Taikyaku-den(Honin) and Kishibojin-do 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
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
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 corridor connecting to Kishibo-jin-do
March 3rd, "Girls' Day," or "Dolls Day"
Many dolls are displayed on the corridor connecting to Kishibojin-do
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
The Location and Access to the Main Hall and Kishimojindo Hall
Taikakuden (the Main Hall) and Kishimojindo In Nakayama Hokekyoji
- Taikakuden Hall (the Main Hall) and Kishimojindo Hall in Nakayama Hokekyouji
Temple have great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International
- 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
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.
Some tacchue temples are introduced in this page.
There are some noted spots, Kaii Higashiyama Memorial Hall and so on, near Hokekyoji.
Cherry blossoms in Hokekyoji are amazingly wonderful.