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14 Jan 2018

EDO - Keishoin and Otowa district


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Keishoo-In, Keishōin 桂昌院 Keisho-In
(1628 - 1705)
Mother of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi.



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Childhood Name: 玉 (Tama)
She was born in 1628,
the second daughter of a Nishijin grocer. In her childhood, she was called Tama. She was later adopted by Honjô Munetoshi, steward for Kanpaku Nijô Mitsuhira. Traveling to Edo as the result of some interaction or connection with O-Ume, daughter of Rokujô Yûjun (a member of the Ôoku), Tama entered the Ôoku herself as a concubine of Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu, and eventually gave birth to Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, who would grow up to be Shogun himself.
After Tsunayoshi became Shogun in 1680, she took up residence in the san-no-maru (third bailey) of Edo castle, and came to be known as San-no-maru-dono as a result.
A private temple was established for her in Edo in 1682; this would later become the Edo  Gokoku-ji. Keishôin was also involved in the construction of Zenkô-ji, a fifteen-year project.
In 1702,
she rose to the Junior First Rank, and many members of her family, beginning with her (adoptive) younger brother Honjô Munesuke, enjoyed the benefits of serving as direct shogunal vassals. It was around this time that her Buddhist devotion grew stronger, and she eventually took on the Buddhist name Keishôin.
She died in 1705, at the age of 79.


Plaque in honor of Keishoin at Imamiya Shrine, Kyoto.
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. Yanagimori Jinja 柳森神社 Yanagimori Shrine .
was built in the late 17th century by a woman named Keisho-in 桂昌院, the daughter of a lowly greengrocer. As a teenager she was 'scouted' by representatives of Edo castle to join the O-oku -- the harem of women who serviced the Shogun. While this might sound like a sad fate by modern standards, in feudal times a spot in the Ooku was akin to winning the lottery for a woman. No matter how humble your origins, you were treated like royalty in the Ooku, particularly if you caught the Shogun's fancy.
And Keisho-in not only caught his fancy but bore him a son -- a son that eventually became the Fifth Tokugawa Shogun, making her a powerful political figure in her own right. Not bad for a woman who had been sweeping the floor in a vegetable stand just a few decades earlier.
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. Famous Places and Powerspots of Edo 江戸の名所 .

Otowachoo 音羽町 Otowa district in Edo

There is a famous temple in the district :

. Otowa Gokokuji 音羽護国寺 Otowa Gokoku-Ji
文京区大塚5-40-1 / Bunkyo ward, Otsuka 5-40-1

This temple was founded in 1681 by 亮賢僧正 high priest Ryoken (1611 - 1687)
on behalf of Shogun Tsunayoshi for his mother, 桂昌院 Lady Keisho-In.
The main statue is 如意輪観世音菩薩 Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu.

After his mother's death, Shogun Tsunayoshi visited this temple very often. There was even a special road for him, through the fields of this otherwise farming area. There was no monzenmachi 門前町 town before the temple.
In 1697 the Bakufu government begun to build houses along the road and asked an old retainer of Keisho-In named
音羽 Otowa to become the head of the new village. This gave the name to the new developing area.
Around 1705 there were not only busy tea stalls and shops in the village, but also a famous brothel quarter (okabasho 岡場所).

In 1833, 久保田増平 Kuboto Masudaira brought the art of paper making to the area and in the back roads of Otowa village many paper makers settled.
Masudaira was from Nagano, Ina district 信濃国(長野県)伊那郡.

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Otowa Ezu 音羽絵図 old map of Otowa
雑司が谷 Zoshigaya


source : national diet library





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Otowa Gokokuji 音羽護国寺
Hokusai painted a large portrait of Daruma san at this temple.





大達磨像 - 江戸・音羽護国寺
Portrait of Daruma at Gokokuji temple in the Otowa District, Edo .

. Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎 (1760 - 1849) .

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. Edo bakufu 江戸幕府 The Edo Government .

. Famous Places and Powerspots of Edo 江戸の名所 .

. Doing Business in Edo - 商売 - Introduction .

. shokunin 職人 craftsman, craftsmen, artisan, Handwerker .

. senryu, senryū 川柳 Senryu poems in Edo .

. Japanese Architecture - Interior Design - The Japanese Home .

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10 Jan 2018

KAPPA - Onigatake, Onitake mountains


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Onigadake, Onigatake 鬼ヶ岳 / Onidake, Onitake 鬼岳
Onigaoka 鬼が丘 / 鬼ヶ丘 "Deomon Hill"
Mountains with Demon names and legends




Mt. Onidake, a dormant volcano, almost naked, 315 meter
長崎県五島市 Nagasaki, Goto Islands

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- reference: Onidake onsen 鬼岳温泉 hot spring -

Onigadake Dam, Kamikozue, Yakage, Oda District, Okayama ・鬼ヶ岳ダム[岡山県

Mt. Onigadake

鬼が丘の龍神とメスアの話
栃木県真岡市鬼怒ケ丘
大阪府 羽曳野市 羽鬼が丘西
鬼ヶ丘の夕日


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Sumo wrestler (warrior) Onigadake Tetsuemon 鬼ヶ嶽鉄右衛門 


Utagawa Kuniyoshi - actor 中村芝翫 Nakamura Shikan

稲妻大蔵 Inazuma Taizo
Once upon a long time ago, in the village of 小栗村 Ogurimura in 諌早 Isahaya (長崎県 Nagasaki) there lived a farmer couple who did not have children.
They went to mount 八天嶽 Hattendake to pray. And then a Tengu came at night . . . well well, the woman got pregnant and bore a strong son.
The boy named Taizo became a strong Sumo wrestler. The Tengu trained him the best he could. Taizo won all the bouts in his village.
Taizo eventually went to Edo and nobody could defeat him. Taizo almost won against the strongest Sumo wrestler in Edo, 鬼ヶ岳 Onigadake, but Onigadake had asked him to let him win, so Taizo lost this one bout (and thus his Tengu power) and then all the other bouts after that and went home much ashamed.
Sometimes the villagers could hear a boulder (ゴットン石 Gotton Ishi) rumble at Mount Hattendake, where Taizo was practicing Sumo with al his former might. He could lift the boulder and carry it to the summit in no time.


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. sanki, yamaoni, yama-oni 山鬼の鬼伝説 Mountain Oni Demon .

. Yama no Kami 山の神 Yamanokami and 鬼 Oni Demons .



............................................................................ Kanagawa 神奈川県 

. Onigatake 鬼ヶ岳 .
神奈川山北町と相模原市との境 - On the border of Yamakita and Sagamihara in Kanagawa.




............................................................................ Kyoto 京都府  

. 鬼獄神社 Onitake Jinja / 鬼嶽稲荷神社 Onitake Inari Jinja .
Onidake Inari is a famous shrine in Oeyama mountain, where the head of Shuten Doji is burried.




............................................................................ Nara 奈良県  

. Onitorisan 鬼取山 "Mountain of capturing the Demons".
Zenki and Goki




............................................................................ Yamanashi 山梨県 

. Kukiyama 九鬼山 "Nine Demons Mountain" (Yamanashi) .
and the brave 桃太郎 Momotaro


. Misakayama Onigadake no Oni 御坂山 鬼ヶ岳の鬼 .


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. Tengu 天狗と伝説 Tengu legends "Long-nosed Goblin" .

. yookai, yōkai 妖怪 Yokai monsters .

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

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7 Jan 2018

PERSONS - Saigo Takamori


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Saigoo Takamori, Saigō Takamori 西郷隆盛 Saigo Takamori
(23 January 1827/28 — 24 September 1877)



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Saigō Takamori (Takanaga) (西郷 隆盛 (隆永)
(January 23, 1828 – September 24, 1877) was one of the most influential samurai in Japanese history, living during the late Edo and early Meiji periods. He has been dubbed the last true samurai. He was born Saigō Kokichi (西郷 小吉), and received the given name Takamori in adulthood.
He wrote poetry under the name Saigō Nanshū (西郷 南洲).
His younger brother was Gensui The Marquis Saigō Tsugumichi.
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- Satsuma Rebellion (1877)
- Legends about Saigō
Multiple legends sprang up concerning Saigō, many of which denied his death. Many people in Japan expected him to return from British Raj India or Qing-dynasty China or to sail back with Russian Tsesarevich Nicholas to overthrow injustice. It was even recorded that his image appeared in a comet near the close of the 19th century, an ill omen to his enemies. Unable to overcome the affection that the people had for this paragon of traditional samurai virtues, the Meiji Era government pardoned him posthumously on February 22, 1889.
- Artworks depicting Saigō
A famous bronze statue of Saigō in hunting attire with his dog stands in Ueno Park, Tokyo. ...
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Segodon (西郷どん) (せごどん)
is a Japanese television series starring Ryohei Suzuki.
Segodon follows the life of historical figure Takamori Saigo . He was born the first son of a lower-class samurai. He was exiled two times and went through three marriages. Takamori Saigo became the central figure of the Meiji Restoration, but he fights against the government's army,
Based on the novel "Sego Don" by Mariko Hayashi that published February, 2016 in magazine Hon no Tabibito.
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. Kokeshi, こけし / 小芥子 / 子消し wooden doll .




Saigo dolls



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kigo for mid-autumn
九月二十四日 24 day of the 9th lunar month

Nanshuu Ki 南洲忌
Saigoo Ki 西郷忌
Takamori Ki 隆盛忌





敝衣破帽の青春悔いず西郷忌
heiihabo no seishun kuizu Saigo ki

山下鴻晴 Yamashita Kosei

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西郷窟一塵もなき涼しさよ
堀口星眠


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Gokuraku - Rokubu names


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. 六十六部 Rokujurokubu, 六部 Rokubu Pilgrims - Introduction .
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Rokubu known by their names

The motives for the Rokubu pilgrimage were manifold, often praying for a favor to the deities, healing of disease for themselves or family members, praying for guidance of a dead loved one to go up to the Buddhist paradise.
Most pilgrims remained anonymous, but some became famous on the way and had special halls erected.

Moriichi森市
Tomohei 友兵



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森市地蔵 Moriichi Jizo
Moriichi Jizo was built by village people to enshrine the Rokubu called Moriichi 森市.
Moriichi stayed several years on the way of the pilgrim and was respected by the people.
When he felt his end would be near, he decided to be buried alive to become an "eternal Buddha" and thus continue to pray for the prosperity and safety of the village people.
This Jizo stands on his grave mound.

森市という六部(行者)


東京都葛飾区奥戸 Tokyo Katsushika Okudo

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. sokushinbutsu 即身仏 the Living Mummies of Japan .

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義安寺の六部堂 - A hall for a Rokubu pilgrim at 義安寺 Gian-Ji, Matsuyama, Ehime.



This hall is to enshrine the Rokubu named 友兵 Tomohei
He was a rich farmer and had a happy family life - all went well until his wife died of leprosy. He had to bring up his daughter おしげ O-Shige all by himself, but the girl at age 15 got the same disease as her mother. Tomohei bought all kinds of expensive medicine and prayed to the deities, but the girl did not get better. He sold all his fields, put 66 copies of the Lotus Sutra in a pilgrim's backpack and became a 六十六部 Rokujurokubu, walking away with his daughter.

On their way he was told that the hot spring at 道後 Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama would heal. So they went to Matsuyama. By now the daughter was 19 years. But the hot spring did not heal, her face became worse and she had to shield away from human looks.
She died on August 26 in 1806.
When Tomohei came back to his home, he was filled with grief.
He died on the May 18 in 1818.

Despite his deep religious faith he had lost his family. Tomohei died, saying:
"It is no use praying to Kami or Buddha for the safety of yourself and your family.
Pray to me instead."
This temple is called お六部さん O-Rokubu San by the local people.
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. Onipedia 日本の鬼 The Demons of Japan .


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4 Jan 2018

GOKURAKU - rokubu pilgrims 02 Aichi


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rokubu 六部 Rokubu pilgrims 02 - Aichi to Hyogo

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This is a pilgrimage to many places of Japan, and many legends are connected to the pilgrims.


六部(ろくぶ) Rokubu pilgrimage, Rokubu pilgrim / / 六十六部衆
Pilgrim traveling with 66 volumes of the Lotus Sutra
sixty-six part circuit pilgrimage


Rokujurokubu Hijiri - kaikoku hijiri 廻国聖 - itinerant Rokubu Pilgrim
六十六部行者 rokujuurokubu gyooja / 六部行者 / rokubu gyoja
六十六部廻国巡礼 rokujurokubu kaikoku junrei


A pilgrim copies the 法華経 Hokekyo Lotus Sutra 66 times and brings a copy each to 66 temples
in 66カ国 66 different domains of Japan.




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................................................................................. Aichi 愛知県 

. ujigami 氏神 clan KAMI deities .
A couple who could not have a child went to the Ujigami shrine to pray and indeed, the wife bore a son.
A Rokubu staying at their home had a dream that night:
The Ujigami had made in known that the child would soon die of a water accident.
When the child grew up and could walk by himself, it was hit outside the home by a tile falling from the roof . . . and died.
And oh wonder, on the tile was the pattern of mitsudomoe 三つ巴, seen as three swirling waves.
These kinds of tiles are often on the roofs as amulets to protect from fire.


. mitsudomoe 三つ巴 family crest .

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知多郡 Chita district 南知多町 Minami-Chita

長田の娘清姫 Osada no Musume Kiyohime
Daughter of 長田忠致 Osada Tadamune (? - 1190) named 清 Kiyo is said to have transformed into a Rokubu and killed all strong enemies.

鎌田政家の妻 - 長田の娘、清姫
知多半島の美浜町にある野間大御堂寺
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豊田市 Toyota

There is a stone memorial with the inscription, said to be the last words of a Rokubu pilgrim who died on this spot:
「六部どうりん禅定」




................................................................................. Aomori 青森県 
八戸市 Hachinohe

niwatorizuka 鶏塚 rooster mound
Once the wife of a rich merchant was ill and in bed. An itinerant Rokubu told them that under the floor in the Northern direction there was a rooster mound.
The next morning they went there and dug - finding the body of 白雄鶏 a white rooster, almost like alive. The illness had been the curse of the rooster.
Now they could built a sanctuary and pray for its soul.

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Before the Meiji period, near a swamp, there lived a Rokubu with his daughter.
One day the daughter took a white rooster in her arms, went into the swamp and died. Since then this was called the
tori numa 鳥沼 "bird swamp".
To our day sometimes the call of the rooster can be heard from the bottom of the swamp.
There is a place called
Torinuma Kuraishi-ishizawa, Gonohe-machi, Sannohe-gun, Aomori / 青森県三戸郡五戸町倉石石沢鳥沼





................................................................................. Chiba 千葉県 
安房郡 Awa district 鋸南町 Kyonan

oni 鬼 demon



On 人骨山 Mount Hitoboneyama (human bones) 218 m, there lived a demon hag (鬼婆 onibaba), who needed a human sacrifice every year from the village.
The whole mountain top was covered with bones of the female victims. To our day there grow very few trees on this mountain, south of 鋸山 Nokogiriyama.
Once an itinerant Rokubu came and tried to help the farmers. A strong dog named ドン太郎 Don Taro came running from the west and finally drove away the demon hag.


source : toki.moo.jp/gaten..gate145..

Old women from nearby villages also tell of a custom to bring the old hags to this mountain, like the famous "Obasuteyama" (オハツセ).
The mountain might also have been a very old graveyard.
Hase 長谷, hatsuse, ohatsuse オハツセ - 「小泊瀬」or「小初瀬」Obasute

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流山 Nagareyama town

memorial for Rokubu son 六部尊



流山市加1丁目
This memorial was erected in 1767 when a Rokubu pilgrim died in the village. They erected a stone memorial and a small hall around it, 六部尊堂, promising to worship there regularly.
But over the years all was forgotten and nobody cared for it any more.


But in 1958 a new hall was built and the neighbors begun to worship again. The hall was renewed in 2014.
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今治市 Imabari 大西町 Onishi

A family had placed 餅 rice cake offerings for New Year at the grave when a Rokubu passed by. They thought he must be carrying a lot of money, so they killed him and took the money.
But this brought a curse on them and next year and all following years they did not make rice cake offerings. They had to ask other families to provide offerings for them.
And on the 15th day of the New Year they had to make rice cakes and give them to the other families in return.

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西予市 Seiyo 野村町 Nomura

medooshi ya 目通し矢 arrow piercing an eye
Once upon a time, a Rokubu wanted to walk over the pass at 宮成 Miyanari On the roof of one home was a famous archer who shot at the Rokubu. The arrow pierced the eye of the Rokubu and then - oh wonder, turned and flew back to the roof.







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東白川郡 Higashi-Shirakawa district 塙町 Hanawa

shironezumi, shiro nezumi 白ネズミ white rat / mouse
Once around 1835, when a man named 銀三郎 Ginsaburo was still young, a Rokubu stayed at his home over night. Next morning the pilgrim left while it was snowing heavily, but soon he disappeared completely. Since then a white mouse begun to live in the home of Ginsaburo. When Ginsaburo got married and moved into the home of his new wife, the mouse came with him.


Rokubu no tatari 六部の祟り curse of the Rokubu
A Rokubu slowly lost his eyesight, became blind and could not go on any more. He stayed at the home of the family where this happened but soon his money was gone.
He went to the field at the back of the home and hit his hands, chanting:
「貧乏んなれ、貧乏んなれ、貧乏んなれ」 (Get used to beeing poor!)
And then he died.
Later a man of the family went to this field to cut weeds, but his horse stumbled and broke its backbone.
This was the curse of the Rokubu.






................................................................................. Gifu 岐阜県 
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大垣市 Ogaki

. hitobashira 人柱 "human pillar" sacrifice .
A legend from Wanouchi Town 輪之内町

In 1585, when 秀吉 Toyotomi Hideyoshi built Ogaki castle, he used an itinerant Rokubu as a human pillar, buried alive.
Her soul was kept there and every night at ushimitsu 丑三 the spooky hour people heard a prayer gong 「チーン、チリン」 chiiiin chirin.


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大野郡 Ogaki 丹生川村 Nyukawa

yama no kaibutsu 山の怪物 monster of the mountain
Every night a strange being appeared at the mountain hut. The forest workers were wondering what to do about it when a Rokubu happened to visit their hamlet.
They found out that a mushroom growing on nearby tree, saru no koshikake 猿の腰掛, had turned into a monster.
It would help if they could douse it in soup where an eggplant had been cooked.
And indeed, when they did this, the strange monster did not show up again.



. Saru no koshikake 猿の腰掛 shelf fungus, polypore
lit. "ape stool" "monkey's chair"

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多治見市 Tajimi

Rokubuzuka 六部塚 Rokubusama 六部様 Rokubu hill (155 m high)


source : .. gifu sakuraweb ... rokubu ...

At 大原岩崎 Ohara Iwasaki is a Rokubuzuka hill, where a Rokubu had been killed.
Once a 馬方 horse leader stayed there over night. The Rokubu appeared in his dream and told him, if you pray to me I will make you very rich.
ANd indeed, the horse leader soon became a rich merchant.

At the top of the hill is a shrine, 伊藤稲荷神社 Ito Inari Jinja.

and nearby is
六十六部地蔵尊 Rokuju Rokubu Jizo Son







................................................................................. Gunma 群馬県 
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勢多郡 Seta district 横野村 Yokono mura

A certain family is now quite rich. This happened because once a Rokubu stayed at their home over night.
They killed him and took away all his money to start a prosperous business.

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Go senzo sama ご先祖様 the ancestors
Once a Rokubu got lost on the way and an old couple took him in for the night. Grandfather said:
"Today is the middle day of higan 彼岸 the equinox celebrations. Our children will certainly come and bring some food and offerings." But nobody came and grandfather went to have a look. When he came back he said:
"I was quite furious, so I took their children and threw tham in the fire!"
The Rokubu thought this was quite strange, but said nothing and went to sleep. When he woke up next morning, he realized he had been sleeping on a family grave.
When he found the village and the home of the family, he heard that one child had been badly burned last night.
This was the punishment for not giving offerings to the ancestors.

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利根郡 Tone district みなかみ町 Minakami

shinin no shakkin tori 死人の借金取り a dead comes to collect the debt
At a certain home in 沼田 Numata the daughter died when she was just 16 years. When the family was discussing the funeral service, the dead girl suddenly got up and tried to open the door. They begun to grapple and all fled in fear. Later they understood:
In the family there had been a Rokubu lending them money, but then he died. The daughter would not go before giving the money back. So they put some money in her hand and then she became quiet, lay down and never moved again.





................................................................................. Hiroshima 広島県 
福山市 Fukuyama 走島町 Hashirijima town (on Hashirijima island)

hebi 蛇 serpent
Once upon a time, a serpent shape-shifted into a young man and begun to visit a certain girl. She eventually got pregnant.
An itinerant Rokubu understood that the child was from a serpent and told them to obeserve the following:
On the seasonal festival in March she should drink 桃酒 peach rice wine and on the seasonal festival in May she should drink 菖蒲酒 rice wine with iris. The girl did as told and when the time came she gave birth to a very long serpent.





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加東郡 Kato district

kogane 黄金,hakugin 白銀,doosen 銅銭 gold silver and bronze money
Once upon a time there was a family almost extinguished by tuberculosis. Their home was thought to be under a bad spell of monsters.
Then came a Rokubu and stayed there over night all alone.
On the 丑満 spooky hour if the night three monks came along, clad in white, yellow and black robes. They walked around the Rokubu on the floor three times, mumbling strange sutras and spells and then left. The Rokubu followed them secretly and saw them disappear in the horse stable. There he found gold, silver and bronze money burried in the ground.
Some say this Rokubu was 三井家の祖先 the ancestor of the Mitsui family.

. Echigoya 越後屋 Mitsui三井 merchant.

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水上郡 Minakami district (氷上郡 Hikami district)

. hihi 狒々 the monster baboon .

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hebi 蛇,kaeru 蛙 the serpent and the frog
Once a grandfather observed a serpent trying to swallow a frog. He told her:
"I give you one of my three daughters as a wife if you let the frog go!"
So the youngest daughter had to go, but because of the son-in-law being a snake, she got more and more ill.
Just then a Rokubu stayed over night at the home and told them:
"If the son-in-law can climb up to the nest of a sagi 鷺 heron, (and get some eggs for the girl to eat), the girl will be saved."
So he took on his real features of a snake, climbed up a tree and tried to get some eggs from the nest. But there he was caught by the heron and the bird swallowed the snake.
The Rokubu was indeed the frog who had been helped in the past by Grandfather.

A similar story is told in Yamagata about the young man being eaten by
. a tonbi 鳶 black kite .

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六部(ろくぶ) Rokubu pilgrimage, Rokubu pilgrim / / 六十六部衆
Pilgrim traveling with 66 volumes of the Lotus Sutra
sixty-six part circuit pilgrimage


Rokujurokubu Hijiri - kaikoku hijiri 廻国聖 - itinerant Rokubu Pilgrim
六十六部行者 rokujuurokubu gyooja / 六部行者 / rokubu gyoja
六十六部廻国巡礼 rokujurokubu kaikoku junrei


A pilgrim copies the 法華経 Hokekyo Lotus Sutra 66 times and brings a copy each to 66 temples
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................................................................................. Ibaraki 茨城県 
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茨城町 Ibaraki city

hebi 蛇 serpent - kaapa かあぱ Kappa
Once upon a time a vicious serpent (or maybe a Kappa) lived in the river and many children lost their lives.
The villagers asked a Rokubu what to do about this.
The Rokubu told them to make mochi 餅 rice cakes on the last day of the year, give them to children and have them throw into the river. This would protect the children.
And indeed, from that time on, no more water accidents happened at the river.

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稲敷郡 Inashiki district 江戸崎町 Edosaki

byooninbatake 病人畑 "field of ill people"
Once a man bought 桑畑 a mulberry field without knowing it was in fact a cursed field.
In former times it belonged to a family who killed a Rokubu priest and robbed him of his money. He cursed the place and fire balls were hovering over the home.

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鹿島郡 Kashima district 神栖町 Kamisu

hinotama, hi no tama 火の玉 fire ball
The dam broke very often, since it had not been repaired properly for a long time. Finally repair work started, but did not go well.
The villagers asked a Rokubu what do do. He said they needed a human sacrifice and since he was alone, offered to be buried there.
And indeed, the construction went on well and the dam was strong.
To show their gratitude they build a memorial stone and a grave for the Rokubu.

. hitobashira 人柱 "human pillar" - human sacrifice .






................................................................................. Iwate 岩手県 
奥州市 Oshu town

. Jizoo 地蔵 Jizo and Rokubu .

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東磐井郡 Higashi-Iwai district 大東村 Daito

tatari 祟り curse
In the hamlet of 京津畑 Kyotsuhata there was a family who had killed a Rokubu to get his money. But he cursed them and they had bad fortune ever since, even their children were cursed.

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. zashiki warashi 座敷わらし /ザシキワラシ child spook .
It was seen in 1952! It is a bad one, sitting on sleeping people and prevents them from sleeping.
They say it must be an incarnation of a Rokubu who had been killed for his money.

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奥州市 Oshu city

In the house of a family where a Rokubu had stayed over night, there was a son who had no eyes, nose or mouth. When they poured some powder from a grinder over his head, the hair begun to move and take in the powder.
In another house there was a son who from the waist down looked like a horse.

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遠野市 Tono city 綾瀬町 Ayase

hiki-usu 挽臼 - numa no nushi 沼の主
Once upon a time, 孫四郎 Magoshiro from Tono village passed along the 閉伊川の腹帯ノ淵 Haratai no Fuchi riverpool of river Heigawa.
Out of the pool came a beautiful young woman. She gave him an envelope and asked him to bring it to the Master of the Pond of Monomiyama 物見山の沼.
On the way he met a Rokubu, who exchanged this mysterious letter into another one. WHen Magoshiro delivered it to the Master of the Pond, he got a stone mortar as a thank-you present.
When he came home and put some grains of rice in it, they came out as grains of gold!
Thus Magoshiro became very rich. But when his wife tried to over-do it, the mortar stopped turning.

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下閉伊郡 Shimohei district

脛立 /フッタチ / 経立 Futtachi, "old animal Yokai monster"
In a certain family they had many children born, but they all died soon after birth.
A Rokubu told them:
The old hen of the family had transformed into a Futtachi. The hen cursed all the people of the family, who had taken her precious eggs and eaten them, preventing her from having children. This was her revenge.


source : 2013 倉嶋圭

A Futtachi is an old grumpy animal turned Yokai. It can be a hen or a monkey, a fish, dog or any other animal.
It becomes very huge in size and can easily revenge itself on the people.
Futtachi are common Yokai in Aomori and Iwate.
They appear in the 遠野物語 Tono Monogatari legends of Iwate.
... "a futsutachi is any animal that becomes a larger, more powerful youkai by living to an advanced age."
futtachi - ein altes affen- und hundähnliches Ungeheuer.

In 安家村 Akka mura there is a legend about a Fish Futtachi.
Once upon a time, there came a beautiful young man to the home visiting the daughter, every night. The neighbours got suspicious and thought this must be a Futtachi. They advised the daughter to wash the feet of the man with water where soy beens had been boiled in.
She did as told and suddenly the young man felt unwell and hurried away. The next morning she went to the beach and found a dead tara タラ cod fish.

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経立(ふったち)は、
日本の青森県、岩手県に存在すると言われる妖怪あるいは魔物。生物学的な常識の範囲をはるかに越える年齢を重ねたサルやニワトリといった動物が変化したものとされる。
民俗学者・柳田國男の著書『遠野物語』の中にも、岩手県上閉伊郡栗橋村(現・釜石市)などでのサルの経立についての記述がみられる。サルの経立は体毛を松脂と砂で鎧のように固めているために銃弾も通じず、人間の女性を好んで人里から盗み去るとされている。この伝承のある地方では、「サルの経立が来る」という言い回しが子供を脅すために用いられたという。
また ...
- - - More in the WIKIPEDIA !

- quote - Tono Monogatari -
NUE THE HUNTER OF HATOYA
..... Nue followed the blood drops on the ground until they led to a strange dead creature in a rock cave. He carried the creature back to his home. When his father saw it he said that it was a so-called saru-no-futtachi.
Nue presented its fur to the feudal lord and was rewarded and given the name Nue by the lord. .....
- - Saru-no-futtachi サルの経立;

a kind of legendary monkey resembling a human being. He likes women and often steals them from villages. He varnishes himself with resin and sand, so that his fur is as hard as iron and a bullet cannot penetrate it.
(Kunio Yanagita, Tono Monogatari, .. from a statement by the present storyteller, Kizen Sasaki.)
This creature seems to be known only in Iwate-ken.
- Read Folk Legends of Japan Online -
- source : Richard Dorson -

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

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................................................................................. Kagoshima 鹿児島県 

Once a female Rokubu stayed over night in a Shrine hall. She overheard the Kami say:
"When it gets five, it will meet カワドイ kawadoi."
(The meaning is not clear, but something about a water or river accident).
When she gave birth to a child, she remembered the warning and as the child turned five, she boiled rice with beans, made a 藁人形 Wara Ningyo straw doll for curses and threw them into the river. Thus the child was saved.

. wara ningyoo 藁人形 straw doll for curses .

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jigami 地神 / ジガン Jigan (in the local dialect)
If someone is disrespectful to the Deity of the Land, he will be punished with stomach ace, skin infection or other diseases.
At many estates there are sanctuaries for this deity, where they pray for warriors, wolves, and Rokubu who were killed, so as not to be cursed by wrongdoing.

. jigami, jishin, chigami, chijin 地神 Kami of the Earth / the Land .
jigan 地眼(地元) "eyes of the land" - Kagoshima

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曽於郡 Soo district

. Rokubu no motte ita awa 六部の持っていた粟 Rokubu pilgrim carrying foxtail millet .

. Rokubu Jizo no bachi 六部地蔵のバチ divine punishment .







................................................................................. Kochi 高知県 

In Kochi there is a place name called Rokubu:
高知県吾川郡いの町波川六部 Rokubu Hakawa, Ino-chō, Agawa-gun, Kōchi-






................................................................................. Kumamoto 熊本県 
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伊倉町 Ikura (also told in 長野県 Nagano and 兵庫県 Hyogo )

. The brave dog 早太郎 Hayataro and the baboon monster .





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天田郡 Amata district 三和町 Miwa cho

狸 Tanuki
岡部吉左衛門 Okabe Kichizaemon is the great ancestor of the Okabe clan. His wife おつねさん O-Tsune was a Tanuki badger living at the nashi no ki 梨ノ木 Japanese pear tree.
When a Rokubu stayed at the estate, he realized this truth and told it to Kichizaemon.
Or maybe O-Tsune san was a wolf and came to the home of Kichizaemon, shape-shifting into an old hag. They hit the wolf until it was dead and the figure of an old hag appeared, then turning into a dedd wolf again.

. tanuki 狸 - mujina 狢 - racoon dog, badger legends .

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竹野郡 Takeno district

daija 大蛇 huge serpent
Around 1775, a farmer from Takeno had killed a huge serpent which had devastated his buckwheat field. Since than, many small snakes had appeared in his home. To appease the soul of the serpent, the farmer decided to become a Rokubu pilgrim and also built a stone memorial. But until further generations of his family, bad luck continued. The water of the river which was filled with the liquid from the dead serpent, was unsuitable not only for humans, but also for horses and cows.



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senbiki ookami 千匹狼 / (センヒギオオカミ) / センビキオオカミ "one thousand wolves"
The difference between the Senhigi Okami from 竹野郡網野町 Takeno Aminocho village and 与謝郡伊根町 Yosano Ine village:
A travelling tradesman (a Rokubu) was attacked by a group of wolves and climbed a high tree. The wolves begun to form a piggyback tower up to the tree, but he was saved by an old hag.
Her name is different in each village :
石田のトネンガ婆 Togenga Hag Ishida / 七兵衛のお婆 Old Hag Shichibei


source : ameblo.jp/sanin-department-store...
Monument at the 水木しげるロード Mizuki Shigeru Road in Tottori


More about センビキオオカミ Senbiki Okami
from 鳥取県 Tottori 岩美町 Iwami town
Once upon a time a Shinto priest was accompanied home by his okuri ookami 送り狼 escorting wolf, who pulled at his sleeve and showed him up to the mountain, then hid him in a cave and thus saved his life.
Soon after a parade of 1000 wolves passed by.

. ookami 狼 Okami, wolf legends .
senbiki ookami 千疋狼、千匹狼(せんびきおおかみ)


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六部(ろくぶ) Rokubu pilgrimage, Rokubu pilgrim / / 六十六部衆
Pilgrim traveling with 66 volumes of the Lotus Sutra
sixty-six part circuit pilgrimage


Rokujurokubu Hijiri - kaikoku hijiri 廻国聖 - itinerant Rokubu Pilgrim
六十六部行者 rokujuurokubu gyooja / 六部行者 / rokubu gyoja
六十六部廻国巡礼 rokujurokubu kaikoku junrei


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................................................................................. Miyazaki 宮崎県 
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清武町 Kiyotake

tatari 祟り the curse
The slope チンチン坂 Chinchinzaka is the place where a Rokubu broke down and died.
The home of the family who buried him and also the neighbours were unlucky for a long time.
So they asked the priest of a local temple to hold rituals to appease the soul of the Rokubu. They also erected a small mound and a memorial stone.
Eventually the families moved away from this area and the mound was lost due to modern housing development.

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都城市 Miyakonojo town

Rokubu no rei 六部の霊 the soul of the Rokubu
henro no Rokubu 遍路の六部 Rokubu, the Henro pilgrim

旧士族 10 old samurai families have regular meetings three times a year to venerate and honor their common past.
One of their ancestors once killed a Rokubu pilgrim - and if they do not continue to honor this memory, there will be disaster coming for all.






................................................................................. Nagano 長野県 
松本市 Matsumoto

. Hihi 狒々/ 狒狒 / 比々 Hihi Baboon Monster .
and the brave dog 早太郎 Hayataro

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. Kotaroo Yashiki 小太郎屋敷 The Home of the Kotaro Family .
and 怪猫小太ばば The Monster Cat Kotababa

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tatari 祟り the curse
Once upon a time during the New Year celebrations.
The old owner of the Sake shop askd the deity オンタサマ Onta Sama:
"Why have so many people of this village died?"
The answer was:
"Since I am オンタゴンゲン Onta Gongen I can not tell you."
At 此田のお宮 the shrine of Konota the villagers had cut down and sold the old sacred tree and the Onta deity was angry.
Instead of him 白倉権現 Shirakura Gongen let them know:
Once the villagers had killed seven Rokubu to get their 鉦 prayer gongs. If one hits the gong, it will give him the benefit of visiting 88 Kannon Temples.
They floated to Konota and could not go on to Onta.
The villagers held a ritual for the souls for three months to appease them and could thus avoid further disaster.

- Konota Kagura dance 此田神楽 - at 尾之島正八幡神社
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kane no oto 鐘の音 sound of the bell
Once a Rokubu was killed by the villagers by mistake and buried in an estate now called チンチン屋敷 Chinchin yashiki.
Every night the sound of a bell, like CHINCHIN , was heard in the village. So the villagers kept holding rituals for the Rokubu.

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Nagano 長野市 Nagano city

daija shooja 大蛇小蛇 huge serpent, small serpent
Once a man had a dream of catching huge serpent and despite its pleading killed it to bring it to a road show.
Next morning his daughter became high feaver. The Rokubu, who had stayed at the family, told them the daughter would die.
The family thne asked the Rokubu to perform purifying rituals, but he was disturbed by the angry soul of the dead girl.
Later people who bought the estate also fell under the curse, so eventually they build a small sanctuary and performed rituals regularly.

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Nagano 下條村 Shimojo

tatari 祟り the curse
In 中原の洞 the cave of Nakahara an itinerant Rokubu had fallen ill and died. People from nearby made a grave for him. Son after that there was a fire in the neighbourhood. They had a Shaman find out about the origin and he told them, the grave of the Rokubu had been too simple, so he put a curse on them.
They re-built the grave and cared for it more carefully from now on.

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Nagano 上田市 Ueda

hikigaeru 蟇 toad
Once a Rokubu stayed with a family. They took away all his money and killed him.
They used to money to start a business. But there used to be a lot of toads in their estate. Then an epidemic broke out and the family members died, all of them.
This was the curse of the Rokubu.






................................................................................. Nara 奈良県 


source : blog.livedoor.jp/narasizenjyuku/archives...

六十六部供養碑 Rokujurokubu Kuyo Hi Memorial


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GOKURAKU - rokubu pilgrims 05 Oita


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. rokujuurokubu 六十六部 Rokujurokubu, Rokubu Pilgrims .
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rokubu 六部 Rokubu pilgrims 05 - Oita to Yamanashi

This is a pilgrimage to many places of Japan, and many legends are connected to the pilgrims.

六部(ろくぶ) Rokubu pilgrimage, Rokubu pilgrim / / 六十六部衆
Pilgrim traveling with 66 volumes of the Lotus Sutra
sixty-six part circuit pilgrimage


Rokujurokubu Hijiri - kaikoku hijiri 廻国聖 - itinerant Rokubu Pilgrim
六十六部行者 rokujuurokubu gyooja / 六部行者 / rokubu gyoja
六十六部廻国巡礼 rokujurokubu kaikoku junrei


A pilgrim copies the 法華経 Hokekyo Lotus Sutra 66 times and brings a copy each to 66 temples
in 66カ国 66 different domains of Japan.




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. Japanese Legends - 伝説 民話 昔話 – ABC-List .



................................................................................. Oita 大分県 
国東町 Kunisaki

Once a Rokubu camped over night at a graveyard, because he could not find a house to stay.
The whole night he could hear the voices of the dead, telling their stories to each other.





................................................................................. Okayama 岡山県 
上房郡 Jobo district 北房町 Hokubo

tsurugi misaki ツルギミサキ sword misaki
. Misaki ミサキ / 御先 / 御前 / 御崎 The Misaki Deity of Okayama .





................................................................................. Osaka 大阪府 

Once a Rokubu entered a home and asked to stay over night.
Next morning nobody saw him getting out of the home . . . he had simply disappeared, it seems.
After that the family became very rich, but soon after all family members died.





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伊香郡 Ika district 余呉町 Yogo cho

ookami 狼 wolf,太郎が母 the Mother of Taro
Once a Rokubu camped over night under 柳ヶ瀬の三昧の松 the pine tree of Yanagase. When a pack of wolves came nearer, he climbed the tree. The wolves stood on each other, forming a ladder to get up to him, but could not reach him. Then he heard a voice calling
「太郎が母を呼んで来い」 "Call the mother of Taro!"
and a huge wolf came along.
The Rokubu threw is shuriken 手裏剣 throwing weapon at her and soon all run away.
When he came to the village the next morning, he saw an old woman with a wound on her head. She breathed her last, saying:
「シュンショウ寺に妹のショウリが母がいるから、こんなことはするな、太郎が母は死んだと伝えてくれ」
(Tell my younger sister at the temple Shunsho-Ji that the Mother of Taro has died.)

All the children and grandchildren of this old woman had been wolves, turned human.
- Another version tells
The wolves called on an old cat called 太郎婆 Taro-Ba to climb the tree and get the Rokubu. But he defended himself with a short sword.
He later found that the wolves had killed the old cat by boiling her in a metal bath tub. They feared her curse and built a shrine, the - Ookami jinja 狼神社 Okami Jinja wolf shrine.

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大津市 Otsu city 上田上芝原町 Kamitan Kamishibahara cho

狸 Tanuki, the badger
At the temple 法蔵禅寺 Hozozen-Ji there came a Rokubu pilgrim and asked the priest to take him in over night.
The priest told him to better go to a different place, because his temple was haunted, but the Rokubu said he could endure anything and stayed.
At night when the Rokubu was in bed, at ushi no koku 丑の刻, the spooky hour, he saw a monster peeking down from the ceiling, glaring at him,
The Rokubu called on the monster: "You must be a Tanuki. Come down and lets have a fight!"
When the Tanuki came down and asked what kind of fight, the Rokubu said:
「オノレワ、テンクラテンジャを交代で言い合いをする」
Let us repeat the sentence "Onore wa, Tenkuraten ja" until one gives up.
After a while the Tanuki could not say it any more and fled into the forest behind the temple.

. tanuki 狸 - mujina 狢 - racoon dog, badger legends .






................................................................................. Shimane 島根県 
邑智郡 Ochi district

Once a Rokubu stayed at a remote mountain temple where four monsters were said to roam.
He sat all night before the alter, reciting the sutras. Suddenly he heard a loud noise as if the ceiling was falling down.
A rooster slipped in from the ceiling,
saying he was 西竹林の鶏三足 the rooster with three legs from the Saichikurin, the bamboo grove in the West.
Next came a monster saying he was 南池の鯉魚 the carp fish from Nanchi, the pond in the South..
Next came a monster saying he was 北山の白狐 the white fox from Hokuzan, the mountain in the North.
They asked if ティティコブシ Teitei kobushi was here.
The brave Rokubu scared them all with his sutra reading and they left.

Teitei Kobushi 椿々小法師 - was the name of a cursed camellia tree. (小法師 here spelled like "a young priest".)
kobushi コブシ(辛夷) Magnolia kobus
Other versions talk about a one-eyed rooster at Shichikurin, or a rooster with one leg 西竹林の一足の鶏.

- - - - -Another version about Teitei Kobushi
古寺に住みついた四人の化け物の正体を暴いた坊さんの話
Story about four monsters who lived in an old temple and a brave monk who spooked them!
愛知県一宮市東加賀野井(ひがしかがのい)がまだ美濃国加賀野井郷(かがのいごう)だった頃。
- reference source : manga nihon mukashibanashi -

- - - - - The story of a haunted monster temple in other parts of Japan -
化物寺 東西南北の妖怪 - Monsters of the four directions in a haunted temple





................................................................................. Shizuoka 静岡県 

furudanuki 古狸 the old Tanuki badger
Once upon a time, every year at the annual festival a girl had to be offered in a white chest as
ikinie 生贄 a human sacrifice.
Once an itinerant Rokubu thought this was the doing of a Yokai monster. So he put a dog into the chest instead of a girl.
And indeed, 古狸 an old Tanuki badger, who came to get the offering, was bitten by the dog and died.

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庵原郡 Ihara district 両河内村 Ryogochimura

ryuu no tama 龍の玉 dragon ball
There was a family in posession of a dragon ball. An itinerant Rokubu had left it there as a thank-you present.
If they rub it, eye disease will be healed.

Once the ball was investigated by 大阪の博物館 the Osaka Museum. They found it was one of the two special dragon balls in Japan, the 女玉 Female Ball.
"If someone finds 男玉 the Male Ball, we will buy it immediately!"

. ryuu, ryū 龍 竜 伝説 Ryu - dragon legends .

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Shizuoka 引佐郡 Inasa district

At the Tenjin shrine of 遠州見付 Enshu Mitsuke it was customary to give a human sacrifice once a year.
The story about the dog is told here:
. the brave dog しっぺい太郎 Shippeitaro (or Hayataro) .
At 観音山 mount Kannon-Yama (578 m) a Rokubu got mixed in the story and died. He is now venerated as 犬神様 Inugami-sama.

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賀茂郡 Kamo district 南伊豆町 Minami-Izu town

Mida-gutsu 弥陀窟 Mida cave,Mida zoo 弥陀像 / 彌陀像 Statue of Amida


- Teishi, Minamiizu, Kamo District, Shizuoka

- - - - - There is an old legend about this cave:



Around 1640, there was an old fisherman named 七兵衛 Shichibei, who lived in a village called 手石 Teishi. His wife had died and he was all alone with three children. His youngest son, 三平 Sanpei, was very ill, so the father went to a nearby Kannon temple every day to pray for his health.
One night Shichibei had a dream: Kannon Sama appeared and told him he should get the awabi 鮑 abalone from the bottom of the cave and give them to Sanpei to eat.
So he took his small boat to the cave when he saw three golden Buddha statues in the back, glittering all golden! In awe, he closed his eyes and fell on his knees in prayer. When he opened his eyes again, the bottom of his boat was full of abalones.
He gave them to his son and the boy was soon healed.
This story became quite famous all over Japan.

. awabi densetsu あわび アワビ 鰒 鮑伝説 abalone legends .

In the year 1857, an itinerant Rokubu reached the Midagutsu 弥陀窟 rock cave on the beach. Inside he saw something golden glimmering. He became greedy and wanted to get it, so he went inside. But the tide came and he almost drowned.
Others ventured into the cave and saw a golden statue of Amida, others ventured inside and saw nothing.


source : mfa.org/collections/object...
Amida Buddha Cave at Teishi Village in Izu Province
伊豆手石の弥陀 (Izu Teishi no Mida)
Aoigaoka Hokkei 葵岡北渓画





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鹿沼市 Kanuma

Amida sama 阿弥陀様 Amida Nyorai
Once there was a hall for Amida Nyorai, now the place is called doo ato ドウアト "place where the hall was".
A statue of Amida was venerated here, but then came a Rokubu pilgrim and wanted to steal the statue. He took if from its place, but the Kannon statue next to it begun to cry:
大久保恋しい "I love my Okubo! I long for it!"
So the Rokubu put the statue back in its place.

. Amida Nyorai 阿弥陀如来 Amitaabha Buddha .

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Tochigi 鹿沼市 Kanuma 粟野町 Awano

. sakasadake サカサ竹 / 逆さ竹 upside-down bamboo .
A family had killed a Rokubu to get his money. His 杖 walking staff stuck in the ground and begun to grow upside-down.







................................................................................. Tokushima 徳島県 

. ムソロクブ muso rokubu no tatari 六十六部の祟り curse of the Rokubu .
and 黄金の鶏 the golden rooster

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Tokushima 那賀郡 Naka district

kubikire uma 首切れ馬 horse with the head cut off


- also kubi-nashi-uma
This Headless Horse Yokai is well known in many parts of Japan.

The entrance to a new mountain road looked just like the wound on the neck of a horse with the head cut off.
Sometimes at night people see a horse without a head, and a Rokubu riding it.
This is a curse of a Rokubu, who had his horse killed here.

. uma 馬 koma 駒伝説 horse legends .

首切れ馬 - - - More in the WIKIPEDIA !






................................................................................. Tokyo 東京都 
西多摩郡 Nishi-Tama district

tatariyama 崇り山 the cursed mountain
Mount ミタマ山 Mitamayama is also called Ihaiyama 位牌山 because of its form looking like
a Buddhist mortuary tablet, ihai 位牌.



People try to avoid it. In the mountain is a swamp called Jigaisawa 自害沢 "Swamp where someone killed himself".
Some say it was a Rokubu and the mountain is now cursed.
Others say it was a retainer of Yamato Takeru no Mikoto.

. Legendary Prince Yamato Takeru 日本武尊 .







................................................................................. Toyama 富山県 

観音様 Kannon Bosatsu
A Rokubu staying at a village temple woke up at night, because he heard to sound of a horse bell.
This sound came from the statue of Kannon, who had just came back.
The statue let him know:
She had been to a home where a child had been born this night. But in the spring of its 14th year the child would die from the wound of 刃物 a blade.
When the Rokubu came back after 14 years, he was told that the child had indeed died.





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Yamagata 東田川郡 Higashi-Tagawa district

daija 大蛇 huge serpent
Once upon a time there lived a senkan chooja 千貫長者 Senkan Choja rich millionaire at river 狩川 Karigawa.
One evening a stately young man came along and fell in love with his daughter. The daughter became pregnant, but as the time passed did not feel like giving birth. Nothing would help.
One day a Rokubu came to the house. "If the son-in-law can climb up to the nest of a tonbi 鳶 black kite and get some eggs for the girl to eat, she will be saved."
So the young man took on his real features of a snake, climbed up a tree and tried to get some eggs from the nest.
But there he was caught by the black kite and the bird swallowed the snake.
The Rokubu told the family:
"I have once been a frog and the young man was the serpent which wanted to eat me, when the master of this house saved me."
The daughter could finally give birth to many serpents and then died. The Rokubu disappeared on the spot.

- Senkan Choja: Shonai no Mukashibanashi. by Seino Hisao
- source : Pacific Affairs, University of British Columbia -

A similiar story is told in Hyogo about the young man / serpent being eaten by
. sagi 鷺 a heron .

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Yamagata 南置賜郡 Minami-Okitama district 中津川村 Nakatsugawa

. Revenge - A family turned Roku Jizo 六地蔵 .

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鶴岡市 Tsuruoka 大山町 Oyama

狸 Tanuki, the badger
Once upon a time in this village, every year at the annual Shrine festival the daughter of a rich man had to be offered as
ikinie 生贄 a human sacrifice.
Then one day came a Rokubu and visited the local shrine. He saw a huge O-Nyudo Yokai mumbling to himself:
"There is 丹波の国の和犬 a special dog in Tanba who must never be told about this."
Then the Nyudo ate the human offering.
The Rokubu went to Tanba to get the dog, brought him here and had him fight with the O-Nyudo Monster. The dog bite the monster, but then he died in the fight.
Following the bloodstains to Rokubu came to a cave where he found an old Tanuki, half dead lying on the ground.

. Oonyuudoo 大入道 O-Nyudo Yokai Monster .






................................................................................. Yamanashi 山梨県 

hachi 蜂 bees
Two farmers, 茂衛門 Moemon and 八右衛門 Hachiemon, decided to become Rokubu and left the village.
When Moemon took a nap one afternoon, some bees came out of his nose. This was his dream when the bees showed him where a treasure of five large pots was buried.
Hachiemon became envy, then he had a dream, followed the bees and found a treasure of two large pots too.
They both became very rich after that.

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孫六という沢 a swamp called Magoroku
This swamp got its name because once a Rokubu with his grandchild (mago) stumbled in this swamp and both died.

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benjo 便所 Rokubu on the toilet
Once a Rokubu came to a very poor family and asked them to let him use their outhouse.
The Rokubu learned that the grandmother of this home had stolen a statue of 弁天様 Benten, which had been at the entrance of the outhouse.
The Rokubu got angry and cursed the eldest son, saying he would not live long.
Indeed, the young man became rich for a short time and then died.

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Yamanashi 南都留郡 Minami-Tsuru district 山中湖村 Yamanakako village

. Yamanokami 山の神 Mountain God and the Rokubu .

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Yamanashi 西八代郡 Nishi-Yatsushiro district 下部町 Shimobe

Rokubu no boorei 六部の亡霊 the ghost of a Rokubu
It was at the time when 伊藤家の宗家 the main Ito family was quite affluent.
A Rokubu came to the house, borrowed some fire for his pipe and then left without further ado.
The head of the family thought this was a sinister omen, fired an arrow at the Rokubu and killed him. His body was buried like a muen-botoke 無縁仏 grave of an unknown pilgrim.
But now the home of the Ito family became haunted by the ghost of the Rokubu and all the 14 sub-families where haunted too by the wandering ghost.


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- reference : Nichibun Yokai Database -


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. rokujuurokubu 六十六部 Rokujurokubu, Rokujuroku Bu pilgrim .
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. Japan - Shrines and Temples - Index .

. Onipedia 日本の鬼 The Demons of Japan .


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