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Water Walk 4: Inokashira Pond

  • Nov 21, 2010 · 11:00 AM
  • Inokashira Koen Station 井の­頭公­園駅­

This is a VERY short walk, so we will do the full walk and then walk back to the park and have a small picnic (weather permitting). I thought that could be fun. :

To help cover my costs, the price is now 1000yen per walk. I will only do each walk ONCE this time, so this is your only chance! I will provide a small snack for everyone on each walk.

This station in on the Keio Inokashira Line, if you are coming from Kichijoji, take the local train one stop.

If you are coming from Shibuya, take the Express until Eifukucho, then switch to the local line.

A short description of Walk 4: Inokashira Pond

Approach this beautiful pond from its south side, following the footsteps of Edo people. Sheltered by the shade of trees, the old Benten shrine is surrounded by numerous silent witnesses of devotion in bygone days. About 2.0 km, 1 hour.

Inokashira Pond was the premier source of the Kanda River although other ponds contributed to it. On the pond a shrine dedicated to Benten, the goddess of water, attracted crowds of pilgrims from central Edo to thank her for her blessings. Among the devout worshipers were Kabuki actors, who like other Edokko (sons of Edo), boasted of living on water supplied by pipes- a symbol of civilization. Dyers along the Kanda were also thankful as they benefited from the abundant flow to rise their products. They avidly visited the pond and donated generously to erect stone monuments as tokens of their appreciation.

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  • Natsuno

    I joined the Water Walk's event for the first time, and really enjoyed!!

    November 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice day for a walk, weather just a little crisp, leaves all changing colors, musicians playing in the park. :-)

    November 22, 2010

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