Nasu’s Sessho-seki, or the Killing Stone, is one of several features in the historically rich region of Nasu in Tochigi Prefecture. A core part of Japanese mythology, the Sessho-seki stone, Sanzu river, and the hundreds of Jizu statues that adorn the site represent an important tradition of the area as well as an important part of the great Buddhist lineage of Japanese culture. The Killing Stone is linked to the story of Otogizoshi, a story that dates back to the Nuromachi period of Japanese narratives, as well as the famous book The Narrow Road to the Deep North, an account of Matsuo Bashō’s visit to Nasu. This whole area is set in the amazing natural beauty of northern Tochigi as well as having an inspiringly rich mythology and amazing onsen experiences. Sessho-seki is accessible by car and by bus.
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I was born and raised just outside of the city of Portland in beautiful Oregon wine country in the United States. In 2011 traveled to and studied at Akita International University focusing on Japanese culture and language as well as Korean culture. I graduated from Portland State University in 2012 with a degree in History. Today I live in Nikko, in Tochigi prefecture and work as an assistant language teacher at three local high schools. I have a passion and deep love for Japan, it's culture, and the people who live here. I am so pleased that I can share my experiences here with other people.