Yorozuyobashi (Bridge), Tokyo, c. 1910.



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Yorozuyobashi (Bridge), Tokyo, c. 1910.

Yorozuyobashi (Bridge), Tokyo, c. 1910.

See also:
Manseibashi Station (1912-1936)
Chuo Rapid Line (neé Kobu Line), Tokyo, c. 1910.
Nihonbashi Bridge, Tokyo

“The most important thoroughfare in Tokyo, which none should fail to see, leads from the Shimbashi terminus to Yorozuyo-bashi and Ueno. The portion of it lying nearest to [Shimbashi] is called the Ginza, and has a number of shops in European style. Proceeding along it, the traveller crosses the Kyobashi and Nihon-bashi bridges, from the latter of which all distances in Eastern Japan are calculated.”

A Handbook for Travellers in Japan, Basil Hall Chamberlain, 1907

‘Yorozuyo’ is an example of complications associated with the Japanese written language: that the same kanji can have two or more alternative pronunciations (on’yomi or kun’yomi). The kanji for Yorozuyo-bashi [万世橋, ten-thousand generation bridge] is the same as Mansei-bashi. It was the then-governer of Tokyo, Tadahiro Okubo, who wanted to name the span (completed in 1903 of stone and iron) Yorozuyo-bashi. replacing an earlier bridge called Megane-bashi [eye-glasses or spectacles bridge]. ‘Yorozuyo-bashi’, however, seemed too complicated even for the locals, so the alternative reading – Manseibashi – was instead used after the Chuo Main Line terminal was built nearby in 1912.

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