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11/09/2013

Koishikawa Korakuen's pond in Tokyo Japan

This pond is one of the highlights in the park.

This is called "Osensui", it means "big pond".




Pond


There is a small island in the pond.

It is called "Horaijima".

"Horai" is a God's mountain in the Chinese myth and  "jima" means island.

Pond_2


The shape of the island is like a turtle. Turtle is a symbol of fortune and longevity.

It is said that the shape of the island was a little destroyed by a big earthquake in Edo period.

There is a small shrine for Benzaiten on the island.

Benzaiten is a Buddhism goddess.

In Japan, she is regarded as a goddess of water and money.

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