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Folklores in Arima

Folklores in Arima


Considered to be Japan's oldest hot springs resort, Arima Onsen is the setting of many Japanese legends and folklore handed down for generations. Consulting classical Japanese texts and the elderly citizens of Arima, the Ryuusenkaku staff has compiled this special collection of Arima folktales for your enjoyment.

Centering on the stories originating from area of Arima Onsen, these stories were collected and illustrated by the staff of Ryuusenkaku for the enjoyment of parents and children. Since many people have expressed an interest in the history of Arima, including our overseas guests, we have compiled an English edition of 16 tales in total with the kind cooperation of Mr. Bart A. Smith, an American translator residing in Nishinomiya City.

Publisher:Motoyu Ryuusenkaku
Stories and Illustrations:Staff of Ryuusenkaku
English Translation:Bart A. Smith
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 No. 1 : Two Gods and Three Crows of Arima
 No. 2 : Saint Gyoki and Hot Springs of Arima
 No. 3 : Saint Ninsai and the Spider Guide
 No. 4 : Totoya-michi and the Mountain Dog's Repayment
 No. 5 : Spider Waterfall
 No. 6 : Valley of Hell (Bird Hell and Insect Hell)
 No. 7 : Mt. Kumuchi and Cedar Valley
 No. 8 : Uwanari-yu (Jealousy Bath)
 No. 9 : Tamoto-ishi (Tamato Stone)
 No. 10 : Negai-zaka (Slope of Wish)
 No. 11 : The Teakettle of Zenpukuji Temple
 No. 12 : Kobu-zaka (Lump Slope)
 No. 13 : Otoku-san
 No. 14 : Funasaka and Saint Gyoki
 No. 15 : Fire Protecting Jizo of Konomoto
 No. 16 : Origin of Motoyu "Ryuusenkaku"

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