Tragedy to triumph
The photos are all a little mixed up. As Bukko-in is such a tiny temple, the first few pictures are all I have. The rest of the Hachimangu Shrine, a little way to the South, of which I have no information at all.
Nakagawa Manjiro, proprietor of a geisha house in the Horie District of Osaka, went on a crazed rampage of murder in April 1904, attacking 6 geisha and killing 5. The sole survivor, Oishi Junkyo (a talented geisha of 17) lost both her arms and emerged from the tragedy to become a nun.
She overcame her condition, became a comic storyteller and singer and then, in her twenties, began to do calligraphy and painting with her mouth. After her marriage and the birth of two children, Junkyo supported herself painting kimono and obi. Eventually, she became a Buddhist nun, devoting her life to the copying of sutras, calligraphy, writing books, memorializing the victims and helping the physically handicapped. In April 1951 she founded the Bukko-in, a temple in southeast Kyoto. When she was 81 (21st April 1968) she passed away peacefully, on the very same day she had been attacked.