Sep 112012
 
Protecting the village with a big straw sandal at the Nakiri Waraji Matsuri

Once upon a time in Kumano Sea, lived a one-eyed giant called Dandara. His profession was similar to that of typical European dragon – he plundered, destroyed, and kidnapped young women.

Fishermen from a small village of Nakiri, went for an advice to a wise man, who suggested making a big straw sandal and throwing it to the sea. They did so.

When Dandara saw the floating sandal, he assumed that even a larger giant must be living nearby and became meek.

Nakiri residents do the trick every year since over 300 years and giant still is conned.