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Mount Nokogiri (Gomakutsu)


On the route from Daibutsu Square to the summit of the mountain, there are many stone statues called "Tokai 1,500 Arhats". These stone statues were carved over a period of 20 years by Eiryo Ohno Jingoro, a master craftsman from Sakurai, Kamishu (present-day Kisarazu City), together with 27 of his pupils, at the great request of the monk Guden in 1780. As a result, the name of Hoda Arhats became well known throughout the sea.

Since the Meiji Restoration (1868), the stone statues have been destroyed due to superstition, and the stigma of headless arhats has spread.

There is a superstitious belief that if you take the head of one of the 1,200 Arhats that resembles your own face and make an offering without letting anyone know, your wish will be granted. The temple was severely damaged by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, and in 1963, hundreds of heads were tied up and iron fences were built to protect them.

Mount Nokogiri

Mount Nokogiri (鋸山, Nokogiri-yama) literally "saw mountain" is a low mountain on the Bōsō Peninsula on Honshu, Japan. It lies on the southern border of the city of Futtsu and the town Kyonan in Awa District in Chiba Prefecture.

The mountain runs east to west, having the characteristic sawtoothed profile of a Japanese saw (鋸, nokogiri). It falls steeply into Tokyo Bay on its western side, where it is pierced by two road tunnels and a rail tunnel, carrying the Uchibo Line south from Futtsu to Tateyama. Both features are due in part to the mountain's history as a stone quarry in the Edo period, the marks of which are still picturesquely evident.

The western side of the mountain is also the site of the sprawling Nihon-ji temple complex, which is the home of two Daibutsu sculptures - a huge seated carving of Yakushi Nyorai that at 31.05 metres (101.9 ft) tall is the largest pre-modern, stone-carved Daibutsu in Japan, and the "Hundred-shaku Kannon", a tall relief image of Kannon carved into one of the quarry walls - as well as 1500 hand-carved arhat sculptures, which combined with the spectacular scenery of the Bōsō Hills and Tokyo Bay, make Mount Nokogiri a popular tourism destination.

The temple is accessible by road and by a cable car, the Nokogiriyama Ropeway, which runs from Hamakanaya Station on the JR Uchibo Line to a lookout deck near the top of the temple precinct.

The western end of the mountain falls precipitously into Tokyo Bay, where Cape Myōgane (Japanese: 明鐘岬) is a good place to watch large ships pass through Uraga Channel at sunset.

Copyright: Natsutoshi Nomoto
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Taken: 14/05/2021
上传: 16/05/2021


Tags: mountain; arhats; cave
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