The Japanese Bridge was first built in 1590 by the Japanese community in order to deal better with the Chinese quarters. Through the centuries, they remained relatively faithful to the original Japanese design.
The construction is very solidly built, because of the danger of earthquakes. The inputs of the bridge are monitored by weathered images: a few monkeys on one side, a pair of dogs on the other side. According to an old story, they had chosen these images because many Japanese emperors were born in the year of the dog and monkey.
Another story tells that the construction of the bridge began in the year of the monkey and was completed in the year of the dog.
The access to the Japanese Bridge is free. You ask you for a donation for the small, impressive temple on the northern side of the bridge.

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