Tales of “橋姫 Hashihime”

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gridgeOnly two Chinese characteristics constitutes橋姫 hashihime which means the princesses ofbridge: 橋 (hashi; bridge) 姫 (hime; princess).

In ancient Japanese, the word 愛 (ai; love)could be pronounced “hashi.” So hashihime was also a homophone for 愛姫 which meansthe princesses of love. Today, hashihime have become goddesses who inhabit bridgesbetween Japan and Cambodia – in particular,

very beautiful and long bridges. Althoughhashihime may take different forms depending on occasion, they are sometimes depicted wearing Japanese floral kimono and Cambodian sophisticated crown.

It is said that residents will beseech their local hashihime to guard the bridge against invaders in times of war.