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Tamagawa River has a good number of cherry trees in Hamura.
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Weeping cherry
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Weeping cherry next to the water park.
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Weeping cherries
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Tamagawa Josui floodgate. Hamura is noted as the starting point of the Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct built by the Tamagawa farmer brothers in 1653 to supply water to the growing and thirsty city of Edo.
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Entry point of Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct straight ahead. This water has been diverted from the Tamagawa River (on the right).
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Start of Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct. The Aqueduct was built in 1653, 50 years after Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu moved to Edo. 玉川上水
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Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct entrance.
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Floodgate. The position and length is almost the same as the original one built in the 17th century. Only the materials have been replaced with concrete. Water from the Tamagawa River going to Tamagawa Josui canal/Aqueduct.
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Tamagawa River is dammed here by Hamura Intake Weir. Some of the diverted water is released back into Tamagawa River on the right.
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Tamagawa River
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Map of Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct
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Park adjacent to Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct
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Statue of the Tamagawa brothers who were consigned to build the Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct.
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Statue of the Tamagawa brothers
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Materials and technique used for the Tamagawa Josui floodgate in the Edo Period.
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Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct required constant repair and maintenance during the Edo Period. It created new jobs for Hamura residents (mostly farmers).
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Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct lined with cherry trees. I missed the full bloom period.
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Walking path parallel to Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct. These are all cherry trees.
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Cherry trees
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Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct goes on for over 40 km to Yotsuya in Tokyo.
 
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