The Tono region featured in Tono Monogatari(Legends of Tono)by Japan's forerunner in folklore, Kunio Yanagida is a simple mountain village.But in the past Tono flourished as an important center of trade.Yet at the same time,the region was surrounded by a harsh natural environment,which was often struck by famine.Let us guide you through this amazing world of legend created by the people of this region who have an affection for all living things and an awe of the natural world.
Since old 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,the other,a human head.On the sixteenth day of the lunar new year, it is customary to perform "Oshira asobi,"such as dressing the Oshirasama in a new outfit made from vibrant cloth and decorating the alter with Oshira dumplings.
Stories about 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 famous. 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.
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