Jison In Breast Temple for Well Being of Women in Japan
Temples in India or other parts of the Countries had always been in News regarding the visit of Women into them. There are several petitions and cases filed regarding such controversies, of which few are cleared and some pending. Japan
is a place where a person would find many weird things. Tokyo is the largest and capital city
of this country. One of the famous epithet of Japan
, often referred its Japanese name by "Land of the Rising Sun"
. Whether it be the bizarre temples or its food, Japan is always famous for such things. Jison-In
is such an Unique Buddhist Temple
, situated at the base of Mount Koya,
in the small town of Kudoyama
, in Ito District of Wakayama prefecture
marking the entrance to the pilgrimage route of Koyasan.
Jison In Temple Japan
Entrance of The Breast Temple Japan
History of this Temple:
This temple dated to 9th century, was founded by Kobo Daishi, one of Japan’s most significant religious figures and the founder of Shingon Buddhism, as a gateway to the sacred Mount Koya, or Koyasan.
It was first settled by Kobo Daishi in 816-the founder of Shingon Buddhism, and was introduced to Japan in the year 806 as a Chinese-influenced esoteric sect.
Today, Koyasan chiefly functions as the Shingon Buddhism headquarters for more than 4,000 temples and missions throughout Japan and overseas with a population of around 3,000 staying in it.
During late 1800s, as women were prohibitted to enter Koyasan
, it was Kobo Daishi's elderly mother
came to see the complex on Mount Koya which her son had founded, and stayed at Jison-In
Due to this reason Kobo Daishi had to walk back and forth from Mount Koya around 24 kms each way down from the mountain around nine times a month to see his mother, hence got the name of Kudoyama, which means, 'Nine Times Mountain' and today became a sacred site of worship for them.
Breast Temple in Japan
Nowadays, this temple stands as the starting point of the pilgrimage to Koyasan and is the major administrative base for activities further up on the mountain.
Legend Associated With This Temple:
According to the Temple's Head priest, Annan who is the head of the temple for 40 years, this unusual tradition of offering "Emas" (Representation of Female Breasts) in the temple, began when a Doctor from nearby Wakayama city visited this temple for his patient suffering from breast cancer, came to pray for her, and asked the temple's staff if they could place a symbol of breasts as an offering to the deity.
Annan-Jison In Temple's Head Priest
As this word of the unusual request spread, the temple got obliged, people from all around the country and beyond started coming to this place to offer prayers for all kinds of health issues affecting the Women be it their mother, daughter, wife or sister.
An Idol of Mother-Breast Feeding Her Child
"Women pray in this temple for safe pregnancies, childbirth, protection from cancer and even an abundant supply of breast milk to the newly borns. "
Women Offering Emas in the Temple Complex
Over the years, this temple is left with thousands of offerings of female breasts which are known as "Emas". These specialized form of offerings can also be purchased online.
Ema Boards all over the Temple
What are Emas?
The "Emas" are the representations of female breasts in a busty type of decorations made out of foam-stuffed fabric with beads used as nipples seen hanging in every corner of the temple complex available in all shapes and sizes. The other form of female breasts visible in the complex are carved wooden blocks topped with circular mounds dotted with pink nipples, some having paintings of images of busts on wooden plaques and boards on which worshipers can write their prayers and requests to the Deity.
Emas offered inside Jison In Temple Complex Japan
Wooden Plaques Tied in the Temple by Women
Significance of This Temple:
As the breasts represent birth, people believe that the Goddess of Breasts would help women worshipping her with safe child births, protection from cancer and supply healthy breast milk to the infants. The connection of temple's to such themes related to motherhood are dated around 1,000 years.
"Women not only pray for a safe child birth, abundant lactation or for breast cancer healing, but there are also those who pray for larger breasts or even pink nipples!"
Breast shaped Fountain Lactating Water
Best Time to Visit:
Although the weather of Japan is hot and humid, the favourable time is March-May (Spring Season) and September-November (Autumn Season). This is the best time to visit Japan, for those who also wish to see the delicate cherry blossom or bright red leaves, which adds contrast to the scenery by making it most vibrant place.
The other shrines in the Wakayama prefecture are Kumano Shrines-on the southern tip of the prefecture and Tomogashima-is a part of prefecture with a cluster of four islands.
The Wakayama Prefecture is having other than temples, hot springs such as Shirahama, Kawayu, and Yunomine Onsen.
How to Reach:
By Air: Narita International Airport is the main airport in Japan, around 80 km from Tokyo which is well connected with flights from different destinations. The other international airports are located at at Osaka, Kyushu and Sapporo.
By Train: Kudoyama Station is the nearest railway station, which takes one only 20 mins to visit this temple, situated in Ito District, of Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.
Kudoyama Railway Station Japan
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