Bridge sights in Nagasaki
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This is the best-known of several bridges that dot the river. Parallel to the temple row is the river, the Nakashima-gawa, which is crossed by a picturesque collection of 10 17th-century stone bridges. At one time, each bridge was the distinct entranceway to a separate temple. The Megane-bashi, or spectacles bridge, is so called because the water and the arches come together to form a reflection in the water, creating a 'spectacles' effect.
Six of the 10 bridges, including Megane-bashi, were washed away on 23 July 1982, but restored using the recovered stones.
The Shian-bashi tram stop marks the site of the bridge over which pleasure-seekers would cross into the Shian-bashi quarter. The bridge's name loosely translates to 'Bridge of Pondering': men might stop here one last time, debating whether to seek a night of pleasure or to return home. The bridge and the elegant old brothels are long gone but this is still the entertainment area of Nagasaki.