A man in a red polo shirt was walking down the dimly lit stairs carrying a red basket

Man hurrying down a dimly lit staircase
Shot in Kyobashi, Tokyo
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There are many place names with bridges (hashi or bashi) in the center of Tokyo. In Taito Ward, there are Asakusabashi, Hashiba, and Yanagibashi; in Chuo Ward, Nihonbashi and Kyobashi; and in Chiyoda Ward, Iidabashi and Hitotsubashi. Of these, Nihonbashi, which was the starting point of the five highways and a key point for transportation and distribution, has many place names named after it, nearly 20 in all.

The reason why there are so many place names with bridges is that there were many bridges that became the symbol of the area, as you can imagine. In other words, there were rivers running through the area. Although you don't get that impression when you walk around Tokyo today, until after World War II, Tokyo was a city of water with many more rivers flowing through the city than now.

The reason for the disappearance of the rivers is simple: they were reclaimed. The reason for the disappearance of the rivers is simple: they were reclaimed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which used the large amount of debris from the air strikes during World War II to reclaim the rivers. As a result, a number of rivers disappeared. And only the names of the bridges remained as place names.

Kyobashi, where this photo was taken, was originally the name of a bridge over the Kyobashi River. Although the Kyobashi River disappeared in the 1950s, and the bridge Kyobashi also disappeared, the name Kyobashi still remains as the name of the place and the name of the subway station.

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PHOTO DATA

No

12105

Shooting Date

Oct 2021

Posted On

November 29, 2021

Place

Kyobashi, Tokyo

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS LOXIA 2/35

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