The Kappa inhabit the local rivers in what I assume is a conspiracy with the adult populous to keep those damn kids out of the water. Legend has it that they are compelled to bow in return if bowed to, this combined with the depression in their head that holds water and the fact that…
Like many of Japans legends, or in fact statements made by its populous, there are two completely contradictory yet completely accepted stories of how Kinosaki Onsen came to be, one refers to a Buddhist saint that prayed for 1000 days to cause the springs to appear, the other "Kouno-yu" refers to these once extinct Storks....
Gensan is a local mascot or spirit depending on how you look at it. He is a hard drinking and fairly angry fellow whose head is the same shape as the rocks found naturally occurring in the Gembudo caves. I shot some footage earlier of the waves crashing on Takeno beach, it was only upon visiting Gembudo...