All that remains of Takeno Joo’s Kikusuii

Next, let me introduce some of the many meisui (famed waters) of Kyoto outside of the “three best waters under Heaven”.*
“Kiku Sui-i” (Nakagyou-ku, Muromachi-doori, Kikusuihoko-chou, Upper Shi-jou, which is the old Kongoh Nohgakudou) at the close of the Muromachi, in that area, there is an Ebisu Shrine, and on its grounds meisui gushes forth. Takeno Joo often used this water, and built a hut there called Black House (Koku-an?). The noh chant “Kiku Jidou (Makura Jidou)” explains this historical connection saying, “Next to the dew ladened chrysanthemum leaves in the mysterious ease of the eternal youth, he continued to lived long.”. The Kikusui Lance used at the Gion Festival also takes its name from this well. There used to be the old Kongoh Nohgaku Dou there, but due to its demolition, only a stone monument stands there now.

*The three best waters under Heaven are from Samega-i, Momo no Mizu, and Uji-bashi San no Ma.

宇治橋三の間
次に「天下の三名水」以外の京の名水をいくすか紹介しましょう。
「菊水井」(中京区室町通四条上る菊水鉾町=旧金剛能楽堂内)室町末期、このあたりに恵比須社があり、その境内に名水が湧き出ていました。武野紹鷗はこの水を愛用してこの地に庵を結んで黒庵と号しました。菊水井は謡曲「菊慈童(枕慈童)」の「菊の葉に宿った露が不老不死の妙楽となり、長く生き続けた」という故事に因んでの称で、祗園祭の菊水鉾もこの井戸から名づけられました。旧金剛能楽堂内にありましたが、その移転にともない、今は石碑のみが建てられています。

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