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Jusangenbori River
It is said that this river was created in 1698, at the time the development of the new rice fields in Tsumori commenced, by Zuiken Kawamura. At the time, it ran from the Nanase River, which flowed along Tsumori's northern boundary with Naniwa-ku, to Nakazaike Village (now Kohama in Suminoe-ku) and took on water from the Kizu River as it wended its way south. However, in 1704, when the river was extended to reach the Yamato River due to the renovation of the latter, the Jusangenbori River was inundated with soil and sand; the riverbed at the southern end began to rise, and the river began to flow north. The river was used for agricultural irrigation up until the early Meiji period, however the river and its pine and willow-lined banks provided a wonderful attraction for the area, bringing people from Osaka to Sumiyoshi. These days, most of the river has been reclaimed, and as the river was in the way of the Hanshin Expressway to Sakai in February 1970, much of it was lost, meaning there are only a few traces of it left, and those are in Suminoe-ku.
(From the records of the Tsumori Historical Society)
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