Mamako Waterfall (Sukimuland)
[The waterfall where the legend remains]
You can see the waterfall from the huge Sukimuland’s suspension bridge.
The lake offers a refreshing feeling during Japanese hot summers and also a beautiful view spot if you want to enjoy the colors of autumn leaves.
The legend itself:
“Mamako” in Japanese means “mother and child” and the legend is about the (classic) story of a cruel stepmother and a child who fails to be loved by this stepmother . One day, the stepmother invites the child to take a walk on the top of the waterfall. Once they arrive there, they decide to sit and take a break. The cruel mother shows for the first time a gesture of love by placing the child’s head on her lap and stroking his hair. The child is truly happy with this long awaited gesture of love and without being noticed he plays and ties together his kimono belt with his the one of his stepmother. Suddenly, the stepmother pushes the child but as she was attached by the belt, she meets the same fate as the child and they both die in the waterfall.