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3-Day Model Trip FOCUS / Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple

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3-Day Model Trip FOCUS / Ibaraki & Chiba / Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple

Naritasan Shinsho-ji, standing near Narita Airport, is the head temple of the Shingon Buddhist Sect which was founded by high priest Kobo-Daishi. Established in 940, this temple enshrines Fudomyoo. The Fudomyoo Buddha wears an irate expression on his face, but this is believed to drive out the fears and weaknesses of man and to ward off troubles and calamities. Of great significance is the mystic rite known as ""Goma"", in which a fire is lit and Goma-sticks are burned while prayers are offered to the Fudomyoo. It is widely believed that by offering prayers while wearing migawari-omamori (substitute-amulet) which is a talisman against evil, the Fudomyoo will protect one from disaster.

In the 18th century, a Kabuki actor selected for a Kabuki performance the theme of being blessed with the birth of a child upon praying to this Buddha. As a result, many people came to this temple in the hope of being blessed by similar good fortune. Today, the temple is visited by approximately 2.9 million people just for the New Year celebrations.

Although the Fudomyoo is believed to grant all kinds of wishes, this temple is especially famous for traffic safety. Drivers can even visit this temple in their own precious cars, so that drivers and cars alike can receive divine favors.