27 September, 2009

Goblins at work / Kishibojin @Zoshigaya, Toshima ward

Kishibojin. My favorite place.
I love this cozy temple and have often visited here with Lee, but I realized that I had overlooked an interesiting creature in this temple until today.
Can you see that?
Here it is!

Goblin has received the weight of the roof.
Other goblins are on the both side and also have held up the roof.
Right side,

... and left side.

The name of these goblins is Amanojaku. They are not so outrageous bad creature, but they try to do anything that is against the rule intentionally anytime. So, Buddha commanded them to hold the temple roof as punishment.
There are many goblins in the Buddhism art work. You can see them holding up big heavy incense burner, trampled dowm by the guardian statues.... poor Amanojaku!

The antique market is opened here on the 4th Sunday of each month.

Owners were preparing for open stalls.

Wow, Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) the dock of the bay"!
Assumedly, this might be the first press in Japan. I forgot to ask the price of the disc. Interestingly, the title was written on the cover as "Dock ov bay" in Japanese characters. The disc on the right is Mary Hopkin's "Those were the days". You can see the Apple record's logo in the cover. Please click on the picture to enlarge.

"No dog toys?"

The biggest event of this temple "Oeshiki" is coming soon (16-18th Oct.).
Regarding the Oeshiki, please visit my previous posting(1, 2).
Other Kishibojin postings are here(1, 2).

"Let's get back home through the Homeiji temple yard."

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Blogger ローラ said...

Amanojaku look so silly! And they have to hold so much weight!


I love looking at antiques! Did you buy anything?

Lee's blue outfit is really cute. ;)

28/9/09 00:59  
Blogger Shige_d said...

Hi ローラさん!
Thank you for coming.
I'm glad to hear that you are interested in my Amanojaku photos.

I like antique shop, but I am not courageous enough to buy them. Ha Ha.

28/9/09 23:35  

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