In the woods just outside Seki City, in Japan’s Gifu Prefecture, is a small Shinto shrine that stands at the foot of a sloping hill overlooking a small rectangular pond and the valley below. Nemichi Shine consist of a single wooden building and is pretty unremarkable. But the pond is spectacular.
Until a few years ago this anonymous pond was totally unknown in Japan. But now a large number of visitors come here to see the lilies bloom and the koi fishes swim. The pond’s popularity is due to its striking resemblance to a series of paintings made by the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Since then, the previously unnamed pond has been called Monet’s Pond.
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Monet’s Pond near Seki City, Japan. Photo credit: Gibson Enriquez Te/Shutterstock.com