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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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    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...

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    After climbing ..

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 9, 2006

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    BENZAITENDO


    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..:).

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    HOKKOKUJI, Hakusando, Taishido

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 10, 2006

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    former main building,Kokkokuji
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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....

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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....

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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..

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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.....

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    Hattasan Son'eiji Temple

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 4, 2012

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    Founded in 725 by Gyoki by the decree of Emperor Shomu, this Koyasan Shingon Sect temple is now ranked as one of the Bekkaku Honzan(Regional Head Temple). The temple used to be a lot larger with 60 buildings during Edo Period(1603-1868). But after Meiji Restoration the temple suffered the movement of demolition and only a few barely escaped such fate at that time. It was not until 1983 the Main Hall was reconstructed. Today, the temple is best known as the new year visit site and about 500,000 people visit the temple during the first seven days of the new year. The beauty of the temple lies in the pathway under the tall ceder trees. On your right side you will see the springs of water seeping out from the cliff, and on your left you will enjoy the view of craftly built stone walls. When you enter the Black Gate somewhat like that of samurai residence you will see the Honbo building. Then you will find the upper walking path leading to the small garden with Fudo Myo'ou(Acala) Statue. Then climbing newly built stone stairs you will reach the Main Hall rebuilt in 1983. If you love sweets don't forget to buy dumpling, its local delicacy.

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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

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    Iyeyasu and Kasuisai

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Shusse Rokunoji No Ana Cave

    Kasuisai Tip: The legend has it that the Senrin Tozen who later became 11th head priest of Kasuisai saved young Iyeyasu who was then hostage to Imagawa clan and hid the prince at Shinojima Island at Mikawa Bay then led to his return to Okazaki. Another story tells us that when Senrin Tozen was in Sumpu, now Shizuoka he admonished young Iyeyasu for hunting birds at temple premise. The cave at the Kasuisai is said to be the place where Iyeyasu hid when he fled from Takeda clan when he was defeated badly at Battle of Mikatagahara in 1572. The cave Iyeyasu hid is now called "Shusse Rokunoji No Ana" Rokunoji no ana probably means figure-of-six shaped cave and Shusse means promotion. In any way Iyeyasu must have been really indetbed enough to give his temple much authority equaling the status Eiheiji or Sojiji then the stronghonds of Soto-sect of Zen Bhuddism had. The name of Kasuisai also came from Iyeyasu remarks. When Tozen was invited at the banquet hosted by Iyeyasu for helping his life in early days, the priest fell asleep. Iyeyasu then said "Kasui" meaning you can sleep. After that Tozen renamed the temple from Toyoken to Kasuisai.

    The cave was closed when I visited in February 2011, but it has been open to public since October 13.

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    Akiha Sohonzan Sanjakubo Daigongen

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Akiha Sanjakubo Daigongen Main Hall

    Kasuisai Tip: According to the legend, Sanjakubo Daigongen a priest from Shinshu(Currently Nagano Prefecture) made three oaths, 1300 years ago.

    If you believe me I will bequeath you the success of your trade, granting of your wishes and the whole satisfaction in your life.

    If you believe me I will guarantee that you be free of sickness, calamity and hazards, and all the pains and sufferings.

    If you believe me I will make you free from any fire hazards, either ones that you might cause or ones that others have caused.

    Since these three oaths were made by Sanjakubo Gongen, he was enshrined and revered as a god of fire protection.

    Sanjakubo Daigongen was originally enshrined in Shuyoji temple inseperable part of Akiha Shrine premises. But Meiji Governenment made a decree to seperate Shintoisim and Bhuddhism in 1873 and Sanjakubo Daigongen was moved from Shuyoji, then already had been converted from Shingon Bhuddhist temple from Sotoshu temple. Since then, Kasuisai became the place for praying for fire-protection god.

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    Yusanji Temple

    by taigaa001 Updated Feb 7, 2011

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    This 1,300-year-old Shingon-Bhuddist temple is best known by three-storied pagoda built in 1611. It has been said to cure the eye problems and strengthen your feet. Its sanmon(entrance) gate was originally used for the second Otemon gate of Kakegawa castle. Hillside hiking trails are also popular.

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    Kasuisai Temple: Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Kasuisai, Fukuroi
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    Kasuisai tip: This 600-year-old zen temple is one of the most popular places to practice zen meditation close to Hamamatsu. It is rich in historical legends particularly of Iyeyasu Tokugawa, the first shogun of Edo Government. The temple also sells ofuda for fire protection because it enshrines Akiha Sanjaku Gongen who protects from fire. It was originally at Akiha Shrine but since Meiji Government ordered to seperate Bhuddhism and Shintoism, the temple accommodated some of AKiha Shrine deities which originate from Bhuddism beliefs. It also has a lodging facility where you can join zen meditation training with priests and taste shojin vegetarian dish.

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    Kuno Joshi Ruins

    by taigaa001 Updated Feb 5, 2011

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    Kuno Joshi Ruins from the distance
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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.

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    Somon Gate

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Kasuisai Tip: Somon Gate serves as an entrance gate of Kasuisai. "Banshosan" inscribed on the gate is the honorary sango prefix of Kasuisai. When you enter the gate look up the ceiling. It has a Chinese Zodiac direction board. Chinese Zodiac signs are made up of 12 animals: rats, oxen, tigers, rabbits, dragons, snakes, horses, sheep, monkeys, roosters, dogs, and boars. Until the Gregorian calender was introduced in late 19th century, Chinese zodiac signs had been used not only for denoting 12-year cycle, but for time of the day, calender days and even directions such as "Utatsu" ...East. In this zodiac sign board, do you find something interesting? It says Mt. Fuji is twenty-eight Ri away about 110 kilometers east from there.

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