Kawasaki Daishi is a temple located about 3 km east of Kawasaki station
(JR and Keikyu Line).
The formal name is "Heikenji", but the name of "Kawasaki Daishi" is well-known all over the country.
It is the headquarters of the Chisan sect of Shingon Buddhism, and was
founded in 1128.
In the early 12th century, a samurai, who was chased from his country
for a crime he did not commit, was living here by fishing.
He was very poor, but he had been worshipping Koubou Daishi (The real name is Kuukai, the high priest in the 9th century).
One night, a priest appeared to him in his sleep, and the priest said
"I made a statue when I had stayed in China, then I floated it in the
sea. But it has not encountered the right person yet. If you get it and
worship it, you will become happy."
The samurai went to sea immediately. Then he found a brilliant spot, so he cast a net. He had gotten a wooden statue of Koubou Daishi.
After that, he built a small hut, set the statue in the hut, and had worshiped it every day.
One day, a travelling high priest visited him, and heard the samurai's
The priest was moved to tears, so he built a temple in cooperation with the samurai in 1128.
It is said that the temple was the current Kawasaki Daishi.
This temple has long been popular for protecting people from bad luck
So, during the first three days of the New Year, more than 2.7 million people visit here every year. It is the third most visitors in Japan, after Meiji Shrine (Tokyo) and Narita-san (Chiba Prefecture).
The approach of the temple has many shops, and it is called "Nakamise".
Most of the shops sell "Kuzumochi", "Ame", or "Daruma doll".
Kuzumochi is the glutineous jelly made from fermented wheat starch, and we eat it with coating toasted soybean flour and black molasses.
Ame is Japanese candy. We hear sounds all around that many ame workers cut up ame with knife on a board.
Daruma is the founder of the Zen sect, and daruma doll presents the appearance his Zen sitting meditation. Most of them are painted red.