The Wart Shrine

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Warts. Just hearing their name makes you want to get rid of them faster than pronto. And what easier way, than to visit the Wart-Be-Gone Jizo at Nishiarai Daishi temple? Just toss a coin in the box and take a pinch of the sacred pile-o-salt to rub on the offending carbuncle, and this benevolent bodhisattva will cure what ails you.

If you’d like to visit Nishiarai Daishi temple the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & a map are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had. Big thanks to Rorousha for introducing me to this fantastic temple and pointing out this odd little sub-shrine!

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback

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