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Kintai Bridge is located in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and spans the Nishiki River. Nature has constantly tested the structural integrity of the bridge.

Kintaikyo in spring

Kintaikyo in spring

Starting in 1673 the first bridge was completed and one year later, this bridge was washed away because the footing of the stone piers was weak.

Kintaikyo by Jos Mecklenfeld, on Flickr

Kintaikyo by Jos Mecklenfeld, on Flickr

Improvements were made and a stronger bridge was constructed. This one lasted 276 years until a large typhoon washed it away in 1950, but it was rebuilt in 1953.Illuminated_Kintai_Bridge

This bridge is about 200 m long (220 yd.) The wooden structure consists of five arches, each 5 m (5.5 yd.) wide, 6.6 m (7.3 yd.) high, and spanning 40 m (44 yd.).

Kintaikyo by Jos Mecklenfeld, on Flickr

Kintaikyo by Jos Mecklenfeld, on Flickr

The elegance of the form inspired the name Kintai, which means gold brocade sash, because of a similarity to the traditional Nishiki obi for kimono.

Kintai-kyo Underbelly by Clint Koehler, on Flickr

Kintai-kyo Underbelly by Clint Koehler, on Flickr

Kintaikyo in spring

Kintaikyo in spring

kintaikyo festival

kintaikyo festival

Overhead

Overhead

Walking on the Kintaikyo Bridge

Walking on the Kintaikyo Bridge

 

References

[Kintaikyo Bridge] Iwakuni city Homepage > Summary. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://kintaikyo.iwakuni-city.net/en/summary.html

Japan Atlas: Kintai Bridge. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://web-japan.org/atlas/historical/his18.html

 

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