This shrine’s anime-level boulder has an anime-level backstory.
One of the cool things about Japan is that looking at the names of places gives you a sense of their history or distinguishing characteristics. “Tokyo,” for example, famously means “eastern capital,” because it’s located at the eastern end of the country, and its “Ginza” district means “silver seat,” a nod to the mint that used to be located in the neighborhood.
And then there’s Haban Shrine, whose name means “destroyed rock.”
But it was more than just linguistic curiosity that had our Japanese-language reporter Seiji Nakazawa intrigued. Having heard