Hoosan Jinmokuji (Jinmokuji Kannon)
In the year 597, a fisherman named Ryumaro from Jinmoku Village in Ise was casting his fishing net in the bay of Egami Sho when he pulled up a golden statue of the Holy Kannon (Kannon Bodhisattva). He built a temple to enshrine the Kannon statue on the northern part of the bay, and this is the legend surrounding the founding of Jinmokuji (Hadame-dera) that has been passed down through generations. It is one of Japan's most renowned ancient temples, following in the footsteps of Horyuji and Shitennoji.
The Holy Kannon statue is said to have been created after receiving a prediction from Shakyamuni Buddha. It traveled through Baekje (an ancient kingdom in Korea) and arrived in Japan. It is believed to be one of the three statues that were cast into the sea in 585.
The other two statues were also found. The Amida Buddha is now enshrined at Zenkouji Temple in Shinshu, while the Seishi Buddha is at Ryoukouji Temple in Dazaifu, Kyushu. The Holy Kannon statue at Jinmokuji later became the internal Buddha of an Eleven-faced Kannon standing statue.
Ama City Jimokuji East Gate 24
|Outside of Nagoya