Yohei Swamp/Pond in Sendai

Yesterday morning, I had a wonderful run to Yohei Numa (Swamp/Pond) Park in Sendai.  It is about 5 km north-east of Sendai Station (see the location given on this blog).  It centers around the water reservoir that was originally built by Suzuki Yohei - a local samurai in 1671.  He built a pond to solve the problem with the area's irrigation.  It was used for irrigation for about 300 years until the modern city water system was developed.

The park has about 800 meters E-W in length and 350 meters N-S in width area - mostly woody area in the north side and the swamp/pond in the south.

I entered it from a trail on the north-west side.

The trail on the swampy area of the western side was very muddy.

The western side of the pond seen from the southern shore.

There was a cute wooden bridge spanning the pond from south to north.

Looking towards west from the bridge.

The woody area to the north - many trees.

There were swans!

I counted thirty-three of them.  This was a great treat!

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