Can you find the island that has a small shrine and the gate on it in the old photo above ?
Because of the land-sinking, the island shrank to the extent shown on the right. Needless to say, the high-end Japanese restaurant on the island disappeared.
The island is called Kaki-jima that means "Oyster Island" in Japanese. It is also called "Benten-jima". Benten or Benzaiten means
Japanese Buddhist goddess, who originated from the Hindu goddess Saraswati.
Much more beautiful photos of Akkeshi Town can be seen at
I will post the photo of the red bridge called Akkeshi Oh-hashi tomorrow.
To be continued.