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Tottori Hakuto Shrine | The Story About the Hare and Sharks

Tottori Hakuto Shrine | The Story About the Hare and Sharks

Hakuto Shrine is a shrine in Tottori with a story about a hare. The story goes that once there was a hare who lived on Oki Island but wanted to cross the ocean to Cape Keta. To cross the ocean he deceived some sharks suggesting they line up in a row so the hare could count how many sharks there were to compare to the number of hares. The sharks agreed and the hare almost made its way to the end before revealing that he had deceived the sharks and scoffed at them. The angry sharks skinned the hare alive. The poor hare later encountered Okuninushi No Mikoto, a god of Japanese mythology, at Hakuto Beach. The god advised the hare to bathe in fresh water and dry himself, which the hare followed and got his fur back. Today Hakuto Shrine is said to enshrine the hare. On the grounds of the shrine are also a pond where the hare bathed and a hill where the hare dried himself before getting back his fur.


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