The shrine is small, tucked away among the rocks, and canopied by a leaning pine tree. It’s exactly how you would imagine a traditional Japanese shrine to be. It’s a respectful union of nature and mankind.
Legend has it that 700 hundreds of years ago, Iwata was plagued by evil demons. Once a year, Iwata held Naki Matsuri, a Crying Festival. A white-feathered arrow would fly into the roof of an unsuspecting villager’s home. This arrow symbolized the next daughter to be sacrificed to the demons. The villagers, afraid of the demon’s curse, begrudgingly put the daughter in a coffin and left it outside for the demons to carry away.