The Higashi-Yokobori River route must have really been something in its day. Every few blocks there are small bridges - some of them quite beautiful. Alas, someone decided years ago that this was the perfect place to put an elevated freeway. What was a nice tree-covered promenade along the canal has been closed off to the public and is untended along long stretches. What a darn shame. The city has projects for improving it (Aqua Metropolis Osaka) but I think the freeway isn't going anywhere unless nature intervenes. I sure wouldn't like to be anywhere near it during an earthquake. Remember Kobe?
Here are a few pictures from this morning. There is a happy ending to the walk - another beautiful rose garden.
|The pylons for the freeway are sunk into the middle of the canal|
|One of the many small bridges over the canal|
|An old house surrounded by apartment buildings|
|More pylons and still water|
|And finally here is where the canal meets the rivers.|
|And here is the happy ending - the rose gardens at Nakanoshima Park|
|But the freeway continues....|