Seta no Karashi Bridge

Seta no Karashi Bridge

Seta no Karashi Bridge is a bridge over Lake Biwa. It is featured in the Japanese Folktale My Lord Bag of Rice where Fujiwara Hidesato walks over the body of a dragon lying asleep across it who later reveals himself to be The Dragon King. The bridge is the site where Fujiwara later kills the Giant Centipede Seta, after The Dragon King asks for help in slaying the beast.1

The bridge is also seen in the tale known as The Gratitude of the Samebito, during the inception of the tale a man known as Tōtaro comes across the creature known as the Samebito (Shark Man).2


1. Ozaki, Y.T. (1903) “The Japanese Fairy Book”. Westminster: Archibald Constable & Co. Ltd.
2. Davis, F. H. (1992) “Myths and Legends of Japan.” New York: Dover Publications, Inc.

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Seta no Karashi Bridge