Japanese Wakayama is legendary land.
There are many legends
Many legends remain in Kushimoto,Wakayama Prefecture.
In this blog, I will introduce the legend of Hashikuiiwa.
Hashiguiiwa is made up of several large rocks.
Once upon a time, a man named Takichi lived on Oshima, a remote island in Kushimoto
He was honest and worked hard
Oshima is an island surrounded by the warm Kuroshio Current.
Oshima was a warm and peaceful town even in winter.
However, there was one big problem.
That is, when the sea gets rough, the sea route to Kushimoto on the mainland is closed.
Tayoshi, who was pitiful that the sea route would be closed during a storm, asked God.
“Please help me.”
Then one night God appeared in Taikichi’s dream and said.
“Taikichi, let’s give you power. It’s the power to lift the rock and build a bridge. Use this power to build a bridge between Kushimoto and Oshima. However, this power is only until the chicken that holds the dawn crows. That’s it. ”
Using the power of God, Taikichi carried a large rock every night and continued to build stakes on the bridge.
The sea god “Amanojaku” was watching that figure.
Amanojaku was the god of bending.
He loves to do the opposite of others.
Amanojaku brought a chicken in the dark before dawn.
Amanojaku hugged the chicken and warmed it up.
The chicken screamed when it became warm and misunderstood that the morning had come.
Thinking that there was still time until dawn, Taikichi was carrying a large rock.
However, with the voice of a chicken, the superhuman strength given by God from Taichi’s body is crushed, and Taichi is crushed by rocks and sinks into the sea.
Takichi’s desire to build a bridge between Kushimoto and Oshima disappeared in the middle of his career.
This is because the Hashiguiiwa Rocks, which extend from Kushimoto to Oshima, are in a state where the bridge stakes are struck halfway.
Perhaps Tayoshi’s wish was fulfilled, on September 8, 1999, the “Kushimoto Ohashi” that connects Kushimoto and Oshima was opened.
Ferries were used until Kushimoto Ohashi opened.
However, as in ancient times, it was inconvenient because the ship could not be launched in bad weather.
Therefore, the people of Kushimoto were pleased with the opening of the Kushimoto Bridge.
However, when Kushimoto Ohashi became a hot topic, I heard such a story.
“A bridge will be built between Kushimoto and Oshima, and the ocean currents will be dammed up, which will prevent the circulation of the sea. The sea will become dirty …”
There is a legend called “Yamata no Orochi” in the Japanese legend.
It is said that the reason for the large snake “Yamata no Orochi” is that the appearance of iron flowing out of “Tatara Steelmaking” looks like a snake.
Tatara Steel is a steelworks located in Shimane Prefecture, Japan.
It seems that the iron that flows out during this steelmaking and the mining of iron led to environmental pollution …
Yamata no Orochi is also said to be a symbol of environmental pollution.
I feel that folk tales and legends talk about disasters and crises that have occurred in the history of humankind.
As if to give modern people a sense of disaster and crisis through legends such as gods and monsters even if the times change …
The god who helped Taichi may be a god for humans, but Amanojaku may have been a god for the natural environment …