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Sumida River is first-grade river of the 23.5 km in full length which branches from Arakawa river at the new Iwabuchi sluice in Kita-ku Tokyo, and unites branch rivers, such as the Shi-kawagashi river, the Shakujii river, Kanda river, and the Nihonbashi river and which it fills Tokyo Bay. It is one of the rivers made in order to apply in early stages of Showa from the Meiji last stage, to divide upstream Arakawa river into the Arakawa drainage canal and Sumida River at the Iwabuchi sluice and to prevent a flood. Although both banks were connected by many ships till the Meiji term time, bridge construction progressed gradually with the increase in traffic in the timber bridge etc. Since the many suffered damage from the next Great Kanto Earthquake, it was again constructed in the iron bridge, and construction of many bridges was performed from opening of motor age. Now, twenty seven bridges are located in Sumida River. Moreover, in recent years, a high rise apartment and a skyscraper are built by the both sides of a river by redevelopment, and large population is flowing in. The fireworks of Sumida River is the magnificent festival of summer. The site which is visible in the right is Tsukiji fish market, and the bridge which is visible to the left is Kachidoki Bridge. From the observatory in Saint Luke's Tower, I turned this photograph to Shinagawa and took it six years ago.

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