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柳原 Yanagihara (Place of the Willows)

Updated: Jan 18, 2020

At Hachimangu there is a bridge that crosses over the pond between the Wakamiya Shrine and the Shirahata Shrine.  On the east side of the bridge you will see a stone historical marker that reads:

In the old days around here, this was a famous place for willows, and it was said to be called Yanagihara.  An old song has been told, "Aging Yanagihara in Tsurugaoka, blue-colored, a sign of spring." The author is unknown, but one theory is that it is also called the song of Yasutoki Hōjō.  Are the willows you see today a remnant of the past?

Erected in March of 1934 by the Kamakura Seinendan Young Adult Association.


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