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Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Kon'ya-cho
This was a town ruled by the dyer Tsuchiya Goroemon who was allowed by Tokugawa Ieyasu to purchase Japanese indigo plants from the Kanto Region and Izu from the Keicho Era (1596-1615), where many indigo dyers lived together. The river (channel) that flowed nearby was called the Aizome-gawa River (indigo dyed river). The ruins of the small shrine called Otamainari and the ruins of the Otamagaike reservoir are located in the north of the town and it is associated with the following legend. During the middle ages, this area was along the highway to Oshu, and there was a beautiful woman named Tama who served tea to travelers near the reservoir. 2 men proposed marriage to Tama, however she could not decide between them and drowned herself in the reservoir. It is said the village people dedicated the small shrine to Tama's spirit.