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Four Seasons In Nakayama Hokekyo-ji Temple / The Annual Events

Nioumon in Hokekyo-ji and cherry blossoms Nakayama Daibutsu and the pagoda Gojunoto and sakura in Hokekyoji sakura in the blue sky visitors enjoying the Setsubun Festival Hina Dalls decorated in Hokekyoji Temple

The Annual Events In Hokekyo-ji Temple

The Annual Events In Hokekyo-Ji Temple where dedicates the statue of Kishibo-jin curved by the founder Nichren

8,18,28 on every month
The festival day of Kishibojin (the goddess of kids)

18 on every month
Monthly sermon

Jan 1st-3rd
The New Year's prayer service
Jan 8th,18th,28th
the grand festival for taking care of children

The Setsubun-day
on Feb
The Setsubun as Star Festival / the Bean Throwing Festival

Feb 10th
Daiaragyo Jomane, the celebration for the priests having accomplished the 100 days severe practice
the vernal equinox day
Higan-no-Segaki-e, the letters means hungry ghosts' feeding ritesthe in vernal equinox, it is a title of a Buddhist mass.
April 8th
The Flower Festival of Buddha's birthday
April 15th-20th
Senbu-ka: the event the buddhism priests read 1000 scripts together for bless is called.
May 8th,18th,28th
The grand festival for taking care of children

May 28th
Ota-inari-taisai (the grand festival of Ota-inari)
June 1st
Ugatokushoushin-taisai (the grand festival of Ugatokushoshin)
June 18th
Kiyomasa-ko-taisai (the festival of Kiyomasa Kato who was one of the most famous worrie and supporter of Nichiren Sect in the Sengoku period (period of warring states)
July 18th
Obon-Segaki-e, Obon celebrates returning ancestral spirits, and the letters Segaki means hungry ghosts' feeding rites, it is a title of a Buddhist mass in July 13-16 (the Edo area special, generally in the local area, Obon is August 13 - 16).
Sep 8th,18th,28th
The grand festival for taking care of children

the autumnal equinox day
Higan-no-Segaki-e, the letters means hungry ghosts' feeding ritesthe in auturmnal equinox, it is a title of a Buddhist mass.
October 1st
The Grand Festival of Hachidai-ryuo (the grand festival of the eight great dragon gods)
November 1st
Daiaragyo Nyugyoue, the celebration for the priests the begining of the 100 days severe practice
The Cock Days in Nov
Myoken-sonsei-taisai, the festival of blessing to the north star on the Cock Days in November
November 15th-18th
Memorial Service For Nichiren

Dec 8th,18th,28th
The yearly last grand festival for taking care of children

December 28th
Otakiage, it is the day light up old omamori's and ofuda for purifying
December 31st
New Year's Eve Prayers Meeting

Other Events And Best Season For Each Flowers In Hokekyo-ji

Febraury
Plam Blossoms
March 3rd
Hina-matsuri, the girls day or the dolls day
from the end of March
Cherry Blossoms

mid-April
the antique market in Spring
from the end of April
Satsukis, Azaleas,Iries and peonies

from the end of May
JapaneseHydrangeas

mid July mid August
Lotus Flowers

August 13th-16th
Bon-odori, the bon festival dance
from the end of Sept
Red Spider Lilies, Fragrant Olives And Other Flowers In Fall
from the end of Oct
the autumn leaves(cherry trees、ginkgo trees, maple trees, etc)
The Cock Days in Nov
Myoken-sonsei-taisai, the festival of blessing to the north star on the Cock Days in November
mid-November
the antique market

The Setsubun AS The Star Festival / The Bean Throwing Festival

The Setsubun as it called the Star Festival at Nakayama Hokekyo-ji Temple is very unique, so the people throwing beans are Toshi-otoko, Thoshi-onna, the guests of celebrities, the priests working at and the preiests practicing the 100 days asceticism in cold season, so the events might give people much happiness.
setsubun in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple the bean throwing festival in Nakayama many people throwing beans in setsubun priests throwiing beans in Nakayama

Plum Blossoms in Hokekyo-ji Temple

There are some plum trees on a small hill behind Soshi-do, the plum blossoms are blooming around Hokke-do, Ugajin-do and Yonsoku-mon. The blossoms on the drooping plum trees are very beautiful on their pale pink petals.
法華経寺宇賀神堂と白梅 法華経寺しだれ梅と紅梅 droop plam blossoms in Hokekyo-ji plam blossoms in Hokekyo-ji plam blossoms and Soshi-do droop plam blossoms and Yonsoku-mon

Hinamatsuri, the girls festival or the doll festival

There are many Hina-dolls displayed on the corridor connecting the main building and Kishibojin-do.
Hina dalls  of Hokekyo-ji the girls festival in Hokekyo-ji Hina dalls on corridor of Honin Hina dalls in Hon-in Hokekyo-ji Hina Ningyo dolls at the entrance the board of Nakayama Hinamatsuri

The Cherry Blossoms In Hokekyo-ji

There are about 200 cherry trees in the site of Hokekyo-ji Temple and millions of cherry blossoms bloom from the end of March every year. Passing through the Niomon gate, the cherry trees with the cherry blossoms look like a tunnel of them. The five story pagoda, Gojyu-no-to looks above the pale pink cloud made of the cherry blossoms. Thousands of visitors come during the season.
Cherry blossoms through the Niomon Cherry blossoms in Hokekyo-ji approach lined cherry trees along the approach cherry blossoms and the five-story pagoda sakura and the five-story pagoda Nakayama Daibutsu and cherry blossoms cherry blossoms in Nakayama Hokekyoji beautiful cherry blossoms in Hokekyoji Soshi-do and cherry blossoms cherry blossom at Honin Hokekyo-ji gojyu-no-to and cherry blossms cherry blossoms and gojyu-no-to thousands of cherry blossoms in Hokekyoji cherry blossoms and the stone pagoda cherry blossoms in front of Soshi-do Soshido Hall over cherry blossoms cherry blossoms from Soshido Hall cherry blossoms around Soshido the five-story pagoda in thousands of sakura cherry blossoms in front of Shogyoden droop cherry blossoms in Hokekyo-ji droop cherry blossoms in front of Ugajin-do

The Nakayama Antique Market In Hokekyoji in Spring

The antique market is held in Hokekyo-ji every year in mid-April. Nakayama Antique Market in Spring Antiqu Market in Nakayama in Spring

Satsukis, Azaleas, Irises and Peonies in Hokekyo-ji

There are several kinds of flowers blooming in Hokekyo-ji Temple, so many people enjoy taking a walk and viewing the trees and flowers in the temple every seasons.After blooming cherry blossoms, satukis and azaleas start blooming, beside the statue of Nichijo the first chief abbot, a wistaria-trellis stands, and some penies blooms around them. The satukis and azaleas are blooming excitingly beautifully along the ston steps to Ugajin-so.
azaleas besides Yonsoku-mon azaleas around Hokke-do azaleas in Hokekyo-ji azaleas and Ugajin-do azaleas between the stone lanterns peonies in Hokekyo-ji

Japanese Hydrangeas in Hokekyo-ji

Ryuoike, named the dragon king's pond had rebuilt about ten yeas ago, now some Japanese hydrangeas bloom on the edg of the pond. Japanese hydrangeas around Ryuoike Japanese hydrangeas in Hokekyo-ji Japanese hydrangeas of Hokekyo-ji

Lotus Flowers In Hokekyo-ji

Ryuoike, the drangon king pond where Hachidai-ryuo-do stands in has hundreds of lotus flowers blooming from mid-July to mid-August. They blow some cool winds to make refresh. lotus flowers in Ryuo-ike lotus flowers in Hokekyo-ji lotus flowers near Hachidai-ryuo-do

Red Spider Lilies, Fragrant Olives And Other Flowers In Fall

Some autumn flowers bloom quietly in Hokekyo-ji in fall. Red spider lilies bloom under Nio-mon gate and the stone steps to Setsu-do. Winds carried sweet smell of fragrant olives around Ugajin-do. There are some jars where water lilies float. red spider lilies in Hokekyo-ji red spider lilies around the niou-mon gate water lilies flooting on the jar water lilies in Hokekyo-ji fragrant olives in Hokekyo-ji

The Colorful Autumn Leaves

In fall, the cherry leaves turning crimson is the beginning, then ginkgo trees change flash yellow figures, and crimson maple leaves decolate the views in Hokekyo-ji. autumn lieves and five-story pagoda autumn leaves in Hokekyo-ji Temple beautiful leaves in Hokekyo-ji beautiful leaves around Ugajin-do beautiful leaves around the nioumon autumn leaves from Kishibojin do

The Nakayama Antique Market In Hokekyoji in Fall

The antique market is held in Hokekyo-ji every year in mid-November.
antique market in Hokekyo-ji antique market around Soshi-do

The Landmarks in Nakayama Hokekyouji Temple

the main building

Honin(Taikyakuden)・Kishibojindo(Sonshindo)

Takikyakuden is the main hall of Hokekyoji and it has the business office and Kishibojindo Hall dedicated to the goddess of children on the end of the long corrido of the main hall.
cherry blossoms in Hokekyou-ji

The Four Seasons In Hokekyoji

In spring, there is millions of cherry blossoms in Hokekyoji and in summer, lotus blooms on ryuo-ike pond. In fall, there are beautiful colored leaves. Every season, visitors could enjoy seeing the sights.

Soshi-dou, important cultural property

Soshido(Daido), the nationally important cultural property

It is characterized the twin hip-and-gable roof structure (hiyoku-irimoya-style), and hengaku written by Koetsu Honami hangs in front.
gojyu-no-tou, important cultural property

Goju-no-to (the five-story pagoda) , the nationally important cultural property

It was built in early Edo period (1622) by request of Koshitsu Honami supported by Maeda Family in Kaga.

Yon-soku-mon, important cultural property

Yon-soku-mon (the nationally important cultural property)

It was moved from Aizen-dou in Kamakura 700 years ago.

syougyou-den in Hokekyou-ji

Shougyoden (the treasure hall)

It was designed by the famous architect Chuta Ito, it stores many scripts written by the Founder Nichiren.
kiyomasa-kou dai-zingi-dou

Shogan-jyoujyu-kigan-do (kiyomasa-kou-dai-zingi-do)

It enshrines Kiyomasa Kato, one of the most famous daimyo in Sengoku period.

aragyou-dou in Hokekyou-ji

Aragyodo Hall (the hall where Buddhiist priests practice for 100 days in winter severly)

From Nov 1 to Feb 10, hundreds of Buddhist priests practice severly every year.
Deva Gate called the Red Gate or Triple Gate

The Nio-mon Gate (The Deva Gate)

The henguku hunged in front of the gate was written by Koetsu Honami, famous artist in Momoyama Period.

Setsu-dou in Hokekyou-ji

Setsu-do

It was built for worshipping Jurasetsunyo, Kishibozin, Daikokusama.
Black Gate of Hokekyou-ji

Black Gate(a tangible cultural asset by Ichikawa City)

It is also called Sou-mon (the main gate).

the hall of the eight great dragon gods

Hachidai-ryuo-do

The founder Nichiren built the small shrine to dedicate the dragon god to pray for rain.
Ugazin-dou in Hokekyou-ji

Ugazin-do

It enshrins Ugazin who is the guardian deity of Hokekyou-ji Temple.

Myoken-do in Hokekyo-ji

Myouken-do

It dedicates Hokushin Myouken Star that the Chiba Family deeply believed in, Hokekyoji traditionally succeeds. In November, Tori-no-ich is held in the site to dedicate the star.
Hokekyo-ji Okuno-in

Oku-no-in (the first place where Nichren had preached at)

The founder Nichiren preached first time at the Toki's castle called Wkakamiya Yakata. And Toki built a temple 'Hokkeji', it is the origin of Oku no In.

daibutsu in Hokekyo-ji Temple

The Great Buddha(The Seated Statue of Shaka Nyorai)

It was built in 1719 by famous caster Ota Suruga-no-kami in Kanda. It is the bigest great Buddha in Chiba prefecture.
the first abbot, Nichijyo of Hokekyo-ji

The statue of Nichijo and Naki-Icho

Nichijo was the first abbot of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple and Naki Icho is a gingko tree having a sad legend.

letters by Koetsu Honami

The artists, poets and writers related to Hokekyoji Temple

Koetsu Honami specially remained his calligraphy in Hokekyo-ji Temple, and Shiki Masaoka, Kafu Nagai discribed it well.

Sakura and Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

The Popular Viewing Sakura Spot / Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

Cherry blossoms in Hokekyoji are amazingly wonderful.