Horai Bashi - World's Longest Wooden Bridge

Horai Bashi, or 逋莱橋, currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest wooden walking bridge in the world (about 897 meters). Located in Shimada, Shizuoka, this toll bridge was constructed in 1879 to connect Shimada and the Makinohara are over the Oigawa River (大井川, meaning "Big River").

My husband and I have visited many times, seeming as it is so close to our home and a good "tourist" place to show visitors. And it was particularly gorgeous on a warm September evening, as the sun sank down in reverence to the Autumnal moon.

Tribute to the bride's world record status.

Welcome to Shizuoka - 静岡県へようこそ

Writing a first post on a blog can be slightly daunting - what do you really say? Do you post a "normal" post, and simply announce, "this is the first post!" Or do you write a long, drawn-out history of the blog and idea behind it, even though you've just started and so much of it will develop over time?

In any case, I'd like to at least introduce this blog. Though there are hundreds and thousands of travel blogs and sites out there, I didn't create this to compete with others. I simply wanted to create a space to upload pictures, reviews and helpful tips for travelers and residents in Shizuoka prefecture, Japan. Of course, other folks also post blog entries about some of these things, but I wanted to specifically focus on the Shizuoka area, considering that I've lived here for over two years now. And, so that I can post other, different material than the norm over on "Surviving in Japan."