Thursday, November 27, 2008

Japan - Rainbow Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1994-08-31 

Rainbow Bridge is a suspension bridge over the Tokyo Port, located on the northernmost part of Tokyo Bay, connecting the Shibaura Wharf and the new waterfront development area, known as Odaiba in Minato-ku ward, Tokyo.
This new symbol of the bayside Tokyo, completed in 1993, is 570m in length and carries three lines of transportations; Metropolitan Expressway No. 11 Odaiba Route on the upper deck, Route 357, also known as "Rinkou Douro" (Portside Avenue) and the Yurikamome New Transit on the lower deck. It is also possible to walk across the bridge at times when the walkway is open.
The towers supporting the bridge are white in color, designed to harmonize with the skyline of central Tokyo seen from Odaiba. There are lamps placed on the wires supporting the bridge, which are illuminated into three different colors, red, white and green every night, using the solar energy obtained during the day.

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