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The Hida River flowing through Gero
|Length||148 km (92 mi)|
|Source elevation||3,026 m (9,928 ft)|
|Basin area||2,170 km2 (840 sq mi)|
|River system||Kiso River|
The Hida River (飛騨川 Hida-gawa ) has its source in Mount Norikura (乗鞍岳 Norikura-ga-take) in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It flows from the northern to the southern section of the prefecture before emptying into the Kiso River in Minokamo.
Story of Kiyo-hime
The Hida River also features in a popular kabuki play, Musume Dojo-ji. The play tells the story of a maiden, Kiyo-hime, who falls in love with Anchin, a celibate monk living at the Buddhist temple of Dojo-ji on the Kii Peninsula. Unable to control her intense longing for her love, she takes the form of a serpent in order to cross the flooded Hida River. Crossing it, she reverts to her human form. A ceremony is taking place at the monastery to consecrate a temple bell, and she goes to attend it. Kiyo-hime spots the monks and pursues him. The monk hides under the bell placed on the ground. Angered and frustrated at being shunned, Kiyo-hime turns herself into a serpent and coils around the bell until it heats so much that the monk is incinerated.
The river passes through or forms the boundary of the communities listed below.
- "Kii, moon over the Hida River, Princess Tsuki". Claremont College Digital Library. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
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