Kamakura Kencho-ji's Hanzobo

Avatar God, accompanied by long-nosed goblins

By Tomoko Kamishima    - 1 min read

The avatar God protecting Kencho-ji Temple is called Hanzobo. People believe Hanzobo has protective powers against fire, and the ability to bring good luck. Many bronze statues of long-nosed goblins are standing just before Hanzobo Shrine. Goblins have magical powers, and in addition, no one is a match for them in swordsmanship. Those goblins serve Hanzobo.

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Tomoko Kamishima

Tomoko Kamishima @tomoko.kamishima

Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS:  An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here.  日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。