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11/27/2013

kami hair amulets

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kami 髪 amulets for hair
bihatsu kigan 美髪祈願 praying for beautiful hair

kami no ke kigan no jisha 髪の毛祈願の寺社

There are some shrines and temples especially to pray for beautiful hair.

髪のパワースポット - power spot for your hair

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. kushi 櫛 comb and kanzashi かんざし / 簪 hairpin .

. bijin 美人 beauty - beauty amulet 美守 .

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One of the disciples of Shakyamuni Buddha was a hairdresser.


source : ctworld.org.tw/sutra_stories

Ubari 優波離 Upali

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Upali (Sanskrit उपालि upāli) was a monk, one of the ten chief disciples of the Buddha. Before joining the order, he worked as a barber. He asked the Buddha if a person of "low birth" such as he could join the order.
The Buddha ordained him before the princes and asked the princes to pay homage to Upali, who by then had become an Arhant.
He became the chief disciple in knowing the rules of the order and the foremost disciple in keeping precepts.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !


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Hatsuju Shin ji 髪授神祠 Small Shrine to Pray for Hair -
香川県高松市宮脇町1-30-3 - Takamatsu, Kagawa

In the compound of Iwaseo Hachiman Guu Hachiana Jinja 石清尾八幡宮境内蜂穴神社


source : Hirataku flickr

deities in residence

Akiguhi no Ushi no Kami 飽昨能宇斯神
(born from the crown corona of Izanagi)
Unemenosuke Fujiwara no Masayuki 采女亮藤原政之

The words KAMI 神 for deity and KAMI 髪 for hair have a close relationship.
Here the main festival takes place in November.
People with babies also come to pray for healthy hair growth and offer a cut of first hair.
Young people with thin hair or older people with white hair also come to pray.



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There is a memorial stone called 毛魂碑


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Mikami Jinja 御髪神社
京都府京都市右京区嵯峨小倉山田渕山町10-2 Kyoto


source : www.mikami-jinja.net

This shrine is rather new, it has been built in 1961 by members of the hairstyle and beauty salons, wig makers and hair studios to pray for good business 理美容業界. It is a very small shrine and only sells amulets for hair problems.

The deity in residence is Unemenosuke Fujiwara no Masayuki 采女亮藤原政之
the first hairdresser.
Revered as Mikami Daimyoojin 御髪大明神 Great Deity of Hair.

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This shrine enshrines Fujiwara Unemenosuke Masayuki.
In the 13th century, his father, Fujiwara Motoharu served the emperor Kameyama. At that time, he lost treasures in his territory. He began a quest and travelled to the western part of Japan. He finally settled down in Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi prefecture, and his son, Masayuki became a hairdresser as a regular vocation. That was the origin of the god of this shrine. There is a tumulus of hair here, since hair is regarded as the very important thing for human being because it is on the very top of human which is offered by the world spirit.
It protects our important brain, and we have to appreciate the great gift from the god.
- source : www.small-japan.net


There is also a kamizuka 髪塚 hair mound, tumulus of hair in the compound. People pray during the great spring festival
「われら生けるもの 御髪大明神の大いなる御魂をうけ ひたすら御名を称えまつる」

During a shrine visit, you have to ask the priest to cut a bit of your own hair. It is put in a special little sack and you can offer it to the deity, then your own hair will grow back beautifully and bountifully.
御髪献納

On the ema votive tablets is written
薄毛が治りますように - may my thin hair be healed soon!
and it is often frequented by men.


櫛型のお守り amulet in form of a comb


櫛型の絵馬 ema votive tablet in form of a comb




HP of the shrine
- www.mikami-jinja.net

source : omamorida.com/spot

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Seki Jinja 関神社
in the compound of Ooji jinja 王子神社, Kyoto
東京都北区王子本町1-1(王子神社境内)

This shrine is dedicated to priest Semimaru 蝉丸法師 and Sakagami Hime 逆髪姫

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Semimaru also known as Semimaro
was a Japanese poet and musician of the early Heian period.
. . . In the Noh Theater there is a play called "Sekimaru" that depicts the life of a woman named Sakagami (逆髪), who came to Ausaka no Seki and initially quarrelled with Semimaru, but eventually they fell in love and later had a painful separation.
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source : youkaiblog.blog75

Princess Sakagami was suffering from "hair standing up" (sakagami) and Semimaru tried to help her. He ordered Beautiful Furuya 古屋美女 to make a wig (かもじ, かつら) to help her.
He himself thus became the first deity for hair problems.
Many owners of hair salons come here to pray for good business. Lately also women come to pray for help with their hair problems.



kezuka 毛塚 stupa to pray for beautiful hair



kami no soshin 髪の祖神 first deity for hair problems



. Seki Semimaru jinja 関 蝉丸神社 shrine for Semimaru .
at Ausaka Barrier (Osaka Barrier) 逢坂の関


- reference : tencoo.fc2web.com/jinja/xseki

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Yanagi no i 柳の井 well of the willow
柳井堂 Hall of the Willow Well
東京都文京区湯島3-32-4 Tokyo




It the compound of the temple Shinjooin 心城院 Shinjo-In in Edo was the famous
yanagi no ido 柳の井戸 well of the willow tree

If the ladies washed their hair with this sacred water, their hair would become soft and shining - at least in the legends of the Edo period.

The deity of this temple is Daishoo Kangiten 大聖歓喜天.
It belongs to the Tendai sect of Buddhism.

HP of the temple
- source : tesshow.jp/bunkyo/temple


. Kankiten (Kangiten 歓喜天 Ganesh .





set for the New Year shrine visit
bihatsu kigan 美髪祈願 praying for beautiful hair
- source : news.livedoor.com/article


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source : geocities.jp/tyuou59/hiikawa.

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Kushinadahime クシナダヒメ - Kushi inada hime -名田比売 - 奇稲田姫
The daughter of Ashinazuchi and Tenazuchi. About to be devoured by the serpent Yamata no orochi, Kushinada hime was saved by Susanoo in exchange for becoming his wife. Susanoo transformed the girl into a comb and placed her in his hair, then defeated the serpent. He afterwards built a palace in Izumo where he married her. Kojiki states that Susanoo composed a song on the occasion of his wedding:

Clouds arise one on another:
The manyfold fence of Izumo;
Build that manyfold fence,
the manyfold fence
To enfold the new bride


This song was later valorized as a sacred verse representing the roots of Japanese waka poetry. Susanoo and Kushinadahime produced the child Yashimashinumi, said to be ancestor of Ōkuninushi. The Izumo fudoki includes a report associating Kushinada with the origin of the local place name for Kumadani ("secluded valley"), stating that "Kushiinada Mitoyomanurahime" chose the place when seeking a quiet site to give birth.
- source : Mori Mizue、Kokugakuin


. Izumo Fudoki 出雲 風土記 Legends from Izumo .


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- reference - advice-navi.com/beauty/hair

- reference - at2.tactnet.co.jp

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ochanai おちゃない female collectors of fallen hair
ochikai 落ち買い "buying fallen things"



There was also a profession of ladies in Edo to walk around and collect the hair that had fallen out and been combed off a woman's head.
The hair was then used to make wigs. Hair in the Edo period was also called
kamoji かもじ (か文字 ー  髪文字), a dealer in fallen hair was
kamojiya 髪文字屋 / 髢屋

On their walk through town thay called out loudly

otchanai ochanai おちゃないおちゃない Are there hair fallen?
this is short for
ochite inai ka 落ちていないか "Has (any hair) fallen to the ground?"

They carried the hair in a furoshiki bundle on their head. They usually started their business in the late afternoon (giving women time after the lunch preparations to collect their hair).

- reference -

. Katsura 鬘 wigs and hairstyles in Edo .

. Doing Business in Edo - 江戸の商売 .

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. biyoo jisha 美容寺社 praying for beauty .


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