Saturday, December 01, 2007

The theme day of December, 2007: A bridge

This is a photo of Nihonbashi, meaning "Japan bridge", in Tokyo.

The area around the bridge used to be the centre of the commerce in Edo, a former name as Tokyo in Edo era(1604-1867) and now in the area some established shops and department stores, along with many banks, stand side by side.

By the way, this Ukiyoe below expresses the scenery of the same place about 300 years ago. There used to be a fish market near there, removing to Tsukiji later, and people carrying fish with a wooden pole seemed to walk around there. to sell them. Now over the bridge, unfortunately, as the photo shows, is running a express way, covering the center of Tokyo city and there is nothing left of the image of Edo era.

Cited from a book, Tokaido-Gojusantsuzi Fukei Zokuga, Iwanami Shoten, 1918.

The bridge, Nihonbashi, is also known as the starting point of Tokaido, a road connecting Tokyo with Kyoto. After the capital moved to Edo, Tokyo, 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.

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

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.

Boston (MA), USA - San Diego (CA), USA - Stayton (OR), USA - New York City (NY), USA - Portland (OR), USA - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Inverness (IL), USA - Singapore, Singapore - Stockholm, Sweden - Setúbal, Portugal - Brussels, Belgium - Phoenix (AZ), USA - Seattle (WA), USA - Hyde, UK - Manila, Philippines - Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA - London, England - Austin (TX), USA - Toulouse, France - Weston (FL), USA - Sesimbra, Portugal - Selma (AL), USA - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Saarbrücken, Germany - Cleveland (OH), USA - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - American Fork (UT), USA - Seoul, South Korea - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Norwich (Norfolk), UK - North Bay (ON), Canada - Arradon, France - Paderborn, Germany - Durban, South Africa - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Cypress (TX), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Prague, Czech Republic - Portland (OR), USA - Greenville (SC), USA - Boston (MA), USA - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Wichita (Ks), USA - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Petaling Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Grenoble, France - New York City (NY), USA - Nottingham, UK - Hobart (Tasmania), Australia - Arlington (VA), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Miami (FL), USA - Cheltenham, UK - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Saratoga Spgs. (NY), USA - Las Vegas (NV), USA - Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Nashville (TN), USA - Toruń, Poland - New Orleans (LA), USA - Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Melbourne, Australia - Moscow, Russia - Trujillo, Peru - Château-Gontier, France - Quincy (MA), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Joplin (MO), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Brookville (OH), USA - Chateaubriant, France - Chandler (AZ), USA - Stavanger, Norway - Baziège, France - Auckland, New Zealand - Wellington, New Zealand - Ocean Township (NJ), USA - Subang Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Detroit (MI), USA - Riga, Latvia - Nelson, New Zealand - Budapest, Hungary - Cape Town, South Africa - Sydney, Australia - Dunedin (FL), USA - Sofia, Bulgaria - Radonvilliers, France - Turin, Italy - Montpellier, France - Kansas City (MO), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Haninge, Sweden - Wailea (HI), USA - Lubbock (TX), USA - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Terrell (TX), USA - Mexico City, Mexico - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Budapest, Hungary - Montréal (QC), Canada - Sharon (CT), USA - Le Guilvinec, France - Jefferson City (MO), USA - Saigon, Vietnam - London, UK - Crepy-en-Valois, France - Orlando (FL), USA - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Paris, France - Mainz, Germany - Newcastle (NSW), Australia - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Darmstadt, Germany - Naples (FL), USA - Torino, Italy - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Bogor, Indonesia - The Hague, Netherlands - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Anderson (SC), USA - Melbourne (VIC), Australia - West Sacramento (CA), USA - Christchurch, New Zealand


At 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice shot, Macky. I like the bridges.

16 Ghosts on Bridge

At 10:34 PM, Blogger Gwen said...

The bridge perspective in this photograph turned out well. Thank you for the bonus paintings, they have incredible coloring and manner of painting.

At 4:20 AM, Blogger Hyde DP said...

thank you for the historical perspective.

At 5:09 AM, Blogger Ben said...

YES! what else going to be a today's theme in Tokyo! Would you consider posing series of bridges in Sumida River? Well you already did few.

At 2:13 PM, Blogger Sally said...

A beautiful matched pair with your Kyoto photo. I feel like I've been on a journey.

At 7:18 PM, Blogger Lezard said...

Nice to see the contrast between the paintings and the modern photography, thanks for dowlowding so many views, I love this art.

At 12:57 AM, Blogger Chedwick University said...

Nice shot!

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Neva said...

the art is very nice....Good theme photos!

At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Raquel said...

Wooww MaCky!!

You are really a source of knowledge!!! =O))).

Beautiful contrast, between the past and the current times.

I love the Ukiyoe, thanks a lot for that extraordinary work, and invaluable gift to all us!!!.

I'm very happy, since I realized that I begin to read perfectly the Kanjis =O)), but (aggg, there is always a but) just only in some words yet. =O(

Warm greetings,

At 2:27 AM, Blogger Strangetastes said...

Nihonbashi is a charming little bridge. It's a pity the authorities threw a highway over it, crushing the view.

At 3:02 AM, Blogger tornados28 said...

That expressay should be removed as it is a hidious eyesore. San Francisco removed an ugly elevated expressway that recently also that had been earthquake damaged. Now the view of the SF Bay is unblocked by the ugle expressway.


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