Kokusekiji Temple

Kokusekiji Temple

Kokusekiji Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Iwate prefecture in Tohoku district. The temple is dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai ( Buddha of Medicine ). This temple is famous for its lively festival, called Sominsai.

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Name Kokusekiji Temple
"黒石寺" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 17 Yamauchi, Mizusawakukuroishicho, Osyu-shi, Iwate, Japan
"岩手県奥州市水沢区黒石町字山内17" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 20-minute drive from the Hiraizumi-Maesawa I.C. on the Tohoku Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0197-26-4168

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Shimenawa

Shimenawa (標縄・注連縄・七五三縄, "enclosing rope") are lengths of laid rice straw or hemp rope used for ritual purification in the Shinto religion. They can vary in diameter from a few centimetres to several metres, and are often seen festooned with shide. A space bound by shimenawa often indicates a sacred or pure space, such as that of a Shinto shrine.

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