Nemichi Shrine

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Nemichi Shrine
JPN nemichi shrne and Monet pond.jpg
Nemichi Shrine.
Nemichi Shrine is located in Japan
Nemichi Shrine
Shown within Japan
Geographic coordinates35°39′07″N 136°49′16″E / 35.651944°N 136.821111°E / 35.651944; 136.821111Coordinates: 35°39′07″N 136°49′16″E / 35.651944°N 136.821111°E / 35.651944; 136.821111
Shinto torii icon vermillion.svg Glossary of Shinto

Nemichi Shrine (根道神社, Nemichi jinja) is a Japanese Shinto shrine located in the city of Seki, Gifu Prefecture.[1] Nemichi Shrine has become famous for its koi pond, which has been compared to the Water Lilies paintings of Claude Monet.[2][3][4]

The shrine claims to have been founded in the mid-9th century, but no reliable historical records exist before the early Edo period.

Structure and koi pond[edit]

Monet's Pond. April 2016.

Nemichi Shrine itself is a single wooden building built to honor the gods and goddesses of the Shinto faith. The shrine's koi pond is technically called the "Pond with no name" (名前のない池), but is commonly known as "Monet's Pond" in reference to 19th century French impressionist painter Claude Monet, whose paintings have been noted as being similar to the visual display of the koi pond.[2][3][5]


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  2. ^ a b "Monet's Pond|What to See & Do|Official GIFU Tourism Website". Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  3. ^ a b "The Mystery Pond In Japan Looks Like Monet's Paintings". JW Web Magazine. 2017-02-07. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  4. ^ "Monet's Pond is reborn in Japan - The Chromologist". The Chromologist. 2017-05-31. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  5. ^ "まるで絵画、岐阜県関市のモネの池(名前のない池) | 地球の撮り方". 地球の撮り方:ミラーレスでもここまで撮れる中南米の絶景 (in Japanese). 2016-07-23. Retrieved 2017-11-30.