Leaves Over Taikobashi Bridge

A nice park as the leaves begin to change and the taiko-bashi bridge that leads to some cool nature trails. I love these bridges. There is something about them that draws your eye. Looking at traditional bridges like this, you almost expect a geisha with a traditional umbrella to come strolling out onto it. Or maybe that’s just my weird imagination…

Taiko (太鼓) means drum and bashi (橋) bridge, so this is a drum bridge. Usually it was placed over standing water and so when viewed in a way that you can see both the bridge and the reflection, it looks like a drum. The steepness of the arch varies from bridge to bridge; some with gentle sloops like this one, and some with very steep sloops (many of the ones you find at shrines seem to be the steep variety).

Leaves Over Taikobashi Bridge

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