|Photos show what Japan's Eternal Home "Tono" looks like.|
|The Tono region is featured in Tono Monogatari (Legends of Tono), a literary work written by Japan's forerunner in folklore, Kunio Yanagita. Tono is a simple mountain village, but in the past, it flourished as an important center of trade. Yet, at the same time, the region was surrounded by a harsh, natural environment, which often resulted in famine. Let us guide you through this amazing world of legend -- a legend created by the people of this region, who have an affection for all living things and are mesmerized by the natural world.|
|Stories about the mischievous Kappa, who live in Japan's numerous rivers and streams, were created as warnings to keep children from drowning. Tono's Kappa are particularly well-known. About the size of a child, they have a shell on their back, a dish on their head, webbed hands and feet, and a sharp, beak-like mouth.|
|Since ancient times, Oshirasama has been worshipped in homes of old families as the god of silk production. Each Oshirasama consists of a set of two dolls carved from Mulberry wood - one has the head of a horse, and the other, a human head. On the sixteenth day of the lunar new year, it is customary to perform "Oshira asobi," which is a custom that includes dressing the Oshirasama in a new outfit made from vibrant cloth and decorating the alter with Oshira dumplings.|
|It is said that they live in old houses and sometimes take the form of a child with bobbed hair.
Some say they are boys, and some say they are girls.
They are called "Zashiki-warashi," and are said to be mischievous creatures. 'Zashiki' means a room floored with tatami mats, and 'warashi' means child.
It is believed that families became wealthy is Zashiki-warashi lived in their homes.
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Information about Tono's sightseeing spots is available in several languages. You can download the PDF file in your language. (provided by the Tono Chamber of Commerce)
|You can get a free gift by showing your JR EAST PASS at the Tabinokura Information Center.|
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