31/12/2020

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Take a virtual walk through Japanese culture, with haiku as a special treat.

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They provide the glossary of technical terms, keywords and other items you are looking for.



Kokubun-Ji, Tsuyama, Okayama


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General Information

. Shinto Shrine (jinja 神社) . - - - Shinto Shrein
..... miya, guu 宮
..... honguu 本宮 Hongu, main shrine
..... taisha 大社 big shrine, Grand Shrine
..... yashiro, sha 社 (small) shrine etc.

. kami 神 Shinto deities - ABC-LIST - .



. Buddhist Temple (tera, ...ji 寺) . - - - Buddhistischer Tempel
crossroad temple, tsujidoo 辻堂
temple hall, hall, doo 堂


. Pilgrimages in Japan - Introduction .


WASHOKU - Temple and Shrine Food  

. Sake Legends and Shinto Shrines 酒と神社 .


. Kami, Hotoke and Haiku - the beginning .

. - Shrines visited by Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 - .

. - Temples visited by Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 - .

. - Kobayashi Issa 小林一茶  visiting shrines and temples - .

. - Shrines visited by Yosa Buson 与謝蕪村 - .   

. - Temples visited by Yosa Buson 与謝蕪村 - .   

. - Masaoka Shiki 正岡子規 visiting shrines and temples - .


Apart from shrines and temples, this BLOG concentrates on introducing terminology of the Shinto background,
with haiku to go.
Unless mentioned otherwise, the translations are done by myself.


Gabi Greve
Daruma Museum Japan, Spring 2013


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06/01/2020

kaze catching cold kami legends

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kaze no kami 風邪の神 Deity of the common cold
kaze no kamisama かぜの神様
Sekigamisama 咳神様 Deity of coughing




. kaze 風邪 (かぜ) common cold .
and its season words

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The word kaze 風邪 can also be read fuuja ふうじゃ.
In this case the deity is called go-fuuja sama ごふうじゃ様 Go-Fuja Sama.
If he comes to a person, this person will catch a cold.



The human body has a special acupuncture point called
fuumon 風門 "gate for the cold wind"
and this is where the Deity of the common cold comes into a body.
Keeping this part of the body warm will prevent the Deity to come in.

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Kaze no Kami okuri 風邪の神送り Seeing off the deity of catching a cold
Rakugo story, told by 3代目桂米朝、8代目林家正蔵など。

In the Edo period many people lost their lives catching a cold.
If there was a bad cold epidemy in town, people performed a ritual to send the Deity off. They made a small paper figure of the deity and carried if off to the border of their village or town with music of drums and gongs. The paper figure could also be floated away in a river or at the beach.
Once a group went to do that and chanted
"Let's see him off, fast, let's see him off, the Deity of catching cold!"
But there was one person in the village who regretted this act. It was the local kusuriya 薬屋 drugstore (or the local doctor).
Once the villagers came together to sent the Deity off with great effort, floating it down the river, but 夜 that night it got caught in the ami 網 net of a fisherman and thus came back.
What had happened?
It got caught at night (yo 夜) in a net (ami 網) - a pun with yowami 弱み weakness.

. rakugo 落語 comic storytelling .


. kaze 風邪と伝説 Legends about catching a cold .


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. kooshin 庚申伝説 Legends about the Koshin Cult .
The Koshin Deity is also seen as Kaze no Kami 風邪の神 the Deity of catching cold.

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. Shrine, Shinto Shrine (jinja 神社) - Introduction .

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なやらひをすませて憑かる風邪の神
角川源義 Kadogawa Genyoshi (1917 - 1975)

なにもせざれば風邪の神にも会はざりき
星野麥丘人 Hoshino Bokugyujin (1925 - 2013)


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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

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今治市 Imabara 玉川町 Tamagawa

. kotatsu heater and day of the Inoko 亥の子 .

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Ehime 伊予郡 Io district 砥部町 Tobe town

sai no kami さいの神
さいの神が道端で寝そべっていると、車に一方の足を引かれて片足になった。以来、正月や盆に草履を作って供える時は、片足を供えるだけであるという。また、さいの神は風邪の神であるという。




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天田郡 Amata district 三和町 Miwa town

庚申さんに関する俗信。
庚申さんは風邪の神様であるという。子供のはしかが治ると、藁におにぎりを包んで、お礼参りに行くという。



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東臼杵郡 Higashi-Usuki district 西郷村 Nishigo village

neko 猫 cat
ある家のお婆さんが猫を臼の下敷きにして殺してしまった。たたりを恐れて屋敷内に祀ったのが猫神様。風邪の神様、乳が出る神様として、お参りする人がいる。




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岸和田市 Kishiwada city

kaze no kami
ぼろぼろの長屋に貧乏な男が住んでいた。冬のある日、風邪を引いた男がスルメを焼きながら酒を飲んでいると、押入れから貧弱な老人が出てきた。実は風邪の神で、スルメの臭いが嫌いだから出てきたのだった。風邪の神が出て行くと、風邪が嘘のように治った。




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高島市 Takashima city

庚申さんに関する俗信。
庚申さんは風邪の神であるので、祀ると風邪を引かないという。また、12人の子供が居るので、庚申の日には12個の小さなおはぎを作って、その上に大きなおはぎを乗せて供えるという、など。




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kaze no kami
赤い紙に小さい子供の手の形を捺して、「吉三さんはおりません」と書いて門口にはりつける。これは疫病神に対する魔除けの1つである。八百屋お七が吉三に失恋のまま死んで風邪の神になり、吉三を取り殺そうと各戸ごとに覗き歩くので、この赤い紙を張り出しておくと、吉三の手形ではないので中を覗かずに帰ると信じられている。


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24/10/2019

Mitsumine Sama Legends

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Mitsumine Sama 三峯様 Legends about the Mitsumine Deity
Mitsumune San ミツムネサン




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三峯様(三峯さま)のお仮屋 北安曇郡小谷村
Kita-Azumi district, Otani village
「境ノ宮」に関連した「塩の道」のサイトを見ている中で、「三峯様」を見つけました。場所は「天神道コース」で、国道148号「塩坂トンネル」の上です。「雪国仕様」とでも言うのでしょうか。形は違いますが、正(まさ)しく三峯社の「お仮屋」です。私が知る限りでは、諏訪からは、塩尻の「南熊井諏訪社」境内にある三峯社が“北限”でした。これが、一気に小谷村まで延びてしまいました。
もうジッとしていられません。
小倉明神の薙鎌を見た帰りに寄ってみました。車でも行けそうでしたが、「塩の道」のさわりだけでも、と国道から歩くことにしました。結構な坂ですが、日の傾きから持ち時間を往復30分と制限したので無理を押してペースを上げました。
茶屋跡や
水飲み場もある峠のような場所でした。「三峯様」の標識があるので、さらに鞍部から高みを登ります。見通しは利きませんが、尾根筋の突端と言った場所に出ました。チョッとした広場があり、其の奥に三棟並んでいました。すでに写真で馴染んでいたので、「オー、これは!」という感動がないのが残念でした。奥には石祠がありますが、銘がないので祭神の手掛かりはつかめませんでした。
観察すると、左へ順に古くなっています。一年毎に一棟づつ更新するのでしょうか。見るだけの者にとってはカヤ(ワラ)を束ねた「電気コードが残念」ですが、三年の耐久性を考慮すればやむを得ないでしょう。
写真は
右側の三峯様です。口元から、扁平な石だけが置かれているのが覗けました。入口上に杉葉が下がっているのが、“塩尻系”と言えましょうか。代表して屋根の傾斜に沿って測らせてもらいました。2.45mありますから、高さは約2.3mとしました。
中央の三峯様には、
御札が三枚確認できました。その一つは「三峯神社祈祷之□」とある木札で、“表書き”に「島 塩坂 三峯講社御中」と書いてあります。
帰り際に、「島温泉」の前を通ってここに来たのを思い出しました。改めて地図を見ると「島」があります。字の大きさが同じなので、大字(おおあざ)「島」ではなく、“同格”の「島と塩坂」講社になりました。
現在、
御札が確認できるのは真ん中の棟だけです。三峯だから三棟・三講社あった時の名残・御札を安置するのは2年目の棟など、三棟並んでいる理由を考えてみました。いずれも決め手に欠きますから、これは土地の人に確認するしかないでしょう。
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. Mitsumine Jinja 三峰神社 Mitsumine Shrine .
Chichibu, Saitama




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yamainu 山犬 wolf
ある嫁が三峯様の存在を疑っていると、翌朝雨戸を開けると大きな山犬が一匹立っていた。すると姑が三峯様がいないといっていたから来たのだ、神棚に茶を進ぜろというので相したら、山犬はいなくなった。


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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .


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夷隅郡 Izumi district 御宿町

ミツミネサマ / 三峯様
5月2日は三峯様が出雲へ行く、三峯様のおたちの日である。この日に仕事をするとへんな死に方をするという。三峯様は4日に帰ってくるという。



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ミツムネサン Mitsumune san,三峯山 Mitsumine San
犬の絵が描いてあるミツムネサン(三峯山)を、盗難除けの神様として祀る。ある家で蔵にミツムネサンを貼っても盗難に遭ったので、盗人を食い殺してくれと拝んでもらったら、蔵の中で自分の家の息子が殺されていたという話がある。

- tsukimono
憑き物を離して正常に戻すための方法として、最も多いのが祈祷である。他に威力のより強い物によって離そうとする方法があり、これは三峯様や山住様の山犬がそうである。お供えをしてなだめたり、火や煙を用いたり、あるいは叩くなどして苦痛を与えることで離そうともした。

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伊那市 Ina city

Mitsumine Sama 三峯様 and fox
キツネに憑かれた人を箒で叩いたり、刀を抜いて部屋の中を切り回る所作をした。また、床下でなんばんをいぶしたという。
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キツネツキは譫言を言ったり、四つんばいになって歩いたりする。また、外に裸で飛び出したり、高熱を出すこともある。祈とう師に拝んでもらって離す。あるいは、行者に祈とうをしてもらって、布団の下に三峯様の神札を入れた。
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キツネが人に憑いたことがある。キツネツキになると、キツネが屋根にたくさん来ていて、天井から覗いていると言った。お札入れに三峯様のお札を入れ、屋根の上に祀ると共に、赤なんばんを屋内でいぶしたという。

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上伊那郡 Kami-Ina district

kitsune 狐 fox
あるオヤジに狐が乗り移った。オヤジは腹痛を起こして倒れた。三峯様の御札で背を撫でたらオヤジは逃げ出した。オヤジが転んだら正気に戻った。
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kuda クダ
クダが人に憑いたことがある。クダツキは大食らいになり、家人が食事をするところを見るのを嫌い、仕事嫌いになった。祈とう師に拝んでもらって離す。あるいは、行者に祈とうをしてもらって、布団の下に三峯様の神札を入れた。
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kudagitsune クダ狐
クダは味噌と油揚が好物である。クダが人につくと病気になるから行者に頼んで追い出してもらう。行者を頼まないきは御犬の神様である三峯様を連れていくとすぐ離れる。クダ使いの家の娘とは結婚しない。
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酒屋という家に叶屋が金を借りに行ったが、貸してくれなかったので、クダをつかせた。主人の外、家族全員が病気になった。三峯様へ人をやってわけてもらい、棟に祀ったら全快した。
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kudagitsune
クダギツネが人に憑いたことがある。憑かれた人は、油揚げを食べたいと言った。三峯様の犬を借りてくると、憑き物が落ちるという。

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南佐久郡 Minami-Saku district 川上村 Kawakami village

o-inu sama お犬さま
三峯様のお犬様を借りてきて縁側に箱を下ろすと、どさっと重い音がして病人が治った。





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O-Inu sama お犬さま,おうさき
三峯様を祀る祠を造ったが、飼い犬を放したところ祠の前できばを出して唸ったかと思うと尾を巻いて逃げ出し、小屋に逃げ込んで震えていたという。お犬さまは本当にいるという。お犬さまを迎えるとおうさきは逃げるという。



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ミツムネサン Mitsumune san
蔵にしまっておいたお金が少しずつなくなるので、蔵の番をする三峰様を借りてきてお金を盗む者を食い殺すように頼んでおいた。実はお金はその家の息子が盗んでいたのであり、2、3日後に蔵の前で殺されていた。

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下九一色村 Shimo-Kuichiki village

ミツムネサン Mitsumune san
お蔵に三峰様を勧請していた家の隣家の嬶が、お蔵の米を盗みに入った。しかし嬶が米を盗んで蔵から出ようとすると、前に恐ろしい山犬がいて出られなかった。朝その家の人が出てきたので白状したら、山犬は消えた。


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Yamanashi 下曽根村 Shimo-Sonemura village

Mitsumune San ミツムネサン
The family had a small Shrine for Mitsumine San in the back of their storehouse.
One evening a burglar came and stole the tanmono 反物 fabrics.
Next morning they found them at the gate of the temple 実成寺 Jissei-Ji in the next village.
This must have been the beneficial deed of Mitsumine San.

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14/10/2019

Abukuma river

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Abukuma Jinja 阿武隈神社 Abukuma Shrine, Fukushima



田村市滝根町菅谷字東釜山 / Higashikamayama Takinemachi Sugaya, Tamura, Fukushima

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The name Abukuma was already known in the Heian period and used in Waka poetry.
The name of the riverwas also spelled
Ookumagawa 大熊川 / 逢隈川 / 合曲川 Okumagawa,

The name refers maybe to oo-kuma 大熊 a type of huge bear, which lived in the mountains of
白河郡の西甲子岳 Fukushima in the Shirakawa district.
kuma 隈(クマ / 曲) may also refer to the many bends of the river

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人知れず 濡れにし袖の 乾かぬは 阿武隈河の 水にや 有るらむ       
古今和歌六帖 紀貫之 Ki no Tsurayuki
阿武隈に 霧たてといひし から衣 袖の渡りに 夜もあけにけり         
重之集  源 重之 Minamoto no Shigeyuki
思ひかね つまどふ千鳥 風さむみ 合曲河の 名をやたづぬる         
夫木和歌集  藤原定家 Fujiwara no Teika
名にしおはば 阿武隈川を 渡りみん 恋しき人の 影や映ると            
堀河百首 源 顕仲 Minamoto no Akinaka
阿武隈の 霧とはなしに よもすがら 立ち渡りつつ よをもふるかな       
後撰和歌集 藤原輔文 Fujiwara no Tsunesuke
ぬれ衣と いふにつけてや 流れけん あぶくま川の 名こそ惜しけれ         
堀河百首 永縁 Eien
かくしつつ 世をやつくさむ 陸奥の 逢隈川を いかでわたらむ            
中務歌集 中務 Nakatsukasa
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Lord Kanemune
君が住む阿武隈河は名のみしてよそながらのみ戀や渡覧
kimi ga sumu abukumagawa wa na nomi shite
yoso nagara nomi koi ya wataruran

My darling dwells by
Abukuma River – known for meeting –
But that is all:
Simply far apart
Will our love ever be?



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. River Abukumagawa 阿武隈川 / 阿武隈河 .



During the Edo period travel along the river Abukumagawa 阿武隈川 was frequent and together with the tax rice Daruma dolls were shipped around.

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- - - - - The river caused incredible damage in October 2019.
. Typhoon Nr. 19 台風19号 Hagibis - 2019 October 06 .

- - - - - Another river overflowing during the typhoon was
. River Chikumagwa 千曲川, Nagano .



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The Abukuma River (阿武隈川 Abukuma-gawa),
with a length of 234 km (145 mi), is the second longest river in the Tōhoku region of Japan and the 6th longest river in Japan. It runs through Fukushima Prefecture and Miyagi Prefecture, rising from springs in the peaks of the Nasu mountains, collecting water from tributaries leaving the Ōu Mountains and the Abukuma Highlands (阿武隈高地 Abukuma-kōchi), then emptying into the Pacific Ocean as a major river. It has a 5,390 km² area watershed, and about 1.2 million people live along its basin.
The Abukuma River
flows north through Fukushima Prefecture's Nakadōri region, past the cities of Shirakawa, Sukagawa, Kōriyama, Nihonmatsu, Date, and Fukushima. The portion of the river flowing between Nihonmatsu and Fukushima forms a deep ravine called Hōrai-kyō (蓬莱峡).
Crossing the northern edge of the long but low Abukuma hills, the Abukuma River then flows into Miyagi Prefecture, past the city of Kakuda and between Iwanuma and Watari before reaching the Pacific. Abukuma has a tributary called the Arakawa River.
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Abukuma-do 阿武隈洞 - Abukuma Cave
is a limestone cave located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. The cave was discovered on August 15, 1969, northeast of the city of Tamura and was originally named Kamayama Shonyu-do (釜山鍾乳洞). It was designated a natural heritage of the town on February 7, 1971, and renamed Abukuma-do on June 1, 1973.
Visitors can traverse a 600-metre-long path inside the cave as well as a 120-metre-long exploration course to view the stalactites and stalagmites. Each stalactite has taken more than eighty million years to form. Beyond the public areas lie about 2,500 metres of cave that are not open to the public. Nearby Abukuma Cave is the smaller Irimizu Shonyu-do (入水鍾乳洞 - Irimizu Limestone Cave), discovered in 1927. Irimizu Limestone Cave was designated a National Natural Treasure on December 28, 1934. The temperature inside Abukuma-do is around 15 °C and the humidity is above 90%.

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Abubukuma-dong was discovered in September 1969 from the present Busan quarry site in an area called Abukuma Highlands (阿武隈高地), or Harachitai highlands(原地帯), in the middle of a plateau of geologic formation of irregular limestone deposits, on the west side slope of Mt. Otakine. Since ancient times mining for marble and limestone has been popular in that area. Limestone was also discovered at Abukuma-do. At the year of Abukuma-do's discovery mining in that area was suspended, and a limestone outcrop remains to this day near its parking lot.
The initial discovery of an entrance to the cave is now near the exit of the modern day tourist destination. The cave itself consists of a 12m deep hole, a tunnel running 60m north, and a tunnel running 15m southwest. In March 1970 the Japanese university 's expedition team explored the inside of the cave, and found a main cave ahead of the air hole in the northern end that was regarded as the end point until then. In 1973, four years after the discovery, the inside of the cave was developed for observation and it was opened to the public.
..... A notable feature of Abukuma-do is the existence of boxwork, a rare cave formation composed of thin blades of the mineral calcite that project from cave walls and ceilings, forming a honeycomb or box-like pattern. Boxwork can also be found in Shimukugama in Okinawa and Sugawatari-do (氷渡洞 - Ice Cross Cave) in Iwate Prefecture, but because Abukuma-do is currently the only limestone cave in Japan open to tourists, it is subsequently the only cave in Japan in which you can see boxwork. ...
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Abukuma kyoo 阿武隈峡 Abukuma gorge
福島県中通り地方に連なる福島盆地と郡山盆地の間を流れ阿武隈川により形成される阿武隈高地と奥羽山脈の間の蛇行・狭窄部の峡谷。阿武隈川の浸食により形成された絶壁の峡谷や奇岩、怪岩などが連なる。蓬莱ダム(飯野ダム)より信夫ダムまでの下流側の峡谷部は蓬莱発電所、信夫発電所の発電用に取水されるため河川流量は少ない。
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Abukuma koochi 阿武隈高地 / Abukuma sanchi 阿武隈山地 Abukuma highland
宮城県南部の阿武隈川右岸山地(亘理町と岩沼市の境)を北端、茨城県北部の久慈川左岸山地(日立市と東海村の境)を南端として南北170km以上[1]にわたって連なる山地である。その大部分が福島県に属し、おおむね阿武隈川を中心とする盆地である中通り地方と、太平洋沿岸部である浜通り地方との境界線となっている。阿武隈川・久慈川・太平洋に囲まれた紡錘形をした比較的なだらかな山地である。

山容は隆起準平原で北上山地と同様に高地部は全体的に比較的なだらかな地形が続く。阿武隈高地は海底で堆積した大変古い地層が隆起して陸地となり、はじめは日本アルプスのような大山脈だったと考えられるが、その後の長年の浸食作用で老年期のなだらかな地形となり、さらに隆起が進み隆起準平原となったと考えられる。阿武隈高地には侵食による残丘である硬い地質の独立峰が各所に残る。阿武隈高地中央部から西部のなだらかな山容とは対照的に阿武隈高地東部は、更なる隆起と再侵食により深い渓谷を刻む川も多く、阿武隈高地を西から東に抜ける道路の多くは、隆起した高地東部の「畑川断層」・「双葉断層」など断層による断崖状の壁面の急勾配を下っていく[2]。阿武隈高地がかつて海底にあったことを物語るものに、田村市滝根のあぶくま洞などの鍾乳洞、いわき市四倉のアンモナイト、フタバスズキリュウなどの化石産出地などがある。
阿武隈高地は活断層調査結果などより比較的安定な地盤と考えられ、また従来地震による被害の少ない地域でもある。
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. Matsuo Basho in Sukagawa 須賀川 .

. Abukuma Haiku by Yosa Buson .


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furu-usu, furuusu 古臼 an old wooden mortar to pound rice
During the flooding of river Abukumagawa an old mortar was flowing past.
A poor villager picked it up and thought he could use it as firewood. Then he saw blood flowing from the mortar, which had not been broken.
He bowed to it in prayer when the mortar spoke:
"I am the deity to help with birth, so please pray to me in this region!"
The villagers purified some lumber and built a small sanctuary.
This is now the Shrine 水雲神社 Suiun Jinja (Water-Cloud Shrine).



. Ubusunagami, tutelary kami of one's birthplace .

. pounding rice in a wooden mortar .



There are various Suiun Jinja Shrines in Date, Fukushima.


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福島市 Fukushima city 松川町 Matsukawa

In the year 1121, a daija 大蛇 huge serpent came to live in the river Abukumagawa at the waterfall あゆ滝 / 鮎滝 Ayutaki, and brought great harm to the local people.
A courageous villager went to the shrine 黒沼神社 Kuronuma Jinja in retreat until the serpent was gone.
This is the origin of the retreat 羽山ごもり Hayama Gomori.

黒沼神社 Kuronuma Jinja
福島市松川町金沢 Fukushima, Matsukawa, Kanezawa



. Shrine Kuronuma Jinja 黒沼神社 .
and Hayama Jinja 葉山神社 Hayama Shrine, Soma, Fukushima, with the retreat Hayama Gomori.

. daija, orochi 大蛇 the huge serpent, large snake .

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石川郡 Ishikawa district 平田村 Hirata

henge ヘンゲ / 変化 another form of the Deity
To be able to see another form of a deity, there is a spell to chant:
「宵之間や都の空にすみもせで心津くしの有明の月 袖ノ下ヨリ 三度  ロイ」




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伊具郡 Igu district 丸森町 Marumori

The boulders of Sanno Gongen, Sanno Iwaya 山王岩屋 are at the very narrow part of the Abukumagawa gorge, where a huge boulder hang on each side.
The messenger of Sanno Gongen, a saru 猿 monkey comes here often and his footprints are in the rock.
The warlord Abe no Sadato 安倍貞任 used this place for the defense of his territory.

. Sanno Gongen 山王権現 and the 日枝神社 Hie Jinja shrines .

. Abe no Sadato 安倍貞任 (1019 - 1062) .

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yama no sei kurabe 山の背比べ comparing the size of the mountains
In the 阿武隈山地 Abukuma Highlands there is one high mountain. One day this 次郎太郎山 Mount Jirotaroyama (529 m) wanted to compare its size with ツボケ山 Mount Tsubokeyama (487 m).
Tsubokeyama tried to cheat and stood on his toes, but could only make it to 487 m high.



- Tsubokeyama

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10/10/2019

Osugi Shrine Ibaraki

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Oosugi Jinja 大杉神社 Osugi Shrine, Ibaraki



茨城県稲敷市阿波958番地 / Aba (Awa), Inashiki, Ibaraki

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Osugi Shrine, or popularly called あんばさま“Anba-sama,” is located in Awa, Inashiki City, Ibaraki Prefecture.
It was a “gosha” shrine in the old shrine rank system and after the World War II it was designated as a “Beppyo Jinjya,” meaning that comes under the direct control of “Jinjya Honcho (Association of Shinto Shrines).”
This shrine is the head shrine of all Osugi Shrines that are distributed in Kanto and Tohoku Regions.
The name Osugi (meaning a large cedar) comes from the large cedar tree that stands in the precinct and worshipped as the sacred body of the deity.
It is said that the shrine was first founded in 767, and in 1241 the deities of Oonamuchi no Mikoto and Sukunahikona no Mikoto were invited from Imamiya Shrine in Kyoto and enshrined here.
Since the Edo period the shrine, as the deity of smallpox prevention and waterway traffic, has been widely worshipped by the people living in Kanto Region and on the Pacific side of Tohoku Region. It is said that in the early Edo period the monk Tenkai, who served as a consultant to the Shogun and stayed at Fudoin Temple in nearby town of Edosaki, was on board a ship in Tojo-no-ura, prayed to the large cedar tree in this shrine and successfully achieved a miracle of bringing about rainfall.
He designated this shrine as the guard of “Kimon (ominous direction)” for Edo Castle, and took the position of the resident priest of Annonji Temople, which was an attached temple of this shrine. Due to these links, Annonji Temple has been a Chokkentai temple (directly linked temple) of Nikko-zan Rinnoji Temple, where a mausoleum of the 3rd Tokugawa Shogun is located.
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Oonamuchi no Mikoto 大己貴命
Sukunahikona no Mikoto 少彦名命



. Jigen Tenkai 慈眼 天海 (1536 – 1643) .


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Fudo-In 不動院 Temple hall for Fudo Myo-O


source : inashiki.com/jb/hudouin...


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omamori お守り amulets



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Osugi Shrine in Ibaraki Prefecture
is the only shrine in Japan said to help make dreams come true! It's also known for its ability to break off bad luck, so this is the place to go if you are looking to make your dreams a reality.
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. Osugi Jinja and Benten .
千葉県佐倉市臼井, Chiba, Sakura town, Obukai 498-2

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Osugi Daimyojin 大杉大明神
旧摩耶天上寺 / 摩耶の大杉 Maya no Osugi


source : emiya.co.jp/blog...

. 仏母麻耶山忉利天上寺 Maya Toriten Temple, Kobe .


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. sugi no ki 杉の木と伝説 Legends about the cedar tree .



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仙台市 Sendai city

nekozuka 猫塚 mound for a cat,hebizuka 蛇塚 mound for a serpent
A Samurai who lived nearby had a cat, which one day bit into the sleeve of his wife's kimono and would not let go. So he cut off the head of the cat and it flew up to the ceiling. There he realized that it had bitten into daija 大蛇 a huge serpent, to protect him from harm.
He held a funeral for the cat and had a small Shrine and mound erected at 大杉神社 Osugi Jinja.
The body of the serpent, which he had cut into three parts, was buried in another mound, to the North of the cat mound.

. daija, orochi 大蛇 the huge serpent, great snake legends .


Shorin Jinja and the Nekozuka mound 少林神社の猫塚

8, Wakabayashi Ward, Sendai, Miyagi
猫塚古墳 Nekozuka Kofun
七郷堀の南,現在の若林区文化センターやウルスラ学院のあたりいったいには,【国分小泉屋敷】とよばれる伊達家の大きな別荘(べっそう)がありました。そのすがたをえがいた絵図面が宮城県図書館に残されています。
伊達家の別荘を描いたこの絵図面の一部に猫塚古墳がえがかれているのです。
絵図には【大杉大明神】Osugi Daimyojin として,大きな杉の木のある小山と神社がえがかれています。今は,古墳のおもかげを残していない,猫塚も江戸時代には古墳の形をとどめていたようです。
絵図がえがかれたのは,文政9年(1826)。江戸時代の後半です。
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10/08/2019

Kikuna Shrine Gaman Yokohama

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Kikuna Jinja 菊名神社 Kikuna Shrine, Kanagawa


神奈川県横浜市港北区菊名6-5-14 / 6 Chome-5-14 Kikuna, Kohoku Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa

There were originally five shrines in an area of Sugiyama Jinja 杉山神社 Sugiyama Shrine, which is now in 菊名町公園 Kikuna Town Park.
The new Kikuna Shrine is famous for its 24 paintings of chrysanthemums on the ceiling.
kiku 菊 means Chrysanthemum.

ここ菊名の地には、昭和の初期まで神明社(天照皇大神)、杉山神社(日本武尊)、浅間神社(木花咲耶姫命)、八幡神社(譽田別命)、阿府神社(武内宿禰命)の5社が村社として地域の人々の信仰を集めて参りました。中でも記録に残るものとして最も古くからあるのが、阿府(あぶ)神社であり、その歴史は任和元年(885年)に遡るといわれております。時の天皇、光孝天皇が師岡に勅使を遣わされ熊野神社を創建なされた時、勅使がその途上、馬具の鎧をお納めになったことからその名が付いたと史書には書かれております。
この5社が昭和10年、現在は菊名町公園となっている杉山神社の地に合祀され、名も「菊名神社」と改められました。その後、太平洋戦争の戦火を逃れてからは、同所を保健所建設用地として提供するため、当時の八幡神社の地(現菊名神社の地)に社殿を移設、以降この地で菊名の総鎮守として地域の人々とともに歩み、またその生活を見守り続けて参りました。
この間、氏子崇敬者の厚いご協力の下、昭和32年には社殿の改修および社務所・神楽殿が建設され、信仰の対象としてだけでなく、地域住民の交流と青少年の研修の場としても大きな役割を担うこととなりました。そしてこの度平成23年には、50年ぶりの大々的な社殿改修工事を終え、21世紀に相応しい姿となって生まれ変わりました。
新たに完成した拝殿の天井には、中心に「菊」の花を配し、四方にはがまんさまによって守られる24枚の天井画が飾られております。テーマは「菊名の絆」です。これは社殿は新しくなっても、菊名の総鎮守として以前と同様、変わらずこの地の人々とともにあることを示しているのです。拝殿には、24枚の天井画、輪になって咲く菊の花が中心に描かれ、四方は開運招福を呼ぶ四季を背景にしたがまんさまで守られています。
- source : kikunajinja.jp/profile/goyurai...

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・ 誉田別命(ほんだわけのみこと)Hondawake no Mikoto
・ 天照皇大神(あまてらすすめおおみかみ)Omaterasu Omikami
・ 日本武尊(やまとたけるのみこと)Yamato Takeru no Mikoto
・ 木花咲耶姫命(このはなさくやひめのみこと)Konohana Sakuyahime no Mikoto
・ 武内宿禰命(たけのうちすくねのみこと)Takenouchi Sukune no Mikoto


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gaman sama がまんさま "endure the hardships"

This is a stone statue of an Oni demon, supporting the handwash basin.
Actually, there are also two of them.



They were made around 1800.
It expresses the endurance of the stone figures supporting the handwash basin for so many years without any complaint.

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omamori お守り amulets

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20/07/2019

Kawanokami legends

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kawa no kami 川の神と伝説 Legends about the "River Deity"

Kappa 河童 is a“Kawa no Kami” 川の神 / 河の神 (lit. River Deity)
. Kawa no Kami, 水神 Suijin and Kappa .
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Kappa カッパ is often seen as Kawanokami or Mizunokami.

. Mizu no Kami, Mizunokami 水の神 Deity of Water .


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mentioned in the Nihon Shoki 日本書紀 (Chronicles of Japan), one of Japan's earliest official records, compiled around 720 AD.
Other names: Kahaku (Nihongi)
A generic name for kami of rivers and streams.
The lineage of this kami is not described in the classics. Nihongi's record of Emperor Nintoku's reign contains an anecdote regarding the offering of human sacrifices (hitobashira) to the river deity called "Lord of the River" (Jp. kahaku; Ch. Hebo) at the occasion of constructing a riverbank, and Nihongi's record of Empress Kōgyoku likewise notes that during a great drought, prayers were offered without effect to the "Lord of the River." The Man'yōshū includes poems indicating that the river kami serves the emperor, and numerous records from the Nara period reflect the offering of prayers to the kami of famous mountains and great rivers.
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kahaku, kawa no kami 河伯 River Deity, "river chief"
Kahaku Shushin 河伯主神




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. ryuujin 竜神 /龍神 と伝説 Ryujin, Legends about the Dragon Deity .
Kawanokami is often seen as the same as the Ryujin Dragon Deity.
When he is offshore in the sea his wave pattern can sometimes be seen. In that case the fishermen sit down and pray to the deity.




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山本郡 Yamamoto district 二ツ井町 Futatsui town

Once upon a time, there was a year with not enough rain and water, people say the Kappa has come out and eaten all the cucumbers.
Since then farmers take the first two cucumbers of the harvest and throw it into the river shouting:
"川の神 Kawanokami, this is our offering!"




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夷隅郡 Isumi district 夷隅町 Isumi town

Kappa is seen as Mizunokami, Kawanokami and an incarnation of a dragon deity.
If children are drowning in a river, this is the malicious deed of Kappa.




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豊岡市 Toyooka city 竹野町 Takeno town

kawasoso, kawa soso 川ソソ Kamakami is called Kawasoso
He usually suppresses the Kappa 川コ Kawako, but lets him go on the last day of the sixth lunar month.
If someone goes into the river on this day, Kawako will take out his inner organs through the anus. He uses some iron tools to do that.




......................................................................................... Iwate 岩手県

Before peeing into a river, people ask Kawanokami to forgive them, to avoid his wrath.




......................................................................................... Kagoshima 鹿児島県


. Yama no Kami 山の神 God of the Mountain .
and Kawanokami, Kappa legends




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熊本市 Kumamoto city

Kawanokami no tatari 川の神の祟 the curse of Kawanokami
Once there lived a man in the city called 平川円蔵 Hirakawa Enzo.
One he went to the local shrine and went to cut down the shinboku 神木 sacred tree, saying it was superstition not to cut such a tree.
Soon his wife became bewitched by the Kawanokami from the river 球磨川 Kumagawa and many strange things happened.

. shinboku 神木, shinju 神樹 sacred tree, divine tree .




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On the 29th day of the 11th lunar month, Kawanokami comes walking along the road.
There is a strange noise like hyuuhyuu heard along the side of the pond.
It looks like a chidori 千鳥 plover with a long, red beek.
Sometimes it more looks like a man with a high hat, followed by many others. If people try to peek at the procession to see it clearly, it becomes invisible.


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. Shrine, Shinto Shrine (jinja 神社) - Introduction .

. kami 神 Shinto deities - ABC-LIST - .

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焼米を炒るや川の神見そなはす



長谷川零餘子 Hasegawa Reiyoshi (1886 - 1928)


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16/07/2019

Kadota Inari Shrine

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. Shinto Shrines (jinja 神社) - Introduction .
. kami 神 Shinto deities .
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Kadota Inari Jinja 門田稲荷神社 Kadota Inari Shrine


栃木県足利市八幡町387-7 / 387 Yawatacho, Ashikaga, Tochigi

下野國一社八幡宮 The first Hachiman shrine in Shimotsuke no kuni.
Founded in 1056, when 源義家 Minamoto no Yoshiie went up to the North to defeat the local people.
In the Western compound of the Hachiman shrine is Kadota Inari, one of the three most important shrines to "cut a bond".
Not only bonds between men and women, but also between a person and illness, too much drinking, gambling addiction and others.

Its best known aspect is the

enkiri ema 縁切絵馬 votive tablets to make a wish to cut a bond"

. enkiri, engiri 縁切り to cut a bond .

. Minamoto no Yoshiie Hachimantaro 源八幡太郎義家 / 源義家 .

- Deity in residence
倉稲魂神(うかのみたまのみこと) Ukanomitama no Mikoto

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. wara ningyoo 藁人形 straw dolls for curses .

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- - - Death notes: Traditional rituals associated with curses persist in 21st-century Japan
It is a scorching summer afternoon with temperatures crawling toward 37 degrees Celsius. Kadota Inari Shrine is empty except for a chorus of screeching cicadas and the smooth stone statues of foxes guarding its entrance.
Hanging on either side of the shrine are hundreds of small wooden plaques known as ema (picture horses) baking beneath the sun.
A ritual tracing its roots to the Nara Period (710-794) when those who couldn’t afford to donate horses to the gods for good favor began substituting them with cheaper materials, the fastening of these votive tablets inscribed with worshippers’ hopes and prayers can now be found in shrines and temples across the nation.
But at Kadota Inari Shrine, located in the suburbs of Ashikaga, a city in Tochigi Prefecture some 90 minutes by train from Tokyo, visitors won’t find plaques with light-hearted wishes asking for good luck and rosy relationships.
“I’m completely exhausted dealing with K.S., the selfish devil in disguise who looks down on me, shouts at me and complains about each and everything I do. I hate you … I hate you … I hate you from the bottom of my heart, and I pray that you disappear from this world as soon as possible,” one of the plaques reads.
“I pray that my relationship with Hitomi, who betrayed me and wasted a year of my life, is completely severed” reads another. “She must be distanced from all paths leading to happiness. I will never let you become happy. May you suffer for the rest of your life to atone for my tears and agony. Mariko.”
Some wishes are more direct: “I pray that Okabe dies in an accident.”
Others are desperate pleas for help: “I pray that my family’s ties with depression and bipolar disorder come to an end.”
These are fervent, even violent expressions of raw, personal emotions rarely shown in public, and physical evidence of how traditional rituals associated with cursing are well and alive in 21st-century Japan.
--- Ominous origins
Kadota Inari Shrine is considered one of Japan’s three major enkiri, or “tie-cutting” shrines, in addition to Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Taisha and Enkiri Enoki in Tokyo’s Itabashi Ward. However, occult writer Yuki Yoshida says Kadota Inari Shrine stands out in terms of the sheer number of plaques being offered and the level of animosity on display.
“A normal person may become sick of reading so many negative messages left on the plaques, but it’s an opportunity to observe the dark side of the human mind,” Yoshida says. “In fact, a number of dedicated fans visit Kadota Inari Shrine routinely to check the plaques hanging there. While Japan is often considered a secular society, it’s worth learning how there are still many people who seriously indulge in the act of cursing others.”
That said, Yoshida says regardless of how cruel wishes may be, revealing one’s darkest secrets in such fashion and letting off some steam is a healthier alternative to taking physical action.
“It’s an entirely different matter compared to unleashing one’s vented stress in the form of violence,” he says.
That’s what happened on Dec. 7, 2017, when the term “tatari,” or curse, appeared in stories describing a murder-suicide that took place at Tomioka Hachimangu, a well-known shrine in Tokyo’s Koto Ward.
Fifty-eight-year-old Nagako Tomioka, head priestess of the nearly 400-year-old shrine, was ambushed as she got out of a car on the grounds of the shrine and slashed to death by her samurai sword-wielding younger brother, Shigenaga Tomioka, who then stabbed and killed his wife, Mariko, and himself.
Shigenaga became head priest of Tomioka Hachimangu in 1995 but lost his job over money-related troubles.
He held a long-standing grudge against his sister who had taken over his role, and earlier on the day of the incident, asked an acquaintance to drop around 2,800 letters into a post box addressed to parishioners’ businesses and other shrines across the nation.
Reports said the eight-page letter demanded that his sister be banished from the shrine and his son be anointed head priest instead.
“If these demands aren’t met, I shall remain in this world after my death as an onryō (malevolent spirit) and forever exact vengeance against responsible board members and their descendants,” the letter read.
The bizarre case drew widespread attention due to the prominence of the shrine and ominous choice of vocabulary Shigenaga used in his parting message. It also showed how tenaciously the superstition in curses lingered in the modern age.
Earlier the same year, on Jan. 25, a 51-year-old man was arrested in Gunma Prefecture for intimidation. The man had left a straw effigy with a nail thrust through it in the parking lot of an amusement arcade. With red paint, the name of the female owner of the arcade was written on the chest of the doll, along with what appeared to be eyes and a mouth.
The man, a regular at the arcade, had apparently developed unrequited feelings toward the owner that led him to conduct a bare-bones version of one of the most dreaded curse rituals in Japan: ushi no koku mairi, or ushi no toki mairi, which literally means “shrine visit at the hour of the ox.”
According to a book published more than a century ago by U.S. orientalist and lecturer William Elliot Griffis titled “The Religions of Japan From the Dawn of History to the Era of Meiji,” women betrayed by their lovers typically performed this religious act of vengeance at the hour of the ox, which is between 1 and 3 a.m.
“First making an image or manikin of straw, she set out on her errand of revenge, with nails held in her mouth and with hammer in one hand and straw figure in the other, sometimes also having on her head a reversed tripod in which were stuck three lighted candles,” he wrote. “Arriving at the shrine she selected a tree dedicated to a god, and then nailed the straw simulacrum of her betrayer to the trunk, invoking the kami (god) to curse and annihilate the destroyer of her peace.”
Griffis wrote that he had seen rusted nails and pieces of straw struck on trees on multiple occasions.
- - - Straw effigies
Rituals involving straw effigies, or wara ningyō, remain a potent image in popular culture, and its roots can be traced back to the earliest era of recorded history in Japan.
At the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties is an eighth-century doll made of wood with an iron nail shoved through its chest. From the Tatecho archaeological site in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, a wooden tag was discovered that had a drawing of a woman and holes left from wooden nails driven through her right breast and chest.
During the Heian Period (794-1185), straw effigies were crafted during plagues to dispel the sickness, while official shamans known as onmyōji practiced onmyōdō, a form of Japanese cosmology and divination based on the Chinese philosophies of Wu Xing and yin and yang that also utilized paper mannequins as shikigami — beings conjured to exercise tasks ordered by their masters.
While onmyōdō is no longer practiced, Kazuhiko Komatsu, a renowned ethnologist, discovered through his fieldwork in Kochi Prefecture that a faction of onmyodo survived as Izanagi-ryu (the Izanagi school) in the mountainous village of Monobe, where priests still perform exorcisms and cursing rituals.


The practice of ushi no koku mairi goes back to the legend of Hashihime,
a character that first appeared in Heian literature that depicted her as a lonely woman waiting for her lover to return, with later accounts transforming her into a jealous demon.
Her story was later adapted into “Kanawa” (“The Iron Crown”), the noh play by Zeami Motokiyo about a beautiful woman visiting Kifune Shrine in Kyoto at the hour of the ox every night to pray for vengeance against her ex-husband who left her for a different woman.
The play depicts her changing into a rage-filled demon who wears an iron tripod as a crown that holds three burning candles.
Her ex, who fears for his life, seeks the help of master onmyōji Abe no Seimei, who prepares two life-sized straw effigies to diffuse the demon’s wrath.
The symbolic relevance of the wara ningyō as a powerful cursing tool remains intact, and Kifune Shrine is still considered the mecca for the ushi no koku mairi ritual, although it is unclear how many still actively partake in the practice.
Kohei Kikuchi, an expert on dolls and an adjunct lecturer at Waseda University, uses these effigies in a different manner, introducing them as a prop in one of his classes.
He sources wara ningyō online, where they can be bought for as cheap as a few hundred yen from e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Yahoo Auctions and Mercari.
Upon purchasing one, Kikuchi brings it into his classroom and introduces it to students as a “special guest,” drawing nervous laughter. He then nonchalantly throws it to the floor or toward his students from the podium, often generating a few screams.
“I start my lecture by asking my students why they react the way they do,” he says. “The object will have no relevance for a small child. But while growing up, we are exposed to the symbolism of the wara ningyō through various movies, books and television shows that imprint us with the notion that it is something dreadful.”
Kikuchi says he concludes his lecture by comparing the wara ningyō to an information medium akin to newspapers.
“A wara ningyō tells us someone is trying to curse another person,” he says. However, unlike newspapers, the amount of information these straw effigies can provide is limited, he says.
“We don’t know who cursed who and with what intent,” he says. “Perhaps the wara ningyō is being used to curse someone we know, or maybe even ourselves. That ambiguity and lack of information scares us.”
- - - Curse packages
For those looking to curse someone but remain wary of going through complicated rituals, there are online services that conduct curses on the client’s behalf.
Nihon Jujutsu Kenkyu Jukikai is one such service. Founded around three decades ago, the organization now staff around 30 people who undertake ushi no koku mairi and other rituals ranging in price from ¥20,000 to ¥300,000 depending on the skill set of the practitioner and the level of curse being administered, according to a spokesperson for the group.
Suzuki, who declined to reveal his first name citing privacy concerns, says prospective clients can consult Jukikai via instant messaging service Line, email and phone. Around 20 to 30 inquiries are received on an average day, he says, of which around 10 to 20 percent lead to actual contracts, the most popular being the ¥50,000 and ¥100,000 packages.
Clients are asked to provide information such as name, telephone number, address, gender, date of birth and blood type, as well as a brief description of the person they want to target, including their name, age, relationship with the client and gender.
Clients will then pay their dues upon receiving a parcel including a brochure explaining the schedule and procedures regarding the cursing ritual as well as a FAQ. “That’s all they have to do,” Suzuki says.
The ritual itself is conducted in a facility the organization owns in Nara Prefecture, and curious clients can call Jukikai any time to check up on the progress, Suzuki says.
“Contrary to what people may think, around 70 percent of the consultations we receive are romantic, while the rest involve grudges such as trouble with neighbors,” he says.
Meanwhile, a group of monks calling themselves JKS47, or Japan Kitou Society in English, have been gathering routinely in front of the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry to protest the government for the restarting of nuclear reactors following meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in 2011.
Formed in 2015, JKS47 — the name perhaps being a reference to the 47 ronin and popular pop-idol group AKB48 — considers itself the successor to a group of monks from the 1970s that cursed leaders of corporations responsible for environmental pollution through esoteric Buddhist rituals.
On a recent Thursday afternoon, a dozen or so members donning black robes and white sashes with the words “the dead shall judge” printed on them gathered by the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, musical instruments in hand, to recite sutras, perform music and deliver speeches.
While Buddhism and curses may not sound complimentary, “rituals for the subjugation of one’s enemies is an official category within the fourfold, or sometimes fivefold, ritual system within the esoteric Buddhist tradition,” says Eric Swanson, an assistant professor in the Theological Studies Department at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Take Heian warlord Taira no Masakado, who led a rebellion against the central government in Heian-kyo (today’s Kyoto). According to Swanson, some accounts say the Shingon monk Kancho was dispatched to deal with the unrest and established a goma (fire ritual) hall on Narita mountain where he performed a subjugation ritual.
Masakado was subsequently killed in battle and his head was sent to the ancient capital to be displayed to the public. Legend has it, however, that its eyes glared and teeth ground in anger for several months, until one day the head flew to the east.
Masakado’s kubizuka (the mound where his head is said to rest) remains tucked away in a small plot of land surrounded by skyscrapers in Tokyo’s Otemachi business district. There have been attempts to remove it in the past, but these projects all failed due to accidents and illnesses some have attributed to his angry spirit. To this day, the tiny site is visited by suit-clad office workers offering prayers seeking his divine protection.
Whether or not these rituals are effective lies in the eye of the beholder. But for some, a trip to a shrine to inscribe one’s wishes on a votive tablet may be worth the while.
“Thank you for severing the bad relationships I had at work, I think I can now start afresh,” reads one plaque hanging at Kadota Inari Shrine. “I pray that I can lead a happy life full of good relationships.”
- source : Japan Times


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- Reference : 門田稲荷神社
- Reference : kadota inari shrine


. Shrine, Shinto Shrine (jinja 神社) - Introduction .

. kami 神 Shinto deities - ABC-LIST - .


. Hashi Hime, Hashihime 橋姫 / はし姫 "Princess of the Bridge" .


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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

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いわき市 Iwaki city 四倉町 Yotsukura machi town

chinju no sugi ni utareta kugi 鎮守の杉に打たれた釘
40年程前、ぢさまが長わずらいをしたとき、鎮守の杉の木に呪いの釘が打ち付けてあった。それを抜き取ったら、病気は自然と治った。



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noroi no sugi 呪いの杉 pine to curse a person
. Shrine Jishu Jinja 地主神社 .
in the back of Kiyomizu Temple





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伊香郡 Ika district 西浅井町

mashin no majinai 麻疹の呪い
子供が麻疹から治りかけの頃に、サンダワラを頭にのせて「熱いお湯ではないけれど、煮え湯」というと、熱がとれる。

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- reference : nichibun yokai database -
97 呪い noroi to collect

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