Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Stamp Issue : 1946
Stamp Issue : 1953-05-03
Kintai Bridge is a Beautiful and Strong Arching Bridge in the city of Iwakuni, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. About 200 m long, the bridge spans the Nishiki River. The wooden structure consists of five arches, each 5 m wide, 6.6 m high, and spanning 40 m The elegance of the form inspired the name Kintai, which means gold brocade sash, because of a similarity to the traditional Nishiki obi for kimono.
The original dates from 1673, but flooding from a typhoon destroyed it in 1950. The 1953 reconstruction, with partial restorations in 2001 and 2004. Today the bridge is illuminated at night, and it is a great spot for viewing the cherry blossoms in the spring, the changing leaves in the autumn, and cormorant fishing in the summer.