Nakayama Hokekyoji, The Grand Head Temple Of Nichiren
The Grand Head Temple of Nichiren Sect
, Hokekyo-ji was started in Kamakura period
in the Middle Ages of 13th century, with many legends of the founder Nichren
Nakayama was his peaceful place when Nichren involved in some troubles
with the Government at Kamakura
, and also Nichren preached at. The Kishibojindo
that dedicates the stutue of Kishibojin (the goddess of taking care of
children) carved by Nichiren himself 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.
Nakayama Hokekyo-ji Temple is the central training center of the incantations of Nichiren Sect.
From November 1st to February 10th, it holds the 100 days severe practice
in cold weather every year. It is known one of the severest religious practice
Hokekyouji-Temple preserves the national treasures, they are very important
historical properties on the Buddhism in Japan. They are the two masterpieces,
' and 'Kanjin-honzon-sho
' written by the founder Nichiren himself. And the four architectures,
the Goju-no-to (the five-story pagoda
)built in Edo period, the Hokke-do hall
built in Kamakura period, the Soshi-do hall
and the Yon-soku-mon gate
built in Muromachi period are designated by the National Government as
the important cultural properties. There are many other cultural properties
like the framed-calligraphies by Koetsu Honami
, the biggest Daibutsu
in Chiba prefecture and so on.
There are some events held in Hokekyo-ji Temple. In Spring, the cherry blossomes
blooming there look excitingly beautiful.
The Movie of Cherry Blossoms in Hokekyoji