December 19, 2012
School field trip: Chase's web post
On the 13th of December, on a clear but chilly day, the three Seiritsu international students had an excursion with the two international teachers.
This excursion went through the middle area of Tokyo, and past the important landmark that is the Nihonbashi Bridge.
Nihonbashi, literally Japan Bridge, was constructed during the Edo period, and was an important part of the travel routes in and out of inner Tokyo. The first bridge was constructed in 1603, and it was made of wood, which was later replaced by the current stone version in1911. However, the bridge and canal have been overshadowed by a highway since 1964, which was constructed to go over both in order to provide traffic access to Tokyo for the Olympics of that year. There are now plans to relocate the highway underground so that the bridge isn't covered, but this would be incredibly expensive.
The modern bridge is an interesting look into the past, and the various cultures that influenced its construction, with western style dragons and street lamps adorning it, while still being the same size and shape of the original. Overall, a pretty important bridge, and a nice piece of architecture to go and see.