Japan’s Most Beautiful Dam

Hakusui Dam

Hakusui Dam, built in 1938, is often heralded as “Japan’s Most Beautiful Dam.” Yasuo Ono, a local engineer, seems to have focused all of his energies on systematically implementing the plan, design, and construction of the dam. In the process, he devised the dam’s curved and stepped revetments, the structure’s most distinctive features, which were created to deal with the difficult problem of decreasing the load on the unstable soft ground. His way of beautifully and elaborately integrating these shapes later earned Ono great esteem.

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  • Hakusui Dam

    Takeda, Oita Prefecture

    Yasuo Ono

    1938

  • Hakusui Dam

    Takeda, Oita Prefecture

    Yasuo Ono

    1938