Okabe: the story of the cat stone

A cat-shaped stone located next to a small temple is a famous landmark of the village of Okabe, a post-station on the Tōkaidō Road. It was believed that that a cat witch, disguised as a friendly old woman, had once haunted the temple grounds, luring young girls into her house to kill and devour them. Eventually the witch's evil transformed her into the ‘cat stone’ still to be seen there. The Okabe story was adapted as a play for the kabuki theatre.


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