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Mystery tour: Taira no Masakado – Part 2 –

Barrier for Masakado? There are seven main shrines (including “Kubi-zuka”) for Masakado. They are said to have been built to seal the powerful spirit of Masakado as well as to make use of it. [1. Torigoe shrine] It is not officially admitted, but this shrine is said to be the place where Masakado’s hand(s?) is buried or where Masakado’s head flew over (In a legend, the name “Torigoe” came from “Tobikoe” (“fly over” or “jump over”).…

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Mystery tour: Taira no Masakado – Part 1 –

Roll up for the mystery tour! This one can be categorized as an urban legend as well. Masakado no Kubi-zuka (The burial mound for Masakado’s head) - Masakado by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1885) - Illustration from GATAG   Quick History Taira no Masakado is said to be one of the Big Three Onryou (vengeful spirit) in Japan.…

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