11/25/2009

Sacred Gingko Tree 2007

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. ichoo, itchoo - Icho Gingko tree and kigo .
- Gingko tree legends, see below -
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30 famous gingko in full



sacred gingko tree -
a prayer falls
with every leaf




08 it rains gingko leaves




the huge trunk with the sacred rope


15 sacred tree




sacred gingko tree -
how many tears
have you witnessed ?







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As I was standing below this old, huge tree, camera poised upward, there was all of a sudden a strong sweep of wind and all these leaves kept dancing around me, rustling down with a thousand strange voices, each one saying its own prayer ...

a sacred moment and so unexpected


sacred gingko tree -
each leaf rustles a prayer
as it falls



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Read about my visit to

Temple Tanjo-Ji, 誕生寺 Okayama

The Sacred Gingko Tree of Saint Honin !
It is more than 800 years old.

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. Kamakura and the old Gingko Tree .

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銀杏散る遠くに風の 音すれば
ichoo chiru tooku ni kaze no oto sureba

scattering gingko leaves
faint sound from the wind
far away


Tomiyasu Fusei (1885 - 1979)


TREES as topic for haiku !

. ichoo, itchoo - Icho Gingko tree and kigo .

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Aah, but a prayer always rises !
or
Leaves saying prayers?
Faith and prayer, expressed in haiku


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. Japanese Legends - 伝説 民話 昔話 – ABC-List .


- - - - - - - - - - - - - Chiba 千葉県

. 松虫姫伝説 - Legend of Princess Matsumushi .



- - - - - - - - - - - - - Fukushima
須賀川市

丑の刻参り
結婚したくない相手がいる、離婚したい、呪い殺したい時には、蟇目鹿島神社に丑の刻参りをする。これを21日間行い、21日目に神社境内のいちょうの木に五寸釘を親指で押し込んでしまうほど力がこもっていれば願いがかなうというが、その時は髪をふり乱し、口にかみそりをくわえ、鏡を抱き、手にろうそくを持っている。また、途中で人に出会うと願いはかなわぬという。

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相馬郡 新地町
Minamoto no Yoshiie 源義家
枝がすべて下向きに伸びているので、「さかさいちょう」と呼ばれているいちょうの木がある。昔、源義家がいちょうの枝をむちにしたが、ここで休んだときに、逆さにして槌に挿した。それがそのまま根付いて成長したので、今でも枝が下に伸びるのだという。


- - - - - - - - - - - - - Kyoto 京都府

. the head of Taira no Masakado 平将門 .



- - - - - - - - - - - - - Nagano 長野県

. Yakushi sama 薬師様 at 戸倉山 Togura-Yama .

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下伊那郡 高森町

Jizoo 地蔵 Jizo Bosatsu
ささ竹の中に石地蔵があり、そこには大きないちょうの木があった。この木にいたずらすると瘧にかかって熱が出るといわれていた。実際、村松家の老人が掘り出すと大熱が出て、村人は大変驚いたという。


- - - - - - - - - - - - - Niigata 新潟県
佐渡郡 相川町

fundoshi ふんどし,koshimaki 腰巻
石名清水寺のいちょうの木には白いふんどしがぶらさがって人を驚かせた。千本の入野神社には赤い腰巻がぶら下がって人を騒がせた。



- - - - - - - - - - - - - Tokushima 徳島県

. 山の神 and Tengu 天狗 the Mountain Goblin .



- - - - - - - - - - - - - Tokyo 東京

. sakasa ichoo 逆さいちょう "the upside-down gingko tree" .



- - - - - - - - - - - - - Yamagata 山形県

. Icho from temple 珍蔵寺 Chinzo-Ji .


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- reference : Nichibun Yokai Database -
いちょうの木 - finish
41 銀杏 to collect

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4 comments:

Gabi Greve said...

Legend from Tochigi 栃木県
okaimo オカイモ Okaimo
In the family of 柴田良夫 Shibata Yoshio they eat Okaimo for breakfast from the last day of the last lunar month till the third day of the first lunar month.
Okaimo is a dish of yatsugashira 八頭 / ヤツガシラ a kind of 里芋 Satoimo Taro potato, ninjin ニンジン carrots, goboo ゴボウ Gobo burdock and dried small fish flavored with soy sauce.
Once upon a time, a travelling priest asked for some taro 苧 Colocasia antiquorum potato but did not get it and the head of the family turned into a stone.
Since then they prepare Okaimo, Oka-Imo.
In the family of 上沢芳夫家 Uesawa Yoshio they prepare Okanimo オカンイモ and azuki meshi 小豆飯 auspicious rice with red soy beans.
Okanimo is made with chicken soup, ginko 銀杏 small cut gingko nuts, 大根 daikon radish, carrots, Gobo and onions. Finally Taro and soy sauce is added.
On the third day of the New Year this dish is offered to the Buddhist and Shinto Deities. After the offering it is put into cooked rice and eaten in the hope it might keep away the
疫病神 Yakubyogami Deity of Disease.
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https://heianperiodjapan.blogspot.com/2019/05/shoyu-soy-sauce-legends.html
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Gabi Greve said...

Legend from Yamanashi, Minobu san

oha icho お葉公孫樹 / オハイチョウ leaves of the Gingko tree
In the year 1274 when Saint Nichiren had come to Minobusan, a visiting monk gave him poisoned mochi 餅 rice cakes and Nichiren was almost killed.
On this day he had been out walking and gave the rice cake to a shiroinu 白犬 white dog on the road. The dog died soon.
Nichiren took pity on the dog, held a memorial service for him and made a mound, where he put 銀杏の枝 his walking staff made from gingko wood into the ground.
The staff kept in the ground, got roots and became a strong gingko tree.
People used the leaves of this tree to protect themselves from poisoning.
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https://edoflourishing.blogspot.com/2020/01/minobu-kaido-highway.html
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Gabi Greve said...

Tengu Legend from Kyoto 京都府 Fushimi 伏見区
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In the year 1792, in a hamlet called 横大路 Yoko-Oji a man wanted to cut a branch from a three-pronged itchoo 銀杏 Gingko tree, when suddenly a strange wind begun to blow and something seemed to grab his throat, so he stopped immediately. Later he found some strange hair on his throat.
This Gingko tree must have been sacred to a local Tengu.
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https://edoflourishing.blogspot.com/2020/02/fushimi-kaido-highway.html
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Gabi Greve said...

Legend from Tottori 若桜町 Wakasa town

kimodameshi 肝試し test of courage
On the 14th day of the 12th month, the day when the famous 47 Ronin killed their enemy as told in the Chushingura story,
the young people from the village have to pass a test of courage.
They have to go to the graveyard or the local Shinto shrine at night and the elders threaten them from behind the big 銀杏 Gingko tree along the road.
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https://edoflourishing.blogspot.com/2020/03/inaba-kaido-highway.html
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