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Mar 3, 2018 UPDATE

Fourth Episode Toji temple’s Kobosan

Toji temple ennichi ”Kobosan” Ennichi by definition, is when Buddha connects with this realm.It is said that t […]

Toji temple ennichi ”Kobosan”

大宮通り沿い「東寺東門」前 Ennichi by definition, is when Buddha connects with this realm.It is said that there is great merit in pilgrimage on this day An ancestor here at Toji temple. Kukai entered this shrine on March the 21st, since then to celebrate on the 21st of every month the temple will be performed at Mieido, and the shrine visitors will gather. Initially it was celebrated once a year, from 1239 it started to be held on this day every month.When people came to visit the quarter actively, the tea-selling tea shop started to appear called 「Ippuku Issen」or "one dose one coin", and in the Edo era, plant houses and drugstores also stood side by side, becoming what would be the market you see today.Now, it brings about 1200 to 1300 open-air vendors, an immense flee market of antique merchandise, old clothes, with produce, artisanal crafts and local foods varying from takoyaki to doteyaki, Japanese pickles, spices and dry goods.Two hundred thousand visitors every month. Operating Hours: 5am to 4pm (vendors start to prepare for close around 3pm)


宮内庁御用無 Kunaichogoyonashi were credit signs raised by a trader with a history of serving and delivering goods to the Imperial Household, now a stylish Rhyming play with words.

Sakaihamono no Kojouri

堺刃物の口上売り Sakai Hamono Knife shop’s 「Naojiro」father's selling technique Tankabai. Tankabai is a technique to sell ordinary goods by entertaining customers with skillful techniques. It is said that the lightness of its rapping demonstration style became legendary selling knives. Phrases like: "This knife is really sharp, right? Not the same price of buying a house, right?” “This knife is too cheap? Well, I do not sell stolen knives. I've stopped stealing last year. "Take them funny or ridiculous, along the cutting demonstrations the techniques entrances watchers and lives on today on markets and late night Japanese knives infomercials.

Shingonzohonzan Toji Kyoogokokuji

真言総本山 東寺 教王護国寺 World heritage, "Toji" is 「Nemoto Dojo」 where Esoteric Buddha is born. Heian capital is soon established as a juristic temple aiming at the retirement of Kyoto. After that, Kukai was entrusted to Emperor Saga from Toji temple for the 14th year of Konin (823), so that it developed as a true dojo of Shingon Buddhism, the entire mountain of Shingon sect, the first esoteric temple in Japan is born.



Construction of Kondo started on the 15th year of Enryaku Period (796), it was requested a majestic figure suitable for the National Temple.The figure shows its exquisite form in the front of the city.Lots of visitors come to the Kobosan market that happens in front of the Kondo.It is said that if you place a burning incense in front of this hall and other places, such as Mieido, the smoke will heal your illness. In the main shrine, a philosopher 's statue is enshrined, to the right is the Nikko Bodhisattva, to the left is the Moonlight Bodhisattva.



The Gojunoto wooden tower boasts the world's highest pagoda of 55 meters and is a national treasure and also a symbol of Kyoto. Kukai began construction in 826 and was completed in 883. Although it was destroyed several times by fire and lightning strikes, the present tower is the fifth generation rebuilt by Tokugawa Iemitsu. Inside Four Buddha monk statues and the Eight Bodhisattva statues. It features on its core an amazing earthquake resistant structure.

Shingoshu Toji Kyoogokuji

Kyoto City, Minami Ward, Kujo 1
15 minutes walk from JR, Subway Kyoto Station, 10 minutes walk from Kintetsu Toji Station
Visiting Hours:8am to 5pm (ticket sale closes at 4:30 pm from 24th to 31st of March vistis open from 8:30 am)
admission fee

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