Nodera Temple

Nodera Temple
The Noderabō depicted in the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō.

Nodera Temple

Nodera Temple is a lost Japanese temple, which once housed a large bell within its complex. Both are known to have existed as a 9th Century poem attributed to Ariwara no Narihara mentions them.

Legend states that in a time of war the monk of the temple took the bell and hid it so it may not fall into enemy hand. The bell was then never seen again, until later rediscovered and taken to Mangyō-ji. This tale relating to the monk can be found titled The Bell of Nodera and was later used by Toriyama Sekien as inspiration for the Yōkai Noderabō.1

Footnotes

1. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.

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