Tekona Reishindo Shrine and the Legend of Tekona
Tekona, the beauty, lived in Mama, Katsushika-gun, Shimousa province
in thousands years ago was sang in some poems in the Myriad Leaves
. And Tekona Reishido Shrine was drawn in Edo Meisho Hyakukei (the hundred
popular scenic spots in Edo) by Hiroshige Utagawa
, was introduced in Edo Meisho Zue
(the guide book introducing scenic spots in Edo) as Tekona Myojin (a goddess),
and the legend of Tekona has been loved by many people for thousands years.
It was a very sad story. Once upon a time, about 2000 years ago, there
was a girl whose name Tekona lived in Mama, Katsushika, Shimousa
. She always came to a well to dip water. Tekona was a very beautiful girl
like blooming flowers so the moon fell love in her. Poeple once saw her
fell love in her soon and many men proposed her. She was so confused, at
last she fell herself into the well.
According to records of Mamasan Guhoji Temple
, in 1501, the seventh abbot, the venerable Nichiyo received a divine message
from Tekona, then he built a shrine on where her tomb might be. As Tekona
Reishindo Shrine is said to have miraculous efficacy for easy delivery,
child raising and preventing or curing smallpox, many people visit to pray
Moreover, there is a stone tablet with a haiku poem 'Furusato no yama shizukanaru
shiwasu kana' by Toyo Yoshida
under the wisteria trellis. And also there is a Japanese katsura tree
donated by Masashi Sada, a very popular Japanese singer song writer in
front of the shrine.
So Tekona has being loved now.
Early Nara period
, Akahito Yamabe heard of the legend of Tekona and created haiku poems
when he arrived at the capital of Shimousa province, and his poems are
collected in Manyoshu (Myriad Leaves).
Tekona Reishindo Shrine was built on where Tekona's tomb might be, and the seventh abbot of Mamasan Guhoji Temple, the venerable Nichiyo publicized extensively that the shrine dedicated Tekona.
The legend of Tekona is a story about a beautiful lady Tekona. Tekona was so beautiful that many gentlemen came to her and proposed marriage to, and those men conflicted each other in order to get her love. As a result Tekona sank herself into Mama Cove to commit suicide since she thought she would not like to see the conflicts and she thought that she disturbed them to stay peacefully.
And there are some other stories about Tekona. One says that Tekona always went to Mama no I well to draw water to discharge her duties to her stepmother. Next, Tekona was a daughter of a strong provincial governor, and she got married with a son of another provincial governor, however she was washed out to her birthplace of Mama Beach because their fathers opposed like Romeo And Juliet. And other says that she was a shrine maiden.
Mama is the spiritual home of literature for people in Ichikawa city since Mama has taken up on many literary works for thousands years.
Ichikawa City Board of Education
Translating the information from the information board beside the gate
of Tekona Reishindo
Spring at Tekona Reishindo Shrine
The Poems Describing Tekona The Beauty
The Poems written by Mushimaro Takahashi in Myriad Leaves
A poem describing a lady in Mama, Katsushika with a tanka poem
by Mushimaro Takahashi.
鶏が鳴く 吾妻の国に 古にありける事と 今までに 絶えず言い来る 勝鹿の
真間の手児奈が 麻衣に 青衿着け 直さ麻を 裳に織着て 髪だにも 掻きは梳らず
履をだに 穿かず行けども 錦綾の 中につつめる 斎児も 妹に如かめや 望月の
満れる面わに 花の如 笑みて立てれば 夏蟲の 火に入るが如 水門入りに 船漕ぐ如く
行きがぐれ 人のいふ時 いくばくも 生けらじものを 何すとか 身をたな知りて
波の音の 騒ぐ湊の 奥津城に 妹が臥せる 遠き世に ありける事を 昨日しも
The Poems written by Akahito Yamabe no Sukune in Myriad Leaves
A poem and a tanka poem describing a lady in Mama, Katsushika while Akahito
Yamabe no Sukune was passing by her tomb.
古に 在りけむ人の 倭文幡の 帯解きかへて 伏屋立て 妻問しけむ 葛飾の
真間の手児名が 奥つ城を こことは聞けど 真木の葉や 茂りたるらむ 松が根や
遠く久しき言のみも 名のみもわれは 忘らゆまし。
* Please check some translations of Manyoshu or Myriad Leaves.
The Katsura Tree of Matchmaking Dedicated by Masashi Sada
The Dedication 'The Katsura Tree of Matchimaking'
Japanese katsura trees are notably miraculous effective for matchmaking.
This Japanese katsura tree was dedicated by Masashi Sada, one of the most famous and popular singers in Japan, lived in Ichikawa city at the 3rd Hozuki festival held in July 26th of 1981.
Moreover, Tekona Reishindo Shrine dedicates the goddess Tekona who is said to have remarkably miraculous efficacy for easy delivery and child raising.
Mamasan Guhoji Temple
Translating the information from the information board under the tree (left)
Toyo Yoshida and Tekona Reishindo Shrine
Toyo Yoshida was a haiku
poet from Taisho to Showa era from Nakatsugawa city in Gifu prefecture.
His real name was Tatsuo Yoshida. He studied under Otsuji Osuga and joined
to a group to publish a haiku magazine 'Shakunage (rhododendron)'. He edited
a haiku magazine 'Dassai' in 1925 and managed to publish it throughout
his live. He lived near Tekona Reishindo Shrine in Mama, Ichikawa-shi late
in his life.大
Mamagawa no shiodoki nagasu kazari kana
hurusato no yama shizuka naru shiwasu kana
Works: 冬葉第一句集 (Toyo Daiichi Kushu), 故郷 (Kokyo / Home Town),望郷 (Bokyo /
Longing to be Home), etc.
房総叢書 : 紀元二千六百年記念. 第8卷葛飾紀
房総叢書 : 紀元二千六百年記念. 第6卷葛飾誌略
Tekona Reishindo Shrine
- Tekona Reishindo Shrine has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
- From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Ichikawamama Sta or Konodai Sta, take minimally 45 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take JR Sobu-express line, transfer the line at Funabashi to Keisei-line, get off Ichikawamama Sta or Konodai Sta.
- From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Ichikawamama Sta or Konodai Sta.
- Take 10 minute walk from both Ichikawamama Sta or Konodai Sta.
- 4-9-1 Mama, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba prefectuer, Japan
Mamasan Guhoji Temple and Mama Introduced in Myriad Leaves