2018-05-02

matsu pine legends

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matsu 松と伝説 Legends about the pine tree / 松の木

Pine trees show abundand green even in the fiercest of winter and hardly dry out, so they have been a symbol of long life in China since old times.
. matsu 松 pine - and its haiku .
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. plants and their legends  植物と伝説 - - ABC list .

. Oni to kadomatsu 鬼と門松 Oni Demon Legends and New Year pine decorations .

. Tengu to matsu 天狗と松 the Tengu pine - Legends .
Tengumatsu 天狗松



"The Pine of Sumi-no-e" 住吉の松 and 高砂 the Takasago Legend


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............................................................................... Aichi 愛知県
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豊橋市 Toyohashi

. Niryuu no Matsu 二龍の松 Niryu no Matsu, "Pine like two dragons" .






............................................................................... Ehime 愛媛県

. ryuutoo no matsu 龍灯のマツ Ryuto - the Dragon Lamp Pine .
松前町西古泉65 Masaki Cho, Nishikoizumi, Iyo-Gun / 玉松山金蓮寺 Konren-Ji




............................................................................... Fukui 福井県  

敦賀市 Tsuruga

. yama no kami koo 山の神講 prayer group for the god of the mountain .




............................................................................... Hyogo 兵庫県

有馬郡 Arima district

. Yamanokami no tatari 山の神の崇り curse of Yamanokami .




............................................................................... Ibaraki 茨城県

. 河童 - Kappa, the Water Goblin of Japan! .

Kappamatsu 河童松 Kappa pine

- - - - - Once upon a time,
a Kappa had brought many calamities to the village. One day a farmer was lucky and caught the Kappa. He bound him to a pine tree and wanted to kill him.
The Kappa begun to cry and beg for his life. He promised never to do harm again and protect the children from water accidents from now on.
And indeed, the Kappa kept his promise.


............................................................................... kamishibai 紙芝居 "paper drama"

. kamishibai 紙芝居 "paper drama" .


- reference source : geocities.jp/soueik3_31/kuroganetyoudensetu... -
Tekkamatsu 鉄火松 "gunfire pine"
A legend from Aoba Ward, Yokohama City, Kurogane cho (Tetsu Town)
横浜市青葉区鉄町 - at the border to 川崎市麻生区 Kawasaki, Asao ward


source : 麻生 Asao town news
- Tekkamatsu hi 鉄火松碑 Memorial stone at the place of the Gunfire Pine




............................................................................... Kanagawa 神奈川県

. koshoo 古松 the old pine .
橘樹郡宿河原村 In the Tachibana district, Shukugawara village

. tatsu 竜 dragon at the root of a pine .
and the the fields of Gotanda village 五反田




............................................................................... Nagano 長野県
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昔、松の木があまり大きくなかったころ、その松の幹にはこぶが2つあった。そのうちの1つを切ったところ、切り口から乳が出てきたので、それ以後はご神木として大切にした。昭和9年の台風で倒れたという。.
http://www.nichibun.ac.jp/YoukaiCard/C2020373-000.shtml

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上伊那郡 Kami-Ina district 南箕輪村 Minami-Minowa

. shinboku 神木 a sacred tree and Typhoon .




............................................................................... Nara 奈良県
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山辺郡 Yamabe district 山添村 Yamazoe village 中峰山 Chumuzan hamlet

. 狩野元信 Kanō Motonobu, Kano Hogen (1476―1559). .
- Yamanokami and 松の木 the pine tree painting




............................................................................... Shimane 島根県

. sugegasa 菅笠 sedge hat and Yamanokami .





............................................................................... Tokushima 徳島県

. matsu no ki no baasan 松の木の婆さん the old hag from the pine tree .





............................................................................... Tokyo 東京

Some of the Nana Fushigi 七不思議 Seven wonders of Edo ;

. Ipponmatsu 一本松 Ippon-Matsu "Just one Pine tree" .
"Kanmuri-no-Matsu" and "Shugetsutei-no-Hagoromo-no-Matsu."
negai no matsu 願いの松 at Edo Castle Nana Fushigi 江戸城七不思議
chi no deru matsu 血の出る松 / 血のでる松 A bleeding pine tree
hikeshi no matsu 火消しの松 pine extinguishing a fire.

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猿江町 Sarue Cho - "Monkey Inlay"

. 小名木川五本松 Onagigawa Gohon Matsu .


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渋谷区 Shibuya ward

. Dogen Matsu 道玄松 Dogen pine tree .
Named after 大和田太郎道玄 Owada Taro Dogen.

. hitokui matsu 人喰松 "man-eating pine" .



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立川市 Tachikawa

. reiken 霊験 spiritual achievement and Kobo Daishi .




............................................................................... Yamanashi 山梨県

. The Zen temple 正福寺 Shofuku-Ji .
and the kadomatsu 門松 gate decoration with pines for New Year


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- reference : nichibun yokai database 妖怪データベース -
3096 松 to explore (00)
including 松阪, 松江 ...

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3 comments:

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Tokyo Setagaya 世田谷区
hitokui matsu 人喰松 "man-eating pine"
At the 渋谷道玄坂 Dogenzaka slope in Shibuya there is a pine tree with this name.
During the restructuring of modern Tokyo, this tree had to be moved. Two sisters living in Setagaya were very pious, chanting the 法華経 Hokekyo Sutra and got a message from the Deity.
In former times something bad had been buried under the roots of this tree and cursed the people. When they eventually dug below the roots, they found the bones of a hebi 蛇 serpent. During the recital of the Sutra, the serpent turned all white and made its way up into the heaven.
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https://edoflourishing.blogspot.com/2018/06/setagaya-ward.html
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Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Tokyo Azabu
Azabuipponmatsu 麻布一本松町 Azabu Ipponmatsu district "one pine tree"
元麻布一丁目, 二丁目 Moto-Azabu, first and second sub-district

Around 1670, Ipponmatsu was created in the former Azabu mura 麻布村 Azabu village.
In the beginning there were many Samurai estates and temples, but later the townspeople and merchants took over.
The print shows the compound of the temple 長伝寺 Choden-Ji and close to it many shops.
There was also a tea stall and next to it an old large single matsu 松 pine tree.
This tree was also called kanmuri matsu 冠松 "crown pine tree"
and provided shadow for the travelers.
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The old pine tree was destroyed by a fire in 1772, but has been replaced several times after that. The present tree was planted after WWII.
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https://edoflourishing.blogspot.com/2018/05/azabu-district.html
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Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Tokyo, Taito
Saizooin 西蔵院 Temple Saizo-In
the pine O-gyoo no matsu 御行の松 O-Gyo no Matsu
Pine of the Religious Practise

The pine was in the temple Saizo-In with a hall for 不動堂 Fudo Myo-O.

The first O-Gyo no Matsu must have been quite famous, since it is depicted in the Edo Meisho Zue and by Utagawa Hiroshige.
A priest of the temple 上野寛永寺 Kanei-Ji in Ueno practised austerities under this tree. Nearby in Arakawa ward, Nippori, is the
otooto matsu 弟松 Younger Brother Pine
In 1925, this pine became a 天然記念物指定 national treasure. At that time it was about 14 m high.
In 1928, the tree withered and died, so the national treasure position was revoked. It must have been more than 350 years old at that time.
In 1956, the second pine was planted, but it soon withered.
In 1976, a third pine was planted and right by its side a bonsai-version of a pine was also planted to give the local people more incentive to look after its well-being.
Legend says
the statue of Fudo Myo-O was carved from the roots of the first pine.
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https://edoflourishing.blogspot.com/2018/07/negishi-district-taito.html
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