10/06/2006

Mitoku Sanbutsu-Ji

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Mitoku San, Temple Sanbutsu-Ji

三徳山三仏寺(みとくさんさんぶつじ)
Nage-ire doo 投入堂(なげいれどう)Nageiredo

"Temple Hall thrown into the cliffs"



akibare ya Zao Gongen no yama ni iri
秋晴れや蔵王権現の山に入り
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bright autumn day -
entering the mountain of
Zao Gongen


Zao Gongen 蔵王権現 is the main deity venerated at this tempel.
Zao Gongen, The God of Shugendô
and the statues at Temple Sanbutsu-Ji, Mitokusan.




mountain temple -
the powerful god all ready
to go



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History of the temple:


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One day, the eager mountain ascetic En no Gyooja (円の行者)threw three lotus petals in the air and vowed to establish temples on the ground where they fell.
One landed in Yoshino, one landed in Ishizuchi Mountain (Shikoku) and one, well, you guess, here in Mitoku Mountain! That was way back in the year 706 !

This year 2006, on the third Sunday in October, the great celebration of 1300 years is held. The renewal of the famous Nage-ire Doo is also celebrated. Mountain ascetics walk through the glowing ambers on that day.

Look at the Poster !


Quote from Outdoor Japan:
By Lee Dobson

The shrine, established in 709, is home to an obscure little building known as Nagereidou or Oku no in 奥の院 (depends on who you ask) perched high upon the mountain and set into the rock face.
The fact that it faces north, and receives no direct sunlight, means that it pretty looks the same as it did some 1,300 years ago (in 2006 it will celebrate its 1300th birthday) when it was constructed. No one is quite sure who built it, or how it was built, but a climb up there will confirm just how difficult it must have been, as the last 20 odd meters involves hauling yourself up the rock face by chain.

On the last Sunday of October the shrine is host to an annual Yamabushi fire walking festival. At this time the usual 500 yen entry fee is waived, and you can climb to the shrine for free. You can also enjoy the priest’s usual faire of rice porridge and vegetables, and wash it down with a cup of sake warmed in long pieces of bamboo over an open fire. It’s also non-gratis, but any donation you care to make is gratefully accepted.

For 500 yen you can take off your shoes and participate in the ritual (which begins off at 1:00PM) and follow the monks and the yamabushi as they walk barefoot over the flames. The act offers purification and protection. The shrine (the entire mountain is actually a shrine) is a National Treasure of Japan and is currently being considered for inclusion as a World Heritage site.
http://www.outdoorjapan.com/columns/tales-9.html

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Impressions from my visit on October 4, 2006:

Greeting the Mountain at the Great Gate (torii)


The Large Rosary


Stone Lanters and figures in the temple ground
Photos from here to # 32


mountain temple -
a prayer overgrown
with moss


Look at my MOSS haiku from this temple


Zodiac Animals and Jizo at Rinkoo-In
輪光院内の地蔵さん



bright autumn day -
listening to the silence
of stones growing older


Silence of Listening ... LOOK !


Many small stone statues at the feet of the huge wall.



Photos from here to # 36



Details of the Six-Sided Nyorai Stele at the Temple
rokunyorai no rokumentoo  六如来の六面塔




The final climb:

After registering at the entrance and being lectured on the difficulty of the path, with chains to cling to, climbing on all four legs, not allowed a stick because you need your hands free ... Bernd took off by himself.

There is also a monorail now for transporting the material for repairing the hall.

The famous "Hall that was thrown into the cliff", Nage-ire Doo 投入堂




Photos from here to # 67

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source : kazumi on facebook

at 不動院岩屋堂 Fudo-In Iwaya-Do Hall
鳥取県若桜町にある日本三大投入堂のひとつ、
不動院岩屋堂で、開創千二百十年記念「柴燈大護摩供」

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An amazing mountain temple indeed.

秋雨や 蔵王権現の 山を出る

autumn rain -
leaving the mountain of
Zao Gongen



Nageire-Do and Poetry Japanese only: 新古今和歌集

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More of my articles on the subject

Zao Gongen, En no Gyooja and Yoshino Mountain

Ichizuchiyama, a holy mountain in Shikoku四国の石鎚山

Shugendoo and En no Gyooja


External LINKS

Mitokusan National Treasures

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Our next temple at this autumn tour:

Oohirayama Konpira-In Temple 大平山 金毘羅院
Kurayoshi

and even a
Short visit to China, Encho En Park 燕趙園



and one kigo for haiku from Misasa Hot Spring (三朝温泉) at the foot of Mount Mitoku San.

. Misasa tsunahiki 三朝綱引(みささつなひき)
Tug-of-war at Misasa


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amulet for strong legs - Buddhs's footprints
仏足跡 錫杖御守 足腰健康

Just the right thing for the climb up the mountain !

. Buddha's Footprints ー Bussokuseki 仏足石 .



Last sunday in October is the great
Fire Ritual 炎の祭典


Every month on the 18th there is a special fire ritual where seasonal rice gruel (kayu) is served.
Homepage of the temple
source : www.mitokusan.jp/


. Amulets and Talismans from Japan - Tottori . 


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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

絶壁の鳥取・投入堂、60年ぶりの拝観

高さ約100メートルの絶壁にあって危険なため、立ち入りが禁じられている鳥取県三朝町、三徳山三佛寺(みとくさんさんぶつじ)の国宝・投入堂(なげいれどう)で14日、約60年ぶりの拝観が行われた。堂の修復完了を記念した1日限りの公開で、約340人の希望者から選ばれた男女3人が命綱を付けて入堂し、祈りをささげた。

 札幌市中央区の会社員伊藤美子さん(29)と、建築を研究する横浜市保土ヶ谷区の大学院生木下知威(ともたけ)さん(30)、広島市南区の飲食店経営岩島美枝子さん(60)。

 3人は灰色の作務衣(さむえ)に白い輪袈裟(わげさ)姿でわら草履を履き、三佛寺住職ら9人とともに険しい参道を進んだ。

 参道終点で、3人は命綱をつけ、残りの約20メートルの絶壁を岩の角やくぼみを手がかりに1列になり、約10分かけて登った。参拝後、伊藤さんは「今にも絶壁から落ちそうで怖かったが、投入堂の荘厳なたたずまいと一体になれた気がして涙が出た」と話していた。

 投入堂は平安時代の建立で、修験道の開祖・役行者(えんのぎょうじゃ)が法力で岩くつに投げ入れたと伝えられている。

(2007年11月14日 読売新聞)
http://osaka.yomiuri.co.jp/news/20071114p302.htm

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Gabi Greve said...

The three famous "Nage-Ire Do" "Hall thrown into a cliff"
日本三大投入堂
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大分県宇佐郡 龍岩寺 Ryugan-ji, Oita,
大分県宇佐市院内町大門290−2 - Oita, Usa district
and
Iwayadoo 不動院岩屋堂 Fudo-In Iwaya-Do

鳥取県八頭郡若桜町
Iwayado, Wakasa, Yazu District
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HERE is the Fudo
http://fudosama.blogspot.jp/2014/09/iwayado-tottori.html
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Gabi Greve said...

三朝温泉 Misasa Hot Spring

. Myoken 妙見菩薩 Myoken Bosatsu - 妙見大菩薩 Myoken Daibosatsu .

In the year 1164 a retainer of Minamoto no Yoshitomo named 大久保左馬之祐王家 Okubo went to Mount Mitoku san to pray for the country. On the way he met a white fox, messenger of Myoken San 妙見山 and helped him in distress. At night Myoken Daibosatsu appeared in his dream. He told Okubo that there was a holy spot at the roots of the old camphor tree 老楠. Myoken would pass this on to Okubo if he helped to save people with it.
When Okubo looked the next day, he found the well of a hot spring . . . that was the beginning of Misasa Onsen.
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http://heianperiodjapan.blogspot.jp/2015/07/daibosatsu-legends.html
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