February 16

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A Japanese Garden That Makes Music!

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This garden is actually a musical instrument! All you have to do to play it is scoop up a dipper of water and pour it over the rocks. If you put your ear up to the end of the bamboo stick nearby, you can hear the water as it drips down into the buried cistern, making beautiful musical notes!

I saw this one at a tiny shrine near the foot of the steps of the Yushima Tenjin Shrine, where generations of desperate students have gone to pray for success in their entrance exams.

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