2008/06/07

Mokugyo

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Wooden Fish Gong, mokugyoo 木魚 Mokugyo

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The Fish Gong is a wooden percussion instrument used by Buddhist monks ordained in the Mahayana tradition. It is used during rituals and ceremonies involving recitation of sutras, mantras, or other Buddhist texts. Small ones are for private use, large ones for use in the temple hall. Mokugyo are also used by lay people for their daily recital of the sutras to help them keep the rythm during chanting.

The Fish Gong is also used by Buddhist students in China, Japan and Korea.

Sometimes called : ("Kissing Fish") .

Some fish gongs are also decorated with dragons, see my photo below.


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Here is our Daruma san in his Fish Gong metamorphosis !

by 鳥山石燕『画図百器徒然袋』

Toriyama Seki-en 鳥山石燕
『画図百器徒然袋』Hyakki Yakō series

Toriyama Sekien (1712 – 1788) was an 18th century scholar and ukiyo-e artist of Japanese folklore. His most famous for his attempt to catalogue all species of monsters (yōkai) in the Hyakki Yakō series.

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Tanuki with a mokugyo 色絵彫文木魚抱え狸形手焙
Old Banko-yaki 古萬古焼

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by Shigeoka しげおか秀満

source
http://shigege.blog89.fc2.com/blog-entry-154.html

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. Gegege no Kitaro Daruma Monsters
ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 



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Monster-Like Fish Gong Daruma Toy


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By Kobayashi Issa

なつかしや梅あちこちにゆふ木魚
natsukashi ya ume achi kochi ni yû mokugyo

like old times--
plum blossoms here and there
evening's wooden drum



啄木もやめて聞かよ夕木魚
kitsutsuki mo yamete kiku ka yo yû mokugyo

is the woodpecker
stopping to listen too?
evening's wooden drum



三助が敲く木魚も時雨けり
sansuke ga tataku mokugyo mo shigure keri

the servant beats
his wooden drum...
winter rain


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Tr. David Lanoue


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たたかれて昼の蚊をはく木魚かな
tatakarete hiru no ka o haku mokugyo kana

when it was hit
it spit out a daytime mosquito -
this wooden fish gong


Natsume Soseki 夏目漱石
Tr. Gabi Greve



鶯や木魚にまじる寛永寺
uguisu ya mokugyo ni majiru Kanei-Ji

this bush warbler -
mixing its voice with the wooden fish gong
Temple Kanei-Ji

Tr. Gabi Greve

. Masaoka Shiki 正岡子規 visiting temples .


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山里に 収め不動の 鉦響く



Osame-Fudoo -
in the mountain valley
the sound of a gong


Gabi Greve, December 2005


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Drums in the Daruma Museum

Rituelle Buddhistische Instrumente (bonongu) DEUTSCH

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Buddhistische Kultgegenstände Japans


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4 comments:

sakuo said...

確かに木魚はwood gongですね。
とても良い勉強になりました。Thank you Gabi san for your rich references.

sakuo.

haiku-shelf said...

da werden schöne Erinnerungen an Japan wach, liebe Gabi

sehr interessant (Infos und Haiku!)

anonymous said...

mantra pace
a young monk hits
the Kissing fish

Mike Keville
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Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Photo -
鯰;ナマズ,三味線;シャミセン,木魚;モクギョ
namazu playing Shamisen and mokugyo wooden fish gong

they are from 鹿島町 Kashima Machi district in Edo, which is written on the bucket of the fire brigade on the very right.
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