HINDU AND BUDDHIST WONDERS IN JAPAN (Post No.5118)

Bodhi Daruma doll

Compiled by LONDON SWAMINATHAN

 

Date: 16 JUNE 2018

 

Time uploaded in London –  18-36  (British Summer Time)

 

Post No. 5118

 

Pictures shown here are taken from various sources such as Facebook friends, Books, Google and newspapers; thanks. Pictures may be subject to copyright laws.

 

SUGAR
Sugar was invented by Ikshvaku dynasty, Ikshvaku means sugarcane. Sugar was found in the Sarasvati -Indus Valley civilisation . Sugar went to to China from India. It was brought to Japan by Chinese priest Gangin of the Tang Dynasty in 753. Kobo Daishi brought sweets from China. From 15th century sweets of all kinds were manufactured in Japan.

Uruchi
India and Japan shared uruchi I.e. rice which is ARISI (in Tamil).
Oryza sativa in botanical term= Vrihi in Sanskrit.
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Daruma Doll
Bodhidarma who introduced Zen Buddhism to China in early part of sixth century lives in the daily life of Japan as Daruma doll.

 

In 1978 the Conservative Yukon Hayashida won the gubernatorial election in Kyoto ending 28 years of communist administration in their traditional stronghold. As a sign of victory, he daubed in the other eye of Daruma doll, and one eye had already been painted before the elections.

 

On 21 February 1990, prime minister Toshiku Kaifu inked an eye to a huge Daruma doll, to celebrate the victory of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the National elections.

The stylised mask of Daruma-san emphasises the fierce mien of Bodhidharma . From the fire of his meditation arose the martial arts as well as from his training as a young prince Kanchi .
The roundish Daruma doll is a must for success in life. Bodhidaruma spent eight years in uninterrupted meditation. At last when he tried to stand up, he found that his legs atrophied. That is how the round doll came up.

 

Margaret Thatcher and Bodhi Daruma Doll

British Prime Minister David Cameron has praised Nissan’s production of their new 100% Electric car, the Nissan LEAF, at its Sunderland plant. The Japanese company has invested £420million in the production of the car, which will support 2,000 jobs in the UK’s automotive industry.

David Cameron also got the chance to take part in a traditional Japanese ceremony, when he coloured in the eye of a Daruma doll, which late former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had done when the plant first opened in 1986. Since then the plant has went on to produce over seven million cars.

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Lakshmi came to Japan

Japanese Lakshmi in British Museum
The British museum sent 300 treasures to Japan in celebration of the 50 years of India in independence in 1997. A star attraction of the e hibition was the eleventh century Heian wooden image of Kichijoten or Lakshmi. She wore the robe s of the Heian period, her right hand in Varada Mudra of granting affluence, and the left hand held a Cintamani jewel.

 

Lakshmi in Japan

Source Lokesh Chandra Book- CULTURAL INTER FLOW BETWEEN INDIA AND JAPAN

–subham-

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  1. The Japanese are basically a religious people, though they don’t tomtom their religiosity. This is seen in some basic features of their life. For instance, the Japanese don’t go in for frivolous litigation, unlike those who follow Anglo-Saxon ideas. The Japanese visit their temples and holy places on important days like birthdays, wedding anniversary, etc. There they offer (throw) coin in the place provided, in such a way that it will make a sound. It is their belief that it is good only if they hear the sound. The Japanese honour their word. They work hard, and with sincerity. They are honest, and in most stores (shops) they just take what they need and put the money. They are fiercely loyal to their country. No true Japanese will consciously buy anything foreign, Well, is this also not a sign of their religious faith!
    The Buddhist and Shinto temples are kept in very nice, congenial and natural surroundings, even in these days of industrial advancement. The big temples are usually surrounded by parks, where one can see deer running about freely. They have created artificial rivulets before the entrance to the temple, where one can wash one’s face and feet! They have kept a wooden vessel attached to a bamboo pole so that we can draw the water from the running rivulet! Parking is allowed fairly far away from the temples, so that there is no noise pollution near the temples. The silence there is touching. The very atmosphere evokes reverence.
    Buddhism came to Japan from India via China and Korea. To commemorate this, in one big Buddhist temple, they have laid a long pathway from the main entrance, and paved the way with granite slabs of three colours, imported from these three countries to symbolise the fact that they received Buddhism in this manner. They have tremendous respect for India.
    The Shinto temple on the mountain in Kyoto ( the old capital of Japan- the reverse is Tokyo, the new capital) is a wonderful place, where we see many aspects of the living faith of the Japanese in a historical setting. Their Fuji mountain is revered like our Himalayas ( Revered, not exploited or desecrated.)
    There is a temple of the Buddha which houses a thousand statues of the Lord. They are of wood, with gold paint or cover. They were relocated during the Second World War, fearing bombing.
    Japan is Westernised in some aspects, but that is superficial; deep down, their soul is untouched. This is seen in the way they conduct their business and manage their industry. Business schools flourish in America, but business flourishes for the Japanese!
    We know of Japan as an economically advanced country. But Japan has not given up its religion and traditional culture, in spite of its advancement, though the high cost of living is making life difficult for many. We admire Japan for its advancement, but we have to salute it for its religious leanings and instincts.

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