11 September, 2005

Togenuki-Zizou (Kougan-Ji Temple) / Sugamo Toshima-ward

Sunday morning, Shige and Lee went for a walk to Sugamo, the northwestern area of Tokyo. It takes about 20 minutes on foot from Shige's condo. Sugamo is very famous for "Togenuki-Zizou"(Kougan-Ji temple(photo Upper)) and this area has been called "Granny's Harajuku" because lots of grannies are coming shoping and walking around there every weekend.

"Zizou" is one of the most popular Buddha, who has been believed to protect people's life. Togenuki-Zizou" here is said that it can heal/cure the human diseases. Actually, the statue of “Togenuki-Zizou” is kept inside the Temple and we can’t see that. Instead of that, there is a Buddha statue outside the temple building(photo Center). That Buddha statue is called “Arai Kan-non” (Washing Kan-non) and that is believed to cure the human diseases, too (Kan-non is also one of the Buddha believed to save peopele). People who suffered from knee dysfunction wash the statue's knee. People who suffered from back-pain wash the statue's lumbar, like that. In earlier days, the statue was washed with brush, but recently it is washed with towel because of abrasion.

There were some grannies there although it was early, before 7AM. They were washing the statue with towel(photo Lower) . We weren't brave enough to join the grannies, but I think I should have joined and washed the head of the statue.

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11/9/05 21:36  
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11/9/05 21:37  
Blogger kazu said...

Hello. This is Kazu. I once tired to go to "Togenuki-zizo" when I passed by it with my motercycle.
However without konwing where the
temple is, I passed through the shopping area near the temple,thus
I could not see "Zizo." It is better to go there with train and on foot!
By the way, the season for "Torino-ichi" festival is coming soon. The one in Sugamo is large in scale and good for picture taking. Why don't you go with Lee?

30/9/05 17:24  
Blogger kazu said...

Kazu again. I checked with home pages and found an interesting story. "Zizou" was originally "Kstigaeba" in Sanskrit. Original meaning was
the combination of two words, "womb" and "the earth."
Chinese monks traslated it into the characters which is pronounced as "Zizou" in Japanese. (Do you konw how it is pronounced in China?) Kshigarbha(Zizou) is one of the Bodhisattva in Sanskrit. Bodsattva in Buddhism means, a person who is under training/ meditation trying to reach an enlightenment. That means, Kshigarbha/Bodhisattva are still human and not Buddha nor God.
To trace the origin of the commonly used terms is something very interesting, isn't it?

30/9/05 17:42  
Blogger robin said...

Hi - I am an American just moved to the Nishigahara area. I also enjoy walking and biking in these old parts of the city and have visited many of the places you have blogged about. I look forward to what you find next and wanted to thank you for your efforts, especially the links to the ukio-e. And your English is quite good so please be encouraged!

14/1/09 11:00  
Blogger Shige_d said...

Hi, Robin! Thank you for coming. I appreciate your encouraging comment!
Oh, You live in Nichigahara of Kita-ward? I think the toram Arakawa-line is very convenient for finding traditional site. I hope you enjoy your life in Tokyo.

18/1/09 21:03  
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