Sarusawaike pond

The tourist spot that I will introduce today is Sarusawa-ike pond in Nara. Sarusawa-ike pond was built for ceremony of Kofuku-ji temple.
[ Sarusawaike pond ]
Well, there is Sarusawaike Pond south of Kofuku-ji temple.
This pond is not so deep, it is about 1.5 meters deep, about 1 meter on average.
The pond was built about 1,300 years ago as a pond for the Houjoe of the Kohfukuji temple.
The hojoe is that the captured fish release into a pond as a Buddhist ceremony prohibiting the killing.
Hojoe of the Kofuku-ji temple is held on April 17 every year.
Let's watch the scenery of the opposite shore while going around the shore of this pond.
We start from the northwest of the pond, near the Unume-jinja shrine.
You can see a teahouse on the east side of the pond.

A teahouse on the east side of the pond

It is a Japanese style teahouse called Kinukake-chaya.
There is a willow called Kinukake-yanagi on the right of the Kinukake-chaya.
Let's go around the pond in a counterclockwise direction from here.
I came to the southwest of the pond.
There are waterbirds in the pond.
And we can see the Five-Storied pagoda of the Kofukuji temple beyond the pond.

Five-Storied pagoda of Kofukuji and the pond

From the south of the pond I can see the Five-Storied pagoda, the Nan'endo hall and the Unume shrine.

Five-Storied pagoda, Nan'endo hall and Unume shrine

When I was taking pictures, the pigeon that was in front of me just flew at that time.

Pigeon in front of me

[ Unume legend]
I came to the east of the pond.
Sarusawa pond has a legend about unume.
Umame is a young lady who takes care of the Emperor's meal.
This legend is written on my blog on October 5 of last year.
I can see things related to the legend in front of me.

A willow and a stone monument

One is a willow on this shore.
There is a stone monument written as the monument of Kinukake-yanagi(The willow that was hung clothes) next to it.
It is said that she hung her clothes on the willow here before she threw herself in the pond after her love from the Emperor faded.
However, I do not know whether this willow is a willow at that time.
The other is the Unume-jinja shrine on the other side.
The Emperor had mercy on her and built the shrine for her soul.

[ Approximate Latitude and Longitude of tourist spots etc. ]
On Google Maps, you can examine the location by latitude and longitude.
The following latitudes and longitudes are not officially announced, they are what I examined.
So they may be wrong.
(1)Unume-jinja shrine N34.6819 E135.8302
(2)Kinukake-chaya N34.68144 E135.8316
(3)The stone monument of Kinukake-yanagi N34.68128 E135.8315

(February 9, 2018)