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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 lady spider lingers in various forms throughout Japan.
The lady spider is a type of yokai, a creature, ghost, or specter that appears in Japanese folklore.

According to some tales, the lady spider is can change its shape to look like an enchanting woman.

The Hirose River is one of the symbols of Sendai, and just as it approaches the center of the city, there is an abyss  Until the middle of the Showa period (1926-1989), many children used to swim in this abyss in the summer, but there is a terrible legend about it.

The story goes that a man was fishing in the abyss when a spider appeared from the surface of the river and tangled its thread around the man's ankle.
After a while, it entwines itself again. He wondered why the spider kept repeating itself, so he tied the thread to a stump.
Suddenly, there was a loud sound that shook the area, and the stump was dragged into the abyss with great force.
Then I heard a voice from the abyss saying, "Kashikoi, Kashikoi. Since then, the pool has been called " Kasikobuchi".

One of the reasons why there are so many legends of spiders by the water is that they are related to natural disasters.


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