The temple was built in deep in the mountain, named Kouzen-ji temple.
A master of the temple fed 3 puppies and mother dog until they become big.
One day, he told mother dog. "Your children seems all smart and strong. When you going back in the mountain, would you please leave one of your children as guardian of the temple?"
Mother dog was really thankful to the priest, the master of the temple, she left most smart boy to him. He grown up strong as the bear, run as fast as the wind.
In Japanese, the thing which moves called "Hayai". His was named "Hayataro", which means "The one who moves fast."
One day, a child was attacked horrible beast came from the mountain.
When the child was about to kidnap, with frightful speed, Hayataro run in to the beast and scare the beast away.
The village people thanked to the priest and Hayataro and the rumor went far.
One priest came from the far village. He lived near the sea.
In his village, there were convention that the family had to gave their child out if the white arrow had shot to the house. If they don't give the child, the fields and crops of village are ruined. The child was placed in white box, and brought to old temple. They never came back.
The priest thought that it is odd.
The god never requires the things which people become feels sad and sorrow.
He hide behind the tree, and watch what will happened to the child.
What he saw was not god, the old large monkeys which become beast.
As beasts were so strong and horrible, he could do nothing, but he heard a song.
The beasts were singing like this. "Confirm that Hayataro is not here. Don't let know Hayataro we are kidnapping."
The priest looked for Hayataro for years and years, and reached Kouzen-ji temple.
He asked the priest of Kouzen-ji temple to lend Hayataro to defeat the beast.
The priest of the Kouzen-ji temple kindly agreed the request.
The priest went back to his village with Hayataro.
After two came back to the village, Hayataro placed in a white box, and took to the old temple.
In the night, beasts came and were singing again.
When they opened the box, deadly battle started.
When the morning comes, what village people saw were three dead beasts.
They could not find Hayataro. He disappeared.
At Kouzen-ji temple, the priest was anxious about Hayataro.
One day, he saw Hayataro came back.
When Hayataro recognized the priest came out to see him, he barked once, as if he was telling that he won and guarded children, and dead.
The priest was really sad, but was also proud of him.
He made a grave next to the main hall of Kouzenji-temple.
After the 700 years past, Hayataro are loved by the people, and can see his grave.
I will show other picture about Hayataro and Kouzen-ji temple in next blog.
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