Sumata Gorge is a steep gorge formed by Sumata River, one of the tributaries of Ooi River. In Japanese, it is called "Sumatakyo".
The length of the gorge is about 16 km, and the meeting point of the river into Ooi River is positioned about 3 km north of Senzu station on Ooigawa Railway.
Hiryu Bridge, it was the bridge for a forest railroad, but now it is used as a part of a forest road.
We can walk on the bridge. The height is about 100 meters.
This place is a representative place of the scenery of autumn colour of leaves of Shizuoka. It is famous as a very superior scene of autumn colour.
( This image showed it first in November, 2013. On October 22, 2016, I replaced the image.The power of expression of the part of the shadow increased. Balance of the whole image improved.I was able to produce the image which I could be finally satisfied with in the third year after I photographed this image. )
The eight islands of Japan sprang into existence through Divine Intervention.The first two gods who came into existence were Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto, the Exalted Male and Exalted Female. It was their job to make the land for people to live on.They went to the bridge between heaven and earth and, using a jewel-encrusted halberd, Izanagi and Izanami churned up the sea into a frothy foam. As salty drips of water fell from the tip of the halberd the first island was formed. Its name was Onogoro.So far, so good. But when Izanagi and Izanami first met on their island, Izanami spoke to Isanagi without being spoken to first. Since she was the female, and this was improper, their first union created badly-formed offspring who were sent off into the sea in boats.The next time they met, Izanagi was sure to speak first, ensuring the proper rules were followed, and this time they produced eight children, which became the islands of Japan.I'm sure you did not fail to miss the significance of this myth for the establishment of Japanese formal society.At present, Japan is the financial capital of Asia. It has the second largest economy in the world and the largest metropolitan area (Tokyo.)Technically there are three thousand islands making up the Japanese archipelago. Izanagi and Izanami must have been busy little devils with their jewelled halberd...Japan's culture is highly technical and organized. Everything sparkles and swooshes on silent, miniaturized mechanisms.They're a world leader in robotics, and the Japanese have the longest life-expectancy on earth.Text by Steve Smith.