This little temple at the center of the Shinobazu pond in Ueno is often overlooked. The real stars of the show are the lotus flowers in the water and the dozens of bird species that call this marshy urban oasis home.
1868: Much of the complex is destroyed in the Boshin War.
1884: Part of the pond is filled in to make a horse racing track.
1907: The western bridge (Kangetsukyo Bridge) is erected.
1929: The pond is further divided into four chambers.
1939: A boat rental business begins here.
1941: The pond is drained and turned into rice paddies to help grow food during World War II.
1945: The temple on the Brenten Island is destroyed in World War II.
1949: The pond is re-flooded.
1958: The current temple is erected.
1967: Construction of a subway tunnel accidentally punches a hole in the bottom of the pond, draining much of it.
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