The Koshindo-hall in Naramachi

When walking in Nara-cho, you often see that red ones are hanging from the eaves of the house.
This is due to the belief in Koshin.
Koshindo-hall is the base of the belief in Koshin in Naramachi Town.
[ About Sanshi ]
In the human body, there are insects called Sanshi.
In general, the following is said about the Sanshi.
Sanshi is a generic name for insects named Joshi, Chushi and Geshi, it is said to be in the body from the time that the person was born.
Sanshi hopes that the person where they live die soon.
Because Sanshi will be free when the person dies.
Sanshi can go to see God on the evening of the day of Koshin.
(Koshin is one of the Kanshi.
I wrote about the Kanshi here. )
But Sanshi can only go out when a person is asleep.
To God, Sanshi report all bad actions that the person has done.
God shortens the life expectancy of the person according to the bad action of the human being.
It is said that 300 days in the case of an evil deed and 3 days in the case of a small mistake will shorten life.
For this reason, it seems that there were many people who did not sleep during the night of the day of Koshin.
[ Legend about Koshin in Nara-machi Town ]
There are the following legends in Naramachi Town.
Plague was rife around 700.
Gomyo priest prayed to the Buddha to stop the plague.
On January 7th, Shomen Kongo appeared and said "I have known your sincerity, I will stop the plague."
The plague subsided shortly afterwards.
The day of having the divine revelation was "Year of Koshin", "Month of Koshin", "Day of Koshin".
Ever since then, people enshrined Shomen Kongo and prayed that they will be able to live healthy by getting rid of the "Sanshi" said to bring ills.
For it they founded a ko and took good care of Shomen Kongo.
(The Ko is a group of people gathering to hear Buddhist lecture.)
In this way, the belief in Koshin began in Naramachi Town.
[ The Koshin-do Hall ]
There is Naramachi information center on Naramachi-odori street.

Naramachi information center

When you go south on the side road there is a house called Nigiwainoie.

Nigiwainoie

The road is divided into two there, so you will go to the right.
There is a place that looks like the entrance to the Naramachi Museum.

Naramachi Museum

But you can not enter from here.
You will go to the left on the next intersection.
You will find the real entrance of Naramachi Museum.

Naramachi Museum

There is Koshin-do Hall about 30 meters from there.
Koshin-do is a small hall.
You may pass through there if you do not search while closely looking around.
But this is the Koshin-do Hall which is the base of the belief in Koshin in Naramachi Town.

The Koshin-do Hall in Naramachi Town

Here, the image of Shomen Kongo called "Koshi-san" is enshrined.
There is an amulet with figure of monkey who is a messenger of Koshin Kongo.

Migawari Saru

There are often hung on the eaves of a house in Naramachi.
In this way it seems that disasters will not come into the house.
They are called "Migawari Saru" because the monkey(Saru) will receive disaster as substitute(Migawari) of people.
It is also said that wishes can be fulfilled by writing a wish(negai) on the back, so it is also called "Negai Saru" for that reason.

[ Approximate Latitude and Longitude of tourist spots etc. ]
In Google Maps, you can find the location of tourist spots with latitude and longitude.
The following latitudes and longitudes are not officially announced, they are what I found out.
So they may be wrong.
The Koshin-do Hall: N34.67654 E135.82986


(August 22, 2018)

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