Dragon's Bathtub

The head of the Nonogawa River is a hot spring flowing into a large depression the locals call the Dragon's Bathtub before spilling over the side of the mountain Myouyama-san and into the valley.  

Flora & Fauna

In and around the spring you'll find sable, quail, bats, woodpeckers, hare, turtles, shrews, koi, ayu fish, luna moths, and a few species of snake. Plants near the spring include beech, red pine, cedar, hostas, bamboo, Japanese and Korean maple, and holly. Wasabi grows in the spring water. The few hikers that come up from the only approachable side marvel at the sheer number of animals there and that none of them seem afraid.   A rumor says someone tried to catch one of the creatures. How a spirit rose and lead the wildlife to kill the man is a common summer night's ghost story. They say the ghost's repentance is to protect the area and warn any fools who would harm the area or its inhabitants. Hikers who camp near there overnight reported hearing footsteps and murmuring at about 2 AM.   There used to be another path, but a landslide took out the path on the side facing Nonogawa.  

You're Kidding Me! There Weren't Seahorses!

Contrary to what most texts on seahorses will tell you, there were indeed baby ones in this stream, not pipefish. Photographic proof exists of palm sized ones, from 100 years ago. The documentation claims they were iridescent blue. Shortly after that, they disappeared. Though what happened shortly after their discovery, no one knows. Perhaps they followed the river to the sea? (In Japanese myths, they consider seahorses to be baby dragons.)
This is Shion's territory. So I'm sure you can put two and two together. ;)

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Also known as
Ryuuizumi (Dragon Spring)
Type
Spring
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Owner/Ruler


Cover image: by Image by Kohji Asakawa

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9 Jul, 2021 02:18

SEEKRITS!!!!   In all seriousness, this is an amazing article.

⚝Aydan Nightshade⚝
5 Aug, 2021 19:38

Thank you! <3

Author of Rise: Liminal Chronicles |
9 Jul, 2021 08:20

Very nice article! And fun that you added that secret to confirm the myths :p Did not know that actually that they consider seahorses baby dragons!

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5 Aug, 2021 19:39

It's been a ton of fun to incorporate little tidbits I learn like that along the way. Thank you!

Author of Rise: Liminal Chronicles |
5 Aug, 2021 12:49

It sounds like a beautiful location, and I love the idea that seahorses are considered to be baby dragons in Japan. :D SECRETS.

5 Aug, 2021 19:40

Thank you! I first heard of it from watching Fruits Basket. :D

Author of Rise: Liminal Chronicles |
5 Aug, 2021 20:19

OMG yes!

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