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Eitai Bridge special feature

" Eitai Bridge" is an indispensable symbol of this area when taking up Eitai .

This bridge, which has been staring at this city for a long time, is

What kind of history do you have?

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History of Eitai Bridge

The first Eitai Bridge was built in 1698 as a commemorative project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of Tsunayoshi Tokugawa, the fifth shogun of the Edo Shogunate. It seems that it was located about 100 meters upstream from the current bridge. It seems that he was traveling by ferry until the bridge was built, so it is easy to imagine that it would have been useful to the people of the town.

In 1719, about 20 years after the bridge was built and 10 years after Tsunayoshi's death, the Shogunate decided to abolish the Eitai Bridge due to financial difficulties. However, the bridge was conditionally allowed to survive by the petition of the townspeople. The condition is to maintain and manage at the expense of the townspeople. People have come to pay for tolls and profits from the Hashizume market.

About 100 years have passed since the bridge was built, in 1807. A tragedy has happened. Due to the weight of the people who rushed to the festival held at Fukagawa Tomioka Hachimangu, a part of the east side of the bridge collapsed. It is said that there are 1,400 casualties. Therefore, the Eitai Bridge will be re-bridged under the control of the Shogunate.

Time passed again, and in 1897 it was bridged to its current location as Japan's first iron bridge. Due to its sturdy structure, trams will run in 1904. However, due to the fire of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Eidai Bridge, which was an iron bridge, was not burnt down, but the damage was enormous.

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Then, in 1926, the current bridge was re-bridged as an earthquake reconstruction project. This is what we often see. The Eidai Bridge is the oldest existing tied-arch bridge modeled after a German bridge, and at the same time became the first bridge in Japan to exceed 100 meters in span.

Time has passed, 2007. Eitai Bridge is designated as a national important cultural property along with Kachidoki Bridge and Kiyosu Bridge.

Reference material

Https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Eitai Bridge (viewed on October 30, 2020)

・ "Nikkei" (morning edition, June 2, 2019)