Kappa-bashi Bridge is the busiest spot in Kamikochi, and sometimes feels like the famous Shibuya Crossing intersection. People are always coming and going, taking pictures near or on the bridge, having a break during their hikes, and just sitting and enjoying the beautiful views. But after dark comes a tranquil silence.
I felt a mysterious moment between the daytime and night at Kappa-bashi Bridge. In the story “Kappa” written by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, a Kappa (water sprite) appears near this bridge probably at such a moment. I stayed at a hotel next to the bridge, and waited to spot Kappa. I searched for Kappa for three days, but sorry to say, I couldn’t find any to show you in this video!
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。