Temple 42: Butsumokuji

This temple is named Butsumokuji, which means, “Buddha’s Tree Temple”. The ancient story about this temple is that in 807, when Koubou Daishi was coming through, a local farmer offered his cow for him to ride. While riding along Koubou Daishi saw a jewel hanging in a camphor tree. The jewel was the same that he had brought from China and had thrown here long before. The jewel was taken and set on the forehead of an image of Dainichi Nyorai (the sun Buddha, the Buddha of the cosmos) that was then carved form the tree.

This temple had been a place where pilgrims would pray for success and prosperity, but recently is has also become a place where people pray in the memory of lost pets.

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A shrine for pets.

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