The Three Famous Bridges of Japan 日本三名橋

Japanese love categorizing things as the Three Famous This and the Three Famous That. In my Japan Times column of May 17, I challenged readers to name the Nihon Sanmeikyo (Three Famous Bridges of Japan), a good thing to know if you find yourself on a Japanese quiz show. They are the Kintaikyo 錦帯橋 in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture; the Meganebashi 眼鏡橋 in Nagasaki; and the Nihonbashi 日本橋 in Tokyo.

Let’s start with a closer look at the Nihonbashi bridge, which ain’t easy to see because it’s horridly obscured by an expressway built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics:

Below is the Meganebashi bridge in Nagasaki. You can see understand how it got that name if you know that megane means “eyeglasses.”

And finally, because I think it is the most spectacular of the three, the Kintaikyo, which was built in 1673:

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2 Responses to The Three Famous Bridges of Japan 日本三名橋

  1. Matthew says:

    If I remember correctly, the Kintaikyo 錦帯橋 in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture was notable for not using any nails in its construction.

  2. Pingback: Japan by Prefecture: Yamaguchi (山口県) | Haikugirl's Japan

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