Not far from S-Puls Dream Plaza in Shimizu, Shizuoka City, a new bridge crosses the Tome River.
At bot end you will see a difefrent statue of a deity-like woman!
The bridge bears the name of Hagoromo Bridge/はごろもはし!
it was completed in March 1993!
As for the second statue, it is magnificent. It is a pity that the background is somewhat ugly!
But I deserves many pictures!
now, what is the story/legend of Hagoromo?
Hagoromo or 羽衣 means “Winged Veil”.
The 1200 year-old legend has many versions.
As for our local version, which is the most famous in Japan, it happened on the beach of matsubara in Miho, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City.
The deity/天女/”Tenjyo” lights down on the beach in the shape of bird. She turns into a human woman leaving her wings in the shape of a veil while she bathes in the sea.
An old man espies her and hides her veil lest she disappears again.
The deity who cannot fly back to heavens marries the old man and gives him a son to please him.
The old man takes pity on her and gives her back her veil that the deity puts to fly back to heavens.
Naturally the last line of the legend is where it varies from region to region!
Every year a Noh Dance is enacted on the beach of Matsubara to relate the legend!
Do walk along the bridge.
Th e statues are not that big but they are beautiful!
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