Takahashi district has many folk stories and legends, collectively called “Takahashi Mukashi-banashi” (Old Tale of Takahashi), which have been handed down for generations. Here are 21 popular stories and legends.
①Touge-no Sunamaki [Sanded at the pass] (Hirata)
②Ote-no Oteo [Otei of “Ote”] (Hirata)
The real identity of Otei, an intelligent, beautiful and diligent woman, is revealed.
③ Hitaru Jinja to Izushi no Otonosama [Hitaru-jinja Shrine and lord of Izushi] (Kurio)
④ Mukaiyama-no Neko-san [The cat in Mukaiyama] (Kurio)
⑤ Yumachi-no Oyakushi-san [Yakushi in Yumachi] (Kurio)
- Kokoro-dani-no Hiren Monogatari [A tragic love story in Kokoro-dani] (Sada)
- The sad story reveals the origin of the “Kokoro-dani”.
⑦ Mogusa-no Kikime [The efficacy of moxa] (Sada)
⑧ Kubikiri Jizou [Stone statue for an axed man] (Sada)
⑨ Makuragi Suiro [The Makuragi Ditch] (Kubata)
⑩ Kouin-san-no Sekisho Yaburi [How Kouin sneaked through a barrier checkpoint] (Kubata)
- A tale of Kogoro Katsura (later Takatoshi Kido), who secretly fled to this area after the defeat in“Conspiracy of Hamaguri-gomon Gate”of Kyoto in 1864.
⑪ Ninomiya-sama [A tale of Ninomiya-jinja Shrine] (Ushiro)
⑫ Sakana-wo Toranu Fushigi-na Mura [A curious story of the village where no one catches fish] (Higashinaka)
⑬ Zenroku-san Monogatari [A tale of Zenroku-san] (Kozako)
⑭ Kitsune-ga Bakasita Hanashi [A tale of a fox fooling people] (Kozako)
⑮ Daikoji-no Heike Zanto [A remnant of Heike warriors living in Daiko-ji Temple] (Kozako)
- A tale about a remnant of the Heike warriors who had been defeated by the Genji Family
⑯ Inagiba Tsurugyu-no Hanashi [A story of Inagiba’s excellent cows] (Okouchi)
- A story about the mighty cows Mr. Inagiba owned and raised.
⑰ Hebi to Kama [A chiller about a sneak and a hook] (Okouchi)
⑱ Hidaru Bara [A tale of a big-eyed man] (Okouchi)
⑲ Chokushi-sama no Koi [A love story of imperial envoy] (Okouchi)
⑳ Daio-sama-no Ginnan [A ginkgo tree in the shrine] (Yakoji)
㉑ Kudani-no Gonbe-san to Tahei-san [A tale of Gonbe-san and Tahei-san in Kudani] (Yakoji)
These stories can be found in the following site (in Japanese).