96. Chofu village moon (Chofu sato no tsuki)

The river near Chofu, a village on the Musashi Plain, was known as one of the Mu Tamagawa or Six Jewel Rivers. Its clean water was ideal for treating cloths. A famous poem by Lord Teika (1162-1241) about the Chofu river reads as follows: "At Tatzukuri - on cloth spread out for bleaching - the morning dewdrops lay shining strings - Jewel River village." (printed June 1891)