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10/06/2017

Fudo Legends 09 Shizuoka

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. Legends about Fudo お不動さま - 不動明王 .
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Fudo Legends 09 - from Shizuoka to Toyama

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .


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- - - - - Shizuoka 静岡県

榛原郡 Haibara district 本川根町 Honkawane

kitsune 狐 the fox
Once upon a time
someone went to the village of Senzu 千頭 to by some pacific saury サンマ and was on his way home. When he was near the Fudo Hall, he suddenly became very tired and lay down for a nap. While he was sleeping, someone stole his fish.
People now say he was bewitched by a fox 狐にだまされた.

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At the beginning of the Meiji period there was an epidemy of a feaver disease 熱病 and many young people died.
So the villagers went to the Fudo Hall near the swamp and prayed for help. When they tried to lift the statue at the annual festival, it suddenly felt much lighter.

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浜松市 Hamamatsu

daija 大蛇 The Huge Serpent
Kanzawa, Tenryu Ward, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka

In the お不動様の池 Fudo Pond at the Fudo Waterfall of the hamlet 新切 there once lived a huge serpent. The creature seemed to have come from the Dainichi Pond 大日様の池 (or 峯神沢) nearby.
A young temple acolyte from the Dainichi Temple came here to fish and lost his fish hook in the pond. But the serpents dislike metal, so the serpent left the pond and soon after the water was also almost gone.

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In the pool of the 黒滝の渕 Kurotaki waterfall, sacred to Fudo Myo-O, it is not allowed to fish for "アノメ anome". If you do so there will be a divine retribution (Fudo no tatari タタリ / 祟り).
People who dare to pee into this pool will also be damned and die soon afterwards.

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松崎町 Matsuzaki

The main festival for Fudo is on the 28th day of the first month and 10th lunar month.
Once a villager took a sacred lot and did not like the result. So he moved the statue of Fudo. But soon he could not move his body any more 金しばり (sleep paralysis).
This was the punishment of Fudo Myo-O 不動尊の罰.

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沼津市 Numazu

yamainu 山犬 Mountain Dog
Ill dogs are not let into mountain villages, and if they enter anyway, Fudo will take the leash of the dog and lead him away. The villagers know well about the dangers of ill animals, especially ill dogs and pray to Fudo Myo-O to protect them from damage.


. 霊犬早太郎伝説 The legend of the spiritual dog Hayataro. .
"The Heroic Dog of Kozenji Temple", where Fudo Myo-O is venerated.




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- - - - - Tochigi 栃木県
日光市 Nikko

tengu 天狗 Tengu
At the waterfall 裏見滝 Urami no Taki in Nikko 下野国日光山四十八滝 there is a statue of Fudo Myo-O behind the waterfall. People who see it are greatly moved.
If an impure person comes to look at it, a Tengu will come down and take his life.



. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 visiting Urami no Taki .




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- - - - - Tokushima 徳島県
宍喰町 Shiikui

At 落合 Ochiai there was a stone statue of Fudo. When the farmers made a new road, they hit the stone and broke it. The next day the stomach of the stone worker begun to hurt. When he looked closer at the stone, he saw the broken statue, collected the pieces and put it on a safe place to be venerated again.

Once upon a time
when diseases were rampant and difficult to prevent,
people used to pray to Fudo Myo-O
"I will dance for you this year and hope you will keep me healthy in the summer!"
This is said to be the beginning of the Tokushima Awa Odori dance.

. Awaodori Dance 阿波踊り .
This is a special dance that originated in Tokushima (Shikoku) more than 400 years ago.



Narutaki waterfall 鳴滝 in Tokushima town. Nearby is a statue of Fudo Myo-O.
鳴滝庵の大師堂 Narutaki-An, Daishi-Do for Kobo Daishi.
The waterfall has an 85 meter drop and is one of the largest waterfall in Tokushima. It bends and flows over three platforms, and the intensity of the flow is incredible after a hard rain.




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- - - - - Tokyo 東京都

kamisama 神様
Once a child pulled a small bronze statue of Fudo, with a rope from wisteria vine.
A grown-up scolded the child, but he had to suffer bad luck soon after that.

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文京区 Bunkyo

. Tengu 天狗 and the flying 岱雄 Taio .
at 小石川伝通院山内 Koishikawa Dentsu-In

. 小石川伝通院 Koishikawa Denzu-In, Dentsu-in .

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神津島 Kozushima, Kōzushima

karakane no hebi 唐金の蛇 bronze snake
At 不動様の池 the Fudo Pond a bronze snake wound around a human skull is venerated.

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目黒区 Meguro

. Meguro Fudo Temple 目黒不動 .

. Ennin - Jigaku Daishi 慈覚大師 / 慈覺大師 .
(794 – 864)
and Ōtori jinja 大鳥神社 Otori Jinja in Meguro, where Yamato Takeru is venerated as a deity.

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西多摩郡 Nishi-Tama district 桧原村 Hinohara

Obusuna オズスナ様(産土神)
A Shaman can see the various features of this deity.
和田の山の神 Yamanokami from Wada is a snake, at 大沢 Ozawa it is a small snake, another is a huge snake, looking like a pregnant woman.
Basically the main features are that of Fudo.

. obosuna sama オボスナ様 / おぼすな様 Ubusuna deity .
deity for agriculture, especially the rice fields

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渋谷区 Shibuya

. Shoogonji 荘厳寺 Shogon-Ji .
Hatagaya Fudo  幡ヶ谷不動
藤原秀郷 Fujiwara Hidesato came here to pray for victory against 平将門 Taira no Masakado .

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豊島区 Toyoshima

. Mejiro Fudo 目白不動 Fudo with white eyes .
Kinjoo-In 金乗院 Kinjo-In

豊山新長谷寺 Shinchokokuji (Shin-Hasedera) in Toyoshima has a statue of Fudo Myo-O, made by Kobo Daishi himself.



When Kobo Daishi was in 荷沢河, 大日如来 Dainichi Nyorai appeared to him and then changed into Fudo Myo-O.
The Deity wielded its own sword and cut off its left arm at the ellbow. A lot of smoke and flames came out of this burning wound.
Kobo Daishi made the statue just as he had seen this.




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- - - - - Toyama 富山県

The endoo 煙道 chimney of the traditional kitchen stove o オ is called fudoo フドウ.
It is said that Fudo Myo-O taught the farmers how to construct it.

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中新川郡 Nakaniikawa 上市町 Kamiichi

te no ato 手の跡 traces of a hand
Around 1907, in a family they were 餅焚き grilling mochi rice cakes, when suddenly the shape of a hand appeared on the white.
A priest who had come around for begging told them:
"This is the trace of the hand of Fudo Myo-O, no doubt about it!"
He took three grains of rice from his begging bowl and left. When the family went after him for further information, he was not to be seen . . . he had vanished.
The special Mochi has been venerated in the family ever since.


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- reference : nichibun yokai database 妖怪データベース -

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. Pilgrimages to Fudo Temples 不動明王巡礼
Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Fudo Pilgrims .



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10/04/2017

Fudo Legends 08 Oita

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. Legends about Fudo お不動さま - 不動明王 .
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Fudo Legends 08 - from Oita to Shiga

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

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- - - - - Oita 大分県

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直入郡 Naoiri district

oni 鬼 demon
. Fudo Iwa 不動岩 Fudo Boulder and
the plain of Mount Asosan 阿蘇の盆地 .


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佐伯市 Saiki

namikiri Fudo 波切不動 wave-cutting Fudo
Once there was a bad fishing season in the village and the local Lord had to borrow food for the people. Then he forgot to pay it back.
Anyway, when they next went fishing there was a statue of 波切不動 Namikiri Fudo caught in the nets .




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- - - - - Okayama 岡山県

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真庭郡 Maniwa district

ryuu 龍 Ryu, the Dragon
and the Amako clan 尼子一族

Once there was a beautiful princess called おまる姫 O-Maru Hime at the home of a certain 吉田 Yoshida of the Amako clan. Every night a young man came to her quarters. He never made a sound and that was very strange. So the Lord ordered his retainers to follow the young man. He went to the basin of the Fudo waterfall 不動の滝壷, became a dragon and disappeared in the water.
Oh dear, that was quite a terrible shock and now the father ordered the princess to stay in confinement. But she became terribly love-sick for her young man. So they brought the princess to the waterfall and she jumped in before it could be prevented.
Her mother was so very upset that she called upon her to show her figure just once more.
So the princes, turned into a dragon, came up once again.
Now her family gave up on her and threw a bottle of sake rice wine into the waterfall as an offering.
This was on the first day of the sixth lunar month, so now there is a festival for Fudo Myo-O on this day.

A similar story is also told in 恵庭郡 Eniwa gun 新座村 Shinzamura.

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. benjogami 便所神 / 厠神 Deity of the Toilet .
Benjo no Fudo Son 便所の不動尊

In some villages of Okayama the Deity of the Toilet is called 不動様 "Fudo Sama".
For example in 真庭郡 Maniwa district, 久世町 Kuse and 阿哲郡 Atetsu district 哲西町 Tessei.

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. Misaki Densetsu 岡山県のミサキ伝説 Misaki Legends from Okayama .
about a deity that can bring misfortune or curses.

. 栗原不動寺 Kurihara Fudo-Ji and the Misaki .
岡山県真庭市栗原不動寺和田山 Maniwa, Kurihara, Fudo-Ji, Wadayama




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- - - - - Osaka 大阪府

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泉佐野市 Izumisano

haku-un 白雲 white clouds
The 淡路小聖 saint from Awaji became afraid about his love for the lowly 志津 Shizu and hid in the mountain of 犬鳴山 Inunakiyama. She followed him and came closer, when she almost saw him he was suddenly covered in white clouds and became invisible.
These clouds were formed by the power of Fudo Myo-O.
Shizu walked and walked in the mountain, loosing her wy and finally freezing and starving to death. The villagers later build a temple to appease her soul.
To our day, when clouds gather on the mountain and it begins to rain, villagers call this 志津の涙雨 Rain is the tears of Shizu.
The nearby waterfall is 志津の涙水 Water as the tears of Shizu.
If people take some of this water home and take a sip every day, eventually their wishes will be fulfilled.



Waterfall at the temple 七宝瀧寺, 白雲院 Haku-Un In
. 七宝瀧寺 Shipporyu-Ji .

Nearby is 志津地蔵尊の御堂 a Hall dedicated to Shizu Jizo.
Here Jizo will grant one wish to each visitor.

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Kurikara Fudo at Inunaki San

. Inunaki san 犬鳴山 and Kurikara Fudo .

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inu 犬 dog as messenger
Once a hunter was after a deer when his dog begun barking and the deer had a chance to escape.
Angry at the noisy dog, the hunter killed him on the spot.
But then he saw that the dog had been trying to warn him of a huge snake nearby, coming closer.
This good dog had been the messenger of Fudo Myo-O.





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- - - - - Saitama 埼玉県

kitsune 狐 fox
Great-grandfather went to Kawagoe Fudo every month on the 28th day.
One day he got up early, but somehow got lost on the way in the mountain. Then he remembered that this was a path where foxes cross. He took his flint stone and made a small fire to spend the night. Next morning he found he had been walking in circles in the mountain - bewitched by a fox maybe ?!


成田山川越別院(不動尊) Narita-San Kawagoe Betsu-In
9-2 Kubomachi, Kawagoe, Saitama

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The Naritasan Kawagoe Betsuin 本行院 Hongyo-In Temple
"Ofudo-sama"
The Naritasan Kawagoe Betsuin Hongyoin Temple is familiar to Kawagoe natives as "Ofudo-sama."
If you pass through the north gate, you will find a small pond with many tortoises on your right. Small children enjoy watching them. This "Ofudo-sama" is the Kawagoe branch of the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple in Narita City, Chiba prefecture. Let's look at the history of this temple.
in Kubo-machi, established in 1853, when Commodore Perry's four black warships came to Japan from America ...
... In 1853, when Commodore Perry's four black warships came to Japan from America, more than ten Kawagoe citizens did their best to obtain permission from Kawagoe's Lord MATSUDAIRA Yamatonokami to restore the Hongyoin Temple. The temple lay in ruins in Kubo-machi but they wanted to restore it as a branch of the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and transfer the Acala temple to the ruined temple site. In 1873, a new main building was constructed and the next year a special service to inspire the Acala spirit was performed.
There are many branches of the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, but this Kawagoe Hongyoin was the first branch...



The Large Votive Tablet
On the site of the Naritasan Kawagoe Betsuin Hongyoin Temple, there is a large votive tablet describing how the construction of the temple proceeded. We assume that it was offered by the carpenters in 1874. The paint is now discolored but we can still see five woodcutters, sixteen people transporting rectangular pieces of lumber and two carpenters shaving wood with hand axes. When I was a child, there was a long bundle of hair near the tablet. I heard that during the construction of the temple, female believers cut their hair and offered it to the temple as a prayer for completion of the temple building. It seems that a long bundle of hair was very effective as rope in a time when there were no crane trucks. Thinking about those women who cut their hair, I felt a lump in my throat every time I looked up at the bundle of hair.
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- - - - - Kawagoe is also famous for its Daruma market.
. Temple Kita-In Kawagoe 喜多院、川越 .

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岩槻市 Iwatsuki 渋江町

. Oonyuudoo 大入道 O-Nyudo Monster .
huge monster with a tonsured head

The 竜門寺の不動 Fudo from Temple Ryumon-Ji disappeared every night, went down to the village and disturbed the people. Eventually a brave samurai cut off his hands.
He is now known as 手なし不動 "Fudo with no arms".
The statue was carved by Ennin - Jigaku Daishi 慈覚大師 / 慈覺大師



慈覚大師の作といわれ、手なし不動の伝承がある。
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. Ennin - Jigaku Daishi 慈覚大師 / 慈覺大師 .
(794 – 864)




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- - - - - Shiga 滋賀県

甲賀郡 Koka district 信楽町 Shigaraku

daija 大蛇 huge serpent
Expecting some water damage from rain, people came to the Fudo statue of 多羅尾 Tarao to pray. They saw a huge serpent lying down and not moving, but becoming bigger and bigger as they looked. When they came home, they realized that indeed a huge damage from water occured.


kami kakushi 神隠し kidnapped by the Gods
A man from the members of temple 不動寺 Fudo-Ji left for a pilgrimage to 伊勢 Ise but never came back.
The villagers asked another itinerant Fudo Pilgrim for his advise. He told them to look in the Eastern direction of the shrine, up in the forest.
When they searched the area, banging drums and gongs, they found his coat hanging on a tree.
Another version tells of a man being kidnapped by a Tengu san 天狗さん and hung up in the tree.


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Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Fudo Pilgrims .



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10/02/2017

Fudo Legends 07 Nagano

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Fudo Legends 07 - from Nagano to Niigata

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

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- - - - - Nagano 長野県
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下伊那郡 Shimo-Inagun district 中川村 Nakagawa

Fudo Son 不動尊
At a place called 経平 Tsunehira there was a small Shrine, but it was lost during a huge mountain slide. After that, every night there was a light to be seen. In March of the year 1681 local farmers begun to dig there and indeed, they found a wooden statue of Fudo Myo-O.




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- - - - - Nara 奈良県

reibutsu 霊仏 "spirit Buddha"
When a spirit Buddha statue begins to sweat, it is usually the indicator of something bad (or good) to happen.


The Fudo statue at 生駒山般若窟 the Hanya Cave on Mount Ikuma is sometimes sweating, and for sure, a disaster will happen.

. asekaki Fudo 汗かき不動 sweating Fudo .

. Ikomasan 生駒山 宝山寺 Hozan-Ji .

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Once there was a priest who worshipped Fudo Myo-O diligently with morning and evening prayers.
But sometimes the statue of Fudo was not there. He thought this was quite strange. Then he had a dream:
The statue goes out to help a nun who did not have proper funeral rituals about 20 years ago.

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生駒市 Ikoma 鬼取町 Onitori

. En no Gyoja 役行者 and Fudo Myo-O .

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西吉野村 Nishi Yoshino village

If someone throws the statue of a Fudo Myo-O into the nearby river pool, it will begin to rain during a drought.

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宇陀郡 Uda district 室生村 Muro

amemochi, ame-mochi 飴餅 "sweets rice cakes"
At the waterfall 不動が滝 Fudo-ga-taki in Muro village there was a tea stall. Once a beautiful lady came to get some ame-mochi 飴餅 "sweets rice cakes". The curious shop-owner asked her where she had come from, but she did not answer. Later he followed her footsteps and found they disappeared in the basin of the waterfall.
Since then, these Mochi became a speciality of the tea stall.



. mochi 餅 rice cakes - Introduction .

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吉野郡 Yoshino 吉野郡 十津川村 Totsugawa village

guchinawa グチナワ (Kuchinawa)
Serpent as messenger of the Gods

As the lord of 不動淵 the Fudo Riverpool there was a Kuchinawa serpent. When a farmer tried to drive it away and threw some toilet dirt into the water, something like a golden bird flew up into the sky.
When the farmer came home, he found seven of his family members, all his cattle and even the cat dead. Since then they venerate a 七人塚 mound for seven people

. shichininzuka 七人塚 mound for seven people - Introduction .
Misaki ミサキ / 御先 / 御前 / 御崎 the Misaki deity




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上越市 Joetsu

On the top of 不動山 Mount Fudoyama there is a statue of Fudo. In the morning of April 25 the followers climb the mountain to pray and make offerings. At least once in a lifetime followers should climb that mountain.


Mount Fudosan, 1.430 m.

This Fudo will heal diseases of the eyes 目の病に効く.

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十日町市 Tokamachi 松代町 Matsushiro

During the great earthquake in December 1833, the statue of Fudo in the temple 大照院(大正院)Daisho-In rolled out of the temple building. The people inside followed him in a hurry and all went out - just in time before the building collapsed. Fudo had saved them all.

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. Nonomi no Ike 野々見の池 and Ikejiri no Ike 池尻の池 .
池尻不動滝 Ikejiri Fudo Taki Waterfall

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南魚沼郡 Minami-Uonuma district 六日町 Muikamachi

If the menfolk allow women to come up to the Fudo from 八海山の不動 Mount Hakkaisan, let them take off their koshimaki 腰巻 underwear and swing them around, Fudo gets angry and rain will fall.

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中頚城郡 Nakakubiki 吉川町 Yokawa

hebi 蛇 snake
At the pond 岩屋の池 Iwaya no Ike (小海の池 Koume no Ike) there lives a snake.
Monks from 真言僧 the Shingon sect come here,
recite 不動経Fudo Kyo, the Sutra of Fudo and pray for rain.
The monk puts his kechimyaku 血脈 lineage document on a reed pole and throws it into the lake. The snake picks it up, turns it around a few times for approval and then sinks to the bottom.
The carp from this pond are very special and not to be caught.

Kechimyaku (血脈)
is a Japanese term for a lineage chart in Zen Buddhism and some other Japanese schools, documenting the "bloodline" of succession of various masters or listing priests in a particular school.
In Zen the kechimyaku theoretically links a student to all previous generations back to the Buddha himself.
In the Sōtō school of medieval Japan it became commonplace for the kechimyaku to be administered to lay students for such rituals as the jukai ceremony. Traditionally this document is administered at the time of Dharma transmission in Soto Zen, during a shiho ceremony.
In the Jodo Shinshu sect the kechimyaku is meant to demonstrate "spiritual descent," and not a blood heritage.
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中頚城郡 Nakakubiki 青海町 Omimachi, Omi-Machi

ryuujin 竜神 dragon deity
At the 不動滝 Fudo waterfall there is a 竜神 Ryujin Dragon Deity.
If people throw stones into the water, it will begin to rain.

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両津市 Ryotsu town

Hoozoo-In 宝蔵院の不動さん Fudo of Hozo-In Temple
The Fudo statue from Hozo-in tended to stop special hasebune ハセブネ(馳せ船.
A shaman (カミサン(呪術者)kamisan, "man of God" in local dialect) told the fishermen to carry the statue of Fudo to the Waterfall ショー滝 and perform their rituals at this spot.

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佐渡郡 Sado district

ホトケ降ろし / ホトケオロシ hotoke oroshi
To ask for spiritual help and divination, there are many names to incarnate :
アリマさん Maria San、ありがたやさん Arigataya San、ドンドコヤさん Dondokoya San, ミタケさん Mitake San, オンタケさん Ontake San, お滝さん O-Taki san,
「○○町のお不動さん」Fudo San from xxx village and more.

Another way to seek religious help is to consult the
- - - - - hakke, hakka 八卦 the eight trigrams, chinese ba gua and the Chinese I Ging, Yi Jing 易經 / 易经.

- toigiki トイギキ seeking religious help
Once a family had a string of bad luck, so they went to a Fudo temple to ask what was the matter.
They were told that a grave on the way to the mountain was not kept properly and they should hold rituals. This was the grave of a family member that was split as a bunke 分家 branch family. The branch family had moved away to Kanagawa. So the main family gave them a handful of the earth of the ancestors to place in a grave in the new home and indeed the bad luck was stopped.

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佐渡郡 Sado district 佐和田町

toigiki トイギキ seeking religious help
Once an old hag of about 70 years begun to behave strangely and was sent to the doctor but was not healed. Her daughter-in-law then took her to 沢根の不動さん the Fudo San at Sawane.
They learned that a child had fallen and died but its soul was not properly cared for, so the soul still hang around and caused mischief.
So the old hag made a small Statue of 地蔵 Jizo Bosatsu and offered it to 大日さん Dainichi Nyorai san. She then asked the soul to settle down with the Jizo statue and find rest.
Soon the old hag was healed and continued to pray for the soul.

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新発田市 Shibata

. Fudo and tanishi 田螺 mud snails. .


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. Pilgrimages to Fudo Temples 不動明王巡礼
Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Fudo Pilgrims .



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9/30/2017

Fudo Legends 06 Mie

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Fudo Legends 06 - from Mie to Miyazaki

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

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- - - - - Mie 三重県
松阪市 Matsuzaka

. oogon no niwatori 黄金の鶏 the golden rooster .




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. Miyagi prefecture 宮城県 - お不動さま  .

- - - - - Miyagi - Fudo Legends - - - - -
鬼首村 Onikobe village (Demon Head Village) 
Onikoobe onsen 鬼首温泉 Onikobe Hot Spring
tatsubu 田ツブ Tanishi mud snail
Tanishi Fudo タニシ 不動 - たにし不動 Mud-Snail Fudo
"Wasserschnecken-Fudo"
菅谷不動尊のお不動さま Sugatani Fudo and the Tanishi
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- - - - - Miyazaki 宮崎県

tsukimono 憑きもの posessed
The priest from the Shrine 生田山愛宕神社 Ikuta Atago Jinja, 長友清市 Nagatomo Seiichi (1869 - 1961) performed rituals to get rid of spiritual possessions.
He used to recite the spell 不動のからすばり Fudo no Karasubari, which made the possessing Yokai afraid and leave the human body. But eventually priest Seiichi became insane himself, left his estate and went to the Shrine, where he fell to the ground. When he came back to his senses, he realized that the possessing spirit had left.


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9/28/2017

Fudo Legends 05 Kagawa

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Fudo Legends 05 - from Kagawa to Kyoto

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .


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- - - - - Kagawa 香川県

Once a pilgrim went to 伊予山 Mount Iosan and made ablutions in the waterfall, when suddenly Fudo Myo-O appeared.
Fudo let an old hag with a wide mouth, from ear to ear. When she opened her mouth, flames came out of it.

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Kagawa 高松市 Takamatsu 一宮町 Ichinomiya

okudosan おくどさん O-Kudo San - the Honorable Hearth
Once the head of the family did not feel very well and when ホウザンハン a Yamabushi priest came to purify the hearth, he was told that the Hearth Deity was not properly venerated.
When the family had replaced the hearth, they did not call a priest to have rituals for Fudo, but called 宮司さん a Shinto priest. If they had not even called the Shinto priest, all family members might have died.

. kamado 竈 hearth and its deity .

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Kagawa 木田郡 Kita district 三木町 Miki

tanuki 狸,アオニュウド / 青入道
The road from Tsuga to the Fudo sanctuary has a curve called ヒウチカド Hiuchikado.
People get posessed by a Tanuki there.
Once a charcoal maker passed by this 不動さん Fudo San. It was a full-moon night, but here al was pitch-dark. So the man wend down on his knees and grabed the weeds by the roadside to find his way. Eventually he crossed the bridge and suddenly the night was light again. And he heard someone laugh devilishly.
This was the deed of a Tanuki, a kind of Yokai called Ao-Nyudo, the Blue Nyudo monster.

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Kagawa 山本町 Yamamoto

kitsune 狐 fox,tanuki 狸 badger
If people are possessed by a fox or Tanuki, they get abura-age 油揚 fried Tofu or 小豆御飯 rice with soy beans to appease them.
The mountain priest 角田氏 Kakuda attacks them with Sutras. If they do not let go, he uses Fudo no kanashibari 不動のカナシバリ a paralyzing spell of Fudo to get rid of the possession.
If they promise to let go, he reads 般若心経 the Hanya Shingyo Heart Sutra at the end of the ritual.


kanashibari 金縛り "bound in metal", sleep demons. temporary feeling of paralysis
- source : japanesemythology.wordpress.com... -

Fudo kanashibari no jutsu:
the art form of making an opponent hesitate by immobilizing any living thing with the power of the mind
- as practised by the Sogobujutsu martial art.

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Kagawa 塩江温泉 Shionoe Hot Spring
香川県高松市塩江町安原上東278-2

不動の滝 Fudo no Taki Waterfall - abour 40 meters high
When Kobo Daishi made ablutions at this waterfall, suddenly Fudo Myo-O appeared to him, hence the name.

- reference source : tabicoffret.com/article-

. Waterfalles named "Fudo no Taki" 不動の滝 .



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- - - - - Kagoshima 鹿児島県
曽於郡 Soo district

Hanayadon ハナヤドン Hanaya don
In the hamelt of 上出水 Kami-Izumi in the estate of 徳重義信 Tokushige Ienobu the deity Hanaya Don is venerated beside Fudo Myo-O.
During WWII, the uncle of Ienobu had been in 満州 Manchuria. Ienobu had a dream of the uncle telling him to build a more beautiful sanctuary for Hanaya Don.
So now it is a beautiful small shrine.



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- - - - - Kanagawa 神奈川県

If a traveler passes by 不動明 Fudo Myo, he falls from his horse.
To show his respect, he has to demount from the horse and walk past.

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reibutsu 霊仏 "spirit Buddha"
Once the Fudo statue at Oyama was found to be heavily sweating, then a strong earthquake occurred and many people died.
Some Buddha statues are known to sweat. Once the high priest 智興阿闍梨 Chikyo Ajari was stuck with illness, the Statue of Fudo wept.
These compassionate statues are really to be praised.

. 大山の不動様 Oyama no Fudo Son - 大山寺 .

. asekaki Fudoo 汗かき不動 sweating Fudo .

. naki Fudo 泣き不動 / 泣不動 weeping Fudo .

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Kanagawa 鎌倉市 Kamakura

Enkan shoonin 円観上人 Saint Enkan Shonin(1281 - 1356)
Enkan was called for questioning to the Kamakura government because he was under suspicion of having done improper rituals (choobuku 調伏 Chobuku).
The regent, 北条高時 Hojo Takatoki (1303 - 1333) had a dream: From the slope 東坂本 Higashisakamoto there came a few thousand monkeys to protect the body of the saint.
So Takatoki ordered to postpone the questioning and told his subordinate 佐介時弘 Sasuke Tokihiro to do so.
Tokihiro reported that on this morning, in the room of the saint, he had seen the shade of the figure of Fudo Myo-O.


円観上人 Saint Enkan Shonin / 慧鎮 Echin
(1281 - 1356)
Enkan was born in 1281 in Omi. He became a priest at Enryaku-Ji in 1295 at the age of 15, and received jukai ordination at the precepts-platform of the same temple, when he was granted the name of 伊予房道政 Iyonobo Dosei .
In 1303 he went into retreat and became a Zen priest for a while, but in the following year he returned to Kurodani.
In 1305 he secluded himself for the second time, following priest 興円 Koen, and together they sought the "revival" of the precepts. Enkan and his followers conducted their "revival" receiving an impetus from the actions of Eizon.
Enkan became a 遁世僧 tonseiso from the Hiei group, and the leader of the fundraising for Todai-Ji. He carried out important activities such as the "revival" of temple 法勝寺 Hocho-Ji.
Enkan was in charge of the compilation of the original Taiheiki 太平記 records.

- reference : Enkan -

. Chōbuku hō 調伏法 Chobuku rituals .
to ward off evil spirits, enemies, and malicious influences.

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Kanagawa 横浜市 Yokohama

Fudo no kanashibari 不動の金縛り paralyzing spell of Fudo
(see also below, Kagawa 山本町 Yamamoto)
After the war the leaders of 御岳講 the Ontake Mountain prayer group of 大岡 Kami-Oka held a lecture. On their way home in the dark some black soldiers belonging to 占領軍 the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers grabbed the High Leader, strangled him and demanded money to let go. The High Leader begun mumbling the paralyzing spell of Fudo and in no time the black soldiers were paralyzed and unable to move.

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- - - - - Kanagawa and Niigata 新潟県 佐渡郡 Sado

toigiki トイギキ,hotoke oroshi ホトケオロシ / 仏オロシ seeking religious help
Once a family had a string of bad luck, so they went to a Fudo temple to ask what was the matter.
They were told that a grave on the way to the mountain was not kept properly and they should hold rituals. This was the grave of a family member that was split as a bunke 分家 branch family. The branch family had moved away to Kanagawa. So the main family gave them a handful of the earth of the ancestors to place in a grave in the new home and indeed the bad luck was stopped.

12 toigiki トイギキ to explore (one more with Fudo from Niigata)
14 hotokeoroshi ホトケオロシ to explore (2 more with Fudo)



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- - - - - Kochi 高知県
幡多郡 Hata gun 大月町 Otsuki

hebi 蛇 serpent
When the villagers performed a rain ritual at the waterfall of Fudo, there appeared a white snake and a red snake, telling them their wish would be granted.
The snake is an incarnation of Fudo.



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- - - - - Kumamoto 熊本県
人吉市 Hitoyoshi

yakoo ヤコウ fox
A pregnant woman got ill and prayed to Fudo Myo-O, because a shaman had told her to do so. But the illness got worse instead.
When she consulted another shaman, they found out it was a fox causing the illness. This shaman was a specialist in Yako Fox mischief.
Anyway, the woman was healed and the child turned out to be very clever.



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- - - - - Kyoto 京都府

. Abe no Seimei 安倍晴明 and a weeping Fudo - 清浄華院 Shojoke-In .
Fudo and Abe no Seimei at Shinnyodoo 真如堂 Shinnyo-Do

. Shuten Dooji 酒呑童子 Shuten Doji "Sake Child" Demon .

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Kyoto 六条の御息所 / 六条御息所 Rokujo no Miyasudokoro - Lady Rokujō

The vengeful spirit of Lady Rokujo was finally appeased when a priest at 横川 Yokogawa read the Sutra of Fudo (dokushu 不動読誦) many times for her soul.

. Rokujo no Miyasudokoro 六条御息所 .
and the Genji Monogatari

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Kyoto 延暦寺 Enryaku-Ji

Shortly before his death, Fudo told priest Ryuusen 隆暹 Ryusen in a dream that he would soon go to paradise.

. 延暦寺 Enryaku-Ji .
and Saicho, Dengyo Daishi 伝教大師最澄 and Hiei-zan 比叡山 Mount Hiei

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Kyoto 東山区 Higashiyama

Priest and painter Choo Densu 兆殿司 Cho Densu (1352 - 1431)
Kitsuzan Mincho 吉山明兆 Zen Monk Kichizan
The painter Densu painted a Nehanzu 涅槃図 Nirvana scene of the death of Buddha. But it was a painting full of wonders.



When he painted a dragon, the dragon would fly to heaven.
When he painted Fudo Myo-O, his flaming halo would begin to burn in flames.
Once he wanted to paint a dragon and prayed to the deities to show him one. Suddenly the water in the pond of the temple begun to churn and a dragon showed his features.
The colors and pigments for his paintings were from a special source at 稲荷山 Mount Inariyama.


While Densu painted the Nehanzu scene, a cat came along with a brush and pain in its mouth.
So he painted one cat into the scene.

at temple 東福寺 Tofuku-Ji
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. nehanzu 涅槃図 painting of a Nirvana Scene .

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Kyoto 京都清滝不動院 Kiyotaki Fudo-In
24 Sagatoriimoto Ikkahyocho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto

tsuchinoko hebi 槌の子蛇 hammerspwan
The priest of the temple 清滝不動院 Kiyotaki Fudo-In, 青龍住職 priest Seiryu, had frequently chased something like a Tsuchinoko from the temple compound.
Even visitors had seen the creature. They all helped searching, even along the deep slopes, but could not find it.

. tsuchinoko 槌の子 / nozuchi 野槌 Hammerspawn .
a legendary snake-like cryptid.

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Kyoto 京丹波町 Kyotanba (Kyotamba)

kikusui no taki 菊水の瀧 Kikusui Waterfall "Chrysanthemum water"
The precious dew of the chrysanthemum leaves had turned into 甘露 honey dew and a 妙薬 miracle medicine, thanks to the grace of Fudo Myo-O.
If someone can drink this dew mixed in the water of the waterfall, he will live to become 500 years.

There are other waterfalls with this name in Japan.

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Kyoto 相楽郡 Soraku district 南山城村 Minami-Yamashiro

Tokiwa Gozen 常磐御前 Lady Tokiwa
The waterfall where Tokiwa Gozen prayed is now known as
常磐不動の滝 Tokiwa Fudo no Taki.
The statue venerated there is said to have been made by Lady Tokiwa herself.



. Tokiwa Gozen 常磐御前 Lady Tokiwa .
wife of Minamoto no Yoshitomo. (1123 - ?1180) - Mother of Minamoto no Yoshitsune.


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Fudo Legends 04 - from Gifu to Iwate

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

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- - - - - Gifu 岐阜県


Once around 1920,
a family almost shipwrecked, but eventually made it back to home.
They had a wooden amulet from 成田の不動尊 the famous Narita Fudo on their body, but this amulet was broken.

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揖斐川町 Ibigawa


- source and more photos : fairport_asai
memorial stones of Fudo Myo-O near the waterfall

At the 不動の滝 Fudo Waterfall upstream of the river Takashitanigawa 高科谷川 Fudo Myo-O is venerated. When there is a water shortage in the village, people come here to pray.
If a frog appears while they pray, then rain will fall soon.
If bees come out while they pray, it will not rain for a while.

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高山市 Takayama

Fudo sama is a part of 富山にあるお岩不動 the O-Iwa Fudo (the Rock Fudo) from Toyama.
If people with eye problems pray to it, their eyes will get healed.

. Ooiwasan Nissekiji 大岩山日石寺 Oiwasan, Nisseki-Ji .



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- - - - - Hyogo 兵庫県
神戸市 Kobe

chinoike jigoku 血の池地獄 Chi no Ike - hell blood pond
A small pond near the 折靑渓不動の瀧 Fudo Waterfall before the 観音橋 Kannonbashi bridge. Mothers who die in childbirth have their blood flow in this pond.
Their relatives bring half of a white hand towel, make a knot in the four corners to scoop some water from the small river and leave it at the side.
Other travelers pick it up and ask for water to be scooped into the towel. If it soon shows a hole and the water flows out, this person will go to paradise fast after his/her death.

. Maya moode 摩耶詣 visiting the Maya temple .
Maya san Tenjooji 摩耶山天上寺 Tenjo-Ji

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洲本市 Sumoto

Upstream the river 物部川 Monobegawa there is a place named 切石 Kiriishi (cut stone) with many rocks. The big ones are 立岩 Tateiwa and 双子岩 Futagoiwa, a smaller one is called 島岩 Shimaiwa.
The river between Futagoiwa and Shimaiwa is quite dangerous for children to play. In the space between the rocks stands the 不動の岩 Fudo Rock.
A child once tried to split this Fudo Rock, but the child went crazy soon after.
Once upon a time
a tanuki 狸 badger lived between these rocks. People who came to gather firewood have seen it near the willow tree beside the Fudo Rock, sometimes shape-shifting into a strange human figure.

. tanuki 狸 mujina 狢 - badger legends from Japan .



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- - - - - Ibaraki 茨城県

北相馬郡 Kita Soma district 守谷町 Moria

O-bake ishi お化け石 The ghost stone



In July of 1975 there appeared a ghost face on the memorial stone for Narita Fudo Myo-O 成田山不動明王石碑に幽霊. Some said it was the ghost of whe samurai Taira no Masakado 平将門様, others said it looked like their grandpa, others saw a woman in white robes carrying a child. No, it was a white cat buried below the stone. . . . All kinds of visions!



This story got so famous that it was even shown on TV and the village was flooded with inquisitive tourists. They needed a car parking space and the road to the Stone was always packed with cars. Then in the end it became clear that the "ghost" was some dried autumn grasses 枯れ尾花 and the fame died down, the village became quiet again.
source : torishin.cocolog-nifty.com #moriya

. Taira no Masakado 平将門 / 平將門 (? – 940) .

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水戸市 Mito

hi no tama 火の玉 ball of fire
On the way to the outhouse toiled, under the persimmon tree, there were two balls of fire rolling around. Coming closer, they vanished.
When asking the parents about his vision, he was told this was the deed of a mujina ムジナ.
Grandmother had once seen a ball of fire under the pine tree near the Fudo sanctuary and also said it was just a mujina badger.

. hi no tama 火の玉 "ball of fire" .

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那珂郡 Naka distrit

yonayona hikaru ishi 夜な夜な光る石
the stone that sparkled all night

This region, once ruled by the 佐竹家 Satake clan cam under the lordship of the Tokugawa.
The graves stones of the Satake clan had been removed and thrown into the river. Among the grave stones was also a stone statue of Fudo Myo-O which begun to sparkle at night. 丹下の宗助 Tange no Sosuke picked up the stone and began to venerate it.

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取手市 Toride

oogon butsu 黄金仏 Golden Buddha
In the old postal town 藤代宿 Fujishiro juku a girl of just eight years gave birth to a baby boy. This was very special and she got money to live a good life.
When they dug for a well in her new residence, there was a huge stone. Inside the stone was a statue of a golden Buddha, 不動尊 a golden Fudo.




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- - - - - Iwate 岩手県

東磐井郡 Higashi Iwai district 大東村 Daitomura

Once a villager was cutting down trees. He came to the hamlet of 野田集落 Noda and cut the branches of a torii Shrine gate dedicated to Fudo Myo-O お不動様の鳥居 and spent the night in the Fudo Hall. Because it was bitter cold he tore off the flags and used them to cover his shivering body. Then at midnight there was a sound at the front door.
And then next morning he could not move his body. Because he had slept in the same direction as the deity, he had been obstructing the deity from leaving the hall and this was his punishment.

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岩手郡 Iwate district

. Fudo as Hearth and Fire Deity 火の神(炉の神) .

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遠野市 Tono 土淵町 Tsuchibuchi mura

zashikiwarashi, zashikiwaraji ザシキワラシ/ 座敷わらし Zashiki Warashi Child
Once there was a fire in the village and just then a child with short cut hair おかっぱ姿 walked by the homes asking for food because it was hungry. The people were busy putting out the fire and did not pay attention to the child, but despite all their effort the home burned to the ground.
Another home, where the folks  took the time to give some food to the child, did not burn down.
Now they say it was O-Fudo sama walking around trying to prevent the fire from spreading.

On Zashiki-Warashi
Zashiki-warashi (“zashiki” meaning the tatami room of traditional Japanese houses, and “warashi” meaning a kid or small child) are often seen as a kind of omen in the houses of once-great families on the verge of decline.
- source : Zack Davisson

. Tōno monogatari 遠野物語 Tono Monogatari Legends .
- Introduction -

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東和町 Towa

Once an old woman was cleaning the toilet, but happened to get some dirt on the Fudo venerated in the toilet 便所の不動尊. Then came the village sports event in autumn, but this time she could not participate because her whole body ached for two days.
Now she knew what to do. She cleaned the statue of Fudo with some wand and yes - her pain was gone.


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9/20/2017

Fudo Legends 03 Fukushima

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Fudo Myo-O legends from Fukushima
不動明王 - 福島県の伝説


. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .


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shibu 田螺 Tanishi, mud snail

Before the hatsu uma 初午 First Day of the Horse people put salt in the four corners of the yururi 圍爐裡 / ユルリ (irori 囲炉裏) open hearth。Then they throw mud snails on the roof. If they reach far to the other side, there will be no fire for the coming year.
Tanishi are the messengers of Fudo Myo-O.
If eaten, they will cure eye disease.

. tanishi 田螺 / たにし mud snail .

. hatsu uma, hatsu-uma 初午 First Day of the Horse .
in February


- Iwashiro province 岩代国. Nishiniidono, Nihonmatsu, Fukushima

Once upon a time
in the hamlet of Mokusho-uchi 杢少内 (Mukkyoji in local dialect ムッキョジ) in 西新殿 Nishiniidono there was a wooden statue of Fudo Myo-O お不動様 in the Fudo Hall on the hill.
The villagers had great faith in the statue and came to pray and worship here every day with all kinds of wishes.

. Tanishi Fudo タニシ不動 / たにし不動 Mud-Snail Fudo .
Legends from Fukushima and other prefectures.



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会津若松市 Aizu Wakamatsu

A story told by 長嶺トキ Nagamine Toki.
After an operation for an artificial hip joint she was unconscious for 4 days. In the evening of the 4th day in the room for the nurses there appeared Fudo Myo-O in the left corner of the ceiling. In the middle appeared many 地蔵様 Jizo figures and in the right there was 観音様 Kannon sama leading a child.
(After that vision she was healed.)


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原町市 Haramachi

tenjin 天人 heavenly maiden
A man named from the Miura clan named 三浦左近国清 Miura Sakon Kunikiyo lived in 太田村別所 Ota village 別所館 Besshonotate. He went to the Fudo Waterfall at 馬場村 Babamura to pray for a wife. That night Fudo appeared in his dream and told him, that in this world there was no wife to fit him. He should go to the pond at 五台山 Mount Godaisan where the tenjin 天人 heavenly maiden come to bath and snatch one of their hagoromo 羽衣 feather mantles. Kunikiyo did as he dreamt, got the mantle and went back home. Soon the maiden came to his home and wanted her mantle back, but eventually she stayed on and became his wife. They had two sons and one daughter.
When the children had grown up, the maiden took her mantle, said good bye and went back to heaven. Kunikiyo was very sad and his daughter was even more sad. She eventually threw herself into the pond and died. Now there is even a stone memorial in her memory at the pond, 姫塚 Himezuka.

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元亨3年(1323)、相馬重胤が下総から行方郡に入部した際、家臣の太田兵衛に迎えられて太田村にある別所館を居城にしたという。別所館にはそれ以前、鎌倉幕府の御家人である三浦義澄の末裔といわれる三浦左近国清という人物が住んでおり、相馬重胤の入部と共に館を明け渡したといわれる。
重胤は別所館に3年居住した後、嘉暦元年(1326)、行方郡小高村堀内に小高城を築いて移った。
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. hagoromo 羽衣 and the heavenly maidens .

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いわき市 Iwaki town 四倉町 Yotsukuramachi

shinmeisama しんめい様 Shinmei Sama
At the old family home of the 渡邊 Watanabe there was a 神明宮 Shinmei Shrine venerating the deity Shinmei Sama.
Eventually there was no successor to the family line to care for the Shrine. So Shinmei Sama called on Fudo for help and sent an old blind man to continue the worship.

. shinmeisama しんめい様 Shinmei Sama .

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郡山市 Koriyama 湖南町 Konan

Two farmers were sleeping in the fields during lunchtime, when suddenly a large boulder came rolling down and stopped right beside them. "This must be a stone to venerate Kannon Bosatsu"!
Then some specialists came from Aizu Wakamatsu and said it should be placed at the Waterfall of Kitamori 北森の滝 where Fudo Myo-O is venerated.
So the villagers carried the stone near the waterfall, shounting "Kan man baran" all the way. カンマンバラン Kanmanbaran is the local name of the Fudo Myo-O.
Kanmanboron, Kanman Boron カンマンボロン.


This is "kanman boron" in a different cliff
at Mizugakiyama 瑞牆山(みずがきやま) in Yamanashi
- source and photos : thunter.or.tv/irorian

noomaku sanmanda bazaradan senda
makaroshada sowataya
un tarata kanman

. The mantra of Fudo Myo-O .

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. 源八幡太郎義家 Minamoto no Yoshiie Hachimantaro .
He came to Oshu to fight 奥州征伐 the local people in 1189. At 不動滝 the Fudo Waterfall the 馬の足跡 footprints of his horse can still be seen.



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西白河郡 Nishi-Shirakawa district 表郷村 Omotegomura

ryuu 竜 dragon
Once it rained very very strong. A priest who had come along recited the sutras, then he left three コケラ(うろこ)fish scales and ascended to heaven.
A statue of Fudo with these three scales is the main statue of the temple 天竜山法泉寺 Tenryuzan Hosen-Ji.


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Legends about Fudo お不動さま - 不動明王 - 02
densetsu 伝説 - minwa 民話 


. Folktales 昔ばなし mukashibanashi about Fudo .  
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アイバのお不動さん Aiba no O-Fudo San / Aichi

- on koro koro sendari matoogi sowaka -

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. Benjo no Fudo Son 便所の不動尊 Fudo as God of the Toilet .

. Tengu and Fudo Myo-o 天狗と不動明王 .

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- - - - - Aichi 愛知県

アイバのお不動さん Aiba no O-Fudo San
near the temple Tooshooji 東正寺 Tosho-Ji there is a well with clear water, now famous as the "water of Fudo" お不動さんの名水.
1 Chome-7 Heishichimachi, Hekinan, Aichi
Once a statue of Fudo Myo-O had been found in the mountain nearby, so the villagers built this temple for it. Now it is in a Fudo-In 不動院 hall, founded by 源為義従者 Minamoto no Tameyoshi in 1288.
source : トボトボ歩く碧南市

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名古屋市 熱田区 - Nagoya Atsuta

高蔵不動院 Takakura Fudo-In
Nagoya-shi, Atsuta-ku, Takakurachō, 5−8

Every year on the 5th of January the ritual of Shuushoo-E 修正会 is celebrated.
It is also known as
the "Festival of the Demons of Yakushi Nyorai 大薬師の鬼祭".
12 men from Atsuta of the age of 25 and 42 (13 men on a leapyear) participate.
The demon masks of the temple are made of strong thick paper and ward off evil influence for the coming year. The masks are imitations of the one's from the "Bull Festival of Kyoto" 京都牛祭.

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豊田市 Toyota

nanataki nana Fudo 七滝七不動 seven waterfalls, seven Fudo
Once upon a time
the region of Moshōbu 母生父 Moshobu became poorer and poorer over the years. To find out the reason villagers went to Konpirasan in Shikoku. There an oracle told them that since they had dirtied the river, this was what happened.
In the river there were "Seven Waterfalls and Seven Fudo". Now the villagers begun to venerate the deity and in no time things improved and they could build three storage houses for their harvest.


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- - - - - Akita 秋田県

山本郡 Yamamoto gun 二ツ井町 Futatsui machi

ryuujin 竜神 The Dragon Deity
Between the hamlet of Kogake 小掛集落 and Karimataishi 刈又石集落 there is a waterfall dedicated to Fudo Myo-O. At the Fudo Hhall there, the messenger of Fudo, the Dragon Deity 竜神 takes care of business. If someone taking a retreat at the hall (komori 籠り) the deity comes to have a look at him.
About 1951 they say, there was also an apparition of the Dragon Deity near the great cedar tree near the hall, but it was only a small dragon.

. Ryuujin 龍神, 竜神 Ryujin, the Dragon God .


Here is another legend from Kogake, about
. Shooki 鍾馗 Shoki, the Demon Queller .


In the small hamlet of 鬼神集落 Onigami the protector deity, in fact 不動様 Fudo Sama, is also called オボシナサマ Oboshina sama.
Its festival is the 28th day of the 3rd lunar month, now on May 8. On the evening before the festival people put their boiled vegetables in a bento lunch box and meet at the shrine, to eat it all together. They are not allowed to eat any meat on this occasion.
Then in 1956 some brave one eat some meat and what do you say - the next day was a huge fire in the hamlet and 17 homes burned down.

. 不動明王と鬼伝説 Oni Demon Legends and Fudo .

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- - - - - Aomori 青森県

ゴミソ Gomiso - a Shaman like the Itako
In the Taisho period, 工藤むら Kudo Mura was worried about the health of his daughter さだ Sada. He consulted a local Shaman, who told him she should to go to 赤倉山 Mount Akakurayama.
For three years and three months, he went to venerate the ウブスナさま Ubusuna-Sama in the village of 鼻和村 Hanawa. At the end of this time, 成田の不動様 the great Fudo of Narita showed his form. The following year from the New Year on she went to Akakura and the shrine 大石神社 Oishi Jinja for three days of prayer and eventually became a Gomiso Shaman.
The shrine 赤倉山神社 Akakurayama Jinja is located at Higashiiwakisan-1-39 Hyakuzawa, Hirosaki.

. Akakura Fudo 赤倉不動
- Akakura Fudo Waterfall 赤倉不動滝 .

and 大石神社 Oishi Jinja


クニチ kunichi - shitogi mawashiシトギマワシ passing Shitogi Mochi around
On the days with nine in the ninth lunar month (09, 19 and 29) it is customary to prepare Shitogi Mochi with the newly harvested rice and offer them to the deity.
The last one of these days, shime kunichi シメクニチ 29, is also called
shitogi mawashi シトギマワシ.
The old ladies and housewifes offer three each to Inari, 月山様 Gassan, 日月様 Deities of Sun and Moon, Jizo, 馬の神様 the Deity of Horses, Fudo Myo-O, 金精様 Konsei sama (Deity of the Male Symbol) and 権現様 Gongen sama.
「クニヂにの、餅食わねばホイド抜げネ」

. shitogi mochi しとぎもち / しとぎ餅 fried or uncooked rice cakes .

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Aomori 南津軽郡 Minami Tsugaru district

古懸不動 Kogake Fudo
. 古懸山不動院 Kogakesan Fudo-In .


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- - - - - Chiba 千葉県

. Narita Fudo 成田不動 .
新勝寺 Shinjo-Ji
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- - - - - Ehime 愛媛県 

今治市 Imabari 玉川町 Tamagawa

A man named D once borrowed some money and then forgot all about it. When the lender came to his home to remind him, he got all angry.
Then he said, サガシ if you look for it, you might find a 金の壺 pot of gold.
The man believed him and went to look for it like crazy.
Eventually mister D went to the Fudo of Imabari and asked for help. He suddenly remembered he had borrowed money, gave it back all all were cured.


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- - - - - Fukushima 福島県

. Fudo Legends 03 Fukushima 福島県の伝説 .

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. Fudo Legends 04 - from Gifu to Iwate .
- - - - - Gifu 岐阜県 - - - - - Hyogo 兵庫県
- - - - - Ibaraki 茨城県 - - - - - Iwate 岩手県

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. Fudo Legends 05 - from Kagawa to Kyoto .
- - - - Kagawa 香川県 - - - - Kagoshima 鹿児島県 - - - - Kanagawa 神奈川県
- - - - Kochi 高知県 - - - - Kumamoto 熊本県 - - - - Kyoto 京都府

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- - - - - Mie 三重県
松阪市 Matsuzaka

oogon no niwatori 黄金の鶏 the golden rooster
京の立花殿は、不動明王の御告げにしたがって伊勢の大石に屋敷を構えて移り住んだ。若君は大石の里人や近隣の人を大いに愛し助けた。特に秘宝の黄金の霊鶏によって病人を治し、神のように敬われた。


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. Miyagi prefecture 宮城県 - お不動さま  .

- 鬼首村 Onikobe village (Demon Head Village) 
- 伊具郡 Igu gun - tatsubu 田ツブ Tanishi mud snail

13 to explore

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- - - - - Miyazaki 宮崎県

tsukimono 憑きもの
生田山愛宕神社の神主の長友清市(1869~1961)は憑きもの落としも行なっていた。不動のからすばりという祝詞を唱えると憑きものが怖がる。そのうちに清市氏が狂って飛び出し、お宮に飛び込んで倒れる。起き上がると、相談者の憑きものが離れている。憑きもの落としの方法はいくつかあったという。


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- - - - - Nagano 長野県

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- - - - - Nara 奈良県

西吉野村 Nishi Yoshino village

If someone throws the statue of a Fudo Myo-O into the nearby river pool, it will begin to rain during a drought.

08 to explore

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- - - - - Niigata 新潟県

上越市 Joetsu

On the top of 不動山 Mount Fudoyama there is a statue of Fudo. In the morning of April 25 the followers climb the mountain to pray and make offerings. At least once in a lifetime followers should climb that mountain.


Mount Fudosan, 1.430 m.

This Fudo will heal diseases of the eyes 目の病に効く.

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十日町市 Tokamachi 松代町 Matsushiro

During the great earthquake in December 1833, the statue of Fudo in the temple 大照院(大正院)Daisho-In rolled out of the temple building. The people inside followed him in a hurry and all went out - just in time before the building collapsed. Fudo had saved them all.

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. Nonomi no Ike 野々見の池 and Ikejiri no Ike 池尻の池 .
池尻不動滝 Ikejiri Fudo Taki Waterfall

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新発田市 Shibata

. Fudo and tanishi 田螺 mud snails. .

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- - - - - Oita 大分県

直入郡
oni 鬼 demon
昔、阿蘇の盆地は湖水だった。鬼が埋めようとして土を担って運んでいたら棒が折れた。今その土が上萩岳と下萩岳になって残っている。怒った鬼は不動岩を押したが動かず、その時の頭と背と両手の跡が残っている。

佐伯市 Saiki
namikiri Fudo 波切不動
Once there was a bad fishing season in the village and the local Lord had to borrow food for the people. Then he forgot to pay it back.
Anyway, when they next went fishing there was a statue of 波切不動 Namikiri Fudo caught in the nets .


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- - - - - Okayama 岡山県

真庭郡 Maniwa district

ryuu 龍 Ryu, the Dragon
and the Amako clan 尼子一族

Once there was a beautiful princess called おまる姫 O-Maru Hime at the home of 吉田某 Yoshida Bo of the Amako clan. Every night a young man came to her quarters. He never made a sound and that was very strange. So the Lord ordered his retainers to follow the young man. He went to the basin of the Fudo waterfall 不動の滝壷, became a dragon and disappeared in the water.
Oh dear, that was quite a terrible shock and now the father ordered the princess to stay in confinement. But she became terribly love-sick for her young man. So they brought the princess to the waterfall and she jumped in before it could be prevented.
Her mother was so very upset that she called upon her to show her figure just once more.
So the princes, turned into a dragon, came up once again.
Now her family gave up on her and threw a bottle of sake rice wine into the waterfall as an offering.
This was on the first day of the sixth lunar month, so now there is a festival for Fudo Myo-O on this day.

A similar story is also told in 恵庭郡 Eniwa gun 新座村 Shinzamura.


In some villages of Okayama the Deity of the Toilet is called
不動様 "Fudo Sama".
. benjogami 便所神 / 厠神 Deity of the Toilet .


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- - - - - Osaka 大阪府

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- - - - - Saitama 埼玉県

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- - - - - Shiga 滋賀県

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- - - - - Shizuoka 静岡県

榛原郡 Haibara district 本川根町 Honkawane

kitsune 狐 the fox
Once upon a time
someone went to the village of Senzu 千頭 to by some pacific saury サンマ and was on his way home. When he was near the Fudo Hall, he suddenly became very tired and lay down for a nap. While he was sleeping, someone stole his fish.
People now say he was bewitched by a fox 狐にだまされた.

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At the beginning of the Meiji period there was an epidemy of a feaver disease 熱病 and many young people died.
So the villagers went to the Fudo Hall near the swamp and prayed for help. When they tried to lift the statue at the annual festival, it suddenly felt much lighter.

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浜松市 Hamamatsu

daija 大蛇 The Huge Serpent
Kanzawa, Tenryu Ward, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka

In the お不動様の池 Fudo Pond at the Fudo Waterfall of the hamlet 新切 there once lived a huge serpent. The creature seemed to have come from the Dainichi Pond 大日様の池 (or 峯神沢) nearby.
A young temple acolyte from the Dainichi Temple came here to fish and lost his fish hook in the pond. But the serpents dislike metal, so the serpent left the pond and soon after the water was also almost gone.

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In the pool of the 黒滝の渕 Kurotaki waterfall, sacred to Fudo Myo-O, it is not allowed to fish for "アノメ anome". If you do so there will be a divine retribution (Fudo no tatari タタリ / 祟り).
People who dare to pee into this pool will also be damned and die soon afterwards.

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沼津市 Numazu

yamainu 山犬 Mountain Dog

Ill dogs are not let into mountain villages, and if they enter anyway, Fudo will take the leash of the dog and lead him away. The villagers know well about the dangers of ill animals, especially ill dogs and pray to Fudo Myo-O to protect them from damage.


. 霊犬早太郎伝説
The legend of the spiritual dog Hayataro. .

"The Heroic Dog of Kozenji Temple", where Fudo Myo-O is venerated.

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松崎町 Matsuzaki

The main festival for Fudo is on the 28th day of the first month and 10th lunar month.
Once a villager took a sacred lot and did not like the result. So he moved the statue of Fudo. But soon he could not move his body any more 金しばり (sleep paralysis).
This was the punishment of Fudo Myo-O 不動尊の罰.

10 to explore

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- - - - - Tochigi 栃木県
日光市 Nikko

tengu 天狗
下野国日光山四十八滝の裏見滝は滝の裏に不動明王があり、これを見る人は畏れ敬う。不浄の人がここに来れば天狗に命を奪われるという。


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- - - - - Tokushima 徳島県
宍喰町 Shiikui

At 落合 Ochiai there was a stone statue of Fudo. When the farmers made a new road, they hit the stone and broke it. The next day the stomach of the stone worker begun to hurt. When he looked closer at the stone, he saw the broken statue, collected the pieces and put it on a safe place to be venerated again.

昔、
病気が流行ったときに不動さんに「踊りをするから病気を入れないで今年の夏を守ってくれ」と祈ったところ、病気が入ってこなかった。それ以来、祭をするようになったという。


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- - - - - Tokyo 東京都

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- - - - - Toyama 富山県

The endoo 煙道 chimney of the traditional stove o オ is called fudoo フドウ.
It is said that Fudo Myo-O taught the farmers how to construct it.

中新川郡 上市町
te no ato 手の跡
1907年のこと。餅焚きお家という所でのし餅を切っていたところ、のし餅の上にくっきりと大きな手形が現れた。そこに1人の坊さんが托鉢に来て、「これは不動様の手の跡に違いない」と判じ、托鉢に差し出した二合ばかりの米から二三粒つまんで立ち去った。家人が跡を追ったが、托鉢僧の姿は見つからなかった。不思議なのし餅の上の手の跡は評判になり、何年も人々が拝みに訪れた。、



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- - - - - Wakayama 和歌山県
日高郡 龍神村

daija 大蛇 huge serpent
弓木滝には不動明王が祀られている。この滝に牛の糞などの汚物を投げ入れると、山が動き谷が震えるほどの大雨になる。滝の主である大蛇の仕業だという。


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- - - - - Yamagata 山形県

最上郡 Mogami district 金山町 Kaneyama

. Fudo Ryuma 不動 龍馬 and the Kappa .

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南置賜郡 Minami Okitama gun 川西町 Kawanishi

A monster was once roasting mochi rice cakes, when a vendor of makerels 鯖売りpassed by. He sneaked to the roof and stole them all. The monster thought maybe お不動さま Fudo sama or 火の神 the Deity of Fire had eaten them.
So next he began to make hot sake. The vendor stole them too, but the monster again thought Fudo sama or the deity of fire had drunk it.

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南置賜郡 Minami Okitama gun 中津川村 Nakatsugawa

At the hut near the charcoal kiln 炭焼き小屋 above the Fudo hall someone killed a cat and ate it.
He then became seized by the Inari fox 狐.

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. Shōnai 山形 - 庄内 - 伝説 Shonai Yamagata Legends .
- - akataki no Fudo sama 赤滝の不動様 Fudo from the Akataki waterfall
- - ryuu no hone 龍の骨 bones of a dragon at 不動堂 the Fudo Hall


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- - - - - Yamaguchi 山口県
萩市 Hagi city, 見島

monjinsama モンジンサマ Monjin Sama
30年余り前、不動講員の子供の腹部が急にふくれ、張ってきた。診療所へ行っても病名がわからず、薬も効かない。症状は日増しに悪化した。一方その頃、不動講員の初代講元に「モンジンサマへ行くように」という託宣が下った。モンジンサマへ参ると「Y.Mの家を訪ねろ」という託宣があったので、当家へ赴いたら子供が重篤であるという。祈祷を試みたが症状は悪化した。仕方なく紙縒りで子供に水を口に含ませると、腕の血管がはっきりと脈打ち始めた。Y.Mは「カミサマのおかげだ」と感謝し、講元の指示に従い一週間ほど水垢離をとった。やがて水垢離を終える頃には子供も快方に向かった。


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- - - - - Yamanashi 山梨県
都留市 Tsuru

Once there was a huge flooding and and the waterfall changed its course. In the water of the flooded fields something was shining. When the farmers pulled it out, it was a statue of Fudo Myo-O. They built a small sanctuary to pray for it. The sanctuary later burend down but the statue was rescued in time.

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- - - - - reference

yokai database 妖怪データベース - 不動 
- source : www.nichibun.ac.jp

(03) 不動山 (00) Fukuoka, Niigata, Yamagata

- source : www.google.co.jp

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