Welcome to “Iyashi” “Nagomi” secret spot and sightseeing in countryside of Japan !
Hi ! It’ been a long time ?
Warm and very pleasant today, I am in a place where is very close to Mt. Ichifusa.
I told you before, Mt.Ichifusa is the ” Holy mountain ” in this area !
Let’s move to today’s destination.
This is ” Shozen-in ” temple in Mizukai village.
Most people call it ” Neko-dera “
That is because…
TWO statues of cat welcome us ! (Neko means a cat)
As you may know, most shrines have ” Komainu ” (the guard dogs) in front of or
by the entrance gate.
But… cats ? why ??
This pavilion was built for the cat.
Its name is ” Tamatare ” , whose owner’s son was killed because of planning to raise
a rebellion against the Sagara Clan.
But he was a innocent…
So the mother confined herself in Ichifusa Shrine for prayer together with her loving
cat ” Tamatare “.
There, she bit her finger off and pasted the blood on the God and ordered ” Tamatare ”
to lick it and become a vindictive spirit to bring a curse upon the Sagara Clan.
Thereafter, she jumped down from a place called Momagasaki and killed herself…
That’s profound grief story.
At the clan, in order to calm down the spirit , people constructed a temple .
This is a statue of ” Tamatare ”
A pleasing countenance !
”May your soul rest in peace…”