Saturday, 15 January 2011


Since I first arrived here a year and a half ago, I've found myself drawn to the bridge (named Ajimabashi 阿島橋) that connects my village to the local city of Iida 飯田. As far as bridges go it's nothing special, bright orange paint over a girder-like construct. However, it's the view that the bridge offers as I drive across it that allows me to enjoy it. The view north along the Tenryugawa 天竜川 ("heavenly dragon river") as it winds southwards between the Chuo (central) and Minami (southern) Alps always makes me rather wistful and dreamy, which is a genuine danger as my car hurtles across the bridge toward oncoming cars. Anyway, a few weeks ago I parked my car on one side and took a pic of the bridge itself at dusk.

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