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3/04/2020

Dodomeki Todomeki Demon

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Dodomeki, Todomeki 百々目鬼 / 百々眼鬼


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A dodomeki (百々目鬼) is a Japanese yōkai
that's depicted as human women who are cursed with having long arms covered with hundreds of bird eyes due to their habit of stealing money.
It is also called the todomeki.

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Dodomeki were first described by the 18th century Japanese scholar Toriyama Sekien.
The long arms of a dodomeki reflects the Japanese belief that a person with long arms has a tendency to steal. The bird eyes that grows on the dodomeki's arm are a reference to the Japanese dōsen, a copper coin with a hole in the middle of it that's commonly known as the chōmoku (Birds eye).

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Conflict with Fujiwara no Hidesato
During the Heian period, a kuge (court bureaucrat) named Fujiwara no Hidesato had just defeated the rebel Taira no Masakado and been promoted as the kokushi regent of the Shimotsuke province for his victory. One day while hunting in his newly acquired territory, Hidesato encountered an old man who warned him about a yōkai who had been terrorizing a nearby horse graveyard at night. Hidesato went to the horse graveyard to investigate and waited until sundown for the yōkai to appear. Once the yŏkai arrived, it revealed itself to be a dodomeki that stood over ten foot tall and had arms covered with hundreds of glowing eyes. Hidesato drew his bow and shot an arrow at the brightest glowing eye, causing the dodomeki to flee and collapse near Mount Myōjin. When Hidesato later pursued the yōkai, the dodomeki emitted a burst of flame from its body and a fume of poisonous gas from its mouth. Outmatched, Hidesato fled from the scene and returned the next day to find the ground heavily burnt, but no sign of the dodomeki.
Meeting Priest Chitoku
Nearly 400 years later during the Muromachi period, a priest named 智徳 Chitoku was called to investigate a series of unexplained fires that broke out at the temple in a village near Mount Myōjin. He started to notice a woman covered with a robe near the temple whenever he held his sermons and discovered that she was the same dodomeki that Hidesato had fought 400 years earlier. She had come back to suck up her remaining toxic fumes and blood that she lost during her last battle with Hidesato.
The temple was built on top of the battle site, so the dodomeki caused a series of fires to scare all the priests away. However, after consistently overhearing Chitoku preaching whenever she walked by the temple, the dodomeki became enlightened and vowed to never commit any more evil deeds for the rest of her life.
- source : wikipedia -


. Fujiwara no Hidesato 藤原秀郷 .
. Taira no Masakado (平将門) .

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百目貫」「百目木」 / Doomeki どうめき

土佐の山越えのどど目鬼

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百目鬼
ーーー 兎田の百目鬼
大曽(宇都宮市大曽)を通りかかった藤原秀郷(ふじわらのひでさと)のもとにふしぎな老人が現われ「大曽村の北西にある兎田という馬捨場[3]にゆけ」と告げたので向かったところ、十丈はあろうかという大きさで、百の目をもつ刃のような髪の鬼が姿を見せたので、弓を射って退治したとされる。矢を受けて去った百目鬼は明神山で倒れたが毒気と炎を放ちつづけ、本願寺(宇都宮市塙田)の智徳(ちとく)という僧の法力によって成仏をするまで人々を困らせていたという。
ーーー 百穴の百目鬼
長岡の百穴には昔、百匹の鬼を従えた鬼が棲んでいたが「鬼のような世界からは出たい」と発願。本願寺(宇都宮市塙田)に通って仏門に帰依した結果、人間に生まれ変わることが出来た。百匹の鬼の頭目だったことに由来して「百目鬼」という地名がついたとされる[1][4]。本願寺に人間になった百目鬼が感謝のしるしとして置いていった親指の爪と水晶の数珠が残されているという[4]。
- - - 郷土玩具
夕顔の実を利用した鬼のお面(かんぴょう面)が郷土玩具としてつくられており、これは百目鬼にちなんでつくられたものとされている。
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3/02/2020

Sanki three Oni

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Sanki Son 三鬼尊 Three venerable Oni


満福密寺 Manpukumitsu-Ji / 満福寺 Manpuku-Ji
22-27 Asahicho, Tochigi / 栃木県栃木市旭町22-27

These three Oni help ward off 悪運断ち negative influences in our lives. The three Oni in three different colors

. aka-oni 赤鬼伝説 red Oni demon legends .

. ao-oni 青鬼伝説 blue/green Oni demon legends .

. kuro-oni 黒鬼伝説 black Oni demon legends .


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Sanki Daigongen 三鬼大権現 Sanki Do 三鬼堂 Hall for the three Demons



広島県廿日市市宮島の弥山 / 安芸の宮島の大聖院 Hiroshima
三鬼大権現は大小の天狗
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Temple Manpuku-Ji 満福寺 Sanki Do 三鬼堂 Hall for the three Demons
山号を「教王山」、院号を「遍照光院」/ 栃木県栃木市旭町22-27 Tochigi



Main deity is 大日如来 Dainichi Nyorai.
Also enshrined are
開運厄除大師 Kaiun Yakuyoke Daishi
三鬼尊 Sanki Son
子授け観音 Kosodate Kannon
縁結び歓喜天 Enmusubi Kankiten
身代り地蔵尊 Migawari Jizo and others
- The three Oni statues (red, blue and black) were maybe made by 左甚五郎 Hidari Jingoro or by Jocho (? - 1057).
戦後、閻魔大王の縁日の16日に合わせ、1月と8月の16日に縁日がひらかれてにぎわったが、この鬼は閻魔大王に仕える地獄の獄卒ではなく、江戸と日光を往来する修験行者によって尊崇されたヤマの守護神と推察される。ちなみに、広島県宮島の弥山に「三鬼堂」があり福徳・知恵・降伏を司る三鬼大権現が祀られ、同じく麓の大聖院(真言宗御室派)の摩尼殿にも祀られている。
- reference source : wikipedia -

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Manpukuji Temple
706, Nowata Nogi-machi Shimotsuga-gun Tochigi
Manpukuji Temple is said to have been built by Kogakubo Ashikaga Shigeuji between 1492 and 1500 and is the site of Shigeuji's grave.The temple also houses a Shaka Nyoraizo statue said to be a work of Gyoki from the Kamakura Engakuji Temple.The cherry blossom at the temple gate is a site to behold when it blooms in the spring.
- reference source : achikochi-kanko.jp/spot.. -


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Sanki Do 三鬼堂 Hall for the three Demons 三鬼神
Miyajima 宮島



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「酒屋荒し」の鬼
昔々ある冬の晩、お寺の近くの酒屋に大男が来て「酒をくれ」と大きな徳利を出しました。びっくりした酒屋の主人が、大徳利にあふれるほど酒を注いで渡すと、大男は小銭をおいて暗い夜道に消えていきました。
あくる朝主人がその小銭をたしかめると、土間に木の葉が数枚落ちているだけでした。次の晩もその次の晩も同じことが起きたので、奇妙に思った主人はこっそり大男の後をつけていったのですが、お寺の境内で見失ってしまいました。
このことをお寺の住職におそるおそる相談したところ、三鬼堂の赤鬼・青鬼・黒鬼のうちまん中の青鬼が酒の臭いのすることがわかりました。そこで酒屋の主人はある日近所の男たちの力を借り、お寺の三鬼堂に上りこみ青鬼を鉄のクサリで縛ってしまいました。それからというもの、その酒屋に大男があらわれなくなりました。

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「鬼門除け」の話
この三鬼尊は、江戸時代に当地の都賀郡部屋村富吉の石塚家から当山に寄進されたと伝えられています。石塚家には立派な長屋門があり、その階上部分に祀られていたといいます。しかし、石塚家から当山に寄進された理由はさだかではありません。
部屋村では、古くから巴波川(うずまがわ)の舟運河岸が栄え、渡良瀬川・利根川・荒川を経由して江戸との交易がさかんに行われました。大きな荷物はこの部屋村で陸揚げし、中小の荷は小舟で巴波川を上り栃木の町(今の入舟町河岸)まで運ばれました。
栃木の町は部屋村の上流、北東の方角に当ります。北東は丑寅(うしとら)の方角、つまり鬼門です。部屋村では毎年のように巴波川の出水に見舞われ、家屋が水に浸かったり、実った稲が全滅する年もありました。巴波川の出水は部屋村の人々にとって最大の災いでした。この災いを除くため、三鬼尊が鬼門の方角にある栃木町の当山に寄進され、「鬼門除け」とされたとしても不思議ではありません。

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「山の霊鬼」の話
当山の開祖朝海法印は山に入って厳しい修行を行う修験僧でした。開創以来、当山は修験道のご祈祷を行う真言寺院で、日光の山や峰での修行に向う行者さんの宿泊所になっていたにちがいありません。
部屋村の石塚家は大きな屋敷をもった名家だったそうで、舟運でこの地にやってくる人の宿にもなり宿泊者のなかには修験の行者もいて、長屋門に祀られている三鬼尊を旅や修行の守り神として敬拝していたことは想像に難くありません。
当山と石塚家の縁をつないだのは、方角や吉凶運などに詳しいこの修験の行者たちに相違なく、部屋村の人々の洪水の悩みを聞き、巴波川上流の栃木町(鬼門の方角)で彼らの宿になっている当山に三鬼尊を寄進することを人々に勧め、自分らが背負って舟で運んだものと思われます。
この場合の三鬼尊とは、山を神仏として敬う人たちが、住む里に山の恵みをもたらす「山の霊鬼(霊力)」のことで、前日光・古峰神社の天狗にも通じます。
- reference source : 満福密寺 / 萬福密寺 manpukuji Tochigi -


. 「福は内、鬼は内」- Fuku wa Uchi, Oni wa Uchi! Oni come in ! .


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三鬼尊土鈴 clay bell with the drunk red demon
He wears a white tenugui 手ぬぐい hand towel around his head and carries a tokkuri 徳利 sake bottle.

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4/08/2019

onifu demon amulet

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onifu 鬼符 amulet to subpress demons
oni fuuji 鬼封じ


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by【香港風水】駆邪治鬼符 - 悪霊を祓うお札


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天蛾のかしらの鬼符も能の里
tenga no kashira no onifu mo noo no sato

麭木明


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12/14/2018

Oni Fudo Myo-O

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Oni Fudo Myo-O  鬼不動


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8/14/2018

Mizuki Shigeru Oni

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Mizuki Shigeru 水木しげる Shigeru Mizuki
Shigeru Mura (武良茂 Mura Shigeru)



Goyu - 36 Stations of the Yokai Road - Mizuki Shigeru

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. Amanojaku 天の邪鬼 / 天邪鬼 Heavenly Evil Spirit .


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3/07/2018

oni kadomatsu pine decorations

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Oni to kadomatsu 鬼と門松 Oni Demon Legends
about New Year pine decorations



Temple Tanjo-Ji, Okayama, photo by Gabi Greve

Kadomatsu are placed in front of houses, temples, shrines and official buildings to welcome the New Year deity, purify the entrance and drive demons and evil spirits out.
. kadomatsu 門松 pines (decorations) at the gate .

pine and bamboo 松 竹は「鬼の木」 are trees which the Oni dislike most.
'Pine lasts for 1000 years and bamboo for 10,000 years'
is an old Japanese proverb. Pine and bamboo are popular materials for kadomatsu because people wish that Yorishiro, the place in which the deity lives, will last forever.


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............................................................................ Kagoshima 鹿児島県

On the island 薩南大島 Satsunan Oshima people put out Kadomatsu for the New Year.
Once upon a time,
an Oni had come down from the sky to haunt the island, but the villagers caught him and bound him to a pine tree. The strong Oni pulled out the tree and run away. They caught him again and bound him again to a pine tree, this time so strong that he could not run away. Since that time the Oni are afraid of pine trees.


Once upon another time



they put up a Kadomatsu with bamboo in the middle, so that the Oni hurt his stomach when climbing on it, and the Oni died.
Since then people put up Kadomatsu with bamboo.


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大島郡 Oshima district 瀬戸内町 Setouchi

On the island 加計呂麻島 Kakeroma they put out Kadomatsu with bamboo.
The villagers know that once an Oni hurt his stomach when climbing on it, and the Oni died.
Once upon a time, the villagers had tied a rabbit to the Kadomatsu pine tree. The oni came and pulled the tree out with its roots. The villagers followed the imprints of the roots on the ground and could eventually get the rabbit back.
Since then the Oni are afraid when they see a pine tree and do not come close to a home with such a decoration.

Once a villager got up early in the morning on the first day of the New Year. He saw three strange black clouds in the sky.
This was the figure of an Oni who had turned up to heaven in great fear when seeing the Kadomatsu in front of a home.




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一志郡 Ichishi district 美杉村 Misugi

For the Setsubun ritual (the former New Year ritual), people used to put out a holly branch with the head of a sardine to ward off the Oni.
When making a Kadomatsu, they used two strong stakes, a bamboo basket with many "eyes", a black pot hanger and a branch of hiiragi 柊 holly. The beans for throwing had to be roasted very well.



. hiiragi iwashi 柊鰯 Holly and Sardine Head .




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下伊那郡 Shimo-Ina district 阿智村 Achi

If people walk through the pines of the Kadomatsu decoration, they will become Oni.
So many homes put only one decoration out.


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oni to yama 鬼と山 mountain names and Oni demons
- 鬼山 Oniyama



鬼山地獄温泉 - Hot spring in Beppu


Many Oni hang around placed of departure and divide, like city gates, rivers and bridges, crossroads or mountain passes.

. Onigadake, Onigatake 鬼ヶ岳 / Onidake, Onitake 鬼岳 mountain names .
..... Onigaoka 鬼が丘 / 鬼ヶ丘 "Deomon Hill"

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. Kimen-zan 鬼面山 Mount Kimenzan . - Nagano

. Kukiyama 九鬼山 "Nine Demons Mountain" . - Yamanashi
and the brave 桃太郎 Momotaro


. Onitorisan 鬼取山 "Mountain of capturing the Demons" Zenki and Goki . -Nara
- and Onitorichoo 鬼取町 Onitori Cho village


Oniyama sakura matsuri 鬼山桜まつり Sakura Festival at Oniyama Demon Mountain
Misaki town 美咲町打穴中地区 Okayama
. Momotaro Legend in Misaki Town 三咲町の桃太郎伝説 .


. sanki, yamaoni, yama-oni 山鬼の鬼伝説 Mountain Oni Demon .
onisurusuishi 鬼臼石 / オニスルスイシ Oni Surusu Ishi


. Yama no Kami and Oni 山の神と鬼 Mountain God .
Niigata, Sado, - - - 蓋井島 Yamaguchi Futaoijima Island, ...


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Kinomiyama 鬼身山 284m
鬼ノ身城(岡山県総社市山田) Okayama, Soja
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............................................................................ Akita 秋田県

. yasha oni 夜叉鬼 Yasha Demon .


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a writer named
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kitan 鬼譚 "demon stories", "demon tales"
kitan 奇譚 magic stories

kitan sooshi 鬼譚草紙 Kitan Soshi "demon stories"




奇譚草紙 Kitan Soshi Magic Stories




kitan sooshi 鬼譚草紙 Kitan Soshi "demon stories"
夢枕獏 Yumemakura Baku (1951 - )
and 天野喜孝 Amano Yoshitaka

Three stories of mystic and erotic nuances, about heroes of the Heian period.


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anya kitan 暗夜鬼譚 Demon Tales of a Dark Night

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tsukumo kitan つくも鬼譚 stickers



Stickers are 48mm square sized and each of them features a character designed based on ancient tales.

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石見牛鬼譚 Iwami Gyuki Tan - Tales of the bull-demon from Iwami
by 岡田建文 Okada Kenbun

. ushi oni, ushioni, gyuuki 牛鬼 "bull-demon" .
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............................................................................ Gifu 岐阜県

During the mid-Edo period, there was a huge flooding of a river, due to long and strong rain. The villagers found a huge bull, half buried in the sand. When they tried to hit it with their axes, it started to bleed and the river became all red.




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安濃郡 Ano district 太田町 Otamachi
and from
那賀郡 Naka district 浅利村 Asari village

. ushioni 牛鬼 "bull demon" and nure-onna 濡女 "wet woman" .

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山村奇譚 magic stories from mountain villages
by 松岡実 Matsuoka Minoru

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kimon 鬼門の鬼伝説 Oni Demon Gate Legends

The north-east ushi-tora 丑寅 ox-tiger direction
is considered an un-auspicious region and needs protection from real and imagined enemies, fiends and demons.

. Kitamuki Fudo 北向き不動 and the Kimon direction .
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Why do Oni have horns ?

The explanation relates to the concept of
kimon 鬼門 Oni gate - Demon Gate
The zodiac animals associated with this 北東の方角 Northeastern region are
ushi-tora 丑寅 the bull and the tiger.
Oni are therefore usually depicted with bull horns and tiger fangs, wearing loincloths made of tiger skin.
(Tigers were not known in Japan.)
. tsuno 鬼の角 伝説 Oni Demon Legends about their horns .


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Kimon, the "Demon Gate" 鬼門,
Chinese geomancy (Ch: feng shui), a system for determining auspicious or inauspicious placements and orientations of cities, temples, houses, and graves. In Chinese thought, the northeast quarter is considered to be particularly inauspicious. The northeast direction is known as the "demon gate," which can be loosely translated as the place where "demons gather and enter." This belief was imported by the Japanese and is referred to as Kimon (literally "Demon Gate").
Kimon generally means ominous direction, or taboo direction. In Japan, both the monkey and the fox are guardians against evil Kimon influences.
source : Mark Schumacher



Photo source : 神霊の思頼


. Konjin, Konjin Sama 金神, 金神様 deity of metal .



Kimon Konjin 鬼門金神
an itinerant deity who changes his main direction of activities.


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ura kimon, ura-kimon 裏鬼門 the "back" demon gate
in the south-west

kimon-sumi no nagaya 鬼門隅の長屋 Nagaya living quarters at the Kimon corner
. nagaya 長屋 / ながや row house, long house .
living quarters for the people in service of a lord


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The outhouse toilet should never be placed in the Kimon direction of a house.
There are some trees that should never be planted in the Kimon direction of a house.
Others should be planted to bring good luck and avoid disaster.

A 汗穴 sweat pore is called Kimon. A Demon can use a 汗腺 sweat gland to invade a human body.

daiku no nyoobo 大工の女房 Legends about a carpenter making a mistake.



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幡豆郡 Hazu district

A new house should not face the northern Kimon direction.
Never dig a hole in the Kimon direction beside a house.
Planting a sarusuberi さるすべり crape myrtle tree in the Kimon direction protects the house from burglars and other disaster.

. sarusuberi さるすべり / 百日紅 crape myrtle tree .
lit. "Even monkeys fall from trees! "


In 小原村 Obara village, planting a nashi 梨 Japanese pear tree in the Kimon direction prevents people from becoming ill.
. nashi 梨子 Japanese pear, Pyrus serotina .



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三戸町 Sannohe

saru ishi, saru-ishi 猿石 "monkey stone"
At the estate of 足沢左十郎 Ashisawa Sajuro in Sannohe, the main building did not have a corner at the Kimon direction. Instead they had placed a stone, saru-ishi 猿石 of about 1 foot size. It was big enough for a monkes (saru - a pun with 去る to go away of bad luck). If a human touched this stone, he would be cursed, so people tried to avoid walking around this corner.





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沼田市 Numata

. kasha カシャ / 火車 Kasha Demon "burning chariot" .
and Kasha neko – The Corpse-Eating Cat Demon 火車猫
When the Kasha demon comes to get hold of a corpse, people shoot an arrow in the Kimon direction to drive it away.


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勢多郡 Seta district

. enju エンジュ / 槐 Japanese pagoda tree .
Planting an Enju tree in the Kimon direction will protect the home from fire and disaster.
enju is a play on words with long life, enju えんじゅ【延寿】.




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姫路市 Himeji

mawari konjin 廻り金神 Konjin coming around
A home should not be built in the direction of Kimon, Urakimon or the Konjin deity to avoid people living there from getting ill.





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津久井郡 Tsukui district 藤野町 Fujino

鬼門へ向かって飛んだ首 the head flying in the Kimon direction
Once upon a time
a 大工 carpenter had cut three pillars too short and did not know what to do about it. His clever wive suggested to use kushigata クシガタ(枡形)(masugata) square boxes. He did as suggested and all seemed well at first. But the carpenter was worried that his wife tell about his mistake and cut her head off to keep her silent.
The head took off and flew away in the Kimon direction in no time.





............................................................................ Miyagi 宮城県

kamaemono, kamae-mono カマエモノ being cursed by the Kami deity
A local proverb says:
If you put dirty things in the Kimon direction of your house, you will be cursed by the Deity.




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東臼杵郡 Higashi-Usuki district 北浦町 Kitaura

Konjin 金神 is seen as a protector deity of the Kimon direction.





............................................................................ Nagano 長野県

. kimon yoke no keyaki 鬼門除けのけやき .
The Zelkova tree between the Hachiman shrine and the Myojin Shrine is supposed to ward off evil. ...

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安曇野市 Azumino

o-inari sama お稲荷様 Inari Fox Deity
A kitooshi 祈とう師 Kitoshi shaman is called ニチレンサマ Nichiren sama in the local dialect.
There was once a family with many ill people and a lot of bad luck. So they asked a Shaman for help. He told them that their local sanctuary for Inari was in the Kimon direction and they should relocate it to the inui 戌亥 north-west direction.
They did it and since then all went well.

. Inari 稲荷 the "Fox Deity" .





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松浦市 Matsuura

ike no kimon 池の鬼門 Kimon of the Dragon Pond 龍が池
In the Dragon Pond lived daija 大蛇 a huge serpent. It had moved here after 為朝 Tametomo drove her away from 黒髪山 Kurokamisan.
Tametomo shot an arrow from this lake into the Kimon direction and it landed at the village 古野村 Konomura. There it stuck in the ground, became a bamboo grove and is still to be seen.
. Minamoto no Tametomo 源為朝 (1139 – 1170) .





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豊能郡 Toyono district

kimonburoo 鬼門風呂 bathtub in the Kimon direction
A bath tub and the bathroom should not be placed in the Kimon direction, because that will bring bad luck.





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戸田市 Heda city

大工の女房 the wife of a carpenter
The story is similar to the one above from Tsukui.
But the wife now came back every night via the Kimon direction and appeared in the carpenter's dream to scare him. So he shot an arrow in the Kimon direction.
The 角材 squared timbers he cut after that all looked a bit like his wife.



............................................................................ Saga 佐賀県
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佐賀市 Saga city

kimon-sumi no nagaya 鬼門隅の長屋 long house at the Kimon corner
The estate of the Lord of Bizen (in Edo) seemed bewitched during the time he was living there. Fire pillars were seen in the garden, rain dripped into the kitchen and sometimes the whole house rumbled and shook in strange ways. The local people rejoiced when the Lord had to move out for his yearly stay in Edo.
And every day they held special fire rituals at the long house at the Kimon corner, often calling priests to perform the purifying rituals.




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伊香郡 Ina district 西浅井町 Nishi-Asai

kimon 忌門 / キモン (another spelling, indicating the taboo direction)
When building a new home, people have to take good care of the direction.

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高島市 Takashima

ura kimon 裏鬼門 the "back" demon gate
Nothing should be grown in the Ura-Kimon direction of a home to avoid bad luck.





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田方郡 Tagata district 戸田村 Heda

Once upon a time
a 匠 carpenter had cut one pillar too short and did not know what to do about it. His clever wive suggested what do to about it. He did as suggested and all seemed well at first. But the carpenter was worried that his wife tell about his mistake and cut her head off to keep her silent.
The head took off and flew away in the Kimon direction in no time.
Later he made offerings in the Kimon direction to appease her soul.




............................................................................ Tokyo 東京都

The home in the estate of the venerable Honda Tadakatsu 本多忠勝 (1548 – 1610) had a fire on the first day of the New Year.
The mansion had been built with the Kimon taboos in mind. Just before the fire started, the pine decoration at the front gate showed a broken branch and three broken bamboo sticks.
That was really strange.

Honda Tadakatsu 本多忠勝 (1548 – 1610) - general of Tokugawa Ieyasu

. kadomatsu 門松 pine (decorations) at the gate .
- kigo for the New Year -

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To protect the Edo castle, 上野の寛永寺 the temple Kanei-Ji in Ueno was constructed in its Kimon direction.





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西牟婁郡 Nishi-Muro district 日置川町 Hikigawa

tamashi no yobimodoshi 魂のヨビモドシ calling back the soul
Once a man built his 便所 outhouse toilet in the Kimon dirextion, but he was cursed and died soon afterward.
But his voice came at night from the roof, asking to call him back. A carpenter came and dug under the outhouse and found the bones of a dead person. The family buried the bones properly. And the man came back to life.


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艮(うしとら) ushi-tora direction
auspicious directions were
乾(いぬい)inui, inu-i in the north-west
and 巽(たつみ)tatsumi, tstsu-mi in the south-east


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Tanzawa 丹沢の鬼伝説 
Oni Demon Legends from the Tanzawa mountains




The Tanzawa Mountains (丹沢山地 Tanzawa-sanchi) are a mountain range in the Kantō region, in Japan.
It covers the northwestern part of Kanagawa Prefecture and touches the prefectural borders of Shizuoka Prefecture to the west and the Yamanashi Prefecture to the north.

Mount Hiru 1,673m (蛭ヶ岳 Hiru-ga-take)
Mount Fudō 1,614m (不動ノ峰 Fudō-no-mine)
Mount Hinokiboramaru 1,601m (檜洞丸 Hinokibora-maru)
Mount Tanzawa 1,567m (丹沢山 Tanzawa-san)
Mount Tō 1,491m (塔ノ岳 Tō-no-dake)
Mount Shindainichi 1,340m (新大日 Shin-dainichi)
Mount Ōyama 1,252m (大山 Ō-yama)

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. 大山の不動様、 Oyama no Fudo Myo-O .

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ヤビツ峠 Tanzawa, Yabitsu Toge pass (761 m high)
神奈川県秦野市 Kanagawa, Hadano
with a splendid view of Mount Fujisan




餓鬼道伝説 Legend of the Gakido realm of Hungry Demons


source : toki.moo.jp/gate-q... gate 041...

This pass used to be called gakidoo 餓鬼道 the Road of the Hungry Ghosts.
In former times, the warlords 武田信玄 Takeda Shingen and 北条氏康 Hojo Ujiyasu used to fight for this pass. Many of their soldiers did not get enough food and staved on the road.
Their hungry souls now haunt the place.
Even in our times,  people sometimes come and make food offerings in remembrance of the old days.

yabitsu 矢櫃 refers to the boxes and containers they used to keep the arrows.
The soldiers carried rather large quivers with arrows to last for a long war.



. 弓道 Japanese Archery - Introduction .

. Hōjō Ujiyasu 北条氏康 (1515 – 1571) .

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Yabitsu Jinja 矢櫃神社 Yabitsu Shrine
Murotsu, Kaminoseki, Kumage District, Yamaguchi

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Onigatake, Onigadake 鬼ヶ岳
神奈川山北町と相模原市との境 - On the border of Yamakita and Sagamihara in Kanagawa.


source : toki.moo.jp/gaten...gate629...

There is a long slippery slope with a metal chain to hold on, but it is very difficult to climb. The two chains seem to get lost and invisible in the gas of the slope.

In former times it was called sennin no iwa 仙人の岩 Rock of the Mountain saints.
Seen from 蛭ヶ岳 Hirugatake, the two boulders look like the horns of an Oni.



鬼ヶ岩の頭


. 鬼ヶ岳 Onigadake, Onigatake / 鬼岳 Mountains with Demons .


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Tanzawa 丹沢の天狗伝説 
Tengu Legends from the Tanzawa mountains


. Saganboo, Saganbō or Sagamibō 相模坊 .
Tengu from 相模大山 Sagami Oyama
Mount Oyama in Tanzawa is famous for the Tengu mountain goblins.

Some huts for the forest workers get shaken badly if the Tengu is in a bad mood.

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. Sekison San 石尊山 Venerable Stone Deities .
sanctuaries for a stone Tengu.
The belief in Sekison San is known in the Tanzawa mountains, Oyama and at the 5th station of Mount Fujisan,

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 丹沢湖畔の川天狗 Lake Tanzawako and the Kawa Tengu
Lake Tanzawako was created due to construction of the Miho dam in 1978.


source : toki.moo.jp/gaten...gate 253...

Kawatengu are close to the Kappa water goblins and thus very special.
At lake Tanzawako is a stone memorial of such a Kawa Tenu. When the region came under water during the construction of the dam, the stone was removed and preserved.
神奈川県山北町 Kanagaea, Yamakita

One of the most famous Kawa Tengu (Mizu Tengu 水天狗 "Water Tengu" ) is
. Enkooboo 円光坊 Enko-Bo from Haguro San, .


. kawa tengu 川天狗 "river Tengu" - Introduction .

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Fudoo no mine, Fudō-no-mine 不動ノ峰
Mount Fudō, Fudo no Mine, Mount Fudonomine

1,614 m - 5295 ft



The first religious mountaineers in the Nara period used to climb in the Tanzawa mountains.
They prayed to Fudo Myo-O for safety and gave his name to one of the peaks.
This statue is still close to the peak.




source : diary.okutamawalker.com...


. Fudō Myō-ō 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O - Acala Vidyaraja .


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