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Plays DataBase Sesshōseki (The Killing Stone) : PhotoStory StoryDataPhotoStory
 

It is autumn at Nasuno-no-hara field (present-day Nasu town, Tochigi Prefecture). Gennō, a high Buddhist priest, witnesses birds falling from the sky in the area around a giant stone.
茂山逸平、高井松男
He moves to approach the stone, but a woman stops him.
喜多六平太
She starts to tell him that this is Sesshōseki, the Killing Stone, and all living creatures that go near it are killed.
香川靖嗣
“Lady Tamamo was a beautiful lady of the court, but she was discovered to be an apparition of a fox spirit and was killed in this area.”
豊嶋三千春
“The soul possessed the stone, which became the Killing Stone,” the woman says. “And I am that soul.” She disappears in the twilight.
喜多節世
When Gennō prays for the soul to become a Buddha, the rock splits open and the ghost of the fox appears.
香川靖嗣
This fearful figure...
関根伸夫
...appeared in the form of fascinating women such as Lady Tamamo.
香川靖嗣
It committed evil deeds in India, China and Japan. In Nasuno-no-hara field, it ended in obscurity.
津村礼次郎
Now, after receiving the teachings of Buddhism, it makes a rock-solid promise to the priest that it will never again do a bad thing.
高橋忍
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Photo: TOSHIRO MORITA

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