The deity, Enmei Kannon, dispels curses and poison from your body and blesses you with a long life. Carved into a huge stone, Enmei Kannon is about 2 metres wide and 2 metres deep, and weighs about 12,700 kg (14 tons)!
This huge stone was found in Kisakata harbor in Akita prefecture in 1966 when a construction company was working to lower the seabed to turn the harbour into a port.
It is said that the statue was made by Ennin who was the third head priest of the Tendai sect, and so it was moved to this temple.
Daikokuten has a hammer called Tsuchi in Japanese. This is pronounced the same way as soil, so it symbolises the land that gives us produce like rice and other crops. People pray to him for good luck, good fortune and help in agriculture.
Ebisuson has a fishing rod which symbolises an enjoyment of fishing, but there is no net - symbolic of not being a profiteer. People pray to him for good commerce and bountiful fishing.
To enter the beautiful temple. I always think it’s more exciting to see the things if you could know the story of each deity and buildings before going.
This temple is so quiet even though it’s the second oldest temple in Tokyo. The atmosphere is amazing.