View of Tokiwa Bridge befor [sic] the Bank of Japan, Tokyo, c. 1905



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View of Tokiwa Bridge before the Bank of Japan, Tokyo, c. 1910. It was for defensive reasons that, prior to the Meiji Restoration, stone was never used as a bridge-building material to cross the palace moats. (Wood burns; stone doesn’t.) This changed in 1877 after the Satsuma Rebellion had been defeated and imperial primacy was assured.

Nihonbashi Canal bridges and landmarks, c. 1912.

Nihonbashi Canal bridges and landmarks, c. 1912.

Above is a ca. 1910 view of the bridge leading to the palace’s Tokiwa-mon (Tokiwa gate), a short distance from present-day Otemachi. The bridge connected the palace to the national mint and banking district of Nihonbashi, including the Bank of Japan (Nippon Ginko) see at the far right. Tokiwa-bashi remains today one of only a handful of Meiji Era bridges still standing in Tokyo.

In the distance, at center, can be seen the Nikolai Cathedral dome, near Kanda, and the Ryounkaku (Twelve-Story Tower) skyscraper on the horizon at Asakusa.

Tokiwabashi-mon [gate] to the Imperial Palace, near Nihonbashi, c. 1910, opposite the Bank of Japan.

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