BLOGTsubuno’s inside stories of Kyoto!?2019.04.24

Don't you think using a micro SD card as a charm is too trendy?



■ Tsubuno

Tsubuno, a Kyoto's female character who calls herself a lifetime resident of a geisha district, will tweet local news, which might be only known to local people, from a different point of view.

Hi, nice to meet you. I'm Tsubuno. I've got a regular column on this MBS's Kyoto Chishin website by a coincidence. In my first column, let me introduce Kokuzo Hourinji Temple that is famous for Jusan-mairi ceremony (a traditional coming-of-age event when 13-year-old children visit to a temple or shrine to participate in a ceremony to pray for good health, knowledge, and strength). Having say that, I won't introduce Jusan-mairi ceremony. I'm going to mainly talk about micro SD card charms.

Can a micro SD card charm bring you good luck?

Kokuzo Hourinji Temple originated from Kazunoidera Temple built in the Nara period. This old temple was located in a place where high-ranked monks resided and was believed to provide a miraculous efficacy. The principal object of worship at the temple is Kokuzo Bosatsu (Akasagarbha Bodhisattva). You might already know the Bosatsu since it bestows worldly blessings on all beings including humans. Needless to say, you can get a charm that can bring you its blessings at this temple. Surprisingly, the charm is made with a micro SD card. Do you know what a micro SD card is? It is used for storing data on your smart phone. It is a very small card. It is hard to believe that such small card can bring you good luck, isn't it? Honestly, I thought the same thing. So, I visited the temple to ask about the charm.


Although I expected to see a flirt monk, the noble head priest with a gentle face explained about the micro SD card charm kindly.

You can not only set the image of Kokuzo Bosatsu as the background wallpaper but also store the Bosatsu on your smartphone!

An image of Kokuzo Bosatsu was stored in this micro SD card. Therefore, if you set the image as the background wallpaper or the lock screen wallpaper on your smartphone, you can see the Kokuzo Bosatsu every time when you use or unlock your smartphone. The head priest said, "Nowadays, people always carry their smartphones with them. So, I thought that it is a good idea to use a smartphone as a charm, because people can keep the Kokuzo Bosatsu close to them every day." Furthermore, not just the wallpaper image is stored in this micro SD card. The priest added, "Sanskrit "Taraha" that presents the Kokuzo Bosatsu was engraved on the micro SD card. That means that the Bosatsu will enter into your smartphone too" The name of a shrine or temple and divine favor each charm brings should usually be written on a charm. In that sense, using a smartphone as a charm is logical. This idea is innovative, which is typical for Kyoto people who like new things. However, it upholds traditions too.


Receive the blessings of Kokuzo Bosatsu thoroughly. Very cool!

Fully appreciate the Bosatsu's favor every time when you use your smartphone.

Honestly, before visiting the temple, I thought that using a micro SD card as a charm is like jumping on the bandwagon. However, it was worth asking about the charm. The charm totally convinced me. I already changed the wallpaper and set the image of Kokuzo Bosatsu on my smartphone. I don't know why but I felt that I became a better person a bit. For example, I could refresh myself when seeing the Bosatsu image after hanging up an annoying phone call. I could reflect on myself when seeing the image after I have trouble with my friend through messenger messages. You might think these are my problems and nothing is related to the Bosatsu. But, actually, you shouldn't think like that. Don't be so greedy about the Bosatsu's favor. Don't you think even soothing yourself can be blessed by the Bosatsu?


16GB for 1,200yen! Don't you think that this micro SD card charm is more reasonable than SD cards that you can purchase at stores?

Check out ① Jusan-mairi ceremony

Since now is a good time for Jusan-mairi ceremony, I'm going to briefly talk about the ceremony.Junsai-mairi ceremony is especially popular in the Kansai area. Children who have turned 13 years, old counted according to the traditional age counting system, make a ceremonial visit to Kokuzo Hourinji Temple to be blessed with wisdom and fortune from the Kokuzo Bosatsu between April 13th to May 13th.


Togetsukyo Bridge had been called Hourinji Bridge until the Edo period. It is believed that looking back towards the temple from the Togetsukyo Bridge will give the received wisdom back to the Bosatsu. So, please don't look back carelessly.


Check out②Stage

You can overlook throughout Kyoto including Togetsukyo Bridge and Sagano from the platform on the right-hand side of the temple precincts.



Check out③Denden-gu

Right after entering the gate at Dendengu Shrine, you will find the tower enshrining the ancestral god of radio waves and electronics. Recently, more and more people who work in the IT industry have visited here.


Don't you think that it is very interesting to find reliefs dedicated to famous foreigners such as Edison and Hertz at the tranquil and dignified atmosphere of the shrine?



Things that only Kyoto people know No.1

Kyoto cherishes traditions and its history as well as it opens to the latest technologies and startup businesses.


■Kokuzo Hourinji

Arashiyama Kokuzo-cho Ukyo-ku Kyoto-city
have no holiday
Entrance Fee/Free、micro SD card charm(16GB)/1200円
5 minutes walk from "Arashiyama" Station, Hankyu Arashiyama Line/10minutes walk from "Arashiyama" Station, Keifuku Arashiyama Line


Tsubuno, a Kyoto’s female character who calls herself a lifetime resident of a geisha district, will tweet local news, which might be only known to local people, from a different point of view.