Sanshiro Pond lies in the heart of Tokyo University campus, dating back to 1615. After the fall of the Osaka Castle, the shogun gave this pond and its surrounding garden to Maeda Toshitsune. It became known as one of the most beautiful gardens in Tokyo, with the traditional eight landscapes and eight borders, and known for originality in artificial pond, hills, and pavilions. It was at that time known as Ikutoku-en or Garden of Teaching Virtue. The pond's contours are in the shape of the character for 'heart' and thus its official name is Ikutoku-en Shinjiike. It has been commonly called Sanshiro Pond after the title of Natsume S?seki's novel Sanshiro.
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