The Night-Crying Stone

Translated from the records in the Kyuenji temple, Kakegawa, Shizuoka

 Long ago, a pregnant woman was traveling the Sayo no Nakama pass on the Tōkaidō road.  A bandit discovered her on the road, and wasted no time in taking both her life and her money.  Blood from her body sprayed on a stone near the side of the road, and when night fell the stone began to cry loudly, loudly enough that it could be heard by near-by villagers.

 The crying was repeated the next night, and the next, and finally some villagers summoned up the courage to go to the rock that cried so loudly at night in order to discover the source of the rock’s anguish.   They found a small baby next to the bloody stone, who had been born from his mother’s dead womb. 

 Realizing that this child must have suffered great hardships, a priest from the local temple decided to raise him only on a sweet syrup called kosodate-ame from which it could become big and strong. 

 However, this did not stop the crying of the rock, which still wailed in bitter anguish, so the priest moved the stone to the local Kyuenji temple, where it could watch the child and placed an ofuda on it to make it blessed of Buddha. Finally the stone was quieted, but it can still be seen at the temple to this day.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle
    Sep 25, 2010 @ 21:13:04

    Nice to see others with an interest. =D

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  2. Zack Davisson
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 20:51:03

    Thanks Michelle! Glad you found the site!

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  3. Satsuki Kitade
    Oct 16, 2010 @ 01:13:04

    Please continue to translate more stories. Thank you!

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  4. Zack Davisson
    Oct 16, 2010 @ 05:05:10

    I will do my best Satsuki! Thanks for reading!

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