The Story of Kumamoto Mountains’ Lucky Cat 2019-01-17 Thu 2019-01-17 Thu by Mizuho Miyazaki The Escape Stone, long said to be resilient in the face of calamities, has fallen — revealing the silhouette of a cat. The colors of autumn leaves paint the mountains and rice fields below, while a full view of the coming winter months is revealed through the clearly-defined blue silhouette of a cat. A huge stone block lodged between two sides of a 30-meter-high cavity in the rocky mountainside looked as though it was floating in the air, thus earning the name, the “Escape Stone.” Located on the southern cone of the Aso Caldera near the village of Minami Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture, the impressive “stone that doesn’t fall” measures three meters high and two meters wide. Its infallibility attracted students who go to pray for success in entrance exams and job hunting. However, following the magnitude 7 Kumamoto Earthquake on April 16, 2016, the “stone that doesn’t fall” in fact did fall, unexpectedly revealing the cat-shaped silhouette. The stone block fell 50 meters down the slope in one piece without cracking. This led many people to believe that it fell to save students from failing, and thus it has since become a popular spot again. The Escape Stone is located where it fell, approximately two hours up a hiking trail accessed from privately-owned land. It can only be reached with an accompanying guide. Written by Japan ForwardThe continuation of this article can be read on the "Japan Forward" site.The Story of Kumamoto Mountains’ Lucky Cat By - grape Japan editorial staff. Tags: Cat / Kumamoto / Kumamoto Earthquake / Mountains / Nature / Scenery grape Japan Sightseeing The Story of Kumamoto Mountains’ Lucky Cat Related Article This Cat Pumps Up, Finds Out The Tough World Of Workout Rent a Cat Companion When You Stay at This Traditonal Japanese Ryokan Inn Cat-themed car accessories by Japanese company can make your drive so much cuter Don’t Leave! This Cat Can’t Stand The Thought Of Staying Home Alone You Bring Fresh Veges Home, And Your Cat Does This… It’s Awww-inspiring Boxing Match: Cat Vs. Praying Mantis: Who Ya Got?