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Koa Kannon, Atami

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The Koa Kannon (興亜観音, Kōa Kannon, literally the “Raising Asia Kannon”) refers to a statue of Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion, located atop Mount Izu in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, as well as to the temple, formally a religious corporation called the Reihaizan Koa Kannon, which is dedicated to it. Koa Kannon is from the same lineage as the Hokke Shu Jin-Monryu, a breakaway sect of Nichiren Buddhism based in Sanjo in Niigata Prefecture, but it is not formally affiliated with them and is the only independent Buddhist temple in Japan with its own unique history and rites. The temple admits all worshipers regardless of their religion.

The temple is dedicated to all those who died in combat in the Second Sino-Japanese War but is especially known for interring the ashes of seven individuals executed as war criminals at a stone monument dedicated to the “seven warriors”.

The current head priest is Sister Myojo Itami who is the third daughter of the first head priest Master Ninrei Itami and is a registered nun of Hokke Shu Jin-Monryu. Yasuaki Itami, the adopted son of Ninrei’s eldest daughter, now hospitalized former head priest Myotoku Itami, assists Myojo and is in charge of the temple’s administrative affairs. He is a priest of the Soto school.
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  • If you are interested in the history of the Pacific War, it is a place you would definitely want to visit. It should be able to recognize the unknown side of The A class war criminal General Matsui.
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  • Because the place is hard to understand, and the road is narrow, attention was taken. From the parking lot, there is a main hall if you walk a short walk on a steep climb, but there is also a place where you can take a rest on the way When the priest is there, he will serve tea and tell you a lot of things. The view from the main hall was good, and we had a quiet time.
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