Kitashirakawa "Koyasu Kanzeon (Taiko no sekibutsu)"

I think many towns have canceled Jizo-bon this summer.

Various Jizo statues are enshrined in the city of Kyoto.

This time, I will introduce you to a huge Kannon that you cannot forget at first glance.

An intersection leading to Imadegawa-dori Kita-Shirakawa and Ginkaku-ji Temple.

There is a large stone Buddhist image which is about 2 meters high.

The name is "Koyasu Kanzeon."

Even the Kannon called "Taiko no sekibutsu (Taiko's stone Buddhist images)" is believed to have been created in the Kamakura period.

There was a rumor that it would move freely, and Taiko, or Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI, heard the rumor and became a captive of Kannon.

There, Hideyoshi took Kannon back to Jurakudai to place him near him.

Then, Kannon moaned every night to return to Kitashirakawa and Hideyoshi surrendered.

There is a strange legend that he had no choice but to return it to the original place.

It is said that he was also called "Kubikiri Kannon (Beheading Kannon)" because Hideyoshi cut his head on the way back to Jurakudai.


The entrance where Koyasu Kanzeon is enshrined was once called "Shirakawa no mura (Shirakawa Village)".

It is said that it was once a key point of transportation for people heading north from Rakuchu to Rakugai.

Next to the Shian Kanzeon, you can see a small shrine where many small Jizo statues are enshrined.

These Jizo statues were excavated from the ground when Imadegawa-dori Street was constructed.

With Koyasu Kanzeon, they watch over the safety of children and the neighborhood.


The village of Shirakawa is known for its "Shirakawa-Me (Lady of Shirakawa)" which has been a flower peddler since the Heian Period.

The scene of selling flowers with a basket of freshly picked flowers on the head is familiar even in the procession of Jidai Matsuri Festival.

Even now, there is a custom of offering flowers at Koyasu Kanzeon in front of peddlers, and colorful flowers are offered.

Koyasu Kanzeon
Kitashirakawa-nishi-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City

Here is for "Nasu ari Jizo Bosatsu" in Gion Shirakawa

Here is for "Shirakawa-Me Kenka Retsu (Lady of Shirakawa to offer flowers)" to decorate the end of the Jidai Fuzoku Gyoretsu (Historic Pageant)

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