hello，everyone，I'm Zoë welcome to cultural gallery.
大家好，欢迎来到今天的文化长廊。toady，I'm going to share
a place with you. Let’s begin.
Japan is a gorgeous country with breathtaking nature that
can be seen just by taking off in any direction. Perhaps
one of those directions will lead you to a beautiful pond
like the one in Gifu Prefecture that has been nicknamed
Nestled in the mountains surrounding Seki City is one of
the many Shinto shrines that pepper the Japanese landscape.
By itself, Nemaha Shrine is nothing more than a wooden
building that honors the gods. But nearby is a pond that
is gaining quite a bit of attention due to its picturesque
beauty and resemblance to a series of paintings by the
famous impressionist, Claude Monet.
This stunning pond doesn’t have an official name, so it’s
been unofficially given the name of “Monet’s Pond” due to
its resemblance to the body of water in Monet’s Water Lilies
series. Those who visit have been struck by the extremely
clear water that is hued with a touch of blue, made possible
due to the water coming from the surrounding mountains.
Koi swim freely underneath the jungle of lily pads, and water
lilies add to the attractive natural landscape. All of these
elements combine to make this little-known place an unforget-
table stop for all who visit.
If you happen to make the trip to Seki City, you might want
to bring a giant canvas and some oil paints just in case the
urge to paint a masterpiece strikes you. If you’re not a
master painter, though, we guess you can take a photo to
capture the beauty before you.