This is ranked as No. 3 among the most beautiful bridges in Japan.
Essentially, it is a bridge with 5 spans, the middle 3 spans are arch bridges with masonry river supports and timber superstructure.
There is a very good introduction given in the Wikipedia:
After Iwakuni Castle was completed in 1608 by Kikkawa Hiroie, the first lord of Iwakini Domain, a series of wooden bridges were built. However, most of them were destroyed by floods several times before the construction of the iconic Kintai Bridge. Afterwards, Kintai Bridge was built by the third lord, Kikkawa Hiroyoshi in 1673. The new stone piers replaced the old wooden ones. Though thought to be flood-proof; the bridge was destroyed by a flood the next year. As a result, the stone piers were redesigned for greater strength, and a special tax was created to maintain the bridge. This maintenance involved periodic rebuilding of the bridge: every 20 years for 3 spans in the middle, every 40 years for 2 spans connecting to the riverside. Consequently, the bridge remained undestroyed for 276 years, until washed away again by flooding from typhoon “Kijia” in 1950. It had been in a weakened state at the time, due to the fact that the Japanese had stopped maintaining the bridge during World War II, and that the year before the typhoon, a large amount of gravel was taken by the US Milatary Force from the river around the bridge to expand the US Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, strengthening the flow of the river. In 1953, the bridge was reconstructed similarly to the original, using metal nails made from the same tatara iron as the Katana to increase its durability. Between 2001 and 2004, all five bridge girders were restored for the first time in 50 years. In 1922 the bridge was declared a national treasure.
We spent hours there walking up and down the bridge taking photos and strolling in the park nearby.
The trip to Shikoku has allowed me to visit and photograph several bridges, including the Kintai Bridge, the bridges in Ritsurin Garden and the several bridges in Seto Ohashi.
For those who are interested in bridges, you may want to peruse my previous post:
Have been fascinated with waterways – like those in Suzhou, China or Annecy, France ( and many others throughout the world).
We came across this waterway while travelling in Okayama, Japan.
At this time of the year, the trees and plants on both sides of the bank of the waterway are covered in green, jutting out to the waterway.
What attracted my eyes was this beautiful swan, swimming towards me.
The shadows in the water was also hauntingly attractive.
The setting was so ordinary but the resulting image can be so peaceful, so my take home lesson was – look for the extraordinary within the ordinary!
This is a photo taken of the lotus flowers / leaves in the rain.
The rain was pouring when we stepped into the Ritsurin garden.
So, with one hand holding an umbrella, I took photo with my compact camera single handedly!
Hope this will give you some preview of my trip to Shikoku, Japan.
I will cover this garden again in my later posts - I like strolling in Japanese garden – you may also like to peruse my previous post on “Six Attributes garden” which has a discussion on the six principles for a good garden:
Just back from a trip to Shikoku in Japan, after a long delay in the incoming flight.
This post is intentionally short so as to allow me to catch up with matters which have arisen during my trip.
The picture shows part of the Itsukushima Shrine – the part which looks like a portal in water.
This is located in Miyajima Island which has been worshipped as a divine island since ancient times.
As I will be travelling, there will be no more postings for the rest of the week!
Last Autumn, after travelling round the country chasing color foliage, our last stop in 0ur South Korea trip was Seoul.
Apart from some of the ancient architecture we saw in the capital, we were delighted to see that some bold colors were used in shops and in buildings.
I especially like this shop front in red color. It matches very well with the clothing they showed in the shop window. The bicycle parked by the door also gave a leisurely feeling.
Here is another shop with the use of bold colors, the three colors seem to match quite well. I like the way they have arranged the façade too.
We have seen the ancient temple and palaces in Seoul, but we were equally impressed with the modernity we found in the capital. . . . . . not forgetting the red foliage too!
This must be the most scenic coastal route in the States.
It has got everything a photographer would wish – fog, blue sky, deep blue sea, waves coming in and breaking before they reach the shore, empty beaches, flowers, rocky coast with rocks jutting out to the water and even elephant seals.
I am showing a sample of some of the scenes here with he intention of showing more in detail depending on blogger friends’ reaction.
This is the Pacific Highway 1 from LA to San Francisco. It is a costal route which you would like to drive on very slowly and hopefully you will never reach the end.
The several photos here will attest to the beauty.
The sea is just restless. Near the shore, this is where you can find many food chains – from planktons to fishes and birds etc. where a creature can find food but can also be become food for others!
There are so many good photos that I can choose from my wife’s photos for the US trip; sometimes, I just don’t know which ones to pick.
There are some photos which document her experience in the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) that I find interesting.
I have been to quite a few aquarium but I have never been able to photograph jelly fishes and the like successfully.
The following is the Wiki’s introduction to MBA:
The Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) was founded in 1984 and is located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row of the Pacific Ocean shoreline in Monterey, California, United States. It has an annual attendance of 1.8 million visitors. It holds thousands of plants and animals, representing more than 600 species on display. The aquarium benefits from a high circulation of fresh ocean water which is obtained through pipes which pump it in continuously from Monterey Bay.
The photos can even be a starter of a sub-series on their own.
Here is a photo which I like – there are so many tentacles!