11/07/2010

Temple Ryohoji

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Temple Ryohoji
Shooeizan 松栄山, Ryoohooji 了法寺(りょうほうじ)


This temple in Hachioji near central Tokyo belongs to the Nichiren sect.


Happy Birthday Buddha poster
For the Festival, including a maid coffeshop


It is one of the famous temples for visiting the seven gods of good luck (shichi fukujin) during the New Year Holidays.

The statue of Benzaiten 新護弁財天 is venerated in this temple.

Lately it has become famous because since may 2009 the present head priest, Shoko Nakazato, has been putting up big boards with manga illustrations to remind the parishers of festivals and events.

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Many young people have their photos taken in front of these billboards and fame is spreading.
The temple is even called a moedera 「萌え寺」, a newly budding temple.

The manga are painted by the illustrator Toromi とろ美.

She is represented as TORO BENTEN とろ弁天:

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On November 7, 2010, a new statue has been placed, called the
とろ弁天像 Toro Benten Statue

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There is also a new pop song about the temple
寺ズッキュン!愛の了法寺!



. Reference : 了法寺


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S E N R Y U


Toro Benten -
to cherish the image
or the name ?

Gabi Greve


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. Benten, Benzaiten 弁天 弁財天  

. Maid-Coffeeshops メード゙喫茶 meido kissa  



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