May 20, 2017

Wooden Moon Bridge

Shinsen-en Temple, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
Harman TiTAN 4x5 Pinhole Fujifilm 160NS
神泉苑(京都市中京区御池通神泉苑町東入る)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: A moon bridge is a highly arched pedestrian bridge associated with gardens in China and Japan. The moon bridge originated in China and was later introduced to Japan. This type of bridge was originally designed to allow pedestrians to cross canals while allowing the passage of barges beneath. When constructed using the climbing ascent and descent this had the further advantage of not using space from the adjoining fields for approaches. In formal garden design a moon bridge is placed so that it is reflected in still water. The high arch and its reflection form a circle, symbolizing the moon.

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