Symbols of Tokyo’s Entry into the Modern Age

Earthquake Reconstruction Bridges along the Sumida River

There are so many unique and richly varied bridges spanning the Sumida River, which empties into Tokyo Bay, as to constitute a veritable “bridge exhibition.” Many of these are products of the Imperial Reconstruction Project, a plan to transform Tokyo, which had been devastated in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, into the ideal, modern city. A strong emphasis was placed on the “Six Bridges of the Sumida.” In addition to freely investing in new technology, the engineers selected unique structures based on characteristics such as the foundation and scenery around each bridge.

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  • Earthquake Reconstruction Bridges along the Sumida River

    Chuo, Koto, Taito, and Sumida, Tokyo

    Photo credit: Takuya Omura

  • Earthquake Reconstruction Bridges along the Sumida River

    Chuo, Koto, Taito, and Sumida, Tokyo

    Photo credit: Takuya Omura