Lift the “Okakae Jizo Statue” and Make a Wish in the Takehara Historic District!#Art ,#Attraction ,#Culture ,#Legend&Myth ,#Old Townscape ,#Statues&Monuments ,#Tradition
I’ve heard a lot about the place where you can see the “Okakae Jizo Statue,” a statue that is said to be able to grant wishes if you make your wish while lifting it up. Being one of the most popular hotspots of the Takehara Historic District, I decided to go and check it out. Will my wish really come true?! Let’s find out!
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Find the Narrow Alley
While walking down the main street of the Historic District, close to the cultural heritage preservation museum, you’ll come across this sign. Turn down the alleyway here to get to the shrine that houses the ancient statue.
The alleyway is so narrow that if you were simply walking by you might miss it altogether, but the sign helps it to stand out. Be sure to refer to any guide maps or pamphlets in case you get lost!
*The character ‘卍’ that appears in this article is a commonly used symbol that denotes a shrine, temple, or other such place. It has no relation to the symbol used by the Nazis in World War 2.
After cutting through the alleyway, climb a small hill and… there it is! The “Jizo hut” that you can see here was restored last year in 2017.
This is the “Okakae Jizo Statue”. It’s just next to the new “Jizo hut” that you pass on the way in. The “Okakae Jizo Statue” dates all the way back to 1650, the beginning of the Edo period!
Lift the Statue and Make a Wish!
There are many legends about “Okakae Jizo Statues” throughout Japan, so the one here in Takehara is one of many. Hold your wish in your mind while grasping the statue with both hands. If it feels lighter than you expected, then your wish will come true… or so they say!
Did the Wishes of the Cast of the Anime “Tamayura” Come True?
“Tamayura” is an anime that was set in Takehara City. It was broadcast throughout Japan from 2010 to 2013, and the Takehara Historic District makes an appearance. The “Okakae Jizo Statue” makes a significant appearance, making this hotspot something of a holy place for fans of the show.
Now, let’s take a look at some supporting evidence for the question, “will lifting this thing really make my wish come true?” At a collaboration event between Takehara City and the Tamayura anime, the cast of the show took turns lifting the “Okakae Jizo Statue” and making wishes. Of those members, two of them wished to be married… and one of them got married the next year! What do you think? It makes you want to truly believe, doesn’t it?!
I Made a Wish, too!
Alright, since I came all this way I’ll make my wish and then head home. 1… 2… 3… Lift! ……… Wow, this thing is HEAVY! I’m not even sure it moved when I tried to lift it. Actually, I’ve visited the “Okakae Jizo Statue” many times in the past, but I have never once felt that I was able to easily lift it. They say, “If it feels lighter than you think, your wish will come true,” but it always feels heavier than I remember.
When I asked an acquaintance of mine about it, they told me that men are able to lift the statue more often than women, but just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you can’t lift it!
As for me, it was way heavier than I thought so I don’t see my wish coming true.
This is the inside of the recently restored “Jizo hut.” There’s a notebook inside that you can leave a comment in. Try writing something yourself!
Lifting it while thinking “It looks so heavy!” might be the key
Well, this was the first time in a few years since I had tried to lift the “Okakae Jizo Statue” to make my wish come true, but it was far heavier than I expected. However, the condition for a wish to come true is that it has to be “lighter than you think.” So, if you think to yourself “this is going to be super heavy!” then you might end up feeling like it was actually light! Please, go and try yourself
|Address||3 Hommachi, Takehara (map)|
|Closest Station||20mins walk from JR Takehara Station|
Translator: Thomas Schinas
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