Japan: 03 01 Nihonbashi

02.jpgWe chose to live in a hotel a bit far from the subway because we would like to visit the nearby “Nihonbashi”.

This bridge was first established in 1604 by the Edo Shogunate as the starting point of the Five Rivers (five traffic arteries). It is the center of Japan and its prosperity lasts until now. It has a significant historical meaning. It began as a wooden bridge, after a fire and many reconstructions, and now reaches its 19th 10generation. Walking from one end to the other, it took less than two minutes. The nostalgic street lights on both sides decorated the architecture in European tone.

In the subway station, there was also a long and ancient painting depicting the lives and business activities of the citizens along the bridge (similar to the “Riverside Scene of Qingming Festival” in China). There were many banks, food shops and department stores in the area, including the famous headquarter of “Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi”.

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