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Viewing the Wisteria (Tokyo's Kameido Tenjin Shrine) | by A.Davey
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Viewing the Wisteria (Tokyo's Kameido Tenjin Shrine)

From the title page of an album of photographs taken in Japan between 1914 and 1918.


My thanks to flickerite tokyogaz for identifying this arched bridge as belonging to the famous Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo.


This was the largest of several bridges on the path to the principal structure of the Kameido Tenjin Shrine; the bridges linked islands in a like in front of the shrine. Built in 1662, the Kameido Tenjin Shrine was destroyed in the Allied firebombings of Tokyo in March, 1945.


For more information about the shrine, including an outstanding collection of woodblock prints of the shrine and this bridge before their destruction, go to "Woodblock Prints of Kameido Tenjin Shrine" at


Once there, you can follow a link to photographs of the rebuilt shrine, which now exists as an oasis "within the generally dull and uninspired architecture typical of Japan's post-War reconstruction." ("A Visit to Tokyo's Kameido Tenjin Shrine" )


Note: I have no connection to, or relationship with, the gallery that created the Web pages cited above.


Image dimensions before cropping: 101mm x 147mm.

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Taken in September 1914