Visiting nature and the history of Kozukue
I usually walk every day joining in “the Health-Promotion Campaign in Kohoku Ward”.
Last Thursday I participated in the following event which was held by Kohoku Volunteer Guide.
According to “Kohoku Ward Walking Map D course” , we visited Kozukue castle ruins(sites), Unshoin temple, Tsurumigawa River Basin Center and so on.
Kozukue castle ruins
It is believed that it was built during the Northern and Southern Court period, and received the capture of Dokan Ota during the Warring States period.
Then, it became the important military affairs base when the Hojo clan went into Kanto region. Actually that it was affected by the Odawara castle of the Hojo clan is obvious to see.
Now there are two big events; the Kozukue castle ruins festival in April and the Bamboo garden lantern festival in October.
The Kasahara clan, who was the vassal of the Hojo clan and the Lord of Kozukue castle, built the temple.
This temple is famous as the family temple of the Kasahara clan and the Frame “Garyuzan”(cultural property designated by Yokohama City).
Also it is the parents' house of the actor, Masaaki Uchino. His parents wanted him to become the priest there, but he chose the different life.
Tsurumigawa River Basin Center
This facility is the place of learning about nature of the Tsurumigawa River basin, its history, the river improvement and the disaster prevention.
It has the special radar (X Band MP Radar) to watch the torrential rain.
The screen is updated 5 times faster than that in the regular one.
This function is effective up to 80km.
To lower the water level of the river, it also serves as multipurpose anti-flood pond.
It has capacity 10,000 times as large as that of one 25-meter-pool.
During the Edo period, the Tsurumigawa River often overflowed, and caused miserable damage.
The inhabitants feared lest the flood should destroy their lives. As the Shogunate had bad financial situation, they had to restore the area by themselves and reconstructed their town.
I hear they saved money in “Jouzarai Fund” for the reconstruction.
If you want “Kohoku Ward Walking Map”,
please look for“歩いて魅力発見! 港北区ウォーキングマップ発行” on Web.