12/30/2017

Dragon Art Gallery ENTER

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Welcome to the Dragon Gallery !
- e-book BLOG by Gabi Greve -

All about the Dragon, Phoenix, Tiger
and other Animal Art of Asia.



- Roof Dragon at my home, GokuRakuAn 極楽庵 -

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2012 - the Year of the Dragon - Dragon Year
Das Jahr des Drachen, Jahr des Drachens,
Drachenjahr



Zodiac Animals of Asia, the DRAGON



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The DRAGON has a special place in Asian mythology and art.
Here is a growing collection of articles and artifacts on the subject.

The snake, little brother of the Dragon, will also be dealt with.


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Alphabetical List of Dragons, by Kylie McCormick
..... Start from here! With Mythology of World Dragons and more
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. Amulets and Talismans - Tatsu 辰 Dragon .
clay bells 土鈴, ema votive tablets 絵馬、hariko 張子 papermachee figures

BHUTAN : The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan
February 26 - May 23, 2008

Chinese characters, arranged with DRAGON TAITO たいと

Children of the Dragon King 龍生九子 Nine Children .
hiiki 贔屓 / 贔負(ひいき) child of the dragon king
bishi びし、 Bìxì


Chinese Dragons by Crystalinks

The Chinese Dragon, by Kate Hunt (Artnet)

Fifth Lucky Dragon, A Fishing Boat Tragedy 第五福竜丸の事件

Gods of the Elements by Gabi Greve

. ryuu, ryū 龍 竜 伝説 Ryu - dragon legends .

Kagura and the eight-headed serpent Yamata no Orochi by Gabi Greve

. Kooryuu 甲龍 Koryu "Dragon from Koshu" grapes .

Kurikara, the Sword of Fudo Myo-o  by Gabi Greve

Nagarjuna, the Dragon Tree 龍樹 Ryuuju Master Translator

. Nature and Dragon Names .

Ryuujin 龍神, 竜神 Ryujin, the Dragon God
all the details by Mark Schumacher

Ryuuoo 竜王 Ryuo, the Dragon Kings
Hachidai ryuu-oo 八大竜王 Eight Great Dragon Kings
Kairyuu oo kyoo 海龍王経 Sutra of the Dragon King of the Sea


Seiryuu 青龍; 青竜 Seiryu, Azure Dragon in the East
seiryoo, blue dragon, green dragon, Qinglong


. Shrines with Dragon Names .

. Temples with Dragon Names .


- the Kappapedia - Kappa, the Water Goblin
水神 - Water Deity -

- KAPPA - 河童 かっぱ / カッパ

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. INFO - Latest Dragon information - .

. ABC - Index of this BLOG .

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Cherry Tree : The Lying-Dragon Cherry Tree. Garyuuzakura 臥龍桜

Palace, Dragon Palace, ryuuguu 竜宮城

Waterfalls, ryuutaki 龍ヶ滝

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Dragonfly (tombo, tonbo) a kigo for haiku

Mandarin Ducks, oshidori 鴛鴦、おしどり

Phoenix in Asian Art

Serpent Festival (Nag Panchami) India
... Snake, serpent, viper, cobra (hebi, mamushi, habu) Japan a kigo for haiku

Tiger, the Four Sleepers, Shisui

Tortoise and Snake (Tsurukame) by Gabi Greve

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. Reference, Articles, Links .

. ABC - Index of this BLOG .

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Most interesting material disappears soon from the internet. This blog contains a series of articles and pieces of art, collected for educational purposes.
Proper credit is given at the top of each entry.
Please read the . Copyright Policy . of the Daruma Museum.


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12/29/2017

- ABC index -

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Dragon Art - LINKS to this BLOG

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2012 - Year of the Dragon
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.jp/2011/12/2012-year-of-dragon.html

Belt Hook - Jade, 19th cent. China
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/03/belt-hook.html

Belt (obi)
Silk Embroidery and Weaving Patterns
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/03/belt-obi.html

Bingata, Dyeing from Okinawa (Ryukyu)
Various types, wall hanger, shirt, stamp and introductory TEXT.
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/03/bingata.html

Blue Dragon Hermit. Mamiya Eiju (1871-1945)
Painting of Daruma san
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/06/blue-dragon-hermit.html

Bowl, Blue&White , Dragon Design, China
AntiqueTica.com Thailand
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/bowl-01.html


Carpets, Rugs, from China - CYBER RUG CENTER
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/carpet-01.html

Carpet, Flying Dragon over Mount Meru, Wanli period,
The Textile Gallery / EXTERNAL LINK
http://www.textile-art.com/tg/16074.html

Ceiling Painting, with LIST to all Nari-Ryuu
Meguro Fudo Temple, Tokyo.
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/03/ceiling-painting.html

Ceiling Painting
Kenninji Temple, Kyoto (Kennin-Ji)
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/04/ceiling-02.html

Chinese Dragons
Roof Dragons and many more, link to Wikimedia
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/01/chinese-dragons-03.html

Clappers (hyooshigi)
From a Zen Temple in Takahashi, Japan
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/clappers.html


Double Dragon- YOM CHI TAEKWON-DO
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/06/double-dragon-01.html

. Dragon Bodhisattva Kōen 皇円 Saint Koen .
Higo Ajari 肥後阿闍梨

Flagstaff - Gilt Bronze Dragon Head, Korea
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/03/flagstaff.html

Flower : Silver Dragon Flower
Monotropastrum globosum
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/06/silver-dragon-flower.html

Glass Art Dragon Figures
From Thailand. Buddhist Artwork Com
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/07/glass-art.html


. 左甚五郎 Hidari Jingoro and his many dragon carvings .

Hidden Dragon
The Chief Priest of Wudang Mountain. an interview
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/06/hidden-dragon.html

Hokusai, Katsushika Hokusai -Paintings, Woodblocks
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/03/hokusai.html


Incense Burner, Japanese Hirado Celadon Miniature

http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/incense-burner.html

Incense Container, Red Oribe Pottery

http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/incense-container-01.html

Incense Burner, Japanese Dragon motif, Silver
Hiro Antiques Sapporo, Japan
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/incense-burner-02.html

Incense Stick Holder, Blue and White, China

http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/incense-stick-holder-01.html

. ichii ittoobori 一位一刀彫 Yew Wood Carvings .

Jar, Blue and White, China TNM
Tokyo National Museum
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/jar-01.html

The Dragon God of Kasuga Shrine 春日竜神 Kasuga Ryujin

Nichiren Dragon Legends
The 7 headed dragon & Kishimo Daimoku
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/03/nichiren.html

Oil Lamp, Porcelain - Hongwu period
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/07/oil-lamp.html


. O-Mamori with suikin bell 龍神水琴鈴 .
白崎八幡宮 Shirasaki Hachimangu, Yamaguchi


Painting, Maruyama Okyo
from: MFA Boston, William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/04/soga-shohaku.html

Panel : Tiger and Dragon, China

http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/tiger-and-dragon.html

Panel, open carving (ranma) with Dragon
Welcome To Another Century New York City
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/panel-ranma.html

Pillow - Freer and Sackler Galleries
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/03/pillow.html


Ring, Silver, India Including an article about Dragon Jewelery

http://fudosama.blogspot.com/2005/08/dragon-lore.html

Roof Dragons -from various temples in Japan
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/roof.html

Roof tile - "Carp Leaping form Dragon Gate"
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/06/roof-tile-01.html


Seal, Soapstone, China
Hawkes, Asian Art United Kingdom
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/seal-02.html

Seal of the Fifth Dalai Lama, Tibet
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/seal-01.html


. Senmi Yakushi-Ji 川見薬師寺 Temple carving . - Aichi


Soga Shohaku, Painter - Various of his Dragons
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/04/soga-shohaku.html

Sword Decoration -Tsuba Gilt Bronze Dragon
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/03/sword-decoration.html



Takada Keihoo, Ceiling paintings
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/04/takada-keihoo.html

Tatsumi Inari Shrine, Kyoto /Woodblock Print by J. Rome
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/06/tatsumi-inari.html

. 龍の子太郎 Tatsu no Ko Taro - Dragon Boy .
- Legend, Book, Manga and Movie !

Teapots and Cups samples
Imperial Tea Court Company, S.Francisco
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/teapots-01.html

Tray, Mother of Pearl, China TNM
Tokyo National Museum
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/tray-01.html


. Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川国芳 .

Vase, Blue and White Porcelain, Red Dragons
Freer and Sackler Galleries
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/03/vase-02.html

Vase for Temple Flowers, Bronze /Kodo Arts
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/vase-01.html

Woodblock Print - Yoshitoshi, Mt. Minobu
http://dragondarumamuseum.blogspot.com/2006/03/woodblock-yoshitoshi.html


. Zennyo Ryūō 善如龍王 / 善女龍王 .
"goodness-like dragon-king"

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. Dragon Shrines of Japan .


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12/06/2016

Nenga 2017

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12/23/2015

2012 Year of the Dragon

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2012 - Year of the Dragon


初夢や辰の上に立つ富士の山
hatsu yume ya tatsu no ue ni tatsu Fuji no Yama

first dream -
a dragon at the foot
of Mount Fuji



Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎

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tatsu 辰 Dragon
ryuu,ryoo 龍 / 竜 dragon


The TATSU Dragon is one of the 12 zodiac animals of the Asian lunar calendar.
He is therefore a well-liked animal in folk art and handicraft.

It comes as a papermachee doll, clay doll or clay bell and other materials.

. Tatsu 辰 The Zodiac Dragon

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2012年のだるま Daruma for 2012

干支だるま《辰》


source : takasaki-kankoukyoukai.or.jp

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Kurashiki, shrine Ashitaka Jinja 倉敷市笹沖, 足高神社
for the year Heisei 24 平成24年


At the shrine Tsurusaki Jinja 鶴崎神社 they are preparing a huge dragon ema with two dragons, in auspicious white and red, made from origami paper.
They show a "dragon going to heaven" 昇り竜
symbolizing the future for Japan, which must go up after so much damage in 2011.





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Some labyrinths to work through!


Find the differences !
間違い探しの年賀状 「辰(たつ)の餅つき」



迷路の年賀状 「辰(たつ)とだるま」


Look at many more wonderful Dragon games :

source : blog.kotoba.littlestar.jp


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Dragon Bisquits in a Daruma Box
小戸橋製菓おすすめの「お年賀ギフト」



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昇龍開運絵馬



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source : web-room-krym4.com


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nengajoo 年賀状 New Year Greeting Cards







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New Year Greetings with Daruma








source : maneki_neko


. Nenga 年賀状 New Year Greetings with Daruma .

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. Kunitokotachi no Mikoto .

龍神「国常立尊」 Kunitokotachi no Mikoto
『日月神示』でも
「日本列島が国常立尊の肉体」だと示されている通り、日本列島は龍体をしている。

"The Japanese Islands
are the body of the Dragon Kunitokotachi.!




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11/30/2014

Reference

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Reference - Books, Articles . . .

- - - - More links are at the right sidebar of this BLOG.

. Dragons and Lotus Blossoms .
Vietnamese Ceramics from the Birmingham Museum of Art

. Dragon Horse Mountain - Ryuma San .
Yoshitsune Temple Gikeiji at Minmaya

. Dragon Flute - ryuuteki, ryuteki 竜笛 .
gagaku and flute music

. Zodiac Animals - The DRAGON in our Gallery .
The Chinese Lunar Calendar and much more links ...

. Dragon Palace - ryuuguu 竜宮 in Japan .

. Waterfalls like Dragons .
There are many in Japan !

. Phoenix 鳳凰  Start exploring Phoenix Art. .

. TIGER archives of the Dragon Gallery .

. Chinese Dragons, Article .

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Alphabetical Index and more about Dragons by Kylie McCormick
This is a most extensive resource on Dragon Lore !
http://www.blackdrago.com/contentlist.htm

Dragon Pictures, Asian Dragons: Tim Spalding
in Art and on the WEB
http://www.isidore-of-seville.com/dragons/22.html


Kyoto National Museum -English Pages
http://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/index_top.html

Tokyo National Museum TNM
http://www.tnm.jp/en/servlet/Con?pageId=X00&processId=00

Trocadero Antiques: search for more than 500 DRAGONS
Antiques, Fine Art & Decorative Art. Collectibles, Gifts
http://www.trocadero.com/

Himalayan Art
Features over 1500 artworks from Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India, China and Mongolia.
http://www.himalayanart.org/

Orientations--the website of the leading Asian Art magazine
http://www.orientations.com.hk/

Zodiac Animals - The Lunar Calendar in Japan
, By Steve Renshaw and Saori Ihara
http://www2.gol.com/users/stever/calendar.htm


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. Dragon Shrines of Japan .


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12/25/2013

Zodiac Animals

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12 Zociac animals 干支  eto, kanshi


Dragon : tatsu 辰 
Dragon and Snake : tatsumi 辰巳

Grace Kelly (1928), Napoleon III (1808), and Deng Xiaoping (1904) were Dragon born.

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2012 is the year of the Water Dragon

mizunoe tatsu, jinshin  
壬辰 みずのえたつ / じんしん





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Jikkan Junishi (literally 10 stems and 12 branches)
refers to the Chinese zodiac symbols, also called eto in Japanese. The 10 heavenly stems referred yin-yang principles and the elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

The 12 earthly branches included 12 animals:
rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse,
sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and wild boar.

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DRAGON:
Full of vitality and enthusiasm, the Dragon is a popular individual even with the reputation of being foolhardy and a "big mouth" at times. You are intelligent, gifted, and a perfectionist but these qualities make you unduly demanding on others. You would be well-suited to be an artist, priest, or politician.

Born in 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036, 2048, 2060.

Read more about the other Zodiac Animals
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In China, instead of asking your age, people may ask you questions like "what do you belong to?" Don't ever think that you are expected to answer like "I belong to the US". You are supposed to belong to one of twelve animals! (Those are mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.) It is not that weird as you have to follow the order of a mouse or a tiger. That is Chinese Zodiac. The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle --- each year being represented by an animal that imparts distinct characteristics to its year.

Many Chinese believe that the year of a person's birth is the primary factor in determining that person's personality traits, physical and mental attributes and degree of success and happiness throughout his lifetime. Actually, in China, this is just an alternative way to say how old you are.

Chinese astrology has a history of more than 3,000 years. Ancient Chinese people invented the 10 Heavenly Stems and 12 Earthly Branches for chronological purposes. However, since most people were illiterate, 12 animals were designated to symbolize the 12 Earthly Branches in order to be better remembered. These lucky animals are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig successively.

According to legend, many years ago Buddha summoned all the animals to a meeting in which he would designate the first 12 animals arriving,to be signs of a year respectively. On the night before the departure, cat notified his pal, rat, and they agreed that the one waking up first the next morning must awake the other so they can depart for the meeting together. However, rat broke his promise and arrived for the meeting alone. Then, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig arrived one after the other. When cat woke up and hurried there, the meeting was over. It is said that is the reason why the cat kills rats.

Chinese astrology argues that one's personality profile can be revealed form one's birth time. However, Chinese zodiac is based on the year rather than in the month as in the western system. In China everybody knows which animal sign he or she is born under. Do you want to know which animal you are born under and check out your astrological path according to Chinese Zodiac?

The Chinese Calendar

Chinese New Year is the main holiday of the year for more than one quarter of the world's population. Although the People's Republic of China uses the Gregorian calendar for civil purposes, a special Chinese calendar is used for determining festivals. Various Chinese communities around the world also use this calendar. At right, a large dragon lantern glows at a festival for Chinese New Year at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial. Taipei, Taiwan.

The beginnings of the Chinese calendar can be traced back to the 14th century B.C.E. Legend has it that the Emperor Huangdi invented the calendar in 2637 B.C.E.

The Chinese calendar is based on exact astronomical observations of the longitude of the sun and the phases of the moon. This means that principles of modern science have had an impact on the Chinese calendar.

2000-year-old Almanac Found in Suizhou Hubei Province
- Chongzhen Lishu
- Shoushi Calendar
- Chinese Lunar Calendar
- Tibetan Wuhou Calendar
-- a Unique Ethnic Minority Calendar

- Ten-month Solar Calendar of Yi Ethnic Minority
- Origins of the Solar Calendar
- Chuxiong Solar Calendar Cultural Park -- Symbol of the Yi Civilization

- Calendarian Achivements
- Calendar Making in Ancient China
- Solar Terms
- Chinese Calendar vs. Western Calendar
- Taichu Calendar
- Daming Calendar
- Dayan Calenar

Read a lot more here
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The Lunar Calendar in Japan
By Steve Renshaw and Saori Ihara



KANSHI (or ETO 干支) = Zodiac Calendar
JUUNI SHI (or JUNI SHI 十二支) = 12 Zodiac Animals

By Mark Schumacher


Dragon and its Buddhist Patron, - Fugen Bosatsu -

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Nakayugawa papermachee doll
会津中湯川土人形 - by Aoyagi san 青柳守彦



. Catfish, Dragon and Daruma .



Read a short introduction by Gabi Greve


. tatsubina 辰雛 Dragon hina dolls .



. Zodiac Animals and Japanese Folk Toys .


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11/15/2013

Zennyo Ryuo

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Zennyo Ryūō 善如龍王 / 善女龍王



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lit. "goodness-like dragon-king" or
"goodness woman dragon-king"
(respectively))
is a rain-god dragon in Japanese mythology. According to Japanese Buddhist tradition, the priest Kūkai made Zennyo Ryūō appear in 824 CE during a famous rainmaking contest at the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

- Name
The dragon name Zennyo Ryūō is written with Japanese zen 善 "good, goodness; virtuous", nyo 女 "woman; female" or nyo 如 "like; as if; be like; thus" (differentiated with the "mouth radical" 口), and ryūō 龍王 or 竜王 "dragon king".

Zennyo is a common theme in Japanese art, usually depicted as a small dragon but sometimes as a human, either male or female, with a dragon's tail. The "female" representations could explain this variant character 女 (Visser 1913:162). Fowler (1997:155) cites Nishida Nagao 西田長男 that this 女 "woman" in Zennyo was an error for the original character 如. In Japanese Buddhist terminology, nyo 如 "like; thus" is used to translate Sanskrit words like nyorai 如来 "thus come" for tathāgata. Compare shinzennyo 近善女 "near goodness female" translating upāsikā "female disciple; female devotee".

Zennyo 善如 was also the name of a Jodo Shinshu priest (1333-1389 CE) who was a grandson of Kakunyo and the fourth chief priest of the Hongan-ji.

Some legends give the name of Zennyo as Zentatsu 善達 "goodness penetration" with tatsu 達 "penetrate; arrive at; reach; realize" instead of nyo.

- Mount Murō

Zennyo or Zentatsu 善達 supposedly lived in the Ryūketsu 龍穴 "Dragon Hole/Cave" on Murōyama 室生山 "Mount Murō" in Nara Prefecture, which was an ancient locale of Japanese dragon worship and rainmaking ceremonies.

The oldest historical record is the 937 CE Ben’ichizan nenbun dosha sōjō 宀一山年分度者奏上 "Mount Murō Annual Report of Ordained Monks". It states that in 778 CE five Buddhist monks went to the mountain and ceremonially prayed for the health of future Emperor Kammu (r. 781-806), who later established the Murō-ji Temple in appreciation. This text also states that in 781 CE, (Fowler 1997:147), "a Dragon King (龍王) who had been residing at this site vowed to protect the country and particularly the temple complex. For this gesture the dragon king was honored with a courtly rank, as was commonly offered to deities."
The ca. 1212-1215 CE Kojidan "Talks about Ancient Matters" specifies this dragon's name and history. - snip-

- Shinsen'en
The best-known appearance of Zennyo was during an 824 CE Buddhist rainmaking competition at the Shinsen'en or Shinzen'en 神泉苑 "Divine Spring Garden" in Kyoto. The scholar priest Kūkai or Kōbō-Daishi (774-835 CE), founder of Shingon "True Word" Buddhism, and his rival priest Shubin 守敏 held a rain-sutra recitation contest. Visser (1913:25) describes the Mahamegha sutra, Japanese Daiunkyō 大雲經 "Great Cloud Sutra" or Daiun Seiukyō 大雲請雨經 "Great Cloud Praying for Rain Sutra", as the "most important of the sūtras, recited by the Northern Buddhists for causing rain in times of drought". In 823 CE, Emperor Saga (r. 809-823) put Kūkai in charge of the Tō-ji "East Temple" and Shubin in charge of the Sai-ji "West Temple". In the next year, a 3-month drought occurred and Emperor Junna (r. 823-833) ordered Kūkai and Shubin to perform rainmaking ceremonies.

Zennyo is worshipped at the Zennyo Ryūō-sha 善女竜王社 Shinto shrine on an island in the Shinsen'en, reached by crossing the Hōsei-bashi 法成橋 "Dharma Completion Bridge".

Some versions of this Kūkai story record Zennyo coming from Mount Murō and others from Lake Anavatapta, which is at the center of the world in Buddhist cosmology. Anavatapta was also the name of a Nāga "snake; dragon" king, a Nagaraja "Dragon King", who lived in this namesake lake. According to Mahayana tradition (Visser 1913:4), Anavatapta was one of the Hachi-ryūō 八龍王 "8 Dragon Kings" that first heard the Buddha preach the Lotus Sutra.

Various early Japanese texts record legends about Kūkai invoking the rain-dragon Zennyo. The 835 CE Goyuigō 御遺告, which records Kūkai's last words, first describes Zennyo (Fowler 1997:154) as, "a golden snake measuring eight sun 寸 (approx. 24 cm) riding on the head of a dragon measuring nine shaku 尺 (approx. 2.7 m). This description is repeated in several other literary sources."

The early 12th-century Konjaku Monogatarishū "Collection of Tales About Times Now Past" gives this account.


[I]n a time of heavy drought the Emperor ordered [Kōbō-Daishi ] to cause rain, and the saint for seven days practised the Doctrine of the Rain-praying-sūtra in the Sacred Spring Park. Then there appeared on the right side of the altar a snake, five shaku long, carrying a little gold-coloured snake, about five sun in length, and after a while both disappeared into the pond. Only four of the twenty priests who were sitting in a row could see the apparition. One of these elected ones asked what it meant, whereupon another answered that the appearance of the Indian dragon-king Zennyo, 善如, who lived in India in the Anavatapta pond and was now living in the pond of the Sacred Spring Park, was a sign that the doctrine would be successful. And really, a dark cloud rose up in the Northwest, and soon the rain was pouring down. Thenceforth, whenever drought prevailed, the same doctrine was practised in the park, and never in vain. (tr. Visser 1913:162)

The Kojidan elaborates the rainmaking story, It says the Emperor first permitted Shubin's request to practice the rain sutra ceremonies, but this only caused showers in the Kyoto area. Kūkai promised to make it rain throughout Japan, and after reciting sutras for seven days without rainfall, he went into mediation and realized that his rival had secretly used magical tantra to capture all the dragons and shut them up in a pitcher. He continued reciting rain prayers for two more days, and said,

"In this pond is a dragon, called Zennyo, who pities mankind. To him I have prayed, and now I see him rising out of the midst of the lake, gold-coloured, about eight sun long, seated on the head of another dragon, eight shaku in length". This was reported to the Emperor, who soon sent a messenger with offerings for the Dragon-King. And when the seven days of the new vow had expired, a heavy thunderstorm broke forth and a torrent of rain came down all over the country, so that the water of the pond overflowed the altar. As a reward for having saved the people from starvation, Kūkai was elevated to the rank of Shōsōzu, bishop. (Visser 1913:163)

The ca. 1372 CE Taiheiki "Record of the Great Peace" expands the rainmaking story and says Shubin became jealous of Kūkai's successes after returning from China in 806 CE. He magically caused the 824 drought by using tantras to capture "all the dragon-gods of the inner and outer seas".

Then Kōbō-Daishi reported to the Emperor that there was only one dragon, a Bodhisattva of higher rank than Shubin, namely the Dragon-king Zennyo of the Auavatapta pond in Northern India, who was not in Shubin's power. Immediately a pond was dug before the Palace and filled with pure water, whereupon Kōbō invited the dragon-king to come and live there. And behold, a gold-coloured dragon, eight sun long, appeared, seated on the head of a snake, more than nine shaku in length, and entered the pond. When Kōbō had reported this lucky news, the Emperor sent a messenger with all kinds of offerings in order to worship the Dragon-king. The result was marvellous, for soon it rained for three days all over the Empire. (Visser 1913:164)

Kūkai constructed a straw dragon effigy and declared he would transform it into a dragon king who would return to Lake Anavatapta, thus causing the original rain-dragon to stay in the park. He instructed his Shingon priests to pray to Zennyo whenever Japan suffered from droughts. Fowler (1997:157-159) contrasts the present-day autumn festival at Ryūketsu Shrine, where abstract dragons are fashioned out of straw cords and maple leaves, but are no longer associated with rain prayers to Zennyo.
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Fragment of a late Heian-period Buddhist sutra that disappeared from the Chūsonji-temple has been located in a temple in Uda in Nara Prefecture;



中尊寺から散逸した経典断簡、奈良・宇陀の寺で発見
平安時代後期、奥州藤原氏の基礎を築いた初代清衡(きよひら)が書写させたとみられる「紺紙(こんし)金銀字一切経(いっさいきょう)」(中尊寺〈ちゅうそんじ〉経)の断簡(だんかん)が、奈良県宇陀(うだ)市の宗祐寺(そうゆうじ)で見つかった。寺などが9日発表した。多数の経典を集成した一切経の多くは桃山時代に散逸したが、奈良東部の融通念仏宗の寺に伝わった詳しい経緯は不明という
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1/01/2013

Year of the Snake - 2013

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Year of the Snake - 2013 巳年 midoshi

The snake, serpent, the little brother of the Dragon!

tatsumi 辰巳 dragon and snake





. Nengajoo 年賀状 New Year Cards 2013 .


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龍神拝所では珍しい「阿吽の龍」
The A-Un Dragon - like a serpent




Fudo Myo-O

at Chikubu Shima  竹生島
A sacred island in lake Biwako 琵琶湖, Shiga.

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. Fudo Myo-O / Acala Vidyârâja 不動明王 .



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fire crackers …
on the heels of fire dragon
slides the water snake


Asni Amin


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even the dragon
has gone into hiding…
Year of The Snake

forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden Year of the Snake


Johnny Baranski


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Chinese New Year---
a sign on store window
says they'll close early


Fred Masarani


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lunar new year
the miscue of head handler
in the dragon dance


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12/24/2012

- Dragon Temples

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. Dragon Shrines .
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autumn deepens -
this internet pilgrim
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Temples with the "dragon" in their name

The Dragon in temple names refers to the Chinese dragon bringing clouds.
It also refers to local legends about snakes and dragons in a pond.
Another source is the posthumous Buddhist name of the temple founder, which often contains "Dragon".

There are usually more than one temple with the same Dragon name.




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. Bonten 梵天 Baramonten, Brahma .

. Ryuugeji 竜花寺 Ryuge-Ji "Dragon Flower Temple" .
2085 Muramatsu, Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka
静岡市清水区村松2085
and
竜海寺 Ryukai-Ji, 竜心寺 Ryushin-Ji, 竜天寺 Ryuten-Ji and 竜王寺 RyuO-Ji.


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Ryuufkukuji 龍福寺 Ryufuku-Ji "Dragon Luck Temple"

Ryuuganji 龍岩寺 Ryugan-Ji "Dragon Rock Temple"

. Ryuugeji 龍華寺 Ryuge-Ji "Dragon Lotus Temple" .
- GE can also be the Bodhi tree of Maitreya

Ryuujooji 滝上寺 Ryujo-Ji "Dragon Above Temple"
Ryuujooji 龍城寺 Ryujo-Ji "Dragon Castle Temple"

Ryuujuuji 竜樹寺 Ryuju-Ji "Dragon Tree Temple"
. The translator Nagarjuna was called Ryuju, Dragon Tree

Ryuukooji 龍湖寺 Ryuko-Ji "Dragon Lake Temple"
... Ryuusuiji 龍水寺 Ryusui-Ji "Dragon Water Temple"

Ryuukooji 龍興寺 Ryuko-Ji "Dragon Prospering Temple"

Ryuumonji 竜門寺 Ryumon-Ji "Dragon Gate Temple"
Ryuuonji 竜穏寺 / 龍穏寺 Ryuon-Ji "Dragon Calm Temple" (H)

Ryuushooji Ryusho-Ji
龍昌寺
龍翔寺
龍照寺
龍勝寺 Ryusho Nagarjuna Temple

Ryuutaku-ji 龍沢寺 Ryutaku-ji"Dragon Swamp Temple"
Ryuutenji 龍天寺 Ryuten-Ji "Dragon Heaven Temple"
Ryuutooji 龍頭寺 Ryuto-Ji "Dragon Head Temple"
Ryuuunji, Ryoounji 龍雲寺 Ryuun-Ji, Ryoun-Ji "Dragon Cloud Temple"
Ryuuzooji龍蔵寺 Ryuzo-Ji "Dragon Store Temple"


Shinryuuji 信竜寺 Shinryu-Ji “Trusty Dragon Temple”
Shooryuuji 昌竜寺 Shoryu-Ji“Flourishing Dragon Temple”
Sooryuu-ji 蒼龍寺 Soryu-Ji“Blue Dragon Temple”


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Anryuuji 安竜寺 Anryu-Ji “Peaceful Dragon Temple”


Banryuuji 蟠竜寺 Banryu-Ji“Coiling Dragon Temple”


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Dannoo Hoorinji 檀王法林寺 Danno Horin-Ji
Kyoto
In the compound of this temple is a
Ryuujindoo 龍神堂 Ryujin Do Hall Dragon Hall
with a statue of



Kamogawa Ryuujin 加茂川龍神 
Kamogawa Dragon Deity

with a special ritual on June 1 (or the first sunday in June) to pray for safe rain and a good harvest.
ryuujin hooyoo 龍神法要

Prayers are made to this deity in times of drought or too much rain.
The statue is gentle like a Kannon statue, with a fearful dragon with long arms on her head.
It was made in 1666 by order of Emperor Reigen Tenno 霊元天皇, after the river Kamogawa caused a great flooding.
The Deity represents one of the Eight Great Dragon Kings 八大龍王 in its Buddhist version. Later Buddhist versions of the Dragon King Deities became more popular.

The temple was founded by Hoosei Rooryoo-e 望西楼了恵 (1243 - 1322) under the auspicious of Emperor Kameyama 亀山天皇

source : www.dannoh.com
京都市左京区川端通三条上る法林寺門前町36

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. Gyokuryuuji 玉竜寺 Gyokuryu-Ji
"Pearl Dragon Temple" .




. Honryuuji 本竜寺 Honryu-Ji“Original Dragon Temple” .


. Hooryuuji 宝竜寺 Horyu-Ji “Precious Dragon Temple” .
- - - - - 法龍寺 Horyu-Ji "Law Dragon Temple"


. Jyooryuuji 浄竜寺 Joryu-Ji “Pure Dragon Temple” .



. Kairyuuooji 海龍王寺 Kairyuo-Ji
"Sea Dragon King Temple" .



. Keiryuuji 慶龍寺 Keiryu-Ji“Celebratory Dragon Temple” .
Keiryuuin 慶龍院 Keiryu-In


. Kinryuuji 金龍寺 Kinryu-ji - Golden Dragon Temple .
Goldener Drachentempel
The Golden Dragon (kinryuu son 金龍尊) is often mentioned in the Suvarna- prabhasa-sutra "Golden Light Sutra" (Goldglanz Sutra).


. Kooryuuji 光竜寺 Koryu-Ji“Light Dragon Temple”
Kooryuuji 興竜寺 Koryu-Ji“Rising Dragon Temple”
Kooryuuji 高竜寺 Koryu-Ji“Tall Dragon Temple" .




. Manryuuji 万竜寺 Manryu-Ji “Myriad Dragons Temple” .
萬龍寺


. Ooryuuji 黄竜寺 Oryu-Ji“Yellow Dragon Temple” .


. Ryooan-ji 龍安寺 /竜安寺 Ryoan-Ji, Royanji
"Dragon Peace Temple" .



. Ryuudooji 龍洞寺 Ryudo-Ji "Dragon Cave Temple" .
Ryuu no makura ishi 龍の枕石 stone pillow for the dragon
Dragon's pillow rock


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Ryuugaiji 龍蓋寺 Ryugai-Ji "Dragon Lid Temple"
(gai has various symbolic meanings in Buddhism)
better known as Okadera 岡寺 Hill Temple, in Akusa, Nara.

It was founded by Priest Gien (義淵) during the 7th century, and is the 7th temple on the Kansai Kannon Pilgrimage.
The statue of Gien is one of the national treasures of Japan.

During the time of Emperor Tenchi 天智天皇 Gien made an exorcism of a local vicious dragon, banned him in the pond and put a lid on it to keep it safe there.
Drachendeckel-Tempel.


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Is this temple the inspiration behind Dragon Ball Z?
Visit Okadera Temple and the monks will likely say to you, “This is the Dragon Ball Z Temple. It is here where wishes can be granted.” Come back at them with a quip about the anime and the 7 dragon balls (they’re waiting for it) and laughs are bound to follow as is the story of Okadera.



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According to temple legend a Buddhist monk named Gaien confronted a dragon that was marauding what is now Asuka Village. Gaien defeated the dragon and imprisoned it under the floor of a small pond. He placed a large rock, a “ryugai” or dragon lid, in the pond to prevent the dragon from escaping. Thusly Ryugaiji Temple, Okadera’s formal name, was founded in 663. Supposedly, the dragon’s heart was “reformed” by its fight with Gaien and it became one of the temple’s deities. Japanese dragons have a ball near the end of their tail that contains magic. It is said that by the power of this dragon ball wishes can be granted.

Dragon balls, Okadera’s most powerful variety of amulet, can be purchased (¥600ea.) but they are not of the 1 through 7 star variety. Known as “ryutama” 龍玉 (dragon balls) or negaitama (wishball), Okadera’s dragon balls are made of wood, inscribed with Okadera’s kanji characters, and contain a small paper scroll. Write your wish on the scroll and hang your dragon ball on one of the designated trees in the temple’s garden.

Besides dragon ponds and dragon balls, Okadera is home to the Nyoirai Kannon Bosatsu wish granting seated Buddha statue, the oldest ceramic Buddha in Japan at 1200 years old, a 3-story pagoda overlooking the central Asuka Village area, several beautiful and historic buildings, and a garden of maple and deciduous trees that become riotously colorful in the fall.
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. Ryuuginji 龍吟寺 Ryugin-Ji -Singing Dragon Temple .
..... Ryoogin An 龍吟庵 Kyoto
ryuugin koshoo 龍吟虎嘯  Dragon and Tiger lore



. Ryuukooji 龍口寺 Ryuko-Ji - Dragon Mouth Temple .
Fujizawa. Saint Nichiren and
Tatsu no Kuchi 竜の口 the "Mouth of the Dragon"



. Ryuukooji 龍光寺 Ryuko-Ji - Temple of Dragon's Ray .
Ryuukooin 龍光院 Ryuko-In
Ryookooin 龍光院 Ryoko-In
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Ryuutokuji 竜得寺 Ryutoku-Ji "Temple of Great Dragon Quality"



. Ryuuoo in 龍王院 Ryuo-In - Dragon God Hall .
at temple Kinpusenji 金峯山寺, Yoshino, Nara


. Ryuuooji 竜王寺 Ryuo-Ji "Dragon King Temple" .



. Ryuusenji 龍泉寺 Ryusen-Ji "Dragon Fountain Temple" .
Aichi, Nagoya 愛知県名古屋市守山区

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. Seiryuujii, Shooryuuji 青竜寺 Seiryu-Ji .
Azure Dragon of the East



. Senryuuji 泉竜寺 Senryu-Ji“Fountain Dragon Temple” .


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Shooryuuji 正龍寺 Shoryu-Ji - Real Dragon Temple

正龍寺 -鹿児島県指宿市山川
正龍寺 -埼玉県:大里郡/寄居町/藤田村
正竜寺愛知県:幡豆郡/吉良町/小山田村

Shooryuuji mura 正竜寺村- 山形県:酒田市
village named Shoryu-Ji


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. Tenryuuji 天龍寺 Tenryu-Ji "Heavenly Dragon Temple" .
. . . . . Tenryu-In 天龍院


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Unryuuji 雲龍寺 Unryu-Ji "Cloud Dragon Temple"
The dragon in the clouds is a metaphor for the enlightened mind, reaching out and above of the samsara world.

Saṅsāra or Saṃsāra (Sanskrit: संसार), (in Tibetan called "khorwa"), literally meaning "continuous flow",
is the cycle of birth, life, death, rebirth or reincarnation within Hinduism, Buddhism, Bön, Jainism, Sikhism, and other Indian religions.
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Temples of this name

群馬県館林市 Gunma
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. Zenryuuji 善竜寺 Zenryu-Ji “Good Dragon Temple” .


. Zenryuuji 全竜寺 Zenryu-Ji “Whole Dragon Temple” .


. Zuiryuu-ji 瑞龍寺 Zuiryu-Ji - Zuiryo-Ji
“Auspicious Dragon Temple” .



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. Henro Pilgrim Temples in Shikoku .

12 Temple of the Burning Mountai 焼山寺 Shozan-Ji
21 Temple of the Great Dragon 太龍寺 Tairyu-Ji / Dairyu-Ji
36 Temple of the Green Dragon 青龍寺 Shoryu-Ji
41 Temple of Dragon's Ray 龍光寺 Ryuko-Ji

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. Wakasa Bay 若狭湾 .

Wakasa Pilgrimage to 33 Kannon Temples
若狭の三十三観音
3 Dragon Temples

第03番 金照山  Ryuukeiin 龍渓院 Ryukei-In 
Dragon Gorge Hall
福井県三方郡美浜町丹生 47-1

第11番 大龍山  永源寺  Dairyuuzan
福井県小浜市田烏 37-3

第17番 龍雲山  神通寺  Ryuuunzan
福井県小浜市遠敷 56-2

http://www.kimura-product.co.jp/kannon7/wakasa33/wakasa.htm

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In Tokyo
Kinryuuzan Akakusadera 金竜山浅草寺
Kinryuzan - Golden Dragon Mountain

. Asakusa Kannon 浅草観音 .

Kinryuuzan no oidashi
きんりゅうざん の 追出(おいだ)し
to be driven out because of Kinryuzan
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Kinryuuzan no koi shirazu
きんりゅうざん の 恋(こい)知(し)らず
Kinryuzan does not know about love

When the temple bell rang in the morning, the lovers from the Asakusa pleasure quarters of nearby Yoshiwara had to part and the men had to go home.

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Dragon lore
is traditionally associated with Buddhist temples. Myths about dragons living in ponds and lakes near temples are widespread. De Visser (1913:181-184) lists accounts for Shitennō-ji in Osaka, Gogen Temple in Hakone, Kanagawa, and the shrine on Mount Haku where the Genpei Jōsuiki records that a Zen priest saw a 9-headed dragon transform into the goddess Kannon. In the present day, the Lake Saiko Dragon Shrine at Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi has an annual festival and fireworks show.

Temple names, like Japanese toponyms, frequently involve dragons.
For instance, the Rinzai sect has Tenryū-ji 天龍寺 "Heavenly Dragon Temple", Ryūtaku-ji 龍沢寺 "Dragon Swamp Temple", Ryōan-ji 竜安寺 "Dragon Peace Temple".
According to legend (de Visser 1913:180), when the Hōkō-ji 法興寺 or Asuka-dera 飛鳥寺 Buddhist temple was dedicated at Nara in 596, "a purple cloud descended from the sky and covered the pagoda as well as the Buddha hall; then the cloud became five-coloured and assumed the shape of a dragon or phoenix".

The Kinryū-no-Mai "Golden Dragon Dance" is an annual Japanese dragon dance performed at Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple in Asakusa. The dragon dancers twist and turn within the temple grounds and outside on the streets. According to legend, the Sensō Temple was founded in 628 after two fishermen found a gold statuette of Kannon in the Sumida River, at which time golden dragons purportedly ascended into heaven. The Golden Dragon Dance celebrates the temple founding and allegedly provides good fortune and prosperity.
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. Ryuu Jinja 龍神社 Ryu Jinja "Dragon Shrines"


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There are many more temples in Japan which are related to the Dragon, but do not carry its character in the name.

Mangan-Ji 満願寺 Kyoto - Tatsu no Myooken 辰の妙見
. Myooken Bosatsu 妙見菩薩 Myoken .
and the Star Shrines of Japan
Hokushin Myoken Bosatsu 北辰妙見菩薩
Hokushin Bosatsu 北辰菩薩 Sk: Sudrsti
Hokushin Jinja 北辰神社 -
..... "Northern Dragon Shrine" Pole Star Shrine

- Reference : 北辰神社 in Japan

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Saitatsuji 西辰寺 "West Zodiac Dragon Temple"
Hokkaido

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. Omamori 龍神札 Dragon God Amulets .


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