CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN
As I was walking along the cobblestone path near Ahacha Bridge, I discovered the Kyozuka Monument. I was very surprised to discover the meaning behind such an inconspicuous landmark.
The story begins in the era of King Sho Shin (1477-1526). Monsters had been rumored to be seen appearing in the area, which was causing a great deal of unrest among the people and travelers on the nearby road. Nisshu Shonin, a Shingon Priest, was visiting from mainland Japan. He wrote verses from the Buddhist scriptures on rocks and buried them here. Nisshu erected a stone marker with the inscription, ‘kongomine,’ meaning ‘diamond peak.’ The monsters were no longer seen. The scripture that was written is referred to as ‘Chochika’ in the Okinawan dialect. It is now believed that if a person says, “Chochika, Chochika” during an earthquake that they will not sustain any injuries. Are you superstitious enough to try it out during the next earthquake?
Directions: From Foster’s commissary gate, turn left (south) on 58. Turn left onto the 153 by the garlic house, Arin Krin. Follow the 153 past Urasoe Park and through the intersection with route 38. Continue on the 153 as it goes over the bridge and rounds the corner. Turn right on the first street. The monument is on the right on the corner.
From the 330, head south on the 330. Take exit 38 and turn left. Turn right onto the 153. Continue on the 153 as it goes over the bridge and rounds the corner. Turn right on the first street. The monument is on the right on the corner.
Google Map Coordinates: 26.241501, 127.725258