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10/13/2015

Fukagawa Fudodo temple in Tokyo Japan

Fukagawa Fudodo is the Tokyo branch of Naritasan Shinshoji temple in Narita-city Chiba-prefecture.

 

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It is said that Fukagawa Fudodo was established when the main Buddhist statue of Naritasan Shinshoji temple was brought to Edo for a special exhibition in 1703. The event was supported by the mother of the fifth Shogun Tsunayoshi and many people came to see the statue. After that, the exhibition was held many times in Edo. As a matter of fact,the statue was carved by Kobo-daishi who was a fondar of Shingon sect in the Heian period.

 

In the early Meiji era, Edo worshippers insisted on establishing an official branch of Naritasan Shinshoji temple in Fukagawa. As a result, Fukagawa Fudodo was established in 1881.

 

People believe that the main Buddhist statue enshrined in Fukagawa Fudodo todayshares the same soul with the main statue of Naritasan Shinshoji temple.

 

The original temple was burnt by the fire after the great Kanto earthquake in 1923. Although the building was rebuilt in 1928, it was burnt again by the air raids of World War II in 1945. Fortunately, the statue of the temple was protected by the monks. After the air raids, the statue was sent to Naritasan Shinshoji-temple.In 1950, Fukagawa Fudodo was rebuilt and the statue was brought back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new room for the
Buddhist statue was constructed in 2002 and the new main building was completed
in 2012.

 

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The new main building's walls are covered
with words of Fudo Myoo written in
Sanskrit.

 

 

 

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