Anaguma

Anaguma

Posted on 03/16/2007


Photo taken on June  7, 2005



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stone
landscape
bridge
scenery
田舎
Japan
Kumamoto
Tsujunkyo
Yabemachi


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Tsujun-kyo aqueduct, Yabemachi (Yamato-cho) 通潤橋 熊本

Tsujun-kyo aqueduct, Yabemachi (Yamato-cho) 通潤橋 熊本
This plateau area south of the Mt. Aso volcanic complex had land that could be cultivated but didn't have water. In the late Tokugawa era, a Kumamoto engineer who studied European stoneworks started building aqueducts and bridges around the prefecture. The thatched-roof cottage on the other side of the bridge, "Okoya," was used as his office during the construction of the Tsujun Bridge in 1854. The cedar trees surrounding the cottage were planted upon the bridge's completion.

This aqueduct is drained each fall with local TV cameras crowding the area. It has become a symbol of the prefecture.

Photo of Tsujunkyo being drained.

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