A long time ago, there was a fish dealer living near the sea in Kobe who
would carry the morning's catch of fish over Mt. Rokko to Arima Onsen.
He would always travel over a mountain path called Totoya-michi, which
means "Fish Dealer's Path" in Japanese.
Whenever the young fish dealer traveled along Totoya-michi, he would think
about the mountain dog he occasionally saw in passing, and, being an animal
lover, he would sometimes throw out an extra fish, shouting out, "Here's
you a fish! Look, a delicious fish!"
One day in the shadows of the approaching dusk, the fish dealer was trudging
along on his return trip from Arima when suddenly a large mountain dog
appeared along Totoya-michi. "Oh, it's a wolf!" exclaimed the
alarmed fish dealer as the large mountain dog lunged at the fish dealer.
The mountain dog bit at the sleeve of the fish dealer's kimono and pulled
with all its might. "Somebody help me!" the fish dealer screamed
as he was being pulled behind a rock.
It was then when Totoya-michi heard a rustling sound and a loud noise before
seeing a pack of wolves passing over the mountain path. "I understand
now. You were saving me as a repayment for the fish!" From that time
on, we continued giving his extra fish to the mountain dog knowing he had
made a good friend.
Today many people have become familiar with the mountain path as an excellent
place for hiking.