On this day—Aug. 27, 1993—Japan’s Rainbow Bridge was completed. The bridge connects Tokyo’s Shibaura district with the island of Odaiba. It is 2,628 feet long and took six years to complete.
Though the bridge’s official name is the "Shuto Expressway No. 11 Daiba Route - Port of Tokyo Connector Bridge," the public refers to it as the “Rainbow Bridge” because lamps placed on the wires supporting the bridge illuminate it with red, white, and green lights. The lights are powered by solar power harnessed during the day. The bridge has three transportation lines on two decks as well as two separate walkways. The walkways are closed the third Monday of every month and can only be used at certain times: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the summer and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the winter. The Rainbow Bridge is a popular tourist destination because of its relatively easy walk and observation decks, perfect for photographing or viewing the city.