Japan is a country blended with dynamic culture. Big cities like Tokyo or Osaka are the only places to understand the Japanese culture. Featured in this series in Kagawa, you will discover the various range of Japanese activities throughout the seasons which carry historical traces of the old Japan, or deliver contemporary impact. (photo credits to akiyoko)
KAGAWA, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 20, 2015: Japanese women in traditional kimono prepares the tea ceremony at garden of the Hagiwara Temple on September 20, 2015 in Kagawa Japan.
KAGAWA, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 16: Japanese women dressed in traditional kimono clothing playing the Japanese koto. November 16, 2014 in Kannonji City, Kagawa, Japan.
KAGAWA, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 20: Ancient firelock rifle fighters at Marugame Historical battle Festival, event dedicated to Japanese culture and tradition at Marugame-castle on November 20, 2016 in Japan
KAGAWA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 25: Katana sword fighters at Marugame Iai Festival, event dedicated to Japanese culture and tradition at Marugame-castle on October 25, 2015 in Japan.
KAGAWA, JAPAN- AUGUST 21, 2016 : Japanese schoolgirls competes for the written technology in a Kagawa Calligraphy Festival 2016.
KAGAWA, JAPAN – AUGUST 7, 2016: Japanese decoration colorful truck in the parking area on August 7, 2016, in Kagawa, Japan.
KAGAWA, JAPAN – March 13 2015: Gashagasha or capsule machine from Kagawa. When coins are inserted the machine returns a toy in capsule.
KAGAWA, JAPAN – MAY 15, 2016: Bride in a Zentuji-gogakunosato park getting ready for her wedding, Beautician makes young beautiful bride bridal make-up.
KAGAWA, JAPAN – MAY 15, 2016: Beautiful Japanese wedding couple wedding in Zentuji-Gogakunosato Park. Young wedding couple, beautiful bride with groom portrait. May 15, 2016 in Kagawa, Japan.
KAGAWA, JAPAN – MAY 22, 2016: Excursion of an Japanese high school girls, they are poseing pleasant and fun in a row at Fudonotaki- park, Kagawa, Japan.
KAGAWA, JAPAN – MAY 8, 2014: Excursion of an Japanese elementary school, Observation of important historical Kanamaruza-building at Kotohira, Kagawa, Japan.
KAGAWA, JAPAN, JUNE 7: Japanese young girls plants a plant of rice in a rice paddy. The holy festival to pray for a good harvest, on June 7, 2015 in Kagawa, Japan
MITOYO KAGAWA, JAPAN – APRIL 23: Young japanese women with traditional clothing kimono harvesting green tea leaves on farmland of tea plantation on April 23, 2014 Mitoyo Kagawa, Japan.
KAGAWA, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 27: Young Japanese anime character cosplay pose in Anime Event in Kagawa 2011 on November 27, 2011 at Kagawa Riturin Park, Kagawa, Japan.
KAGAWA, JAPAN – September 28: Japanese anime character cosplay pose in Anime Event in Kagawa 2014 on Sept 28, 2014 at Reoma World Park, Marugame, Kagawa, Japan.
KAGAWA, JAPAN – MARCH 13: Dancers in colorful costumes participate in a parade, celebrating Reoma World Theme Park Renewal Open Anniversary on March 13, 2015 in Marugae, Kagawa, Japan
Bridges of Japan
By Howard Meguro
We sometimes forget that Japan is a nation of islands. In Japan, they have taken bridge building to another level, connecting islands and this island nation providing an infrastructure second to none. Many of Japan’s most well known bridges connect Shikoku Island to Honshu Island.
Ohnaruto Bridge is part of the Kobe-Awaji -Naurto expressway. Complete in 1985, it has a central span length of 1629 meters and connects the islands of Awaji and Shikoku. At one point in time, it was touted as the longest suspension bridge in the world, only to be replaced by the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in1997. The bridge passes over the Naruto channel known for its tidal whirlpools created by the rushing tides of the Pacific Ocean into the inland sea.
The Seto-Ohashi Bridge is really a series of bridges that connect Okayama and Kagawa prefectures. With a length of just over 13.1 kilometers, it is the longest two-tiered bridge system in the world. On the upper deck, you will find two lanes each way for cars. The bottom deck is for the Seto-Ohashi line with a rail track in each direction. The bridge was designed to also accommodate a shinkansen (bullet train) line in each direction.
Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge lays claim as the longest suspension bridge in the world with a central span length of 1991 meters. Completed in 1997, it connects the island of Awaji to Kobe, thus completing the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto expressway. The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge is an architectural and engineering feat. With six lanes of expressway, it provides a much need connection between the islands.
Although bridges are found throughout the world, you can surely see the advances Japan has made in connecting lands and people.
Howard Meguro writes for Kobayashi Travel Service, a leading tour operator of escorted tours to Japan. Visit them at http://www.ktshawaii.com