Japanese boulder that held a ‘demon imprisoned for 1,000 years’ splits open

(ORDO NEWS) — Sessho-seki (“Death Stone”) is an ancient boulder in Japan that holds a special place in Japanese mythology and is said to kill anyone who comes into contact with it.

An ancient Japanese boulder that according to legend “imprisoned a demon for 1,000 years” mysteriously split in two on March 5, 2022. The Japanese fear that dark forces have been unleashed. This is reported by the Daily Star.

The boulder is a volcanic rock that, according to Japanese mythology, contains an evil spirit and is located on an active volcano in central Japan, near Tokyo.

According to mythology, a stone that held back an evil spirit and was so powerful that it killed anyone who came into contact with it.

When the stone split in two, Japanese locals and netizens expressed concern that the stone was constantly spewing out an unknown poisonous gas.

Japanese boulder that held a demon imprisoned for 1 000 years splits open 2

The Death Stone is said to contain the body of Tamamo-no-Mae, who had the appearance of a beautiful woman but was later revealed to be a nine-tailed fox.

Japanese mythology tells that Tamamo no Mei worked for a powerful Japanese feudal lord who plotted to overthrow and assassinate Emperor Tobu in the 1100s.

When word got out about the split, people took to social media to share their concerns and theories.

One user wrote: “Reading this is getting a little scary, especially given the state the world is in right now, we don’t need darkness anymore.”

The second commented, “I feel like I’ve seen something I shouldn’t have seen.”

A third wrote: “Who knows what this means? It’s creepy, that’s for sure.”


The Nasu City Tourist Information Center has confirmed that the stone has cracked in half after hundreds of centuries in the Japanese state.

Officials in the region said the stone had been cracked for some time and that rain and frost may have caused the stone to split.

The stone was registered as a Local Historic Site in 1957 and was mentioned in Matsuo Basho’s original work The Narrow Road to the Deep North.


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