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Jakob Norstedt-Moberg

The Air is His Sustenance

Akila Ninomiya

SOMEI : One of the Kyoto Three Famous Waters

Nashinoki-Jinja Shrine, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan

September 24, 2007 12:42 JST

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One of three Kyoto famous water: Somei (or Some-no-i)

Japan is known as a country that can drink tap water unusually even in the world.
It is said that it is because suitable water for the beverage that the flow of the river-bed water is very fast because there is a vertical interval in the mountainous district and the plains part and the distance of the river valley is short, and the microorganism etc. are few is abundantly produced.
Especially, Hieizan is in northeast this Kyoto, there is Mt. Atago-yama in the northwest, and good quality well water can be obtained in all urban places.

Kyoto is the city with history in more than 1200 years, various industry has been supported in the change of the time by this water.
As for the Tofu (bean curd) of the Kyoto special product, water makes it make to delicious, as daily life water to say nothing of a necessary thing. Moreover, even the dyeing and weaving industry with the tradition must have clean water.
There was a well called "three Kyoto famous water" in well water/spring water with such a lot of Kyoto.
These have collected the people's beliefs all over Kyoto, and also have received favor of famous masters of tea ceremony.

Presently only Somei remains, and still now springs the clear water.
In this well which there is in the "Nashiki Jinja" shinto shrine which is adjacent in Kyoto Imperial Palace, we can see the scene that a lot of people in the inside and outside of Kyoto come to dip this well water as life water of every day.
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Lat: 35° 1' 24.31" N
Long: 135° 45' 57.27" E

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