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“Kintai Bridge ”Ball-point Pen [SOLD OUT]

  Kintai Bridge is located in Iwakuni City,Yamaguchi Prefecture,in the western part of Japan. About 200 m long (220 yd.),the bridge spans the Nishiki River. The wooden structure consists of five arches,each 5 m (5.5 yd.) wide,6.6 m (7.3 yd.) high,and spanning 40 m (44 yd.). The elegance of the form inspired the name Kintai,which means gold brocade sash,because of a similarity to the traditional Nishiki obi for kimono. Along with Nihonbashi bridge in Tokyo and Meganebashi bridge in Nagasaki,it is one of the three most famous bridges in Japan.

 

The challenge was to build a bridge that would not get washed away and the result was this beautiful bridge. Even by the standards of modern bridge building,Kintai Bridge is an example of brilliant engineering. Moreover,the arches were built using metal straps and clamps for a structure of incomparable workmanship.

 

Starting in the year 1600,time and time again,people had tried to build a bridge across the Nishiki River,but every time there was high water the bridge was washed away. They realized that the bridges washed away when driftwood pushed against the piers and broke them down. They studied how to build an arching bridge with no piers. Four stone-walled islands were built spaced across the river to support five spans. Piers were built at the two ends of the bridge,where the current was weaker,but in the middle,three arches were built without piers. From the time of its conception,it took almost a decade of research,experiment,and test construction before the bridge was completed during a period of three months in 1673.

 

One year later,this bridge was washed away because the footing of the stone piers was weak. Improvements were made and a stronger bridge was constructed. This one lasted 276 years until

a large typhoon washed it away in 1950,but it was rebuilt in 1953.

 

The wooden shaft of the Iwakuni Kintai Bridge ball-point pen, is made from the waste lumber of the bridge that was demolished and built again in 2002. This is the same wood of the Japanese Zelkova that was used to rebuild the bridge in 1953.  Since this waste lumber will no longer be available in the future, and because of its rare memorial value behind the history of the Kintai Bridge, only a limited 1000 pens have been manufactured. We hope that you will also be able to experience the exquisiteness and seasonal beauties of the year that Kintai Bridge has always known, and feel the warmth of the Kintai Bridge ball-point pen each time you use it. Part of the sales of this pen will be donated to the city of Iwakuni to contribute to the endurance of the Kintai Bridge.

 

 

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Hiyama Jimuki K.K.
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[登録日] 2010/08/30 | 固定リンク