Bankoku Bridge, Yokohama, c. 1910.

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Bankoku Bridge, Yokohama, c. 1910. The bridge was completed in 1903 and survived the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake before being replaced in 1940 by the present-day span.

“With the view of connecting the city of Yokohama and the new reclaimed compound, an iron bridge 42 ft. in width is built and denominated ‘Bankoku Bashi’ (‘The Bridge to 10,000 Nations’).”

Japan To-Day: A Souvenir of the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition, 1910

Bankoku Bridge, Yokohama, c. 1910.

Bankoku Bridge, Yokohama, c. 1910.

“By a reclamation of the foreshore, the area at present available in front of the Custom House for transaction of business is being very conveniently enlarged and a railway connection between it and the principal depot of Yokohama is being formed, so that facilities for dealing with a vastly increased volume of trade are among the benefits that will presently be conferred upon the port. The work is one that necessarily must take time and it is not to be finished until the latter part of 1903.”

Japan and Its Trade, by J. Morris, 1902

Map: Yokohama, c. 1920, overlaid with the location of Bankoku-bashi connecting the “New Customs Ground” on reclaimed ground in the harbor with the mainland.

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