Many people know the fairy tale of "Bunbuku Chagama," but few know that the story actually takes place in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture. The setting is a Buddhist temple of the Soto sect called Morin-ji, where the Bunbuku chagama is still kept. It is a bit of a surprise to learn that there is an actual tea kettle (chagama), which is often thought to exist only in fairy tales.
Shigaraki-ware raccoon dogs are placed here and there in the precincts of Morin-ji Temple, which seems to be on the border between fairy tales and reality. They are probably placed in accordance with the fairy tale of "Bunbuku Chagama." However, I feel that this presentation is a bit cheap. Since the legend is still alive, I do not think that a poor staging is necessary.
The raccoon dogs with their silly expressions on their faces made me feel relaxed, but the historic buildings on the grounds of the temple made me feel more relaxed. The main gate at the entrance to the temple was built in 1468, the vermilion gate in 1694, and the main hall in 1727 after its construction in 1468. Despite the gentle expression on the raccoon dog's face, there are a number of historical buildings, and there is an ambivalent atmosphere in the precincts of Morin-ji Temple.
|Jul 2023 GUNMA STILL LIFE|
|APPROACH STATUE TATEBAYASHI TEMPLE|
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