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鞘橋 Sayabashi The Sayabashi Bridge

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The Sayabashi Bridge is a bridge over the Kanakura River in Kotohira-cho, Kagawa Prefecture. This arched wooden bridge with copper roof in Kara-hafu style (undulating bargeboards) is said to have been constructed during the Genroku era (1688-1703). The deck of this bridge is 4.2 m above the water and 24 m in length.

It was named Sayabashi (Scabbard Bridge) because its curved shape is similar to the scabbard of a sword. It is also known as the “Uki Bashi (Floating Bridge)” because it no bridge legs. It was registered as a Registered Tangible Cultural Property in 1998.

The bridge had been washed away by floods several times and removed to the present place in the Meiji period (1868-1912). Since then, it is opened only once a year for the Otaisai festival of Kotohira-gu Shrine in October every year.
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余呉湖 Yogoko Yogoko Lake

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Yogoko Lake is located in Yogo, Ika, in Shiga Prefecture. The total area of the lake is approximately 1.8km2. The deepest part of the lake is about 13m.

Yogoko Lake is associated with the history and cultural artifacts of the battle of Shizugatake, which took place here during the Warring States Period, as well as the Hagoromo legend. This legend tells of a celestial maiden who descended from the heavens and hung her robe on a willow that still exists today and is known as the 'koromokake-yanagi (robe-covered willow)'.

Yogoko Lake is designated as the Biwako Quasi-national Park and is also known as the 'mirror lake' because of the way its surface reflects the scenery and ambiance of the four seasons.

The shores of the lake feature various places for recreation, such as smelt-fishing, and outdoor spots like the Shizugatake hiking area and trails.

Yogoko Lake is actually managed and initiated as a dam to prevent flooding of the Yogo River and for irrigation purposes.
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