Last week, I went on a Spooky Sites tour. There is another similar tour on island that I wanted to do, but circumstances didn’t allow, so I did the next best thing. I figured out where that tour goes and I paid a visit to the places during the day! A few places were similar to the tour I went on, but there were a couple extra places I needed to see.
There is a park here called Mori-no-kawa. We all know that I can’t resist a park! A month or so ago, Little Missy and I made a trip to this park. We checked out the huge concrete slide and walked around a bit, but left early when it started to rain. I had heard a couple different stories about the park, so a trip back was in order.
There is a wall on one side of the park with a door in it. When walking up to it, it’s very peaceful, at least in my opinion, and very pretty. Apparently, the wall is treated with respect by locals and they stay away from it. It is believed to lead to the spiritual world. The only people permitted to enter are yuta (people with the special ability to communicate with spirits).
The other story is completely different. There is a spring in the park, located pretty close to the above mentioned wall. One day, a farmer went to the spring to wash after working all day. He heard someone splashing in the spring, crept up to take a peek, and discovered a beautiful woman bathing. He then noticed a garment made of feathers hanging in the trees. He took it, hiding it in his grain storehouse. He returned to the spring and found the woman looking for her garment. He asked why she was upset and she explained that she was an angel. When flying over the spring, she was so attracted by it’s coolness, that she stopped to refresh herself. He offered to help her look and being unsuccessful, he asked her to stay with him for the evening. They looked for many days and over time, fell in love and were married. She soon gave birth to a daughter and a son. The daughter one day found the feathered garment in the storehouse. One day, she made up a song about the feathers to calm her brother. Overhearing, her mother found her garment and flew away. The farmer was sad, but knew that one day she would have to return. The daughter married the king’s brother and became a princess. The son, who was named Satto, became Lord of Urasoe and King of Chuzan (Okinawa) from 1349 to 1395. King Satto began trade with Ming China and many Okinawans consider him to have been the most important king.
|Depiction of an angel, located at the park|
Kids have also reported being “pushed” down the concrete slide. Little Missy refused to go down the slide, but I think it was because it’s so big. I went down it without an issue, well, actually I stopped halfway down cause it’s a crappy slide. Supposedly, spirits will push kids down the slide.
All around Okinawa, it’s not uncommon to see a fairly large hill in the middle of a residential area. Makes you wonder why they didn’t just bulldoze it, the hills are that random. There is usually a good reason why. There is a random such hill in Okinawa City. It sits on land that was once a military base, years and years ago. When the land was turned back over to the local government, it was decided that the area would be used for residential and commercial business. The hill was to be torn down and all went well until one section was reached. On four separate occasions, someone died at the hill or there was a fatal accident during the demolition. When one of the bulldozers rolled over and killed a worker, all work was stopped. A tomb was then found on the hill. There is now steps leading up to a shine on top of the hill. Little Man and I drove by the other night, but he refused to get out of the car since it was dark. The tour bus was also there, so I just decided to go back during the day.
|Looking up towards the shrine|
|The view from the top|
You can read a few more stories here.