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Decorated with Ryogoku Culture, Ryogokubashi Bridge


I got off the train and walked toward Sumida River.
Then I found huge ball sculpture at the entrance of the bridge.
I could not understand what this is.
So I examined it. It was rocket firework!

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

Here is Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan. Nearest station is Ryogoku Station.
Ryogoku has various traditional culture.
First is fireworks. In August, there is huge fireworks festival at Sumida River.
So there was sculpture of rocket fireworks.
I will introduce another famous traditional culture later.

These are view from Ryogoku side.

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

Small bridge on the right is Yanagibashi Bridge.
It has good atmosphere. I’ll introduce another article someday.

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

Ryogoku means both countries.
First bridge was constructed in 1659 or 1661.Not determined. But Edo period.
It was named “O-Hashi” (means large bridge).
But at that time,west side of the bridge was Musashi Province,east side was Shimousa Province.
So people called this bridge “Ryogokubashi Bridge” (means both province bridge).
In 1693,Shin-Ohashi bridge was constructed. And Ryogokubashi Bridge became official name.
Place was located more downstream.
This bridge is second oldest bridge at Sumida River.
And it was selected Tokyo-Metropolitan-Selected Historical Buildings in 2008 with Kototoibashi Bridge.
Kototoibashi Bridge is also bridge at Sumida River. I’ll introduce it in this blog later.

And these are view from opposite side(Nihonbashi side). With Skytree.

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

Under the bridge. Cool steal.

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

At night. I took this photo 120mm zoom.Lights are strong. So reflection is huge.

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

Here is middle between Ryogokubashi Bridge and Shin-Ohashi Bridge.
I found mysterious decoration at the fence of the river. It looked like character.
There is Shin-Ohashi Bridge on the right.

Pythagorean Nightscape Shin-Ohashi Bridge

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

With highway.This highway is Metropolitan Expressway No. 6 Mukojima line.
I have introduced in former article.
Highway Star!! Metropolitan Expressway No. 6 Mukojima line

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

More closer.

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

With sky. Cloud’s stream is beautiful.

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

Light truck on the sky and river.

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

With Skytree.

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

Lights are too shiny. I couldn’t take photos more closer. Because a lot of ghosts appeared.

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

This is a view from Ryogokubashi Bridge.Toward Downstream.
Metropolitan Expressway No. 6 Mukojima line.

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

Stream on the sky and river.

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

I found graffiti in the air.

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

I took photos from here. Here is located middle of the bridge.
Did you noticed here is designed 土俵(Dohyou). Dohyou is ring of 相撲(Sumo fighting).

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

And this is design of bridge’s fence.
This is design of 軍配(Gunbai). Gunbai is used in Sumo fighting by 行司(Gyoji). Gyoji is referee of Sumo fighting. Beautiful pattern of shadow.

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

There are “The Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena” at Ryogoku.
Sumo fighting is held there.
This is second famous traditional culture of Ryogoku.
So Sumo design is seen at Ryogokubashi Bridge.

The Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena(Nihon Sumo Kyokai)

Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan
Ryogokubashi Bridge,Sumida River,Tokyo,Japan

I could feel proud of Ryogoku culture from this bridge.
People will remember that proud when they pass through this bridge.

Information
Length:164.5m
Built:1932
Technique:Steel gelber plate girder bridge
Nearest station:Ryogoku Station /JR JR Sobu line
Manager:Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, MLIT

Reference of information :
“Tokyo Pocket Map of Bridges Sumida river”,2013, Tokyo Metropolitan Public Corporation for Road Improvement and Management

Wikipedia Ryogokubashi Bridge ( Japanese)

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