Earthquake in Japan dries up centuries-old Kumamoto water source

April 2016MINAMI-ASO, Kumamoto Prefecture (JAPAN) — For hundreds of years, the sacred Shioisha spring here has provided water for drinking and irrigation in this village in the shadow of Mount Aso. But the fountainhead, which gushed about five tons of spring water a minute, has dried up since the magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck the prefecture early on April 16. Its disappearance has local residents baffled. “I was absolutely flabbergasted to hear that Shioisha spring has dried up. It turns my world upside down,” said 95-year-old Natsuko Goto, who was taking shelter at an elementary school after the earthquake. “What will happen now?”
Shioisha spring is located on the premises of Shioijinja shrine. According to Sachio Hirose, the 63-year-old parish representative, there are many fountainhead springs in Minami-Aso, which has been dubbed “the village where water is born.” However, Shioisha spring is the one that has been worshiped by local residents as the sacred spring where the “god of water” dwells. Its abundant waters have been a blessing for local rice farmers.
Every year, the planting of rice seedlings starts at the beginning of May in Minami-Aso, but at the moment, there is no water to irrigate the rice paddies, casting a dark shadow over the village and its agricultural production. “The headspring had been gushing water out for the past centuries and sustaining people’s livelihoods,” Hirose said. “I can’t believe this is happening in my lifetime.” –Asahi


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22 Responses to Earthquake in Japan dries up centuries-old Kumamoto water source

  1. Apollyon says:

    Bad “Omen”

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  2. obeisance says:

    ” However, Shioisha spring is the one that has been worshiped by local residents as the sacred spring where the “god of water” dwells.
    Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
    When the people turn back to Jehovah their creator and worship HIM instead of the earth which He created, then He will return to them abundantly and will bless abundantly.
    He’s not kidding about this:
    Deu 5:7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
    Deu 5:8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
    Deu 5:9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
    Deu 5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
    Your choice.

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  3. bunkrbuster says:

    Do you realize the Japanese culture has been around longer than Christianity and have deeper roots. Pagans? Stop pushing your religion on others damming them.


    • David Dunlap says:

      bunkrbuster…they can show you where budda is buried…so much for their god, as for Jesus, he was resurrected…and “no many comes to the father but by the son”…think about it if you can!


  4. Yellow Bird says:

    is the Earth taking back her water…
    or are these springs and rivers and oases vanishing due to corrupt human meddling for power and control??
    some years ago, humankind entered a new phase of history in which no one may assume the technology does not exist


  5. Sharon Natsarim says:

    Maybe the One TRUE God is SICK of HIS creation worshipping a ton of putrid false gods that cannot provide them with anything. He just turned off the faucett…lets see how the water god provides now.


  6. Richard says:

    Things are just getting more and more interesting all over the world. Pretty much all signs that Jesus is returning soon, and the end of this age. Are you ready?


  7. Marti says:

    While it is a fact that most of Japan is a pagan nation, (I have lived and ministered there), how many Christians who are blessed to know Christ are on our knees praying that those precious souls in this Island nation come to know our Savior?


  8. Judyc says:

    I am of the mind that God has indeed spoken. Water is sucked out in an ocean just prior to its influx in the form of a Tsunami and as with a huge over hanging tidal wave. This spring is from the earth, it too has been sucked out. This is NOT a good sign at all. Either something is due to explode due to the change of flow or the quake has shifted its normal flow through blockage, where its pressure will ‘Blow its lid’. A change such as this will build, it may flow else where or it will explode through, its coming.

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  9. Dennis E. says:

    Mexico had two rivers to be taken by sinkhole last week I believe.

    World wide water shortage coming…


  10. Tim T. Nukem says:

    …too late.


  11. Michael Basham says:

    please take down those derogatory comments against the Japanese people as being godless “pagans” who deserve this! What an awful witness to the Japanese! America is in way more trouble than Japan ever could be.

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    • Yellow Bird says:

      yes i agree
      the “us” has no cleaner garments than the “them”

      it seems there is a common opinion that none in Japan follow the True One,
      or perhaps that none in the West can be pagan?

      West vs East rises again?
      But Jesus was Eastern and not Western
      “My LAW that I give to you is simply this: that you LOVE ONE ANOTHER- and so the whole world may know of MY LOVE, because of the LOVE that you show in MY Name…
      remember: I AM THAT IS sees the hearts of ALL”


    • jopusm says:

      Hurrumph! It’s sad to see such judgement and figer pointing, thank you for speaking out.

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  12. AMEN! So true! What a horrible sample of non judgmental love for the lost that Jesus showed. Why do Christianettes always have to judge people. Is it a reflection of themselves under condemnation? Or some kind of merciless vindictiveness like the Pharisees? Please blog master, rein in your commenters, or block them.


  13. niebo says:

    I have been having a recurring dream of late about “lack” of water; taps and spigots release not a drip; ponds are dustbowls; lakes are beds of “shattered” mud, cracked and broken in the light of the sun; creeks and springs, where water once poured and rushed, are but stained, in the depths, in the shadows and hollows, by remnant drops. I wake, as I did yesterday a.m. to a thunderstorm, and think NOT of thirst but of famine.

    “’What will happen now?’”

    “A quart of wheat for a denarius; and three quarts of barley for a denarius.”

    And just a thought regarding the “god of water” . . . whether we agree that Japan is “pagan” or not, we must bear in mind that, according to the Book of Acts, (chapter 16), on at least one occasion, the apostle Paul was FORBIDDEN to preach in Asia: “They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been FORBIDDEN BY THE HOLY SPIRIT to speak the word in Asia; and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us. ‘When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them'” (Emphasis MINE). Why is this? I have no idea, so I defer to the wisdom of God while I consider that, perhaps, we should address the paganism that has infiltrated the church before we cast too many stones at anybody.

    AND, without water, life on earth is NOT possible. Every living creature on earth is constructed of it to one degree (or percentage) or another; all living creatures NEED water to survive, and, so far as we know, ALL living creatures on earth CEASE to live without it (eventually)(but some frogs can go years without it)(cacti, too). A contrary is also true: with too MUCH of it, most creatures die, whether from drowning or insufficient salinity. Now, we are created from water, and if we may live through water, and if we also may die through water – as the “ritual” of baptism suggests; we die, are renewed, are reborn anew through water – it might behoove us to recognize that water is NOT God . . . but God IS the water.

    Just sayin’


  14. Jim and Rocky the dog says:

    Let me ask you a question please maybe I’m a bit ignorant. Who actually wrote the Bible ? Was it God ? No it wasn’t. There is no jealous God please. That would make him sinful just like we all are even you Bible thumpers. Another question ? How many Gods are there ? Every time the earth is destroyed, and it’s been more then a few times, does that mean a new God pops up with a different book telling us what’s going to happen or is it the same book everytime ? Seems to me it always happens the same way even when there were no humans to tell you what is going to happen ! Just saying

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    • Yellow Bird says:

      yes, and HE said “Test all these things, and SEE that they are so.” Our Creator never expects any to take Spiritual Revelations at blind faith… even if many times it seems the church makes the mistake of saying so.

      SEEK TRUTH – there is only ONE Who Is The TRUE ONE, all with humble spirits who simply SEEK TRUTH will find The TRUE ONE allready waiting beside their heart’s door.
      HE waits for ALL. HE is accessible to ALL. HE LOVES all the same.


  15. Yellow Bird says:

    thank you for sharing this story Edward, i am thankful to know of these people and blessed to have been introduced to br. Miki. and very sorry to have never met him before.
    i will ponder his words, they are Words of Truth and therefore of The TRUE ONE


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