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The historic Amidaji Temple in Hakone, Japan, tucked away in a forest, has persisted quietly for hundreds of years. In its days of glory, a skilled musician named Hoichi played his “Biwa” (Japanese stringed instrument), filling the temple with the tale of the Heike and Genji clans. Though he was blind, he played with such skill that it touched the hearts of those both living and dead. Eventually, spirits (presumably those of the Heike clans who perished in the battle) came to him every night and put a spell on him to play. When it was eventually lifted, Hoichi’s ears were torn off by the spirits who sought him. It is said that, until now, the spirits could still be heard calling Hoichi’s name, and, in some instances, music from a Biwa could be heard playing.
Open today: 09:00-16:00
24 Tonosawa, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture Japan
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