In Japan, we have many towns called Monzen Machi. It literally means towns in front of the gates of temples. In Tokyo, there is a station called Monzen Nakacho in the area of Fukagawa which is South Eastern part of Tokyo. Nakacho is the name of the town and Monzen means “in front of the gate of the temple”. So which gate?
There used to be a temple called Eitai-ji Temple in Fukagawa. During Edo Era of 17th Century, there was a Kabuki performance featuring God called Fudo Myoou or Cetaka of Mt. Narita and people in Edo (old Tokyo) enthusiastically hoped to worship Fudo Myoou. Therefore Fudo Myouou was brought to Eitai-ji Temple from Mt. Narita (there is a temple called Shinsho-ji Temple). The first exhibition of Fudo took place in 1703 and until 1856, they held twelve exhibitions and eleven of them were held in Eitai-ji Temple. In a sense, this temle was Annex of Shinsho-ji Temple in Narita. By the way, every year, Shinsho-ji Temple receives the largest number of worshipers in Japan on New Year’s Day. After the government changed from Shogun to a modern government, this temple was abolished but people wanted to worship Fudo Myoou. Therefore Fudoson Temple of Fukagawa was newly established in the 19th Century.
Fukagawa is a town developed along with Fukagawa Fudoson. There are many small shops which sell foods, Buddhist objects, sweets, and so on.
At the right side of the main hall of the temple, a large straw sandal draws your attention.
This is a very large lucky charm for the health of your feet.
When you visit temples, usually there is a place to wash your hands. the water typically runs into the basin through the mouth of the dragon like this. This drago is the one in Renkei-ji Temple in Kawagoe.
In Fukagawa Fudoson, however the water comes from the mouth from a golden phenix. Looks gorgeous, aren’t they?
The curvings of the wooden pillar were also impressive.
For More Information of Fukagawa Fudoson Temple:
Address: 17-13 Tomioka 1-chome, Koto-ku, Tokyo
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