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2007/1/26


緒方井路 Ogata-iro Ogata Iro Watercourse

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Ogata Iro is a watercourse that was once used for irrigation and that passes through the town of Ogata in Oita Prefecture.

The upper part of Ogata Iro was constructed in 1645 and the lower part in 1671, giving the watercourse its present shape. This agricultural watercourse was a lifeline from the mid-Edo period to the 1960s as it irrigated the fields belonging to the Ogata clan.

At one time the watercourse became polluted with domestic waste, but following a cleanup program in 1985, it even became a place used by children for swimming from the 1990s. Also, after the cleanup, fireflies started to appear. The watercourse and the watermill create a refreshing watery scene.
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