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Nihonbashi Bridge symbol of what Japan lost to development

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I walked across Nihonbashi Bridge in Tokyo's Chuo Ward the other day during a sunny break in this year's rainy season.

The bridge is the 20th "reincarnation" of the original structure that was erected after the historic Battle of Sekigahara at the start of the 17th century.

The parapet is adorned with sculptures of a kirin and a lion, giving the bridge a majestic air.

But overhead, the underside of the Shuto Expressway that runs above the bridge completely blocks out sunlight.

A stone's throw away is the flagship outlet of the Mitsukoshi (currently Mitsukoshi-Isetan) department stores chain.

The Shuto Expressway was under construction when 81-year-old Taneo Nakamura, a former Mitsukoshi president, joined the company.

"The expressway symbolized........

© The Asahi Shimbun