A Symbiotic Relationship with Nature
Low-water Crossings on the Shimanto River
Over 60 low-water crossings, mostly built in the 1950s, can still be found in southwestern Shikoku, a common typhoon path where the Shimanto River and its tributaries are subject to flooding. With rounded girders on both ends and no handrails, the bridges, which serve as life lines between villages and the forests and farmlands, have in part shaped the regional culture. The Shimanto River, which escaped the large-scale development projects that were undertaken as part of modernization, is part of a cultural landscape, based on a symbiotic relationship with nature, including natural disasters, that has been strongly maintained in the region.