Works

Buddha statue

Shakyamuni

Shakyamuna and Amitabya are buddhas said to have worn nothing but a single garment, woken up to the truth, and attained enlightenment. (Theories vary)

 

Japanese boxwood:Height 22.6cm, width 9.5cm, length 9.5cm

Amitabha

Sandalwood: Height 23cm, width 11.7cm, length 11.7cm

The Four Devas

Dhrtarastra defends the East, Virupaksa the West, Virudhaka the South, and Vaisravana the North. Vaisravana, or "Taimonten" in Japanese, is also separately known as "Bishamonten."

 

Japanese boxwood  (four figures per set)

Height 16.4cm, width 7.3cm, length 4.4cm *Dhrtarastra

Pagoda

Five-storied Pagoda

The five-storied pagoda at Muro-ji is the smallest outdoors five-storied pagoda in Japan, and is designated as a national treasure and important cultural property. It is also known as the pagoda built overnight by Kobo Daishi—one of the legends  surrounding him is that just as he was about to hang some wind chimes on the pagoda, he was unable to do so due to the cries of a nearby chicken. It is said that because of this, chickens were not raised in Muro.

 

Right/3.5cm², Height 15cm

Left/5.5cm², Height 21cm, Japanese cypress

Momi-to

A pagoda discovered during repairs to the Maitreya hall at Muro-ji. Created in the Hokyoin-to style, it is thought to come from the Kamakura period. As it contained a grain of rice wrapped in paper printed with the Dharani sutra, it is thought that it may have been used as an offering to pray for a good harvest.

 

Japanese cypress

Left/Unfinished wood

Right/Colored

2.5cm², Height 9cm

Amulet

Eight Guardian Buddhas A pocket-size, incense-containing amulet

Uses fragrant sandalwood, giving it a pleasant aroma.

This pocket-size amulet is highly portable when inserted into a bag, and can also be displayed in a paulownia wood box. There are different guardian buddhas corresponding to different signs of the Chinese zodiac:

 

Year of the rat: Thousand-armed Kannon bodhisattva / Years of the ox and tiger: Akasagarbha / Year of the rabbit: Manjusri / Years of the dragon and snake: Samantabhatra / Year of the horse: Mahasthamaprapta / Years of the ram and monkey: Mahavairocana / Year of the rooster: Acala / Year of the dog and pig: Amitabha

 

Incense container buddha, sandalwood: Height 6.7cm, width 4.5cm, length 1.7cm

About Ichiyado

The predecessor of the current owner founded the business at the gates of Muro-ji in 1973, as a manufacturor and purveyor of Ittobori carvings and other carved items.

The founder acquired the Buddhist image maker's name of "Oe," which has now been passed down to the next generation.

The name "Ichiyado" stems from a legend about Kobo-Daishi (Kukai), in which he is said to have constructed the five-storied pagoda at Muro-ji in a single night.

 

"Ittobori," or "One-knife carving" is an ancient Japanese woodworking technique, and the term is used to describe items carved with a single blade, as well as the technique itself. At Ichiyado, the owner painstakingly creates masterful carvings stroke by stroke with a chisel and "hiraba" blade.

Ichiyado also accepts orders from customers besides those products listed in the pamphlet.

Additionally, Ichiyado also offers repair and maintenance services for items purchased in the store.

Ittobori & Carvings Ichiyado Craftsman Masanobu Okumoto

Access

633-0421 Nara-ken Uda-shi Muro 717-1

Five minute walk from Muro-ji.

 

When coming by train

From the direction of Osaka or Kyoto, take a Kintetsu limited express train to Haibara Station, followed by a local train to Muroguchi-Ono Station.

From the direction of Tokyo or Nagoya, take a Kintetsu limited express train to Nabari Station, followed by a local train to Muroguchi-Ono

*From Murōguchi-Ōno Station, you can take a Nara Kotsu Bus and get off at Muro-ji Mae.

 

When coming by train

From the direction of Osaka or Kyoto, take a Kintetsu limited express train to Haibara Station, followed by a local train to Muroguchi-Ono Station.

From the direction of Tokyo or Nagoya, take a Kintetsu limited express train to Nabari Station, followed by a local train to Muroguchi-Ono Station.

*From Muroguchi-Ono Station, you can take a Nara Kotsu Bus and get off at Muro-ji Mae.