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御沓橋 Mikutsu-bashi Mikutsu Bridge

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This is the longest bridge in Innai Town, Usa City, Oita Pref. This triple-arched stone bridge with a length of 59 m, a height of 14.7 m and a width of 4.55 m was completed in August, 1925. It took 1 year and 4 months to complete the construction. The people of Futsukaichi Town and Mikutsu Town cooperated to put up the money needed for the construction and built a bridge that connects the two towns. The total cost of 20,000 yen in money value of the time was mostly raised as their donation, from which fact it is understandable how important this bridge was and has been for the people living in this area. Innai Town is known as “the town of stone bridges”, where 74 stone bridges cross the Era River and its tributary rivers, which altogether flow into the Yakkan River. Those stone bridges were constructed in the late Edo period through the early Showa period. This triple-arched stone bridge shows the modern taste and elegance of the time and it is the most prominent among all the bridges. It still provides the way to ensure local people’s daily life.
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石のモザイク Ishi-no-mozaiku Designs in Stone

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Stones are very different from each other: big stones or small ones; stones left around that no one would look at; or stones that attract you and make you want to hold them.

Stones are the symbols that show each culture. In Italy, there are many buildings made of stones laid one on top of the other. There are no earthquakes in Italy and its history is that of a country that readily builds in stone.

In Japan, stones are used to lay the foundations for castles. Moreover, some roads made of 'stone-tatami' have been selected as some of the Major 100 Roads of Japan. Our ancestors' wisdom produced strong roads that protected the people's feet.

But is the purpose of using stones only for that? If you have a closer look at the roads, there are different stone-patterns, such as combinations of irregular sides, regular squares and round stones. The patterns give you a feeling of artistry rather than practicality. Such stone art, like mosaics, show one side of the Japanese sense of fun.
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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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