Thursday, December 15, 2011

Chinkabashi (ちんかばし) on the Shimantogawa

An example of a chinkabashi, or "sinking bridge" on the Shimanto River. The bridge is designed without railings or other appendages that could snag floating debris during times of high water and threaten the integrity of the bridge. The bridge submerges itself, i.e. "sinks" into the water, when the river floods.

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