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Sakura Dote Park and Ukishima Benzaiten

the south gate of Cherry BlossomsCherry blossoms in Cherry Blossom Causeway Cherry Blossmos over a path of LiteratureCherry trees along the street
Sakura Dote Park (Cherry Blossoms Causeway Park) is the special scenic site of cherry blossoms in Ichikawa city, the park is also named 'the Path of Literature'. The park is about 400 meters in length under dozens of cherry trees, and some equipment in the form of kawaii animals and signboards inscribed the descriptions of some poets and writers in connection with Ichikawa city are stood. A row of cherry trees lining Cherry Blossoms Causeway Park is extending to north, then to west along Mamagawa River. The west end of the cherry trees, there is a small shrine worshipped as a god of arts called 'Ukishima Benzaiten (Benzaiten on a floating island)' under cherry trees.

Sakura Dote Park as the Path of Literature

Sakura Dote Park as the Path of Literature

According to 'Ichikawa no Bungaku (Literature at Ichikawa city)' published by Ichikawa City Board of Education in March 1982, there are over 120 writers and poets in connection with Ichikawa city listed on. In the field of modern literature, it describes about 90 of them such as Sachio Ito, Soseki Natsume and so on and a part of their works. The city selected 3 writers having the deepest connections with the city, Hakushu Kitahara, Rohan Koda and Kafu Nagai and fixed a road following their footprints. The road starts from Keisei Yawata Staion, then Shirahata Tenjin Shrine, Cherry Blossoms Causeway Park, Tekonabashi Bridge, Kameiin Temple, Tekonareishindo Shrine, Mamasan Guhoji Temple, the end of the course, it goes to Shiensoja in Satomi Park.


The Writers and Poets described on the wooden signboards inthe park

Out of the board, Shiki Masaoka, Kyoshi Takahama, Ryokuu Saito, Shotaro Yasuoka, Miyuki Miyabe, Haruki Murakami, Shizuko Natsuki, Yasuo Uchida and other many writers and poets wrote some site in or people from Ichikawa city in their works. Moreover Sanetomo Minamoto of the third Shogun of Kamakura Bakufu, Nichiren of the founder of Nichiren Sect and Chomei Kamo an essayist in Heian Period wrote poems describing 'Mama no Tsugihashi'.


参考
市川市ホームページ
市川市図書館ホームページ
桜土手内「文学の道」案内板より

Ukishima Benzaiten

cherry blossoms and Ukishima Benzaiten
The west end of Sakura Dote (Cherry Blossoms Causeway), there is a small shrine called Ukishima Benzaiten. According to the Folk of Ichikawa, the Benzaiten was discovered in early Meiji era. Ukishima Benzaite is popularly worshipped by many people as the god of arts.

The History of Ukishima Benzaiten

The history of Ukishima Benzaiten is very long, according to existing records of construction, there remains the date of Febraury 1841 in it, so it is supposed to be founded older than that on the records.
According to Konkomyosaishookyo (the Mahayana Sutras), Benzaiten is always decorated to eight hands and her figure looks decent like the moon, so Ukishima Benzaiten is also elegant and her head wound around by the White Dragon King sits on gracefully.
The venerable Kenkoin Nisshin, the 74th abbot of Ikegami Honmonji Temple and the 70th of Mamasan Guhoji Temple, inserted the eyes into a Buddhist image. The shrine was on the small island (called Benten no Mori (the woods of Benten), now it is a pumping plant) extending to Mamagawa Rive the right-handed on the Mama Elementary school, so people had to cross the bridge from both side. Moreover it was said that there was a large Japanese zelkova tree behind the shrine and a white snake had lived in a hallowed in the base of the tree.
Traditionally, it was said that many people could achieved their wishes having prayed to Ukishima Benzaiten, those who wish their glory and wealth would succeed in life and build fortunes; those who wish to be pure in heart and pray for the prosperity of their posterities could be given good fortune and wisdom, and those who wish to improve their academic works and professional skills could master the essence of the works and skills, so many people from not only its neighborhood but also distant places have visited right up to this very day.
The snake day of the twelve symbols of the Chinese zodiac comes once in twelve days. The snake day is a lucky day over money and wealth since it is said that one's wish would be delivered to Benzaiten if the one prays to the white snake of her messenge in the snake day.

November 2014
Mamasan Guhoji Temple
The Association of Ukishima Benzaiten


参考
浮島弁財天案内版より転載
市川のむかし話改訂版
市川市ホームページ

The Location and Access to Cherry Blossoms Causeway Park and Ukishima Benzaiten

Sakura Dote Park as the Path of Literature

  • Sakura Dote Park (Cherry Blossoms Causeway Park) as the Path of Literature has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Ichikawamama Sta , take minimally 45 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take JR Sobu-express line, transfer the line at Funabashi to Keisei-line, get off Ichikawamama Sta.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Ichikawamama Sta.
  • Take 10 minute walk from Ichikawamama Sta.
  • 3-3 Mama, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken

Ukishima Benzaiten

  • Ukishima Benzaiten has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Ichikawamama Sta , take minimally 45 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take JR Sobu-express line, transfer the line at Funabashi to Keisei-line, get off Ichikawamama Sta.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Ichikawamama Sta.
  • Take 10 minute walk from Ichikawamama Sta.
  • 2-7-9 Mama, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken

The Area Around Tekona And Mamasan

Cherry blossoms in Guhoji

Mamasan Guho-ji Temple

It is famous for the beautiful cherry blossoms and the flamed colored autumnal leaves
Cherry blossoms in Tekona

Monument and Shrine of Tekona

Tekona Reishindo Shrine has loved and described in many poems for thousands years

Shimousa Kokubunji Temple in spring

Shimousa Kokubunji Temple

Kokubunji in Ichikawa city is designated as the histric site by the government.
moss phloxes in Guo Moruo Memorial Center

Guo Moruo Memorial Park

Guo Moruo Memorial Park gives an illusion to us to stray into a town in early Showa era.

cherry blossoms in Suwada Park

Suwada Park

Suwada Ruins and the stone tablet inscribed by Guo Moruo are in the park. Cherry blossoms and roses bloom in spring.
Sakura Dote Park

Cherry Blossom Causeway Park(A Path Of Literature)and Ukishima Benzaiten Shrine

The park extending 400m long along the cherry trees.

Yoshizawa Garden Gallery

Yoshizawa Garden Gallery

There are many seasonal flowers brightly blooming in the garden.
Kiuchi Gallery

Kiuchi Gallery

A Western-style Building like a hat in fairy tales in woods.

市川市考古博物館

History Museum and Museum of Antiquities of Ichikawa-shi, and Horinouchi Shell Mound

The museums introduce history of the areas around Ichikawa.
I-link Town Ichikawa

The Observatory on I-link Town Ichikawa

It commands a panoramic view of Mt.Fuji behind the skyscrapers in Tokyo.

Edogawa River

A Walk Along Edogawa River

The areas along the river have many noted spots that people could enjoy history and culture.
cherry blossoms in Satomi Park

A Walk Around Satomi Park

The park is the noted scenic spot to see cherry blossoms, roses and colored leaves.