Evening twilight in Rishaku temple
For a short while you go down to the foot of a mountain. Then you can see some persimmon trees. The persimmon takes on tints of the sunset glow. The feeling of arriving at the village is something special.
Dried persimmon is a hardened fruit, and is called Kushigaki, meaning persimmon on a skewer. In the Edo period, the Kushigaki that was made in Tateishi was shipped out to Edo (Tokyo) landing in the Kanda region. The people living in Edo loved it and keenly looked forward to its arrival. It was given as an offering to shogun Tokugawa (who was the general in the Edo castle). When he was a boy, he chewed on the Kushigaki to help harden his teeth. So, offering Kushigaki is also to wish good health to the children of the family.