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Published on 04.28.2016
I guess most tourists would not know about such a place, the Dai Kannon Ji, that is hidden in Ningyocho.
No doubt there are a lot of things such as the traditional craft shops, the more well-know shrines to visit, the established eateries and also the mechanical figurine clock tower, which is the symbol of Ningyocho, to see in Ningyocho, Dai Kannon Ji, is a small temple, that is hidden.
maybe they would miss this out because it is not very prominent unless you take the time and effort to look for it, or chance upon it while looking for something else.
This Dai Kannon Ji, is a Buddhist temple, mainly praying to the Bodhisattva Kannon, who is well known for her motherly figure in the Chinese mythology.
Around the area, there are also tiny Jizo which symbolizes the salvation and safety of the children.
Parents usually give their prayers offerings to their children either born or unborn.
This small temple is very much alike to those you can find in China. At the side of the building, you can see a small black statue with three heads and eight arms, which represents the Bato Kannon, who is said to be a protector of horses, as he holds an axe with one hand, another with a sword and another with a flute.
Another interesting thing about this temple is that they do doll memorial services, where these dolls are often treated differently from regular toys are these toys are an integral element of a child’s upbringing, where it is also though that these dolls holds memories or even souls.
So, if you’re interested to check this place out, which I recommend, do check it out!
Getting to there:
Take the train to Ningyocho, and walk for about 3 minutes.