The Giant Zenigata Sand Painting in Kotohiki Park, Kagawa
Zenigata sand painting
The Giant Zenigata Sand Painting was designed using coins from the Edo period (1603-1868). It says "Kan'ei Tsuho" on it. Can you read it?
It was actually carved out of sand by the inhabitants in just one night to welcome the Lord of Takamatsu when he was on a tour of the prefecture about 1,400 years ago.
It is a huge elliptical shape, 122 meters in length, 90 meters in width and 345 meters in circumference. The entire sand painting can be seen as a perfect circle from the observatory at the top of the mountain.
It has long been said that those who see it will live a long and healthy life and will never be in need of money.
The Giant Zenigata Sand Painting brings you luck
In fact, two lottery tickets worth 800 million yen (about 7 million dollars, or 6 million euros) were won eight years ago after the winners said they saw this Zenigata Sand Painting. Another won a lottery ticket worth 600 million yen three years ago after coming to see the sand painting.
As a result, the Zenigata Sand Painting attracts tourists from all over Japan seeking fortune.