TOGAN-JI/莛
(Togan temple)

Buddhism temple in Soto School
and also enshrine Benzaiten or Saraswati


a gate called Furo-mon (lit.ageless gate)
enjoy the change of seasons and peaceful atmosphere


As soon as you set your foot in the temple yard, you will feel calm peaceful atmosphere.
It is like a heaven or an oasis in the hustle and bustle of the big city.

There is an image of Buddha
coated in green (2006) made of bronze (largest in Nagoya).
The constraction was started in 1980 and completed in 1987.
It's 10 meter high (Buddha /10 meters, base/ 5 meters)
, and his
fingers show the Seppoh-in (the seal of Buddha's lecture) *
There are many types of Buddha statures, however those larger than approx. five meters are
called collectvely as "Daibutsu/
(means large or big, and means Buddha).
The Buddha stature in Togan-ji is called "Nagoya Daibutsu".
* seppoh-in is the seal of crossing hands in front of a chest. It shows Buddha's form
when he gave the first discourse after he attained enlightenment. It's also called
tempoh-in. There are various seppoh-in, because he signed
in many ways while he gave discourse.


There are also 5 trainée priests, 7 male and 3 female elephants, deer and peacocks on the base.


Buddha in Togan-ji (Nagoya Daibutsu)
Before After coating in green


Before you enter the
shrine, please rinse
your hands and mouth
(if water is clean)
Shiv Linga
This monument is to
hold memorial service
for terminated or stillborn
or short lived babies.

festival is held on July 24
hokora Influence of Hinduism ?
recourse in distress
to the couples who
realy want to
have a baby
Square bamboo called
shiho-chiku is asset of
Nagoya City.
Shiho means square and
chiku means bamboo.

Pets' cemetary

Bamboo bush Bojo-Kannon beautiful contrast path to the
Buddha stature


main temple
Kanzeon-bosatsu made
by Eshin-sozu is niched
corridor with a special
architectual technique
called uguisu-bari.
You can hear beautuful
songs of
Japanese nightingale,
uguisu
, in every step
pictures on the ceiling Huge mokugyo or wooden
temple drum which is used
in chanting. This is the largest
(1 meter across)in Japan,
which is made of camphor tree
(the log was 100 year-old.
The notice said that if
you touch this mokugyo,
your past misdeeds will
be purged



Oda (family name), Nobuyuki (first name)


Nobuyuki was Nobuhide's non-legitimate son and
Nobunaga's (one of the most famous worriers in the Warring State Period) younger brother.

At that time Nobunaga was called 'Oo-utsuke', big fool, because of his aberrations.
Nobuyuki was supported by Nobuhide's feudatories much more than Nobunaga
But Nobuhide decided Nobunaga a heir because he was his first legitimate son
After that Nobuyuki was killed by Nobunaga.


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The biggest festival in Togan-ji temple is called Taisai and held on May 7th and 8th in every year,.
They exhibit a stature of sleeping Benzaiten (
ٓV/nemuri-Benten)or Sarasvati,
the goddess of artistic accomplishments, blessing with a child, good match, etc..

photo from a pamphlet


Benzaiten was originally a Hindu goddes in India.
She had traveled China and Korea, then introduced in Japan.
Now she is one of the seven happy gods (Shichi fuku jin) in Japan.
Buddha is said that he is also one of the Hindu gods in Hinduism.


Ehibition of Sleeping Benzaiten goddess

January 1 - 5
May 7, 8

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
admission fee : 1,000 yen

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It seemed that Togan-ji has related with India not only by Sarasvati, Benzaiten, goddes but also
by the architecture which looks like Indian style (pic above) and a history of a priest.
One of the priests Zen'yu Oda completed his studies, a doctorate in Buddhist philosophy,
at Nalanda University in Bihar, India.






Annual events
Jan. 1 - 5 Hatsu-moude . Aug. 15 Okuribi-sai (Bon)
Jan. 15 Daihannya-kitoh-kai Nov. 8 Oda Nobuhide-ko hoyo (Buddist service for Oda Nobuhide is held)
Feb. 15 Nehan-e/the anniversary of Buddha's death 1st of each month shakyoh-kai/meeting of hand-copying of a sutra
May 7 - 8 Benzaiten-taisai (the image of Benzaiten is exhibited) 8th of each month Benjaiten-ennichi/temple fair
July 24 Tamamushi-kuyo, Mizuko-kuyo - -




2-16, Yotsuya-dori, Chikusa-ku

Togan-ji is one of the nearest temples from Nagoya Univ. or Nanzan Univ.
It's located between Motoyama and Nagoya-Daigaku subway station, and along Yotsuya-dori street.

Get off at Motoyama sta. on the subway Higashiyama-line or Meijyo line.
Take exit 6 and walk up the hill, Yotsuya-dori, approximately 5-6 minutes.
Togan-ji is on the left.

Get off at Nagoya Daigaku subway station
Take exit 2 or 3, walk 13-15 min to the North
Togan-ji is on the right

TEL: 052-781-1427


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