Walking at Kuroyama Santaki Japan Tengu legend
Walking at Kuroyama Santaki, Japan, Tengu legend, Part 1
One evening, I have going to walk at Kuroyama Santaki, the place where there are the waterfalls which are selected as one of Japan’s 100 Fine Waterfalls. During this period, it was the autumn, so I had the colors of the leaves of the trees.
Kuroyama Santaki (“The Three Waterfalls of Black Mountain”) is a small tourist attraction. The largest is the Tengu waterfall with the height of 20 meters. The name “Tengu” derives from the legend that a tengu used to lived in this holy mountain.
“The Tengu’s Magic Cloak”
A boy looks through an ordinary piece of bamboo and pretends he can see distant places. A tengu, overwhelmed by curiosity, offers to trade it for a magic straw cloak that renders the wearer invisible. Having duped the tengu, the boy continues his mischief while wearing the cloak. Another version of this story tells of an ugly old man who tricks a tengu into giving him his magical cloak and causes mayhem for his fellow villagers. The story ends with the tengu regaining the coat through a game of riddle exchange and punishes the man by turning him into a wolf.
“The Old Man’s Lump Removed”
An old man has a lump or tumor on his face. In the mountains he encounters a band of tengu making merry and joins their dancing. He pleases them so much that they want him to join them the next night, and offer a gift for him. In addition, they take the lump off his face, thinking that he will want it back and therefore have to join them the next night. An unpleasant neighbor, who also has a lump, hears of the old man’s good fortune and attempts to repeat it, and steal the gift. The tengu, however, simply give him the first lump in addition to his own, because they are disgusted by his bad dancing, and because he tried to steal the gift.
“The Tengu’s Fan”
A scoundrel obtains a tengu‘s magic fan, which can shrink or grow noses. He secretly uses this item to grotesquely extend the nose of a rich man’s daughter, and then shrinks it again in exchange for her hand in marriage. Later he accidentally fans himself while he dozes, and his nose grows so long it reaches heaven, resulting in painful misfortune for him.
“The Tengu’s Gourd”
A gambler meets a tengu, who asks him what he is most frightened of. The gambler lies, claiming that he is terrified of gold or mochi. The tengu answers truthfully that he is frightened of a kind of plant or some other mundane item. The tengu, thinking he is playing a cruel trick, then causes money or rice cakes to rain down on the gambler. The gambler is of course delighted and proceeds to scare the tengu away with the thing he fears most. The gambler then obtains the tengu’s magic gourd that was left behind.
“The Tengu, and the Woodcutter”
A tengu bothers a woodcutter, showing off his supernatural abilities by guessing everything the man is thinking. The woodcutter swings his axe, and a splinter of wood hits the tengu on the nose. The tengu flees in terror, exclaiming that humans are dangerous creatures who can do things without thinking about them.
By public transportation：
Tokyo Station -> 17 minutes(Tikyo Metro Marunouchi Line) -> Ikebukuro Station-> 44 minutes(Tobu Tojo Express Line) ->Sakado Station -> 18 minutes(Tobu Ogoko Line) -> Ogoko Station -> 25 minutes(Kawagoe Kanko Bus) -> Kuroyama Bus Station -> 15 minutes(by walk) -> Kuroyama Santaki Water falls