11/12/2018

Shinjuku ward legends

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Legends from Shinjuku ward

. Shinjuku 新宿区 Shinjuku Ward .



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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

A legend from Shinjuku and Nakano ward 新宿区,中野区

daija no hone 大蛇の骨 bones of a huge serpent
At the temple 円照寺 Ensho-Ji in Shinjuku and 豊仙寺 / 宝仙寺 Hosen-Ji in Nakano there are parts of the bones of one huge serpent kept as secret treasures.
River water can be poured over the bones for an oracle about coming rain.
At the temple Hosen-Ji the waster from the well 井の頭 Inokashira is used for offerings.

. Temple 豊仙寺 / 宝仙寺 Hosen-Ji . - Nakano ward

. Inokashira 井の頭 "Head of the Well" .

. daija, orochi 大蛇 the huge serpent, great snake legends .

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. Ochiai 落合 Ochiai district .

Ochiai no Kappa 落合の河童 The Kappa from Ochiai
In 1571, there was a great famine in Edo. From spring to July it was only raining and everything was overflown.
In 落合村の下落合 the village of Ochiai in Shimo-Ochiai there was a mountain priest named 佐貫坊 Sanuki Bo, who had caught a Kappa. This Kappa had fallen in love with a 人魚 "human fish".
Sanuki Bo promised the Kappa that his love would be fulfilled, if he would stop the rain and flooding.
Thus he saved the area.


Kappa bottom right, human fish top right !

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. Ushigome 牛込 Ushigome district legends .

. Yotsuya 四谷 / 四ッ谷 Yotsuya district legends .
Yotsuya Kaidan 四谷怪談 the famous Ghost Story of Yotsuya and many more

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. Ichigaya Sanaizaka 市谷左内坂町 Ichigaya Sanaizaka district .

. tanuki 狸 - mujina 狢 - racoon dog, badger legends .
Once a man fled from the Great Fire at Meguro Gyoninzaka and in Ichigaya Sanaizaka he found a woman crying.
She had fled her home because of the fire, so he brought her back and she said she would give him something to eat. All of a sudden he fell asleep.
When he woke up, the woman was also sleeping, but he saw hair around her mouth and thought she looked like an old Tanuki. It was a male badger with his larte testicles hanging out showing burns. He tried to kill the Tanuki, but he woke up and run away as fast as he could.

. Meguro 目黒行人坂の大火 Meguro Gyoninzaka (Meiwa no taika fire) .


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Yonbangai 四番街 / 四番町 Yonbancho "fourth district"



In a small alley in Yonbangai there was the estate of 織田屋敷 the Oda clan. The living quarters in the storehouse suddenly collapsed and people say it was the doing of chiyo 地妖 an earth monster.

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. datsueba 奪衣婆 / ダツエバ the Hag of Hell .
She sits near the river crossing to Hell and takes the cloths of people who can not pay properly for the crossing.
On a cold evening
a begger came to the Buddha Hall where a statue of Datsueba was kept and stole a cushion to sleep warm in a different place.
In his dream, Datsueba appeared and said "The cushion you stole must be quite warm!"
The beggar woke up, regretted his deed and brought the cushion back the next day.

. kojiki 乞食 beggar .

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. The Deity Hachiman Daibosatsu 八幡大菩薩 .
- Matsudaira Naotsugu 松平直次 and the Owari Tokugawa Family

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. kitsune 狐 fox and 茶の木稲荷 Chanoki Inari .
at Ichigaya Hachiman 市ヶ谷八幡

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. Kooshin 庚申 The Koshin Deity .
Once a child was hit by a car, but did not have and injuries.
On another day, a car bumped right into a restaurant, but there were no people and nobody got hurt.
People say that Koshin Sama is protecting this area.

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Once a stingy chooja 長者 very rich man buried his gold and silver in a lonely field and then killed the servant who had helped him.
He threw the dead body from a bridge into the nearby river.
This bridge is therefore called 姿不見橋(すがたみず)Sugatamizubashi or 橋や俤橋(おもかげ)Omokagebashi.
When his daughter found out about this, she turend into a serpent.
The rich man changed his attitude and died peacefully later on.

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. nekomata 猫俣, 猫又, 猫叉, 猫股 "forked cat" monster .
Once a traveler had taken a prostitute to a lodging.
She begun to lick the oil of the lamp all night and he thought she must be a cat monster.
But she then told him she had hurt her tongue and tried to heal the wound with oil.

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- reference : nichibun yokai database -

. Edo, Tokyo 江戸 - 東京 - 伝説 Legends Index .

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