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Folklores in Arima

Tamoto-ishi (Tamato Stone)


Once upon a time Lord Matsunaga was riding a dappled gray horse and carrying a Shigedo Bow, a white feather bow, and white feathered arrows.

When hawking, the god enshrined at the Tosen Shrine, "Kumano-kusumi no Mikoto" passed the hunting spot. Lord Matsunaga, thinking this was strange, shot at the Tosen god. When this happened, the god picked up a small pebble from his "tamoto (sleeve)" and threw it at Lord Matsunaga. This small pebble through the years has become bigger, and because it was thrown from the sleeve, is often called either "Tamoto-ishi (Tamoto Stone)" or "Tsubute-ishi (Thrown Stone)".

The giant boulder exists even today near the Taiko Bridge weighing around 130 tons and standing at a height of 5 m with a circumference of 19 m.

After this, riding a dappled gray horse and carrying a Shigedo Bow has been prohibited in Arima. It is said that whenever someone violates this rule when entering Arima, the fair weather becomes cloudy and suddenly it becomes heavy rain and wind.

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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