Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Local Lore

I need to see some local stuff. If someone came to visit, I'd be like, "so I think theres some stuff north of here, not too sure, lets go to Tokyo." So anyways I decided to hop on my bike in the middle of the night and hit up the sights. Well at least I could maybe get to know where these places were. Turns out there are a TON of temples and shrines. I made it to the most famous one. Turns out to be a really nice park type place, not far from my apartment. After getting back I read a little on it. To make a long story short, here's the local story that... well... is kinda freaky:

"On the grounds are the famous 500 statues of Rakan, a disciple of Buddha. One creepy story has it that if you feel among the 540 statues in the dead of night, you will find one that is warm. If you mark it and come back in daylight, you will find that it resembles you. No one we spoke to knew what brave soul first tried this, but one can imagine it generates a lot of double- and triple-daring among the local teenagers."

Next month is the big local festival, I should have a few visitors for that. I'll see if I can convince them to do this. Might take a few bottles of sake though...

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