- A large, mysterious stone in Iwayato, Yagyu
- The faith of an large, ancient stone and Amanotateishi Shrine.
- The legend of Tengu and Ittoseki
A large, mysterious stone in Iwayato, Yagyu
The stone is clearly split into two and looks like as if it was easily cut by knife. It’s hard to imagine that someone brought a cutting machine for this into the deep parts of the mountain. I question why this large stone is here and how it was cut.
The faith of an large, ancient stone and Amanotateishi Shrine.
The rock called, “Ittoseki” is located at Amanotateishi Shrine. Amanotateishi Shrine is located in the back of Iwayato Mountain and enshrines a large rock as a substitute for a God. A faith of this stone is rooted in the local area. There are three different shapes of rocks enshrined, and these are referred to as, Amanotateishi Shrine. Proceeding a little further, you’ll find another large sone called “Ittoseki”.
The legend of Tengu and Ittoseki
It is said that the stone appeared the moment when Sekishusai killed the Tengu. Tengu is a Japanese long-nosed goblin, a kind of ghost. It is believed that they dwell somewhere deep in mountains where humans don’t live. They wear ‘geta’ shoes, have long red noses, wings, and hold a fan in their hands. This is where the Yagyu family used to practice their swordplay. When you go up the hill, you’ll see mountains, tea farms, and a simple Torii gate in front of the forest. Sekishusai is said to have practiced his swordplay against a Tengu in the back of Iwayato for three years. The solemn atmosphere in the silent forest looks very mysterious, and it feels like a Tengu could appear at any time.
789 Iwayato,Yagyu-ji, Yagyucho, Nara city, Nara