寺 Ensen-Ji is a doo 堂 hall in memory of
. Shootoku Taishi 聖徳太子 Prince Shotoku Taishi (574 - 622) .
The hall had been erected by 賢恵僧都 priest Kenkei around 1350.
He had installed a statue of Shotoku Taishi carved by 弘法大師 Kobo Daishi.
He also installed a statue of 十一面観世音 Kannon Bosatsu with 11 heads, now the main deity of the temple.



聖王山 法明院 円泉寺 Ensen-Ji
3 Chome-30-8 Taishido, Setagaya

The temple is Nr. 51 of the pilgrimage to 88 Henro temples in Tamagawa
玉川八十八ヶ所霊場

- HP of the temple
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. Kobo Daishi, Kukai 弘法大師 空海 (774 - 835) .



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Seijoo 成城 Seijo district
Setagaya, 成城一丁目 - 成城九丁目 from the first to the 9th sub-district



Until the Meiji period, it was a wilderness of forests in the Musashino plain, named
北多摩郡砧村大字喜多見 Kita Tama district, Kinuta village Daigaku Kitami

In 1925, the Seijoo Gakuen 成城学園 Seijo University was moved here, hence the name.
The name of the university refers back to an old Chinese poetry text, 詩経 Shikyo.
「哲夫成城」(哲夫城を成す)
城 meant the realm, so this means
"to assemble people who will be able to form our country"

Now an expensive residential area with famous universities.


成城学園 Seijo Gakuen University and educational center



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The area known as Seijo, in Setagaya Ward, is approximately fifteen minutes by rapid train from the central Shinjuku area, which means Seijo Gakuen is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in comfortable proximity to the city center. The school is also so close to the station that you can even see the university buildings as the train pulls in. This convenience factor makes Seijo an ideal location to commute to for students living off campus.
In addition to its easy access to the city center,
Seijo is surrounded by a lush natural environment, reminiscent of the old natural expanse of the Musashino area, and the greenery here is an unusual occurrence in the city of Tokyo. The Seijo Pond site on the grounds has even been listed as one of the 100 Best Views of Setagaya. At Seijo Gakuen, students enjoy nature on a daily basis, which is yet another factor that makes our campus highly conducive to growth and learning.
- The surrounding town takes the name of Seijo Gakuen
At the present time, Seijo is well-known as a quiet residential area. Seijo Gakuen moved to this barren space in 1925, when the area was called Kinuta Village, Kita-tama, under the jurisdiction of Tokyo Prefecture. Records show that the school purchased and divided the land, upon which the college town was built.
The Odakyu Line
was launched in April 1927, from which time the name "Seijo Gakuen" was used for the station name. In 1936, when the area was absorbed into the Tokyo metropolitan, the district name was changed to "Seijo-machi, Setagaya Ward."
"Kinuta Village" thus became "Seijo,"
taking the name of our school. Cherry blossom, gingko, and other seedlings planted by Seijo Gakuen students at the time the school was relocated here now decorate the town throughout the seasons, and are currently something of a local seasonal attraction. Up until the mid-fifties and early sixties, the line of cherry blossom trees stretching north from the North Exit of Seijo Gakuen to intersect with gingko trees was called "Sawayanagi Street," a name symbolic of how integral a part Seijo Gakuen is of the town of Seijo.
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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

- Legends about 太子堂 Taishido

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. Kōbō Daishi Kūkai 弘法大師 空海 - 伝説  Kobo Daishi Kukai Legends .

Once upon a time a village hunter had been chasing a shika 鹿 deer deep into a swamp, when he heard a voice calling:
"Pick me up, pick me up and carry me with you!"
He asked who that was and was told it was a statue made by Kobo Daishi. So he took it and venerated it at the 太子堂 Taishi-Do hall.
On his way he got entangled in reeds and one stuck into the eye of the statue, which shows the remains of bleeding to our day.
And to our day the villagers have 片目が細い one small eye.




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久里濱村 Kurihama village
There is a Taishido Hall to venerate Shotoku Taishi.
If someone passes the bridge before the hall on a rainy night, the light of his lantern will be getting off.




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. o-inu sama お犬様 "honorable wolf" legends .
Near the Hall for Shotoku Taishi, 太子堂 Taishido. there is a sanctuary to venerate the skull of a 山犬 wolf.
This area was developed by 村松家 the Muramatsu family.
A wolf, messenger of Yamanokami, was trying to show them the way, but they shot him by accident.
So he became 家の守り神 the protector deity of the family.

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- reference : nichibun yokai database -

. Edo, Tokyo 江戸 - 東京 - 伝説 Legends Index .


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. Setagaya ku 世田谷区 Setagaya ward .


. Famous Places and Powerspots of Edo 江戸の名所 .

. Edo bakufu 江戸幕府 The Edo Government .

. Doing Business in Edo - 商売 - Introduction .

. shokunin 職人 craftsman, craftsmen, artisan, Handwerker .

. senryu, senryū 川柳 Senryu poems in Edo .

. Japanese Architecture - The Japanese Home .

. Interior Design - The Japanese Home .

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .


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10/08/2018

Kichijojimura village Musashino

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Kichijoojimura 吉祥寺村 Kichijo-Ji village
武蔵野市 Musashino-Shi 吉祥寺 Kichijoji, 北 Kita, 南 Minami, 東 Higashi districts



Its former name was
北多摩郡吉祥寺村 Kita-Tama district, Kichijoji mura

It was a village along the beginning of the
. 五日市街道 Itsukaichi Kaido Highway. .
Itsukaichi-kaido was constructed in the early Edo Period as a route to transport charcoal produced in Akikawa valley to Edo.

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Kichijōji (吉祥寺) is a neighborhood in the city of Musashino in Tokyo, Japan.
It is centered on the compact but very popular commercial area to the north of its train station and to the south a little and has an artistic, fashionable, from discount to the highest end shops and restaurants, bars and coffee houses.


Kichijōji Station
is served by the Chūō Line which go up to Tokyo central station just in 30 minutes, Sobu Line, Tozai Line and is also a terminus of the Keiō Inokashira Line, which takes passengers as far as Shibuya, another one of most fashionable shopping centers in Tokyo.
The area is one of the most popular areas for younger people to spend their weekend, because it features one of Tokyo's most varied and complete shopping areas, as well as the almost constantly crowded Inokashira Park together with its zoo. Supporting the fact of its popularity is that it's been voted to the number 1 place every year where people in Japan wish they would live since 1990s according to poll by a magazine.
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This town was named after the Kichijō-ji Temple which was located in Bunkyō City, Tokyo, before being destroyed by fire in the year 1657. This temple, in turn, derived its name from the Hindu goddess Lakshmi, corresponding to Kisshōten in Japan.
During the Great fire of Meireki,
the town in front of Suwazan Kichijō-ji Temple gate, Edo's Hongo Motomachi was destroyed by fire. Afterwards, based on town planning, the Shogunate rebuilt the area for Daimyō residences. Since the residents who used to live in front of Kichijo-ji gate had suffered great loss of residence and farm land, the shogunate's official reed lands named "Reno" and "Mureno" were provided as substitute land for them. Those hoping to apply were given a rice stipend and house construction loans with a 5 year limit. Kichijo-ji samurai, 佐藤定右衛門 Sato Sadaemon and 宮崎甚右衛門 Miyazaki Jinemon, in cooperation with local farmer 松井十郎左衛門 Matsui Jurozaemon, opened up the eastern district of present day Musashino and relocated the residents there.
Soon after,
with the opening of the 玉川上水 Tamagawa Aqueduct, the previously poorly watered uninhabited Musashino Plateau was cultivated, turning it into a vast farmland. In the process, the neatly partitioned thin rectangular shaped plots of land along Itsukaichi Kaidō (currently Tokyo Metropolitan Route 7, Suginami Akiruno Line) were formed. Some migrants were granted great lengths of land of more than 1000 meters long in the land area extending from Itsukaichi Kaidō to the Tamagawa Aqueduct, up to where the 千川上水 Senkawa Aqueduct divides. But the soil was not particularly fertile, so all of the farmland became dry soil fields, with no wet rice fields. Because of the residents who still had attachment to the former Kichijo-ji,
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. Inokashira 井の頭 "Head of the Well" .

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. Kichijōten 吉祥天 Kisshoten, Lakshmi, Shrii Mahâdevi .
Wife of Vishnu in Hindu myths; wife or sister of Bishamonten in Buddhist myths.


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南区 Minami ward

ijuu 異獣 a monster animal
Around 1675, in Kichijomura in the South of Kyoto, the statue of 吉祥天女 Kichijoten was open for public viewing.
Many people from the nearby villages came, chanting the 六斎念仏 Rokusai Nenbutsu prayer. They made a lot of noise with their prayer gongs and prayer drums. Suddenly a huge monster animal came out and run away to hide under the veranda of a village house. They managed to catch it.
If had the face of a tanuki 狸 badger and was black from the nose to the top of the front. The neck was white, the back was black and the stomach was white. Its buttocks looked like a tokkuri 徳利 sake container. It had no tail and looked more like a mole. Its back legs were long like that of a dog.
For its food it would only eat 串柿 dried persimmons on a stick.

. rokusai nenbutsu 六斎念仏 "six memorial days" prayers .



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吉祥寺村 Kichijojimura

yooji 楊枝 toothpick
In the compound of the 井の頭弁天堂 Bentendo Hall at Inokashira there was yanagi 柳 an old willow tree.
The toothpicks for the third Shogun Iemitsu have been made from its branches.


Night view of Benten Shrine Snow at Inokashira Park
Kawase Hasui 1928


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6/12/2018

Kokubunji city Koigakubo

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Kokubunji shi 国分寺市 Kokubunji city



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Kokubunji is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis.
Kokubunji is located on the Musashino Terrace of western Tokyo, approximately in the geographic centre of Tokyo Metropolis.
- History
The area of present-day Kokubunji was part of ancient Musashi Province, and was the site of the Nara period Provincial temple of that province. In the post-Meiji Restoration reform of 1878, the area became part of Kita^Tama District in Kanagawa Prefecture. The village of Kokubunji was created on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of municipalities law. Kita-Tama District was transferred to the administrative control of Tokyo Metropolis on April 1, 1893. Kokubunji was elevated to town status in 1940, and to city status on November 3, 1964.
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. Musashi no Kuni 武蔵国 Musashi Province .


. Kokubunji 国分寺 Kokubun-Ji temples .
A system of regional provincial temples everywhere in Japan, established by Emperor Shomu Tenno (701 – 756) ).

. Nishi-Suna 西砂川 / 殿ヶ谷街道 Tonogaya Highway .
- Tonogayato Teien 殿ヶ谷戸庭園 Tonogayato Garden, Park


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 Koigakubo, Koi-ga-kubo 恋ヶ窪 "cave of love"
Kokubunji city, 東 Higashi-Koigakubo, 西 Nishi-Koigakubo, Eastern and Western sub-district

It is located on a plain and has rich water supplies, including the river 野川 Nogawa from Higashikoigakubo, flowing into the river 摩川水 Tamagawa.
In the many ponds of old lived koicarp fish, giving a name to the area, 鯉ヶ窪 "hollow with carp fish".



The city used to be a postal station along the Kamakura Kaido Highway with many red-light districts.

The name might also relate to a story around 1200.
This is the love story of Hatakeyama Shigetada and the courtesan 夙妻太夫 Asazuma Dayu.


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Shigetada was the lord of the land, but Asazuma was just a very beautiful prostitute of the village. Shigetada's main residence was in 埼玉県大里郡川本庁 Saitama and on his way to and from Kamakure he stopped here to see his beloved. Then Shigetada was ordered to go to Western Japan to fight. When he told Asazuma about his absence, she felt she would never see him again and was very sad. She begged him to take her with him. This was not possible so she remained here, crying all day long.
Another visitor fell in love with Asazuma, but she did not accept him as her lover.



When she heard of the death of Shigetada, she was overcome with grief and threw herself into the pond 姿見の池 Sugatami no Ike.
She was buried near the pond and a pine tree grew near her grave. This tree stretched all its branches to the West, as if to find her lover far away. The pine needles had 一葉 only one needle, an expression of her singular love for Shigetada.
The pond has been filled in 1965, but was reopened in 1998, now called 遊水地 Yusuichi.
- You might have guessed, Shigetada had not died at all and eventually came back. When he learned the fate of Asazuma, he grieved and built a small temple for her, named 無量山道成寺 Dojo-Ji. He had a statue of Amida Nyorai made and prayed there every day.

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Koigakubo, Amida-dō hall, Keisei-ga-matsu, Gozu-tennō Shrine
Koigakubo thrived since ancient times as an inn post on the highway which links the Tōhoku and Hokuriku Regions to Kyoto and Kamakura. Sugatami-no-Ike pond was a place around here where a prostitute named Asazuma Dayū drowned herself overwhelmed by her sorrow when she heard the news that Hatakeyama Shigetada, a warlord who loved her dearly, had been killed in a battle.
The pine tree of matchless beauty is a burial mound for Asazuma and Amida-dō hall is said to have been built for Shigetada who died in the war and there remained many historic spots related to Shigetada and Asazuma in Koigakubo.


source : library.metro.tokyo.jp/portals...

. Hatakeyama Shigetada (畠山重忠, 1164–1205) .
Originally fighting for the Taira clan, he switched sides for the battle of Dan-no-ura, and ended the war on the winning side.

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Koigakubo Station is a railway station in Kokubunji, Tokyo. It is operated by the private railway operator Seibu Railway. It was opened on 10 February 1955.

There are only four station names that start with koi 恋 love.
The other three are
・三陸鉄道 恋し浜駅 Koishihama station, Sanriku Tetsudo
・智頭急行 恋山形駅 Koi Yamagata station in Tottori
・北海道旅客鉄道 母恋駅 Bokoi station, Hokkaido




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紫陽花や練り塀長き国分寺
ajisai ya nerihei nagaki Kokubunji

hydrangeas -
the long stone-mud-wall
of temple Kokubun-Ji


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Hachioji district

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Hachiooji 八王子 Hachioji district and 高尾山 Mount Takaosan



In the autumn of 913, 妙行 priest Myogyo came from Kyoto and built his hermitage at
深沢山 Mount Fukasawayama (445 m). He sat in a cave and meditated, not paying attention to the strong disturbing wind, thunder and all kinds of heavenly distractions, which came and went like mist and fog. Myogyo kept meditating and reciting the Sutras.
Now 大蛇 a huge serpent came dangling down from the cave, encircled the saint and fell asleep. Myogyo took his nyoi-bo 如意棒 priest scepter and hit the serpent gently on the head:
"Wake up, please!" The serpent opened its eyes and left quietly.
Next morning a deity came to him with his eight children (hachi oji):
"My children and myself have great respect for your virtues! You may use all the land to spread the good words and we will protect all the people on it. I am the deity Gozu Tenno and these are my eight children."
「私は牛頭天王で伴っているのは八王子です」


source : en-nichi.seesaa.net/article...

Myogyo continued his meditation and in 916 proclaimed Fukasawayama as 天王峰 Mount Tenno-Mine and the eight peaks around it as 八王峰 Mount Oji-Mine. He built a sanctuary on each one and spread the belief in Gozu Tenno and his Hachi Oji in all parts.
Then he built a temple at the foot of Mount Fukasawayama, which became quite large within time.
In the year 939 the story reached the ears of the Emperor 朱雀天皇 Suzaku Tenno and he bestowed a new name to the priest :
Kegon Bosatsu Myogyo 華厳菩薩妙行
The name of the temple is 牛頭山神護寺 Gozusan Jingo-Ji.
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八王子神社 Hachioji Jinja

牛頭天王 Gozu Tenno and his eight princes (八王子 hachi ooji) are celebrated at the shrine
八王子神社 Hachioji Jinja and 八王子権現社 Hachioji Gongensha.

. 牛頭天王 Gozu Tenno - Heavenly King with an Ox-Head .


八王子権現社 Hachioji Gongensha

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Hachiōji (八王子市 Hachiōji-shi) is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis,...
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The area of present-day Hachiōji was part of ancient Musashi Province. It has been an important junction point and post town along the Kōshū Highway, the main road that connected the historical Edo (today's Tokyo) with western Japan.
Hachiōji Castle was built during the Sengoku period in 1584 by Hōjō Ujiteru, but was soon destroyed in 1590 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
During the Edo period, the area was Tenryō controlled directly by the Tokugawa shogunate.
In the post-Meiji Restoration reform of July 22, 1878, the area became part of Minamitama District in Kanagawa Prefecture.
The town of Hachiōji was created on April 1, 1889, with the establishment of municipalities law. Minaitama District was transferred to the administrative control of Tokyo Metropolis on April 1, 1893. Hachiōji gained city status on September 1, 1917.
..... The city is surrounded on three sides by mountains, forming the Hachioji Basin which opens up toward the east in the direction of Tokyo. The mountain ranges in the southwest include Mount Takao (599 m) and Mount Jinba (857 m),
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. Kōshū Kaidō 甲州街道 Koshu Kaido Highway .
The Highway from Edo via Kofu to Suwa
11. Hachiōji-shuku (八王子宿) (Hachiōji, Hachioji) postal station




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. Pilgrimage to 36 Fudo Temples in Kanto / Bando .
08 . 高尾山 Takao-San 八王子 Hachioji .

. Kongooin 金剛院 Kongo-In .
39-1 Ueno-machi, Hachioji, Tokyo 八王子東京 / 武州八王子高野山

. Shooeizan 松栄山 Shoeizan 了法寺 Ryoho-Ji .
This temple in Hachioji near central Tokyo belongs to the Nichiren sect.

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. Tama-ori, Tama Ori 多摩織 Woven Fabrics from Tama .
In Hachioji, which was known as the "City of Mulberries," sericulture (the raising of silkworms) and textile manufacturing have both long flourished; and these factors have contributed to the continued weaving of various textiles in the area.



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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .



. Legends about Mount Takao-San and its Tengu 天狗 .
and Izuna Daigongen 飯縄大権現

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神奈川県 Kanagawa 津久井郡 Tsukui district 城山町 Shiroyama

kamikakushi 神隠し spirited away
Once the farmer 小松の高さん Komatsu no Taka-san, who had been ill for many years was suddenly spirited away. About two weeks later he came home in a rikshaw, all the way from Mount Takaosan.
But now he had become quite crazy and lost his mind completely.

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. hikarimono 光り物 great light .
At night on the 8th day of the 10th lunar month, a huge stone fell from the sky in Ushigome.
The year before, a similar stone had fallen down in 八王子 Hachioji.
There was thunder in the night and a light like a lightning.

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62 八王子 東京 (01)
71 to explore 八王子 (01)
Including places named Hachioji in other parts of Japan
八王子神社 in Ishikawa

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八王子駅出でて直ぐ桑がくれ
hachiooji eki idete sugu kuwa gakure

out of Hachioji station
right into
the mulberries

Tr. Gabi Greve

三橋敏雄 Mitsuhashi Toshio


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