Misadventures with Miso

Misadventures with Miso

Monday, May 30, 2011

Jizo and Shinto Shrine at Zojo-ji

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Ankokuden Hall at Zojo-ji. It houses the Black Image of Amida Buddha who was worshiped by Ieyasu Tokugawa and was said to protect him.

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I read somewhere there are 1300 Jizo here. Jizo are taken care of because they protect children and travelers. The ones at Zojo-ji appear to focus on children.

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Even on the grounds of this large Buddhist complex there is a Shinto Shrine.

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Yatagarasu the three legged crow, depicted on the chozuya. This is where one washes their hands and mouth before attending at the shrine.

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This is the honden of Kumano Shrine at Zojo-ji.


  1. The Ankokuden Hall looks very new.

  2. Toshogu, I'm not sure how old it is but I know the buildings at Zojo-ji were rebuilt after WWII. Everything is very well kept there and on Google maps Ankokuden has scaffolding around it so maybe they recently repainted it last year?