In other words, it is not clear. There's something that is not clear, all the more those who study it are followed.

Atsushi Nakazawa



In the past, fighting, riots, banishment and persecution were accompanied by throwing stones. People threw stones to the house that had a woman as the son's wife in celebration or they did it on top of the torii making a wish. It was a child play, exorcism and fortune telling. The folklorist said these words after reading a huge amount of reference material over stone-throwing customs. He concludes that "the life of an academic study" is such a thing, which sounds refreshing. From "Stones" written by him.


November 3,  2018

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun