5/25/2020

Ryukan Sakurabashi Bridge

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Ryukanbashi 龍閑橋 / Ryukan Sakurabashi Bridge 竜閑さくら橋
4 Chome-1 Nihonbashi Hongokucho, Chuo City Tokyo

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The bridge was constructed in 1985 as a part of Sumida Park.
The 169.5-meter long and 6-meter wide pedestrian bridge is built over the Sumida River to connect the Sumida side and the Taito side of Sumida Park. It has a smart design that blends in with the surroundings and is distinguished by a curve in the shape of an x. The design received the Tanaka Award from Japan Society of Civil Engineers in 1989.
Natural stones were used as the base stone and seasonal flowers are planted at the edges. In 1995, A sculpture made by the sculptor, Yoshio Hosoi, based on a design by the nihonga painter, Ikuo Hirayama, was installed on the bridge to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its construction. The more than 1000 cherry blossoms along both banks of the Sumida River can be enjoyed in in the spring and the Sumida River Fireworks Festival in the summer.
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Ryukan Sakurabashi Bridge 竜閑さくら橋
歩行者専用橋 a special bridge for pedestrians over the river 日本橋川 Nihonbashigawa.
Conecting 大手町 Otemachi and 神田 Kanda.
Opened in 2018.
It is about 7 meters wide and 120 m long. The name refers to this old area of Edo, 竜閑 (龍閑) Ryukan. A street between Nihonbashi and Kanda near Imagawabashi is where a man-made river called Ryukangawa once flowed.
It was dug out to serve as a fire break and also used to ferry supplies by boat, but was filled in after the war once distribution had shifted to transportation by car.

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Ryukangawa 竜閑川 River Ryukangawa

After 明暦の大火 the great fire of Meireki in 1657, many flat areas were provided to serve as shelters for fire prevention.
Canals were also built, for example the 神田八丁堀 Kanda Hachobori, later called 白銀町堀 Shiroganemachi-bori and then Ryukangawa.
In 1857, the river was filled in. In 1883 it was dug up again to provide a water transportation route for the growing population.
In 1948, it was filled in again with the rubble of the city after World War II.
In 1950 the filling was complete and the river disappeared.

Bridges across the river Ryukangawa :
龍閑橋 Ryukanbashi
白旗橋 Shirahatabashi
西仲之橋 Nishi-Nakanohashi
今川橋 Imagawabashi
東中之橋 Higashi-Nakanohashi
地蔵橋 Jizobashi
火除橋 Hiyokebashi
九道橋 Kyudobashi
甚兵衛橋 Jinbeibashi
玉出橋 Tamadebashi


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Ryukancho 龍閑町 Ryūkanchō district
It was established around 1600 and abolished in 1869.
Now 千代田区内神田二・三丁目 Chiyoda ward, Uchi-Kanda, second and third sub-district
Named after 井上龍閑 Inoue Ryukan from 駿府 Sunpu, who founded the town around 1600.
Ryukan is also written 立閑.
The father of Ryukan, 井上新左衛門 Inoue Shinzaemon, lived on the Northern side of 竜閑川 river Ryukangawa.
Ryukan was the son-in-law of 大老酒井讃岐守忠勝 and was the head of the accounting department. Since he did illegal things, he was executed.

The land between the bridge 和泉橋 Izumibashi over 神田川 the river Kandagawa and 美倉橋 the bridge (former 新シ橋 Atarashibashi) along 柳原土手 the riverbank Yanagihara were special daichi 代地 government areas, called 龍閑町代地 Ryukan cho daichi.
In 1869, the 代地 Daichi was merged with 鎌倉横町北側代地 Kamakura Yokocho Kitagawa Daichi
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Higashi-Ryukancho 東龍閑町 Higashi-Ryūkanchō

Established in 1869 and abolished in 1934.
千代田区岩本町三丁目4・5、7~9番、神田岩本町、東神田一・二丁目
Now Chioda ward, Iwamoto district and Kanda Iwamoto district and Higashi-Kanda
In 1872, the local people often called it 元誓願寺前 area around temple Seigan-Ji.

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. Iwamotochō 岩本町 Iwamotocho district .

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. Sumidagawa 隅田川 River Sumida .
A river which flows through Tokyo. It branches from the Arakawa River at Iwabuchi and flows into Tokyo Bay.


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