Swan boats at Senzoku pond


Senzoku Pond was located in the suburbs of Edo. Now part of a municipal park in Ota ward, the pond offers a scenic circuit for a walk and swan boats floating on the water’s surface. The “Robe-hanging pine” depicted by Hiroshige can here be seen on the left side of the image.


While the pond has always been named Senzoku, its name originally came from the Chinese characters “thousand” (千 sen) and “bundle” (束 zoku). After the famous Buddhist priest Nichiren Shonin washed his feet here on his way to Ikegami Temple the characters changed to honor his visit. It is still pronounced Senzoku (sen or 洗=wash, zoku or 足=foot).