Monday, June 9, 2008

The bridge at Aquas.

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First-time visitors driving along Route 9 or passing by on the train through Hashi always point to the tower of the bridge at Aquas and ask "What is it?". From a distance the 46 metre tall curved tower doesn't look like a bridge at all. I'm not a civil engineer, but I believe it is an unusual form of cable-stayed bridge.

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The curve of the tower represents a wave, and the 130m long bridge connects one of the fine, white, sandy beaches of Iwami Seaside Park with Aquas, the biggest and best aquarium in west Honshu.

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The tiled surface of blues continues the theme of the sea. Built in 1996, as yet I have been unable to find out who designed it.

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5 comments:

  1. It looks similar to the Sundial Bridge in Redding, California. You are a great photographer, btw.

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  2. Thanks! :)
    Where are you going to be living in Japan?

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  3. We will probably be near Waseda University in Tokyo. I won't know for sure until early next year.

    I have lived in Kofu (Yamanashi Ken), Kawasaki, Tokorozawa, and Setagaya Ku. But that was 20 years ago.

    I just started a novel that you may be interested in. It is called "The Street of a Thousand Blossoms" by Gail Tsukiyama. I'm only about 40 pages into it, but so far there is much about a mask maker in the Yanaka area of Tokyo. I'll blog a more complete review in a week or two when I finish it.

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  4. ...great photos of that bridge.. could not figure out what it was on Flickr

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