Joshinji Temple

JoshinjiJoshinji (浄真寺), also known as Kuhonbutsu (九品仏), is a relatively large Jodo Buddhist temple which is a 3-min walk from Kuhonbutsu Station of the Tokyu Oimachi Line. This temple was established in 1678 and still maintains buildings erected in the Edo period.

Front approach
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Somon gate
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The somon, the first gate of the temple, was constructed in the early 19th century.

Inside Somon
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Kaizando
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The Kaizando (or Kaisando) is a hall dedicated to the founder of the temple.

Niohmon
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The Niohmon was completed in 1793. It houses a pair of Nioh, who are guardian divinities often seen in a Buddhist temple.

Inside the Niohmon
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Shoro
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Shoro, from which a huge bell to tell time is hung, was erected in the mid-19th century.

Japanese garden
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Hondo
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The Hondo, or the main hall, was built in 1759.

Statue of Shaka Nyorai
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Enshrined at the Hondo is a large statue of Shaka Nyorai, or Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

Sanbutsudo
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The Sanbutsudo, constructed in 1698, are three halls dedicated to Amida Nyorai, the ruler of Gokuraku Jodo (Western Pure Land).

Statue of Amida Nyorai
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Three large statues of Amida Nyorai are placed in each of the three halls (nine in total), and you can see them through the glass window.

Omenkaburi

Every three years, on May 5, there will be a ritual called Omenkaburi (お面かぶり), whose formal name is Nijugo Bosatsu Raigo-e (二十五菩薩来迎会). In this event, there will be a procession of people disguised in 25 deities. Below photos were taken on May 5th of 2017.

Omenkaburi
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Joshinji Temple
7-41-3 Okusawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo MAP
Access : 3-min walk from Tokyu Oimachi Line Kuhonbutsu Station
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