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Plays DataBase Tsuchigumo (Ground Spider) : PhotoStory StoryDataPhotoStory
 

Deep in the night, a monk visits Minamoto no Raikō, who is ill in bed. Late at night, even a clear moon goes behind the clouds, the monk says mysteriously.
金春安明
After hearing of Raiko's condition, the monk recites lines from the Kokin-shū, hinting at his own true nature. Just in time, it is sensed that this is an incarnation of Tsuchi-gumo.
塩津哲生、粟谷能夫
That instant, Tsuchi-gumo hurls its web. From his bedside, Raikō pulls out Hiza-maru, the celebrated sword. There is a flash, then another.
長島茂
Tsuchi-gumi must have fled. The monster, bleeding from the long sword, has vanished.
内田安信
A warrior retainer rushes in and Raikō relates what has happened. The famous sword has demonstrated its power, and its name is changed from Hiza-maru to Kumokiri (Spider Slasher).
宝生閑、粟谷能夫
The warrior and his party follow the trail of blood. Ahead of them appears the mound that is the nest of the spider.
高橋勇
As they destroy the mound, the monstrous apparition of Tsuchi-gumo appears from the rock shadows, declaring it will bring disaster upon the world.
喜多六平太
豊嶋訓三
坂真次郎
The battle begins between the apparition and the opposing force.
菊地信行、鏑木岑男他
Tsuchi-gumo spins threads and hurls them out.
清水寛二、森常好
The warriors face great danger from the clinging threads.
香川靖嗣他
They use the shining sword to overcome this. The scepter is surrounded and killed.
内田安信、宝生閑
桜間右陣
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