Saturday, December 01, 2007

Theme day of December, 2007: A bridge

Theme day of December, 2007: A bridge, Sanjo-oohashi in Kyoto
This bridge is Sanjo-oohashi(三条大橋), one of the bridges connecting the centre with the eastern part of Kyoto. The bridge is historical and the starting point of Tokaido, a road connecting Kyoto with Tokyo. After the capital moved to Edo, a former name as Tokyo in Edo era(1604-1867), from Kyoto, this road became the most important road in Japan, with 53 main towns for accommodating travelers along the road. These towns are now familiar by a series of Ukiyoe paintings, Tokaido-gojusantugi, by a painter in Edo era, Hiroshige Utagawa.

Ukiyoe, Kyoto
By the way, this paintings show the same place in Edo era.

Just for informatiion, the following is a list of these 53 towns and I uploaded the Ukiyoes of these 53 towns, plus Nihonbashi in Tokyo and Sanjo-oohashi in Kyoto, at the other six posts below. Note that these picture are cited from a book, Tokaido-Gojusantsuzi Fukei Zokuga, Iwanami Shoten, 1918.

53 towns between Kyoto(Sanjo-oohashi) with Tokyo(NIhonbashi):

1.Ohtsu(大津) 2.Kusatsu(草津) 3.Ishibe(石部) 4.Minakuchi(水口) 5.Tsuchiyama(土山) 6.Sakashita(坂下) 7.Seki(関) 8. Kameyama(亀山) 9.Shono(庄野) 10.Ishiyakushi(石薬師) 11.Yokkaichi(四日市) 12.Kuwana(桑名) 13.Miya(宮) 14.Narumi(鳴海) 15.Chiryu(池鯉鮒) 16.Okazaki(岡崎) 17.Fujikawa(藤川) 18.Akasaka(赤坂) 19.Goyu(御油) 20.Yoshida(吉田) 21.Futagawa(二川) 22.Shirasuka(白須賀) 23.Arai(荒井) 24.Maisaka(舞阪) 25.Hamamatsu(浜松) 26.MItsuke(見附) 27.Fukuroi(袋井) 28. Kakegawa(掛川) 29.Nissaka(日坂) 30.Kanaya(金谷) 31.Shimada(島田) 32.Fujieda(藤枝) 33.Okabe(岡部) 34.Maruko(丸子) 35.Fuchu(府中) 36.Ejiri(江尻) 37.Okitsu(奥津) 38.Yui(由井) 39. Kabahara(蒲原) 40. Yoshiwara(吉原) 41.Hara(原) 42.Numazu(沼津) 43.Mishima(三島) 44.Hakone(箱根) 45.Odawara(小田原) 46.Ohiso(大磯) 47.Hiratsuka(平塚) 48.Fujisawa(藤沢) 49.Totsuka(戸塚) 50.Hodogaya(保土ヶ谷) 51.Kanagawa(神奈川) 52.Kawasaki(川崎) 53.Shinagawa(品川)

More than 100 City Daily Photo blogs participate in this theme day. Do pay them a visit but remember that due to time difference you might not see the proper photo.

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At 12/02/2007 1:36 AM, Blogger Jilly said...

What an interesting bridge - somehow very heavy in its base. I loved to compare it with the original bridge. Very interesting post for today's Theme.

At 12/02/2007 1:43 AM, Blogger Gwen said...

The bridge looks pedestrian friendly and the Ukiyoe paintings are really beautiful in coloring and style. The nature scenes are striking.

At 12/02/2007 3:20 AM, Blogger Joy said...

A historical bridge! Great photo.

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At 12/02/2007 9:52 AM, Blogger Felicia said...

Things have changed quite a bit since the Edo period! Is the bridge for cars and people or just people?

At 12/02/2007 2:12 PM, Blogger Sally said...

Love the way you osted the historical painting with the contemporary photo.

At 12/03/2007 11:34 AM, Blogger Neva said...

I like the history. Very well done.

At 12/03/2007 12:58 PM, Blogger sam said...

cool, nice photo and good to see the painting and get the historic perspective!

At 12/03/2007 5:18 PM, Blogger Princess Haiku said...

The bridge post and the others are lovely. I can see you are hard at work blogging.

At 6/07/2011 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone interested in this should really visit There is a television series called Tokaido - A Journey which retraces the entire route and juxtaposes all of Hiroshige's prints with their modern equivalent.


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