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Folklores in Arima

Saint Gyoki and Hot Springs of Arima


A long time ago there lived a famous holy man called Saint Gyoki (668-749j. Saint Gyoki was known for his great mercy and was deeply loved by the people. One day he was on his way to Arima, and he came across a sick person that had collapsed on the road. "What's wrong?" he asked the sick man.

"I want to enter the Arima bath to heal myself, but I don't have money for food. On top of that I can only eat new fish," the sick man replied. Understanding the man's great troubles, Saint Gyoki went to Nagasu (south of JR Amagasaski Station) and brought back lots of new fish for the sick person to eat.

After heartily eating the fish, the sick man said this time, "My skin hurts so bad, I can't stand it. Please kindly lick my skin with your mercy." Saint Gyoki without hesitation did as he was told and licked the sick man's skin.

When this happened, light came out of the sick person's body and Yakushi Nyorai (a Healing Buddha Master) appeared, "I am the Healing Master at Onsen Mountain. Your compassionate heart deeply moved me. Go to Arima from now and help the sick. I will assist you in your work." Having said that, the Healing Buddha Master disappeared, After Saint Gyoki arrived at Arima, he built an Onsenji Temple to celebrate Yakushi Nyorai, the Healing Buddha Master, and he spent his life consoling and encouraging the sick. Even now the statues of Yakushi Nyorai and Saint Gyoki are enshrined at the Onsenji Temple.

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

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