three shots of the akashi kaikyo bridge (and wataru-kun)


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The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge runs between the city of Akashi* and the island of Awaji and has the “longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world.” (Wikipedia) It’s an engineering marvel and a beautiful bridge. I took these shots from Maiko Park, which is situated just below the point where the bridge leaves the land and leaps out over the ocean. It’s a nice park to walk around, watching people fish or rollerskate while you stand there trying to figure out why exactly it is that the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall has ended in this location. If you get tired of the wind you can head over to the bridge museum to meet Wataru-kun, the bridge mascot.

All photographs taken with a Voigtlander Bessa-L loaded with Kodak Portra 800 film and fitted with a 15mm Heliar lens.

*Technically, the bridge actually runs between the southernmost tip of the city of Kobe and the island of Awaji, but the end that touches down in Kobe is so close to the border with the city of Akashi that’s it’s essentially touching down in Akashi. Hence the name.



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