Wish upon a moss-covered Buddhist statue! A nostalgic temple in Minami, Osaka

The Hozenji temple of the Buddhist Jyodo sect is located in Namba, Osaka. It is said that the temple had been moved from Kyoto to Osaka in 1673. All of it’s architectural structures burned down after an air attack in 1945 except one statue, the Fudo Myo-O. This statue along with the newly built Konpira-Tenjin and Ohatsu-Okami stand today.
The other name for this temple is Sennichi-dera, or the “one-thousand-day temple”, where some people chant sutra for a thousand days. The nearby area of Sennichi-mae has flourished as a town of the temple.

2017-04-21   Travel Destinations, Osaka,

The Fudo-Myo-O statue


【CONTENTS】
A temple consistently worshiped by locals.
The statue covered with moss
Why is he so green? The story of the statue and the manner by which to worship
Two other deities who are loved by locals
The area has a lot of nostalgic Osaka atmosphere.

the Hozenji temple entrance

A temple consistently worshiped by locals.

Hozenji temple is located in the Minami downtown in Namba, Osaka. The temple and the old architectural structures keep a nostalgic atmosphere in the busy, neon lighted downtown area. Locals and town vendors frequently visit the temple for worship.

It’s gate and signage is near the Ebisu Bridge, and you will see a stone monument on the left side.

This is the entrance of Hozenji temple. Let’s go inside to the temple grounds!

The hall for the Fudo-Myo-O statue
The hall for the Fudo-Myo-O statue

The statue covered with moss

After entering through the gate, I found the hall where the Fudo-Myo-O statue was expected to be placed.

Fudo-Myo-O is a deity who blows off bad luck and human greed. The typical Myo-O has an angry face with a sword in hand, shouldering fire.

When I went inside, there was a statue covered with moss. I recognized it as Fudo-Myo-O, by the sword and fire.

The statues at both sides are the followers of the Fudo-Myo-O, Kongara-doji and Seitaka-Doji.

Why is the statue covered in moss?

The Fudo-Myo-O statue
The Fudo-Myo-O statue

Why is he so green? The story of the statue and the manner by which to worship

A long time ago a woman who was deeply unhappy about her life, came to see the Fudo-Myo-O and watered the statue as to worship it for her own sake. Her way of worshipping the statue became common among other people. Routine watering of the statue resulted in the growth of moss.

Before you make a wish, water the statue using the ladle and jar of water in front of it. It is said that the Fudo-Myo-O will grant your wish. Wishing for good relationships and business are popular. Praying for a service type business is especially popular here. They are referred to as “water” businesses, because their success is directly influenced by their popularity among people. Some people believe that watering the statue can directly influence the luck of a “water” business.

Two other deities who are loved by locals

Kompira-Tenno
Kompira-Tenno

The two deities Kompira-Tenno and Ohatsu-Okami are to the left of the Fudo-Myo-O.
Kompira-Tenno is the deity of sea and voyage.

Ohatsu-Okami
Ohatsu-Okami

Ohatsu-Okami is the Deity of business and household.

The lanterns
The lanterns

Owners of local shops and restaurants have hung lanterns with their business names at Kompira hall. The lanterns and the moss statue tell me that the temple is highly supported by locals.

The surrounding area

The area has a lot of nostalgic Osaka atmosphere.

The area surrounding the temple is also very interesting. The narrow streets hold the evocative taste of Osaka. Please check it out before and after you visit the temple.

Hozenji temple is open 24-hours. The temple lanterns are lit during the evening and are very impressive.

The Fudo-Myo-O statue is a must-see, because it is one of a kind.
Let’s wish upon the statue following it’s unique manners of worship!

The famous Dotonbori district is accessible by foot.
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Map

1-2-16, Namba, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

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I love Japanese folkcraft article, traditional handicrafts and antiques. I’m seeking the Japanese people’s religious outlooks and its origins that are behind Japanese people’s unique sense and techniques rooted in the ordinary life.

Information

Address 1-2-16, Namba, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 〒542-0076
Hours 24-hours
Price Free
Close Open everyday
Access A 5 min walk from the Midosuji and Sennichimae line, Namba station
A 10 min walk from Kintetsu Osaka Namba statio
Phone 06-6211-4152
Website http://houzenji.jp/index.html (Japanese text only)