Sesshoseki Rocks

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Peter Choy
Hong Kong, China4,881 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We checked out from Sanraku and proceeded to our first stop of today: Sesshoseki 殺生石. Very close to the ryokan, the folklore told of a nine-tailed fox taking the form of a woman, which came to the Nasu district and had been abducting young women and girls in the area.

The Imperial Court sent in an army to fight her and cornered her here before a soldier shot her with an arrow. The fox then had turned into a giant rock and emitted strong poisonous gas, killing all living things nearby.

Finally, a priest decided to fight the rock. After purifying himself with the hotspring a fierce battle ensued. In the end a white string of smoke dissipated from the rock and it broke into three pieces, with two flying away and one remaining, from which it is still emanating toxic gas nowadays.

In the area there is also a field with 1000 Jizo 地藏, a collection of statues spread across. The story told of a boy who came here but was caught by a lava flow and died. Because of his evil deeds in life, he was destined for hell and later people brought jizo here to comfort him in the afterlife.

The sulphur smell was detectable when we walked up the footpath, but when we arrived at the stone it was surprisingly less intense. The place is quite eerie with the patch of slope all rocky and barren around that big piece of rock, with no vegetation as from the folklore.
Written July 6, 2019
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