Knowing Tono, Knowing hidden Japan
Looking at local history and culture
from a new perspective brings about new possibilities for
Tono and its Legends
Tono is the cradle of Japanese folklore.
This rich valley that for centuries was at the very center of trade between the Sanriku coast and the inland, is the setting for the renown Legends of Tono, a collection of thrilling folk tales written in 1910 by the father of Japanese ethnology, Kunio Yanagita.
Beside their literary value, the Legends of Tono are an unmatchable source of information about lifestyle, traditions and culture in regional Japan up to a century ago.
Even today the Legends, offer an opportunity to explore many aspects of local culture, such as regional gastronomy, traditional performing arts and crafts, resilience and above all, a unique way of living in harmony with the passing of seasons and nature, that has become a rare treasure in our rushed society.