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Anaguma

Posted on 12/02/2010


Photo taken on June 17, 2004



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Reitaibashi, Misato-machi, Kumamoto 霊台橋 熊本

Reitaibashi, Misato-machi, Kumamoto  霊台橋 熊本
Toyoson and Chuo-machi (Misato) are known for the many stone bridges found in the area. This is one of the largest and highest, crossing the Midori-gawa east of Matsubase (Uki). It is the 3rd largest in Japan.

The stone masons under 種山 (Taneyama) of Toyoson and 7 carpenters along with the assistance of numerous villagers built the bridge in 7 months in 1847. Several wooden bridges across the Midori River had washed away so a stone bridge was commisioned. Even so, the stone bridge was subjected to heavy waters so supporting buttresses and bank enforcement was completed by 1873 (I think).

The Stone Bridge Museum in nearby Toyo Village (Yatsushiro City) is run by City Councilman Hashimoto, the great-great (etc.) grandson of Taneyama. Taneyama is also known for his construction of nearby Tsujunkyo aqueduct, and numerous stone structures around the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

The bridge was in use until 1966, when a steel bridge was built alongside. It has shifted less than 1" in 160 years.

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