Bou-Jutsu

An ancient martial arts in Japan.

Boujyutsu is not national martial arts like a Kendo, Karate, AIKI .
Only some village where has long history holds the tradition of Bojyutsu.
And competition is just dedicated for shinto ceremony .

The photos are from a village in Takachiho , Miyazaki.
The place where great grand father of 1st emperor lived . This place is called roots of Shintoism .

Not only in Here, in many villages in Japan, Bojyutsu are still alive.


http://takachiho.one-ness-fukuoka.com

Shihan mato

Original military arts in my place Miyazaki.

Very soft bamboo archery is used in Shihanmato. Even beginners can play it easy.
Formal wear is not necessary in there.
But it is rule, in competition you have to drink alcohol LOTS.

This tradition has long history . it is very popular in Miyazaki prefecture.
Competitions are hold at shinto shrine in new year and spring festival in each old castle.

Senior guys play very well. 
It is strange, they need reading glasses for news paper, but They never never miss the mark in Shihanmato .

Miyazaki, Japan

Red caps & Red bibs on Jozo

Many of Jizo are wearing red cap or red bibs. It is very cute & lovely.
But It is not fashion.

Someone who lost small baby or have a miscarriage puts handmade bib or cap on Jizo.

We believe Jizo is one of a buddha that came to this world to take care of small baby’s soul.

So Jizo is never put in building. Always put on public place, on the street where everybody can see

Because to share the sadness , to know pain in our life is important in Buddhism .

That is why the image of Jizo is alway cute and innocent .

On the way to go buddhist temple.

It is hard rain today. But I visited a temple in a deep mountain .
There is a great buddhist statue which was made 700 years ago.

The statue is never shown to public according to tradition.

But once in a year, only for 8hours, the temple open the door, and allow us to see the statue .

It was rain today. But I wake up early, and visited here.

Miyazaki, Japan

This early morning, I went a small buddhist temple in a deep mountain .

It was hard rain, but I saw many people in the small temple.

There is great buddhist statue which was made 700years ago.
The statue is never shown to public according to tradition .
But once in a year, only for 8 hours, temple allow public to see the statue.

This morning is the time we can see the statue .

The people lives around the temples were standing in the rain, and giving Bento (lunch box) to each visitors .

They gave me too , with very nice smile.

I got very good lunch today.

Miyazaki, Japan

Bishamonten

A buddhist statue which was made 700years ago.

Actually one more statue was on right side. But one wicked man came from outside, and stole the statue.
People tried to get back, but the statue was already sold in oversea.

The statue is still missing.


Miyazaki, Japan

Bishamonten

A buddhist statue which was made 700years ago.

Actually one more statue was on right side. But one wicked man came from outside, and stole the statue.
People tried to get back, but the statue was already sold in oversea.

The statue is still missing.


Miyazaki, Japan

Miko san

Young girls who works in shinto shrine.

They are trained but they are not priests. They works in shrine as part time job.

If you are young & beautiful character , anyone can get job as Miko San.

Payment for Miko is very GOOD.
Nice job.

Miko san

Young girls who works in shinto shrine.

They are trained but they are not priests. They works in shrine as part time job.

If you are young & beautiful character , anyone can get job as Miko San.

Payment for Miko is very GOOD.
Nice job.

All shinto priests are graded according to his experience and skills .
You can see it on their skirt.

Purple priest: upper grade / cool !!

Green priest : he needs training more years / Keep it up !!

If you see light purple priest, he is super. Super priests are very few in Japan. Less than 100 .