Sanjo-dori’s race to Tokyo

While I waited for the walk sign, a young guy on the opposite side chanted in a monotone. No one took any notice, and once I crossed, I didn’t either because I spied the birthplace of Ekiden.

Sanjo-O-hashi Bridge, Kama gawa
Sanjo-O-hashi Bridge, Kama gala

Ekiden was a long distance relay race first held in 1917 where competitors ran from Sanjo-O-hashi Bridge in Kyoto to Ueno in Tokyo.

Sanjo-O-hashi Bridge, Kama gawa
Part of Sanjo-O-hashi Bridge’s railing

While I stood at the starting point of the race, I discovered that the location was also the starting point on the old Tokaido Road between Edo and Kyoto. However, the full scale bridge that measured seventy-four metres, wasn’t built until 1590.

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