1/24/2015

Kappa Jizo

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- KAPPA - 河童 / かっぱ / カッパ - Legends -
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- Kappa Jizoo かっぱ地蔵 / 河童地蔵 Kappa and Jizo Bosatsu -

There are various legends and statues in Japan.

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- カッパ封じ地蔵 Jizo subduing the Kappa -

福岡県の民話 Legend from Fukuoka
福岡の若松の高塔山(高塔山公園)Kita Kyushu, Mount Takato (Mt. Koto) in Wakamatsu (124 m)
北九州市若松区修多羅 Sutara
The part is now famous for its Hortensia アジサイ ajisai, open air concerts and a Wallaby zoo.
It overlooks the nearby sea 玄界灘.


- source : wakamatude.gozaru.jp

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- - - - - Watch the story online
- source : nipponmukasibanasi


- - - - - summary
At the top of Mount Takatosan in Wakamatsu there is a pond where clear water is sprouting and many Kappa lived in the pond. They always fought abou their territory among themselves.

One year there was no rain at all, all was dry and the hot sun shone from the sky every day.
Most ponds and rivers in the region were out of water and only the pond on top of Mount Takatosan still had some water. So the Kappa of the region all moved here and fought about the last few drops of water. They also involved the villagers nearby and it was really a cruel fighting among humans and the Kappa for survival.

Mountain ascet and Priest 堂丸総学 Domaru Sogaku heared about the water shortage and came to Mount Takatosan. He had been involved with wicked Kappa before and fought them with leaves of the gourd ヘチマの葉. So he thought he could help the people by subduing the Kappa here too.

He asked the blacksmith of the village to make him a long nail of about 30 cm. Then he climbed Mount Takatosan, sat in front of the statue of Jizo at the top of the mountain and began his prayers to subdue the Kappa.
"If my prayers are answered, then this nail will stick out of the back of the Jizo statue and all the Kappa will be put under the earth, never to come up again!"

When the surprised Kappa heare his prayer, they wanted to stop him. So one of them changed into a beautiful lady and tried to seduce the monk. Others offered him money to stop, others changed into huge serpents and threatened him, but monk Sogaku did not move an inch and continued to pray.



On the last day of his prayer, when Sogaku was already very exhausted, he suddenly saw one place at the back of the Jizo statue become soft as tofu pudding. He called on all his strength and stuck the nail into the stone statue there.
And in that moment, all the Kappa who had been threatening Sogaku disappeared into thin air, never to come back.

Now the water flew back down the mountain to the village and all were saved.
Even now there is the nail in the back of the Jizo statue to be seen. It is left there so that the Kappa will never never come back again to Mount Takatosan. People rub it softly with this wish and the nail has become all soft and smooth over the years.


The Jizo hall at Mount Takatosan.
It seems the real statue is not Jizo but Kokuzo Bosatsu 虚空蔵菩薩.




龍匠外伝

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Another legend about priest 堂丸総学 Domaru Sogaku
小便 - told by Mizuki Shigeru

高塔山の地蔵にはある由来があった。その昔、あんまの東六が森の淵で小便をすると、千匹の河童が現れた。その淵は、禁忌を破った河童達が溶けて溜まったものだった。村人たちは蘇った河童の退治法を考え、山伏の堂丸総学に河童を封じてもらうよう頼む。
- source : ja.wikipedia.org


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河童地蔵尊 Kappa Jizo Son
神埼町 枝ヶ里 Kanzaki, Saga prefecture



Link with 7 photos
- source : www.kanzaki-museum.com


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Kappa Koen カッパ公園 Kappa Park

At the hot spring 猿ヶ京温泉 Sarugakyo Onsen
Gunma 群馬県 



Once upon a time
a Kappa raided all the cucumber fields of the local farmers and caused a lot of trouble.
When the farmers caught the Kappa he promised by the statue of a Jizo Bosatsu to show them how to make good medicine if they let him go.

Now there is even a local festival and ritual to keep the Kappa happy.
カッパ地蔵安泰祈願祭

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Nagasaki, near 眼鏡橋の川沿
- source : travelog-jpn.blogspot.jp/


. Nagasaki Suijin-Sha 水神社 Shrine of the Water Deity .
and Kappa Legends

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Jizo no Fuchi no Kappa 地蔵の渕の河童 The Kappa from Jizonofuchi River Pool
Akita, 東由利町 Higashiyurimachi

The river which flows past the small village of Kubo 久保集落 has a river pool, Jizunofuchi, where a Kappa lived, who liked to play tricks on people. At the home of 末吉 Sueyoshi there were many young horses. One day when Sueyoshi had washed them in the river, the Kappa followed him. The villagers, who all knew about the malicious deeds of this Kappa, took him prisoner.
Eventually Sueyoshi felt pity with the Kappa and helped him to get free.
From this day on, every year when Autumn came, he delivered two fine salmon at the home of Sueyoshi.


source : kappa hakubutsukan

kokeshi wooden doll of Kappa delivering two salmon


. Akita 秋田県 Kappa Legends 河童 .

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Nikaidoo Masahiro 二階堂正宏 Nikaido Masahiro



Painting by Nikaido Masahiro (1948 - )
from Kamakura.

This one is for the Shrine Egara Tenjin 荏柄天神社.

鎌倉在住の漫画家二階堂正宏さ んは荏柄天神社の河童塚創設に奔走された一人です。
- source : kikurotakagi

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Kappa from Shimantogawa Shikoku 四万十川カッパ造形大賞



made by 竹岡瑠美
- source : www.kisotengai.jp

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- reference -


. Jizo Bosatsu (Kshitigarbha) 地蔵菩薩 .
- Introduction -

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Kappaishi 河童石 Kappa Stone
Nagasaki - Suijin-Sha 水神社 Shrine of the Water Deity



. Kappa ishi 河童石 Kappa stone legends .


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. - - - Join my Kappa friends on facebook ! - - - .

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. hyootan 瓢箪 Hyotan gourd, calabash and Kappa .
. . . . hechima 糸瓜, 蛮瓜,布瓜 sponge gourd .


. Kappa densetsu 河童伝説, Kappa minwa 河童民話 - Legends - Introduction .

. Mingei 民芸 Regional Folk Art from Japan .

- #kappajizo -
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1 comment:

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Jizoo Bosatsu 地蔵菩薩 Jizo Bosatsu art motives
with Kappa
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https://omamorifromjapan.blogspot.jp/2017/03/jizo-bosatsu-art-motives.html
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