Hoden-mon Gate In Nakayama Hokekyo-ji
The behind of the Soshi-do hall, the Hoden-mon Gate stands between the Soshi-do hall
and the Aragyo-do Hall
, so it is also bridge connecting them to the Taikyaku-den, the main hall
This is the popular spot for visitors sketching and taking pictures in
Nakayama Hokekyo-ji. Especially, many visitors come to see it with beautiful
cherry blossoms in Spring.
The Bell Tower And The Hall To Pray For Vehicles In Nakayama Hokekyo-ji
The Bell Tower and the Hall To Pray For Vehicles In Nakayama Hokekyoji
The hall to pray for vehicles is of course on the parking lot in front
of the Taikyaku-den hall. And next to it , passing through Hojomon Gate,
there is a bell tower standing behind the Great Buddha. In Meiji Era, the
tower stood near Ansein Temple, and the bell was donated by Kujo Family.
Every day, the bell rings at 6 o'clock in morning and evening. Visitors
could strike it only the New Year's Eve.
The Ema-do Hall (the gallery of votive horse tablets) In Nakayam Hokekyo-ji
The Ema-do hall stands east-end on the approach to the Soshi-do hall. There
are some pictures on the votive horse tablets hanged up on the wall there.
, a famous writer Showa era, talked that there was a picture of samurais
with headgears on it painted by Yoshitora Ichimosai. However, there is
no specific information about it, especially the date of constructoin and
its history. Kafu talked that it stands in front of the Kishibojin-do hall
, but now Kishibojin-do is over 100 meters farther on the north. Another
report published by the librarians at Ichikawacity said that they have
no information of it. And according to Edo Meisho Zue, there was a Josho-do
hall (a hall some yong priests practiced) drawn in the place of now the
Ema-do hall standing.
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The Ryuen-kyo Bridge (the Ryukan-kyo Bridge) In Nakayama Hokekyo-ji
The Ryuen-kyo bridge was built in 1945. And its newels are decorated with
pomegranates the symbol of Kishibojin, the goddess of children. It was
a popular spot to seeing fireflies flying over the spring. Now the spring
under this bridge dries out, but there might be water flowing in the spring
when the bridge had been built.
Thousands of believers and visitors line on this river to the Nio-mon Gate
in the New Year's Eve.
Kagami-Ike-Ato (The site where a pond having the legend of the Founder
In the north end of the main hall of Nakayama Hokekyo-ji Temple, the statue
of Kishibojin carved by the founder Nichiren
is dedicated at Kishibojin-do hall. In November 11th of 1264, he faced
the extremly dangerous situation of his life. When he was attacked, Kisibojin
appeared in front of him to help, so he could escape death by hair-breath.
After that, he fleed Nakayama of safety and he reflected his face in surface
of water in a pond, then he found a scar between his eyebrows. While he
recuperated himself, he carved the statue of Kishibojin to gratitude for
her, so he dedicated it. The name Kagami-ike (the pond like a mirror) named
after this legend. Now there is no water, so a stone monument onlly stands.
So the landform around Hokekyo-ji has been changed from Nichiren Ages.
At that time, there was Futago-ura creek nearby it. He often went to Kamakura
on ship. There is no information when the pond dried out.
The Landmarks in Nakayama Hokekyouji Temple
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.
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.
It is characterized the twin hip-and-gable roof structure (hiyoku-irimoya-style), and hengaku written by Koetsu Honami hangs in front.
It was built in early Edo period (1622) by request of Koshitsu Honami supported by Maeda Family in Kaga.
It was built in Kamakura period.
It was moved from Aizen-dou in Kamakura 700 years ago.
It was designed by the famous architect Chuta Ito, it stores many scripts
written by the Founder Nichiren.
It enshrines Kiyomasa Kato, one of the most famous daimyo in Sengoku period.
From Nov 1 to Feb 10, hundreds of Buddhist priests practice severly every year.
The henguku hunged in front of the gate was written by Koetsu Honami, famous artist in Momoyama Period.
It was built for worshipping Jurasetsunyo, Kishibozin, Daikokusama.
It is also called Sou-mon (the main gate).
The founder Nichiren built the small shrine to dedicate the dragon god to pray for rain.
It enshrins Ugazin who is the guardian deity of Hokekyou-ji Temple.
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.
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.
It was built in 1719 by famous caster Ota Suruga-no-kami in Kanda. It is the bigest great Buddha in Chiba prefecture.
Nichijo was the first abbot of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple and Naki Icho is a gingko tree having a sad legend.
There are some other landmarks in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple.
Koetsu Honami specially remained his calligraphy in Hokekyo-ji Temple, and Shiki Masaoka, Kafu Nagai discribed it well.
Cherry blossoms in Hokekyoji are amazingly wonderful.
There are some noted spots, Kaii Higashiyama Memorial Hall and so on, near Hokekyoji.