Retro Japan: Tokyo’s 3-forked bridge retains its beauty in a changing landscape


TOKYO – A rare three-lane bridge built in the central part of Japan’s capital in 1929 still retains its functional beauty despite the changing landscape around it.

Picturesque streetlights that resemble lilies of the valley are seen on Miyoshi Bridge in Tokyo’s Chuo district on September 30, 2020. (Mainichi/Akihiro Ogomori)=Click/tap photo for more images.

To the west of the Miyoshi Bridge in Chuo Ward is the Ginza shopping district, and the Tsukiji district, where the country’s largest fish market was located until 2018, lies to the south. On the east side of the bridge is the Shintomi district, which once had an entertainment district. The Kabukiza Theater is about 500 meters to the southwest.

The bridge is 15 meters wide. A three-lane bridge with subtle curves is rare and was featured in renowned writer Yukio Mishima’s short story “The Seven Bridges”. The Tsukiji River flowed under the Miyoshi Bridge, carrying boats loaded with commodities.

The river has since been reclaimed, and the Metropolitan Expressway and Tokyo Metro’s Yurakucho Line pass under the bridge. High-rise buildings have been built around it, dramatically altering the landscape, but the functional beauty of the bridge lives on.

After sunset, I took long exposure photos of the bridge from an upper floor of the Chuo District office. In the photos, the bridge looks peaceful in contrast to the crowds of cars driving on the highway below.

The Miyoshi Bridge, which was built as part of a reconstruction project after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, continues to support people’s lives as they come and go.

(Japanese original by Akihiro Ogomori, Photo and Video Center)

The gently curved design of the Miyoshi Bridge in Tokyo’s Chuo district is impressive, as seen in this photo taken on September 30, 2020. (Mainichi/Akihiro Ogomori)=Click/tap the photo for more images.

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The Japanese version of this article was originally published on October 18, 2020.

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Retro Japan in photos: A three-lane bridge in central Tokyo features beautiful curves


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