2018年02月26日

'Harimaya-bashi' bridge in the heart of Kochi City, Shikoku, is known as the most disappointing tourist attraction in Japan.

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The main offices of 'Harimaya' and 'Hitsuya', both of them were the leading wealthy merchants of the district in the Edo Period (the 17th-19th century), stood across a ditch from each other. They built a private bridge named Harimaya-bashi over the ditch for their business convenience. This bridge, thereafter, was shared with the public, thus this neighborhood had gradually become the town center. Then a forbidden love affair between a Buddhist monk and a daughter of a tinsmith took place in the 19th century. Buddhist monk's love was a taboo in those years. He was witnessed when buying an ornamental hairpin for his love at a small shop beside Harimaya-bashi bridge. This heartwarming but sad story was used as a material for 'Joruri' puppet show and 'Yosakoi-bushi' local folk song, which has made this real story famous across Japan together with the name of Harimaya-bashi. However the original bridge was destroyed because of the redevelopment project after the second World War. The red bridge in the picture is a rebuilt one following the original design, though it looks disappointing due to the urbanization of the surroundings and is much smaller than expected.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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