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Between the Japanese town of Nikko and its main shrines is the Shinkyo (sacred bridge), a red lacquered span that arches gracefully across the Daiya River.
The Shinkyo has long been considered one of the most beautiful structures in Japan, its simple elegance contrasting with the wildness of the river gorge, the green hills, and the tumbling waters.
It used to be known as Yamasuge-no-Jabashi (Bridge of Snakes with Wild Sedges) after an old legend concerning the priest Shodo Shonin It is said that when Shodo and ten disciples tried to cross the river Daiya, they found the current to be too strong. They began praying fervently for a way to cross, and the god Jinja Daio interceded on their behalf. He appeared carrying red and blue snakes, which he threw across the river. The snakes intertwined to form a bridge. In this way, Shodo and his disciples crossed.
In feudal times the sacred bridge could be used only by the emperor.
From here, a road leads into the park, threading through 16,000 towering cedar trees.
The scene was difficult to photograph as I was facing the sun. I persisted since I liked the soft, hazy appearance of the distant trees against which the bridge was nicely delineated.

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Additional Photos by Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2814 W: 100 N: 4796] (21428)
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