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160306-0034 - Ryogokubashi Bridge


Tokyo Showa 1930s Kobundo Nakamura Studio

The 1904 Ryogokubashi Bridge (両国橋) spanning the Sumidagawa River in Tokyo, ca. 1930 (Showa 5).

In the back the Kokugikan, also known as Sumo Hall, can be seen.

Construction of the first Ryogokubashi was started in 1659 (Manji 2). The bridge’s name means “two provinces” as it connected the provinces of Shimosa and Musashi.

On August 10th, 1897 (Meiji 30) a 10 meter stretch of guardrail of the last wooden wooden Ryogokubashi collapsed when a crowd was watching the famous Sumida river fireworks. More than ten people died.

As a result, a steel bridge was constructed 20 meters downstream from the wooden bridge in 1904 (Meiji 37).

This steel bridge was so strong that it survived the devastation of the Great Kanto Earthquake of September 1, 1923 (Taisho 12). Nonetheless, it was replaced with the current bridge shortly after the earthquake.

From the postcard series The 16 Bridges of Tokyo (東京大十六橋).

Tokyo celebrated the official completion of its earthquake reconstruction in March 1930. As part of the project, hundreds of bridges were built or reconstructed.

This series appears to have been published to coincide with the celebration.

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