5/09/2007

Offering Box

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Daruma Pilgrims Gallery

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Offering Box, coin box, money box
saisenbako 賽銭箱, box for donations
offertory box




A box for the money offerings in front of a Buddhist temple or Shinto Shrine.
You place your money in the box and then make a wish in your prayer. (This is maybe a form of heavenly corruption ... ?)

Most commonly you put in 12 yen, which reads "yuunibun", so the merit will come back to you 12-fold. Somel people also throw in a handful of the first rice of the season as an offering to the harvest gods.

Others suggest to throw in a five-yen coin with a hole.

During the first Shrine or Temple visit of the New Year, people wait in rows for their turn to pray, some even throw their coins from far back and they might fall on the persons praying in front.


Saisenbako Photo Gallery

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These boxes can be elaborately carved and decorated, according to the purse of the donor.
This one is from Okudaira Shrine, Nakatsu, Beppu.


http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ME4K-SKRI/shiro/nakatsuidx.html
奥平神社 大分県中津市


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They even come with a little roof, to protect the contents.





Shrine, Shinto Shrine (jinja, miya, guu) Japan

Temple, Buddhist Temple (tera, -ji) Japan


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. . . . . . . H A I K U




薮尻のさいせん箱や梅の花
yabu shiri no saisenbako ya ume no hana

behind the thicket
an offering box...
plum blossoms



藪尻の賽銭箱や春の雨
yabu-jiri no saisen-bako ya haru no ame

behind the thicket
an offering box...
spring rain


Issa

Tr. David Lanoue

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1 comment:

sakuo said...

Thank you Gabi san for your information on offering box that is very helpful to get understanding about Issa's Haiku.

sakuo.