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    Suruga Bank Fukuroi Branch

    by taigaa001 Updated Feb 5, 2011

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    The redbrick building was originally built for a freighter in 1918. Some of the bricks came from surplus bricks for Tokyo Station. This building has been used for Suguga Bank Fukuroi Branch since 1951.

    Suruga Bank Fukuroi Branch
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    Kuno Joshi Ruins

    by taigaa001 Updated Feb 5, 2011

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    Built around late 15th century, this castle owned by Kuno clan had been major defence base at the Tokaido Highway. Now the castle ruins area has been tidied up like a park and it could be even nice picnic space for families. Also popular as a cherry-viewing site.

    Kuno Joshi Ruins from the distance Guideboard of the Kuno Castle The View From The Kuno Castle Honmaru Enclosure Hill Climbing Up To Honmaru Enclosure
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    PILGRIM NAME LABELS

    by cheesecake17 Updated Nov 23, 2006


    Take a close look at the top where you see some black and white labels , these are SENJYA FUDA or pilgrim name labels that the visitor paste or stick on the temple gate or shrine gate to prove that they visited that location.

    Nowadays most shirnes dont allow it, primarily as a means for protecting the aging temple/shrine structures. Instead, you are now offer osame-fuda prayer slips...

    In the old days, you needed a special long pole to stick them really high up on the ceilings of the gates. The senjya-fuda tradition became popular during 1603-1867, when many believed that good fortune would come to them while their sticker remained attached to the temple or shrine gate.

    In these days you can find commercial shops that will make customized stickers just for you , with your family name, crest, and image of your choice. The Japanese paste these stickers just about anywhere, on their cars, on cell phones, post boxes, gifts..

    look for the pilgrim stickers
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    One of the 3 traditional....

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 1, 2006

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    Temples in the Enshu area, HATTASAN SONEIJI TEMPLE was established in 725 by the priest GYOKI upon order of the EMPEROR SHOMU and supported by IMAGAWA, TOYOTOMI and TOKUGAWA generals.....The other 2 traditioanl Temples in the area are KASUISAI and YUSANJI.

    This Temple is dedicted to SHOKANNON BOSATSU, which is believed to remove bad luck and many people come here to pray for that...

    During the New years Jan 1st there is a beautiful lantern festival....1000 lantern are place all over the front of the main hall.....

    The actual building you see was build in 1983...History records shows that the real building was 18 mt wide and 27 mt depht.....and they did make the new building according to those records......

    GYOKI

    Gyoki (click) was a priest during the years 668-749, he studied the doctrines of the DHARMA CHARACTERISTICS(HOSSO) school...He traveled around teaching these doctrines....But in that time the imperial court became uneasy and persecuted him...

    When Emperor Shomu was in power such religious activities were permitted and around 743, Gyoki traveled widely with his disciples, soliciting contributions ..In 745 he was appointed general administrator of priests.

    In his travels, he also built bridges , repaired roads, and carried out reclamation and irrigation work. Because of his contributions to public welfare, people highly revered and respected him, calling him Bodhisattva Gyoki..


    Is free to walk the grounds of the temple
    Close ...dec 28-30
    Hours...830-430pm
    There is a parking fee of 200 -500 yen

    hattasan main building view from the main hall
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    Honbo

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 10, 2006

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    The Honbo, is the last building you will see as you leave the HATTASAN grounds...and its well worth the time to see it,not sure you can go inside ...The garden in the front is well kept...

    I believe this hall is for religious event , meeting and also as a waiting room.....

    Honbo
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    Dont miss these....

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 10, 2006

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    These dango which are very famous for this temple are called "BAD LUCK REMOVING DANGO"...after you walk down the path from the bell tower .....you will see the red house......

    You got to buy the ticket outside, you choose from 200-1000yen.....the 200 will serve for 3 or 4 people if you just wish to have a little taste.......If you care for more then the 500yen one will satisfy...

    It comes with green tea, their is a selfserve dispenser for the tea......

    After you pay and get the ticket just go inside and give it to the attendant who will give your dango plate..

    dango
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    Belfry

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 10, 2006

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    The bell tower was made by the late MASAHIKO, KATORI...he was consider a NATIONAL LIVING TREASURE.....

    Next to it is the OMIKUJI stand, you can buy the little fortune telling piece of paper in the main hall.....

    If you care to see more of Masahiko work click here....

    bell and omikuji the bell view from the bell
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    HOKKOKUJI, Hakusando, Taishido

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 10, 2006

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    Kokkokuji was the former hall for praying before the main hall was build.....
    Inside is enshrined SAIGOKU SANJUSANKASHO...

    If you take a look at the ceiling, which this building has the nicest one I have seen....you will see the ZODIAC LORE......

    The Zodiac is part of an elaborate system based on Chinese astronomy, cosmology, and divination. It was used as a method for counting years, months, days and hours in the Chinese imperial court .

    Replaced by the Gregorian calendar, the Zodiac is still used today (unofficially) as a popular method of divination in many Asian nations.

    Its believe the Chinese Zodiac originated sometime before 1100 BC. In China, where Buddhism was introduced in the 1st & 2nd centuries AD, the 12 Zodiac animals became associated with Buddhism's as early as 581-618 AD.

    When Buddhism arrived in Japan in the mid-6th century AD, the Japanese eagerly imported both the Buddhist teachings and the Zodiac calendar -- the calendar was officially adopted in 604 AD.

    In Japan, the Zodiac calendar is known as Kanshi or Eto , and the 12 animals of the Zodiac are known as the Juuni Shi . The Zodiac's popularity in Japan peaked during the Edo Era (1600-1868 AD), by which time each of the 12 animals were commonly associated with one of eight Buddhist patron deities.

    At many Japanese temples even today,you can still purchase small protective amulets or carvings of their patron Buddhist-Zodiac deity.

    I miss seeing the HAKUSANDO which is a building behind the MAIN HATTASAN hall.....it enshrined the hatta daigongen which is the god to protect the mountain...

    The TAISHIDO is the next building before the bell tower, my guess is use for ceremonies....

    former main building,Kokkokuji inside ... zodiac lore taishido inside the taishido
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    After climbing ..

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 9, 2006

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    The very long stairs you will reach to the main ground of the Hattasan, but just to your right you will see 3 small shrines.......The BENZAITENDO which is the one over the red bridge enshrined the GOD BENZAITEN, she is a Buddhist goddess of music, learning, wealth, longevity, and protection from natural disasters.

    Japanese Buddhist and Shintou adopted this Goddess from Indian mythology... Benzaiten has eight arms with hands that hold a bow, arrow, sword, ax, spear, long pestle, iron wheel, and silk rope.

    The other building enshrine the YAKUSHI NYORAI he is the Buddha of healing and medicine, is often shown holding a small jar of medicine in his left hand, while his right hand is in the mudra position meaning "No Fear."

    When Buddhism came to Japan in the 6th century from Korea and China, Yakushi was among the first to arrive...Even today, he is one of the most cherished Buddhist figures...

    Statues of Yakushi within easy reach of believers are rubbed smooth. People rub part of the statue (knees, back, head), then rub the same part of their body, praying for Yakushi to heal their ailments (e.g., cancer, arthritis, headaches). Statues of Yakushi are usually well worn...I have yet to touch one..:).

    BENZAITENDO
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    As you pass...

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 9, 2006

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    .... thru the Niomon gate you will walk a path of big pine trees.....Hattasan area is well known for viewing the cherry trees in the spring with over 700 trees ....Its also great to come in the fall and view the maples.....

    While walking up the path look out for the KUROMON gate also known as (four legged gate, shikyakumon) which is an IMPORTANT CULTURAL ASSET....It was build in the 18 century...

    Its a single-storied structure composed of two large, main pillars, centered and in line with the ridge. Usually, there are two square posts, in front and behind of the main pillars. The latter are considered secondary legs, hence a 4-legged gate.

    shikyakumon is used ONLY for high ranking temples, or Imperial Palace gates...

    path after the niomon gate stairs to the main ground..
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    Important Cultural asset

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 8, 2006

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    The Niomon gate at hattasan is consider by the Goverment as an IMPORTANT CULTURAL ASSET.....It was build in the 16 century during the MOMOYAMA period(1568-1615), during this time Japan was gradually unified under the 2 powerful warlords..
    Oda Nobunaga(1534-82) and Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-98)..

    The gate is beautifully aged and as you get closer you will find the 2 NIO( KONGO RIKISHI)or benevolent kings....They are a pair of protectors who stand guard on either side of the entrance gate at most Japanese Buddhist temples.

    They have a fierce and threatening appearance which help to wards off evil spirits and keeps the temple ground free of demons and thieves :)..The NIO are original of India..and were said to have followed and protected the Buddha when he traveled ...

    They have since been adopted by the Japanese into the Japanese Buddhist ... One is an open-mouthed figure called "Agyo," which usually stand on the right....some explanations says the open mouth is to "scare off demons"....

    .The other is a closed-mouth figure called "Ungyo," which usually stand on the left and he is said to "keep in the good spirits.."

    One of the most famous Nio pairs can be found at the entrance gate of Todai-ji Temple in Nara. The 26-foot-tall statues at Todai-ji were made in 1203 AD
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    NIOMON
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    Toyoken (Kannondo)

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Kasuisai Tip: Kasuisai was originally named Toyoken when it was founded in 1401 and started as a small hut. At the former Toyoken site, stands Kannondo of Kasuisai moved to there in 1985.

    Kannondo Stands At Former Toyoken Site Bhudda Statues of Kannondo
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    Schindler Test Tower

    by taigaa001 Updated Feb 5, 2011

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    The test tower for elevator, 72 meters in height, belongs to Schindler Group, one of the largest elevator manufacturers in the world. This tower is one of the major landmarks in Fukuroi.

    Schindler Test Tower#1 Closer Look of the tower Schindler Group is one of the biggest lift makers
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    Fukuroi Onsen

    by Jawnuta Updated May 31, 2009

    Fukuroi onsen is one of the best we were able to visit in Japan in 2008.
    It is brand new place with great choice of different mineral water as well as lounging sun bed and electric shock.

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