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160308-0020 - Nihonbashi Bridge


Tokyo Showa 1920s Nisseido Publishing Studio

Streetcars and other traffic cross the Nihonbashi Bridge in Tokyo. The photographer was pointing his camera to the south.

During the Edo Period (1600-1867), Nihonbashi Bridge was the starting point of the famous Tokaido and the other 4 post roads.

The stone bridge with bronze lions and wrought-iron gas lamps on this image replaced the wooden one in 1911 (Meiji 44). It was designed by Yorinaka Tsumaki (妻木頼黄, 1859-1916).

Now hidden below an ugly highway, it is one of only two surviving Meiji-era bridges in Tokyo.

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