Toothache prevention belief passed down "Ha-no-Jizo-son (tooth Jizo)"

June 4 to 10th is "Teeth and Mouth Health Week" in Japan.

The other day, we introduced Kyoto's shrines and Jizo statues those are prayed for toothache goes away.

The Jizo that I will introduce this time is in front of the bus stop facing south of Senbon Kuramaguchi.

It's also called "Ha-no-Jizo-son (tooth Jizo)".

There used to be a stream called "Sakasa-gawa river (upside down river)" that flows northward on Kuramaguchi-dori Street.

And it is said that there was a small bridge across Senbon-dori.

The Jizo statue enshrined at the foot of the bridge is said to have been known as "Sakasa Jizo" since that place.

The shrine of "Dental Jizoson" has the following history.

A long time ago, a wife went to pick up her husband after work and saw him and a young woman walking together under an umbrella.

The angry wife catches her husband, and the surprised husband escapes under the river and hides behind the Jizo statue.

The wife is so upset that she runs to the crime of biting her husband's shoulder.

But it's not my husband's shoulder, it's Jizo's!

My wife's teeth, which got stuck in the Jizo's shoulder, won't come out.

An old monk passing by read a sutra and saved her, but she died.

The Jizo statue still has a thin tooth pattern on its shoulder.

It is said that, before long, it was called "Dental Jizoson" and became popular to prevent toothache.

It may be a warning that healthy teeth are not for biting people.


Ha-no-Jizo-son (tooth Jizo)
Murasakino Junibo-cho, Kuramaguchi agaru, Senbon-dori Street, Kita Ward, Kyoto City
Near the city bus stop, Senbon Kuramaguchi.

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