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28-09-2014 Sendai_Japan

Jorōgumo 絡新婦 (仙台市 賢淵)


28-09-2014 仙台_日本

Jorōgumo 絡新婦(仙台市 賢淵)

The legend of the Jorōgumo (Entangling Bride), which remains in various forms in different parts of Japan. The Jorōgumo is a type of yōkai, a creature, ghost, or demon that appears in Japanese folklore. According to some stories, the Jorōgumo is a spider that can transform itself into an alluring woman. The Hirose River, which can be considered one of the symbols of Sendai, has a large pool called "Kashikobuchi" just as it reaches the city center. Until the mid-Showa period, it is said that many children could be seen swimming in this pool during the summer, but a terrifying legend has been passed down about this place. The story of Kashikobuchi goes like this: a man was fishing in the pool when a spider emerged from the surface of the water and began to entangle the man's ankle with its thread. After a while, it entangled him again. Finding the spider's repeated behavior strange, the man tied the thread to a stump. Suddenly, a loud sound shook the area, and the stump was forcefully dragged into the pool. Then, a voice was heard from the pool saying, "Kashikoi, kashikoi" (meaning "clever, clever"). Since then, this pool has been called "Kashikobuchi." The origin of the many spider legends associated with water can be seen as related to natural disasters.


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