Written by Shirley T
Monday, 19 April 2010 00:00
Zeniduka-Jizou or Zenzizuka Jizo-do Hall, both refers to the same sacred spot within the premise of Sensoji Temple.
The interesting origin of this shrine began in early 18th century when a house wife happened to dig up a jar of coins at their yard. Due to her concern that her husband Yamaguchi would be lazy and their family would be dependance on the new found wealth, she reburied the coins. These coins were from Edo Period and is called 'Kanei-Tsuhou'. As a result from her decision, the family became prosperous.
Fulfilled and blessed, the couple later enshrined a statue of Bodhisattva Jizo above the ground where she had buried the jar, therefore gave the shrine its name as 'Zeniduka' or translated as 'Coin Mound'.
Today, folks visit the shrine to pray for 'Roku-Jizou' in order to success in business. The current shrine was reconstructed in 1964 and they believe 'Jizou' gives fortune to believers.
The stone sculptures here are also known as Shioname-jizo (Salt-licking Jizo). Besides incense and candles, visitors also offer salt to purify Jizo images.
Zenzizuka Jizo-do Hall sits on the north west of Sensoji's Main Hall.
Get off at Asakusa subway station (Ginza Line or Tobu Line), 100 m walk towards west along Kaminari Mon Street.
Shrine grounds: Always open (365 days)
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