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Nature itself – ”Kazura Bridge at Iya”

Nature itself -
”Kazura Bridge at Iya”

Bridge made by weaving hardy kiwi (actinidia arguta)

Do you know the three unique bridges of Japan? They are three very rare bridges in Japan although there are many different opinions about which bridges the term refers to. The Kazura Bridge at Iya, is supposedly one of these bridges.
This bridge is 45 meters long, 2 meters wide, 14 meters above the water and made by weaving approx. 5 tons of wild hardy kiwi (actinidia arguta). It is just like a part of nature as it sways in the breeze, exposed in rain, and reflecting against the clear sky on the fresh stream of the Iya River on clear days. Every step is accompanied by a creaking sound, and many may be scared by the rough bridge floor that has many gaps. Nevertheless, the overwhelming sense of presence this bridge has will gradually and surely change your fear to a sense of relief, and give you a sense of freedom, similar to when you climbed a tree as a child.

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Kazura Bridge at Iya
162-2 Nishiiyayamamura Zentoku, Miyoshi, Tokushima