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Taikyaku-den(Honin) and Kishibojin-do In Hokekyo-ji Temple

Taikyaku-den in Hokekyo-ji Temple

Taikyaku-den(Hon-in) and Kishibojin-do

Kishimojin at Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple was counted as one of the three popular Kishimojin in Edo, it has been very popular since Edo period, it was introduced in Edo Meisho Zue (a guide book describing Edo in Edo period. And also Kishibojin is appeared on 'Goju no To' the masterpiece written by Rohan Koda (1867-1947) , it said, 'Though the divine favor of Kishibojin at Nakayama, I could grow up healthfully.''
Taikyaku-den(Hon-in) and Kishibo-jin-do stand on the northern side of the site. Taikyaku-den means Grand Guest House or Main Office, so it is the main office of Hokekyo-ji Temple, omamori (personal amulets) and go-shuin (red-seal) are given at the counter on the right side of the entrance hall.
And in Kishibo-jin-do, the statue of the goddess of kids, the Kisibo-jin carved by the founder Nichiren is dedicated. The statue of Kisibo-jin in Nakayama is worshipped very popular and is called as one of Edo Three Grand Kishibojin. Thousands of people visit and bless of safe delivery of a baby, healthy child rearing, curing disease, and rising prosperity of a company's fate.
The big roofed building is Taikyaku-den, KIshibo-jin-do is behind it. Taikyoku-den has long corridor connecting with Kishibo-jin-do. Left side of it, there is a kare-san-sui garden. In March, there display some hina dolls.

The Pictures of Taikyaku-den(Hon-in) and Kishibojin-do

the big rake of the cock fair
Looking into the main hall of Taikyaku-den, the middle of the hall a big kumade (a rake of the cock fair) on the beam, there is a wooden three rooves pagoda on the left side of it. And an oil painting is on the left wall. The business office is on the right.the corridor to Kishibo-jin-do
The corridor connecting to Kishibo-jin-dokaresansui the dry landscape
cherry blossom at Honin Hokekyo-ji cherry blossoms from Kishibojin-do the courtyard in Hokekyo-ji Temple

March 3rd, "Girls' Day," or "Dolls Day"

hina dolls in Hokekyo-ji Temple

Many dolls are displayed on the corridor connecting to Kishibojin-do

the displayed hina dolls the hina dolls on the corridor the beautiful hina dalls on the corridor

Kishibojin (Hariti; the goddess of childbirth and children)

Kishibojin is a guardian goddess of Buddhism, and the goddess of childbirth and children. In general, the statue of Kishibojin is carved like a Tennyo (a celestial nymph) with a baby in her arm and a pomegranate in her hand. Kishibojin is a female devil called Hariti in Sanskrit. She was also called Kariteimo and Kankimo (a joyful mother).
According to a legend in Buddhism, Kishibojin was originally a daughter of Yasha (yaksa) and a female devil. She appeared at Rajagriba and ate over thousands of children in the period Buddha lived in the world. Buddha then hid a child whom she loved best, so he tried to lead her down the path of righteousness. She cried and cried, and searched her child throughout the world. But she couldn’t. She finally asked Buddha to help her. Buddha told her what she did wrong things. She got Gokai (the five commandments of Buddhism) and embraced the Buddhist faith. Kishbojin at last became the guardian goddess of childbirth and children
Kishibojin has been worshipped as the goddess of childbirth and children in Japan, sometimes she is worshipped to avoid thefts. However, she had been the goddess of producing at India before Buddhism adopted her in its ideas.
The style of her statue has two forms, one looks a Tennyo (a celestial nymph) and another one looks a female devil. the picture of Kariteimozou (Kishibojin) in Daigo-ji Temple in Kyoto has gentle and plump expression, it is a important historical asset shows the new trends that was influenced by Soga (Chinese painting). The great works of its statues are kept at Onjo-ji Temple in Shiga Prefecture and Todai-ji Temple in Nara.
The statue of Kisibojin dedicated at Hokekyo-ji Temple was carved by the founder Niciren. When he had been in trouble and been hurt on his brows in November 11th of 1264, Kishibojin appeared in front of him and helped him. He carved it to express his appreciation to Kishibojin while he was recuperating at Nakayama..
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The Map to the Main Hall and Kishimojindo Hall

Taikakuden Hall (the Main Hall) and Kishimojindo Hall In Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple

  • Taikakuden Hall (the Main Hall) and Kishimojindo Hall in Nakayama Hokekyouji Temple have great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Keisei-Nakayama Sta, take minimally 40 minutes from Narita Airport.. And also take JR Sobu-express line, transfer the line at Funabashi to Sobu-Local line, get off Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Keisei-Nakayama Sta.
  • From Tokyo Sta, take Sobu-Express line bound to Chiba or Narita, transfer the line to Sobu-Local line bound to Chiba, Tsudanuma, or Nishi-Funabashi at Ichikawa Sta, get off Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
  • From Akihabara Sta, take Sobu line bound to Chiba, get off Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
  • Take 5 minute walk from Keisei-Nakayama Sta, and take 8 minutes walk from Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
  • 2-10-1 Nakayama, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-pref, Japan

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.