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Folklores in Arima

Mt. Kumuchi and Cedar Valley


Two years after "Taika Coup" in 645, the Emperor Kotoku came to Arima. Since there was not enough wood to build his palace, a search was conducted and a mountain was found to have an abundant supply of cedar trees. There the emperor used the cedar trees of those trees and a grand palace was built. The greatly pleased emperor gave kind words saying, "The contribution of this mountain is great" and the mountain became known as "Kumuchi-yama (Mountain of Services)" The mountain valley, from which the cedar was cut, was named "Sugi-dani (Cedar Valley)".

At this time, "Nakano-Oh'e no Oji" (later Emperor Tenji) and "Nakatomi no Kamatari" also came to Arima, attending to the emperor. There is talk that the name of Emperor Kotoku's child, "Arima no Oji (Prince of Arima)" came from being born in Arima. In addition to them, a large number of famous people visit Arima.

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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