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The Fountain of Ideas in Yonezawa, Japan
Nov 29, 2021 | Atlas Obscura
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Located along the main road to the historical center of the city of Yonezawa in Japan's Yamagata Prefecture, this funny little homemade shrine is an amusing pit stop. Within the humble precincts of the shrine, you will find small stone statues of the three wise monkeys: Mizaru, who sees no evil, Kikazaru, who hears no evil, and Iwazaru, who speaks no evil. They are joined by a new member of the band, a monkey deep in thought, who we must assume thinks no evil!

According to the homemade sign, drinking from the "fountains" (or rather, faucets) set below each monkey is supposed to bring you blessings, good luck, and new ideas. A passing local said that it is best to start sipping from the "see no evil" monkey, and work your way around clockwise.

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