In the previous post of this two-part series, I introduced the most widely known stories about the giant, Daidara-Botchi.
Part two is another version I heard from my high school teacher. Interestingly, it’s a very obscure one.
Long ago, the place where Mount Tsukuba now sits had nothing. It was just flat land.
There were some small villages here and there in the area. They suffered from strong constant wind from a mountainous area in the west. That wind carried lots of sand that fell to the ground. Villagers tried to grow rice or other agriculture products but most of them were not successful because of the sandy soil. The people tried to pump water but there wasn’t enough of a source in the area.
Daidara-Botchi saw their circumstances and became very compassionate. One day, he walked over to another mountain and snapped a part of it off. He came back and put the chunk of rock down on the flat plain and it became Mount Tsukuba.
Instead of battering the people, the powerful wind was now forced to wrap around the new mountain. Villagers no longer had to suffer from the sandy wind.
Adults were happy and thanked Daidara-Botchi but kids were surprised and cried when they saw the giant in front of them. Their tears ran into the footprints of Daidara-Botchi and became ponds. The children wouldn’t stop crying and their tears created streams and rivers.
The giant walked along the west side of Mount Tsukuba. As such, it now has lots of rivers and is used mainly for growing rice. Contrarily, the Daidara-Botchi did not walk along the east part of the new mountain. It still has sandy soil and is good for growing fruits like grapes and melons as well as peanuts.
Geographically, Mount Tsukuba is not volcanic. It’s just a chunk of rock. Isn’t that a really interesting coincidence?