Tamagawa Aqueduct, Tokyo

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Tamagawa Aqueduct is a 43 km long Japanese aqueduct located in Tokyo. It was constructed by the Tokugawa shogunate to supply drinking and fire-fighting water from the Tama river to Edo, providing irrigation water around farm villages.
The aqueduct was created following a request for permission from the people of Kojimachi and Shibaguchi to build another aqueduct, drawing the waters of the Tama river. The government provided 7,500 ryō for the construction, 3,000 ryō were collected by public subscription. Construction on the 43 km long aqueduct, which runs from Hamura, Tokyo to Yotsuya, Tokyo, began in April 1653. The section from Hanemura to was fully excavated within eight months and the entire aqueduct was completed in eighteen months. The project was undertaken by the Seiemon brothers who were awarded the surname "Tamagawa" in honour of their accomplishment. Prior to the construction, the two brothers were considered "mere peasants". Before the construction of the aqueduct the city was served by a single, and insufficient, Kanda Aqueduct.
In 1948, Osamu Dazai, considered one of the foremost fiction writers of 20th-century Japan, and his mistress Tomie Yamazaki, drowned themselves in the aqueduct together. Dazai had been living in Mitaka, Tokyo, through which the aqueduct runs, since 1939.
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  • Last time, near the front entrance of Koganei Park, from the green road, from the cover edamame, but this time, the water flow from the Tama River which flows out of the water supply from the first water gate of Hamura intake weir, which is the water source of Tamagawa water, is up close. In front of the statue of Shoemon and Kiyoemon brothers who worked on the opening in the vicinity, to see up close the old civil engineering tools that two people have in hand, in the age of undeveloped decent tools, in a short period of less than a year about 43km from Hamura to Yotsuya, I felt once again in the feat of completing the upper waterway. Both were observations rather than walks, so if you have a chance, you'll want to take a leisurely stroll along the Tamagawa Water area and enjoy the history and scenery.
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  • It is a walking path on the north side of Shinjuku Gyoen. Tamagawa kamisui was reproduced on the side of the walking path, and the babbling was a good feeling. This is outside the Shinjuku Gyoen Enen Gate, so you can walk for free. However, since it is inside Shinjuku Gate and Ogitomon, the time of use is the same as Shinjuku Gyoen. Because the tree grows thick, a cool place is a good point for a moment.
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  • I was raised here for about 10 years wonderful place to live and raise kids I think. There is a path for walking or riding your bike. It Is Bit Recommended at night however not too many lights. Great for some shade in the summer.
  • Love is there now under construction, and the Kanda River differ in nature.
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