38  Okazaki "Yahagi Bridge"

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Yahagi Bridge, which is 208 ken long (about 370 meters), is the longest bridge on the Tokaido Highway. It is noted not only for its length but for its graceful curve. In this print, Yahagi Bridge stretches across the picture from left to right, and the daimyo procession crossing the bridge is depicted in precise detail from the rear. The blue river water and the blue of misty Mount Hongu in the distance complement each other to produce a refreshing landscape. Seen beyond the far end of the bridge is the donjon of Okazaki Castle, closely associated with Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate.