Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hashigui-iwa Rocks of Wakayama

This is a volcanic rock formation with a history linked to fabled Holy Priest, Kobo-Daishi. It was said that an ancient demon was jealous of the knowledge and wisdom of Kobo-Daishi. The demon dared Kobo Daishi to build a bridge connecting Kushimoto to Oshima Island in one night. Having almost completed the bridge except for the top stones, the demon pretended to be a rooster and faked a morning call, forcing Kobo-Daishi to honor his agreement and not finish the bridge.

Information on this formation is here.

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