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天女橋 Tennyobasi Tennyobashi Bridge

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Tennyobashi is the oldest stone-arch bridge in Japan. It is situated at Benzaiten-dou at Enkan Pond, in front of the entrance to Enkakuji-temple in Naha, Okinawa.

In 1502, a building was erected to store Buddhist scriptures sent from Korea. Tennyobashi was built for people to access this building.

The bridge is very small, only 9.4m long and 3m wide. Tennyo ('goddess') refers to the Water Goddess Benzaiten, who is enshrined at Nakanoshima.

The bridge is a stone-arch bridge; the middle section is higher, while the sides slope gently down. It resembles the popular camel-hump bridges of southern China.

In 1972, the bridge was designated as an Important National Cultural Asset. It gives a sense of calmness and history.
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