"Omokageya, Ubahitorinaku Tukinotomo"
By Matsuo Basho in 1688.
When you visit Mt. Obasute, I can feel the pity of the old lady and the moon is so bright. I can feel the sadness of the old ladies those who were just left over here. I can imagine those ladies were also watching the same moon and crying. Tonight, I will be the friend of the moon, and let us think of those old ladies.
Obasute-yama literary means leaving old mother mountain. In the old time in Japan, there is a custom that young son had to left their old mother at the mountain because of the low productivities, and their food was limited. However, in this area, old mother helped the son to solve the issue that the lord of this castle had. The lord of the castle recognized that the knowledge of the old people must be respected and abandon the old custom.
Constructed in the middle of 18th century.
The Main Hall
Constrcuted in the early 19th century.
15m tall and 25m wide huge rock.