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: