Edogawa never stops to amaze me. Although we have been here for almost four years now, there is always something new that we discover or learn about the place as well as the Japanese culture and traditions. Last weekend, my husband and I had new discoveries when we went for our first spring walk this year. We walked towards Shinkawa, a small canal that connects Edogawa River and Nakagawa River. We wanted to check if the sakura trees were already in bloom. Every year, we walk along the canal to enjoy the sakuras in bloom. Unfortunately, they are white sakuras which bloom a little later.
Getting Deeper in Edogawa
Instead of walking straight along the canal, we decided to go to Furukawa Water Park. We first came to a strip park with small stream. It was very enjoyable to walk along the stream. Some sakura trees were already in bloom which adds to the beauty of the stream. We were also fascinated with turtles and big kois. We have already walked quite far when we noticed that it is not yet the water park which we first targeted. It is Furukawa Shinsui Park! It is a portion of the Edogawa Shinshui Parks (strip park with streams) which was built around the city for people to enjoy and relax.
As we try to find our way to the water park, we discovered the breeding place for goldfishes. In between the houses were fish ponds for breeding the expensive gold fish. Last year, we learned that Edogawa is also famous for goldfish breeders. Last weekend, we found out the area where these breeders are!
After a few minutes of mesmerizing with the fish ponds, we finally reached Furukawa Water Park! We were greeted with pink lanterns and some full bloom sakuras. As we explore the said park, an old emblem got my attention. It was a brief information about the waterpark and Shinkawa. From there we learned that Furukawa and Shinkawa Canals played a big role as they served as the waterways for carrying salt into Edo (Old Tokyo).
Along the way, we also had a brief stop to several Buddhist temples. There were some families that visited the graves of their loved ones. Every year on March 17th or during Spring Equinox, Japanese families go to the graveyards to pay respect to their dead loved ones. They do this again on September 19th or during Autumn Solstice.
It has been a long walk.. but the view and adventure made it much easier!