If you ever get the chance to spend time in Nagoya, I recommend going to the Osu Kannon shopping area. Of course, Osu Kannon is probably the biggest tourist site in the area, but if you enter the shopping arcade you’ll discover a treasure trove of shops, good food, and a small, modern temple known as Bansho-ji.
Now it’s very modern and flashy looking and really fits in nicely with the surrounding arcades and electronics stores, but it’s actually very old. It was built by the Oda family in 1540 and the funeral for the father of Oda Nobunaga, Oda Nobuhide, was held here. It now houses the mortuary tablets for the Oda family.
After the Oda family fell, the Tokugawa family had the temple moved to the Osu area. Much later in 1945, it was burned down in the Great Nagoya Air Raids of WWII. It was finally rebuilt in 1994.
This is one of the special illustrated goshuin that are offered on special days each month. This one is for the Bodaisho (菩提所 in orange ink in the center). On the right side you can see an illustration of Oda Nobuhide. The Oda crest is above him. On the left is Haru-hime of the Tokugawa family. She was famous for her virtue. The Tokugawa crest can be seen below her. Both of their names are written in gold ink.
You can receive 6 goshuin here:
In addition to the six goshuin you can receive here, they have special goshuin you can receive randomly through the month.
You can also see a mechanical doll (karakuri ningyo) of Oda Nobunaga that performs five times a day.
Bansho-ji website (Japanese)
Bansho-ji goshuin info (Japanese)
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