Saturday, November 8, 2014

A Walk around Kawasaki Daishi and the Halloween Parade (Part 1) / 川崎大師の散歩とハロウィンパレード (パート1)

Last week was Halloween and in the city of Kawasaki (where I now work), a Halloween Parade was the happening event.  We met our friends Yukio and Reiko around noon in Kawasaki.  Had lunch at the food court in Razona and since the parade wasn't going to start until 2pm, we decided to go to Kawasaki Daishi named after Kobo Daishi whose name means "the great Master who spread the Buddhist teachings" according to Kawasaki Daishi's English web site.  I only took pictures of my lunch this time around.  I chose an India curry plate from a place called Amara.  Two choices of curry - spicy chicken and spinach/lentil curry with naan and rice and chiken tikka as well.


You can see the tandoori oven at the front of the shop.


It wasn't the best Indian curry I've had.  I like thicker curries.  The curries at this place were more like soup curries. 


After lunch, we headed to Kawasaki Daishi.


The road leading to the temple.


I love the streets lined with souvenir and food shops.


I thought they were real at first until I took a second look. 


Kawasaki Daishi is also well known for its Daruma.  You will find many shops that sell only Daruma but many different shapes and colors, although red is the most traditional.

From Wikipedia: The Daruma doll (達磨 daruma?), also known as a Dharma doll, is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma), vary greatly in color and design depending on region and artist. Though considered an omocha, meaning toy, Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement. The doll has also been commercialized by many Buddhist temples to use alongside goal setting.


The Dai-Sanmon (Main Gate) / 大山門
Temizuya (Water Purification Hut) / 手水舎
Dai-Hondo (Main Hall) / 大本堂
A closer look at the Dai-Hondo (Main Hall).
Hakkaku Gojunoto (Octagonal Five Storied Pagoda) / 八角五重塔
Kannon / 観音様
My apologies, but I cannot read the kanji on who or what this is.

Henro Daishi / 遍路大師
Kobo Daishi is also known for the 88 temple pilgrimage in Shikoku.  This statue is for pilgrims to have a safe journey or something to that effect. 

Shoro-do (Bell Tower) / 鐘楼堂
Chikaraishi (strength stones).  You find quite a bit of these at different shrines.  These were heavy rocks used to develop or demonstrate physical strength.  The practice is believed to have started around the 8th century.
Dai-honbo (Head Office) / 大本坊
Break time.  Having a beer while sitting in the temple grounds with Yukio and Reiko.
A very nice day too!
Shozuka no Ba-san.  A small shrine for good teeth.  Uh...okay.  Japan has many shrines to different things which makes temple and shrine walks so interesting.
And finally before heading back to Kawasaki for the Halloween parade, another collection to my temple stamps - one from Kawasaki Daishi.

1 comment:

Rurousha said...

Now that looks familiar! :) We always end up in the same places, somehow.