BLOGWalking2021.02.04

Hora-gai mikuji (Triton shell fortune) by Shogo-in Monzeki Temple

I think a lot of people look forward to drawing omikuji (fortune) when they visit shrines and temples.

There are many things I want to collect such as omikuji in ceramic lucky charms.

My favorite omikuji is Shogo-in Monzeki Temple's. it is known as the temple of Shugendo and Yamabushi.

It is based on the "Hora-gai (Triton shell)", which is blowed by Yamabushi and the temple crest is it, too.

Yamabushi is a monk who does strict ascetic training in the mountains, and Hora-gai (Triton shell) is a symbol of Yamabushi.

In Japan, Hora-gai (Triton shell) has been used as a tool to teach Buddha's sermons.

It is said that the same tone as Buddha's preaching removes various misfortunes of the listener.

After reading omikuji, we can display it at the entrance as an amulet to ward off evil.

It is not be able to blowed actually, but I fell in love with its unique motif!

*We can buy "Hora-gai mikuji (Triton shell fortune)" at special exhibitions of Shogo-in Monzeki Temple.

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Shogo-in Monzeki Temple is the head temple of the Honzan Shugen-do Sect which was founded in 1090 by Zoyo.

Shugen-do Sect is a religious doctrine founded about 1300 years ago by En-no-gyoja Zinhen Daibosatsu.

It is a Monzeki temple where the imperial family served as chief priest until the Meiji period, and the crest of chrysanthemum and Hora-gai (Triton shell) are decorated on the temple crest.

Furthermore, "Shogoin-mura village" is said to have stood on the west side of Shogoin Monzeki Temple until the Meiji period.

Daikon radish, turnip and yatsuhashi made in this village were given the name "Shogo-in".

Shogoin-daikon and Shogoin-kabu are Kyoto vegetables, and Shogoin-yatsuhashi is a well-known Kyoto confection.

Shogoin Yatsuhashi Souhonten (head office) is close to Shogo-in Monzeki Temple, and Shogoin is the name of the area.


Shogo-in Monzeki Temple
15 Shogoin Naka-machi, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City
3 minutes walk from Kumano-jinja Mae, City bus stop

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