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Kaeru Frog Amulet

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Kaeru カエル 蛙 Frog Amulet - Frosch

There are many types of frogs and toads on our planet. And for haiku friends, the frog lives on a special podest because of Basho and his "old pond" haiku.

The word for frog is pronounced "kaeru."
It is a pun with the word "return home."
Therefore travelers carry a small frog amulet with the intent of returning safely to their family.

. WKD - Frog (kawazu, kaeru) .



source : facebook


. Handmade Frog Amulet .

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蛙の親子がついている交通安全などのお守り。
amulet for two for traffic safety

The name of the owner can be imprinted.
source : www.omamoriema.jp


.Traffic Safety Talisman :: Kootsuu Anzen
交通安全 お守り .


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fuku no mutsu kaeru 福を六蛙 take home six frogs for good luck


a pun with "six frogs" mutsu kaeru 六蛙 mu kaeru -
迎える mukaeru - to welcome to your home

All kinds of FROG goods:
source : www.frogs-shop.com


mukaeru 六蛙(むかえる)six frogs for good luck


source :www.omochokin.com/product

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zeni kaeru 銭蛙 money coming back to you

財運をアップさせるカエル
source : www.koushoutoku.com


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- ABC - List of Frog amulets from the Prefectures

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. Futami no kaeru 二見の蛙 frog from Futami .
Shrine Futami Okitama Jinja 二見興玉神社 and Sarutahiko 猿田彦大神


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source : miyagemon

migawarigaeru, migawari kaeru 身代わり蛙 frog taking on our misfortune and eye disease
from temple Jizo-In 木之本地蔵
Nagahama town 長浜市

This cute frog is giving you a wink!

The Buddha of this temple is known for healing eye diseases.
Me no Hotokesama 目の仏様.

Once upon a time, there lived a frog in the temple compound, who saw countless patients with eye diseases come visiting and praying for a cure.
"Is there anything I could do to help them?" he asked himself.
Then he made this vow:
"I will close one of my eyes to experience their pain and
will ask the divine grace and help of Jizo Bosatsu
to cure their diseases."


When all people are cured from eye diseases, this frog will open his eye again.



The statue of Jizo is an important cultural treasure at the temple and not shown to people. But there is a similar large statue of 6 meters in the compound, one of the three large Jizo statues of Japan.
At its feet are countles figures of the little frog, offered with the wish to be cured.



Ema votive tablet from the temple


The "Jizo Festival" 地蔵縁日 Jizo Ennichi Matsuri
August 22 to 25


Kinomoto Jizo 木之本地蔵

HP of the temple 木之本地蔵院
http://www.kinomoto-jizo.com/


Look at many photos
source : photoguide.jp


- English Reference


. Amulets for Eye Disease .
ganbyoo chiyu kigan 眼病治癒祈願
prayer for healing of eye disease



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buji kaeru 無事帰る come back home safely
shrine Kanda Myojin 神田明神




. Kanda Myoojin Shrine 神田明神 .


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- - - - frog patterns in Japanese art - - -


from Kutaniyaki pottery

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such pious frogs
to bring you luck and money -
namu amida




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frog line-up
Basho takes a peek
at Yahoo



yahoo auctions are always a good source for kokeshi.

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. Regional Folk Toys from Japan .


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1 comment:

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

kaeru Jinja かえる神社 Frog Shrine
Gero Onsen 下呂温泉 Gero Hot Spring Spa
岐阜県下呂市森 Gifu