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Mitarashi Pond
Mibiki-machi, Nanao City
Natural landscape
Japan’s 100 Exquisite and Well-conserved Waters (1985)
This pond is in Mibiki-machi, Nanao City. It was selected as one of Japan’s 100 Exquisite and Well-conserved Waters by the former Environment Agency (the current Environment Ministry) in 1985. As it is in the precincts of Akakura Shrine, local residents also call it the “pond of Akakura Shrine.” The ground water from Mt. Akakura (179 m) has a remarkable clarity. Legend says that a long time ago, the crown prince of Emperor Shomu (701〜756) used it for his eye disease. In the Warring States period, a defeated warrior walked into the pond to kill himself together with his dear horse. According to legend, an “akai-kura”(red saddle) floats on the water once a year before dawn on New Year’s day. The name “Akakura” is said to have come from that episode. Today the water here is used for about 20 ha of agricultural land. Near the pond, which has a dignified and serene atmosphere, there is a popular spot with footpaths called “Akakura-yama-ikoi-no-mori,” that has a connection to historical episodes.
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