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[[caption-width-right:350:A perfect riverbank]]

Many Japanese cities, as seen in {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}, will feature a river with a gently sloped artificial riverbank featuring a sidewalk or trail either at the top or bottom (or both) and stairs to descend to the water's edge. There's likely a nearby bridge, too. Suitable for LyingOnAHillside, SceneryPorn, WatchingTheSunset, and ThatCloudLooksLike. This is TruthInTelevision, as the Liberal-Democratic Party - which has virtually monopolized the government for several decades [[note]] Except for a very brief stint of minority status in 1993, more about that on UsefulNotes/JapanesePoliticalSystem [[/note]] - realized back in the '60s that investing huge sums in semi-useful infrastructure and beautification projects kept people employed, happy, and voting for them. Thus, many if not most rivers that pass through urban areas have received this treatment. However, only the largest tend to be picturesque, with most being small creeks enveloped by steep concrete. These also happen to serve a practical purpose in allowing for controlled overflow during the typhoon season.

See also GhibliHills. A small-scale subtrope of TerrainSculpting. Compare DownLADrain, its American equivalent.

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* The river that runs through Mabase in ''{{FLCL}}'' is of this type. Much of the show is set on the banks.
* The 3rd EndingTheme for ''CrossGame'' takes place on one of these.
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Kyon and Mikuru have a private talk along the steeply walled creek version. In the Endless Eight arc of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', the SOS Brigade sets off fireworks on one.
* Titular Nanas and their friends in ''Manga/{{Nana}}'' do this as well at one time. It helps that their apartment looks out over one as well.
* Sawako in ''KimiNiTodoke'' often walks home passing by a scene like this while thinking about her day at school.
* In ''RanmaOneHalf'', Ranma often passes by one, occasionally he falls in (FirstLawOfGenderBending) or he'll have a battle in a location like this. He also seems to like to go hideout under a bridge next to the riverbank when he wants to get away from the craziness. It's actually become a bit of {{Fanon}} that he commonly does this.
* ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' - Taiga lays on the riverbank exhausted after wheeling a bike around, because she can't ride a bike. A chance encounter with her LoveInterest motivates her to get up and try to ride the bike. In the novels Ryuuji and Ami go there as part of a community service project to collect trash, but the scene is heavily truncated in the anime.
* ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' - The titular character challenges another character to a duel, which takes place on such a riverbank.
* In the first season finale of ''ShakuganNoShana'', the entire cast is watching an after-festival bonfire on such a riverbank when [[spoiler: the enemy's OminousFloatingCastle teleports into place just above them.]]
* The protagonist of ''ToLoveRu'' takes Lala to such a riverbank for some privacy in an effort to break up with her, only to run out of time to do so safely. It's also a WatchingTheSunset moment.
* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' - Ed and Al practice fighting on a riverbank like this.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' - [[FanNickname Chinese Electric Batman]] is sitting with [[HeroAntagonist Kirihara]] on the stairs of such a riverbank in his [[SecretIdentity civilian disguise]] when he [[StealthHiBye suddenly vanishes]], leaving her perplexed.
* ''TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime'' - It's in such a location that the heroine makes her first deliberate time-leap.
* All of Karakura Town in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is built around a big river, whose banks look exactly like this. Said river is good for watching fireworks, doing exercise, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick being devoured by]] TheHeartless.
* Tina's favorite place in ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi''.
* One episode of ''NyanKoi'' has the protagonist meet his LoveInterest repeatedly along such a riverbank while training.
* ''OmamoriHimari'' has the first meeting with the TokenMiniMoe under a bridge along one of these.
* In the first episode of ''KimagureOrangeRoad'' Hikaru and Ayukawa face down a gang of five burly high school boys and win (well, mostly Madoka wins) on this type of bank.
* Some of the most dramatic scenes in ''KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' take place in such a setting.
* ''PrinceOfTennis'': The flat part of the bank at the bottom is [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Kaidou Kaoru's]] favorite place to work out, when he's not jogging.
* ''kiss×sis'', in the flashback about the two dogs.
* Doused in blood in (what else?) ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'''s 18th episode. You know, the one that got them [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids knocked out of their children's time block.]]
* Rina's favourite spot in the ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' anime.
* ''FreshPrettyCure'' and ''HeartcatchPrettyCure'' each have one.
* In ''{{Heroman}}'' episode 4, one of the titular robot's many attempts to stop the sphere takes place on one of these - it's one of the less successful ones, and Heroman quickly gets pushed under the water as the sphere rolls on.
* ''{{Shugo Chara}}'' has these scenes in most episodes.
* In ''ArakawaUnderTheBridge'' the protagonist is forced to live under a bridge spanning over one of these, alongside ... [[CrazyAwesome interesting]] neighbours such as a [[NunTooHoly guy in a nun's habit]] and a {{Kappa}}-wannabe.
* In episode 11 of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' (the "youth drama" episode), TheAce of the baseball team is sitting on one of these when he overhears the conversation that convinces him to change his mind and play for the team.
* In episode 4 of ''Anime/AllPurposeCulturalCatgirlNukuNuku TV'', Kyousuke goes to one to angst, only to be subjected to several of Nuku Nuku's classmates practicing their karaoke. In the new year's episode, Nuku Nuku herself goes there for the same reason.
** In episode 3 of ''[[Anime/AllPurposeCulturalCatgirlNukuNuku Nuku Nuku Dash]]'', Ryuunosuke is running along the wall of one when he falls in the river, allowing Nuku Nuku to catch up with him.
* Essential for training in ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''.
* Episode 5 of ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'' has the group re-convene at one.
* In the ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' anime Tsuna fought challengers of a dojo here with a style reborn taught him.
* The site of Ryoushi's training in episode 10 of ''LightNovel/OokamiSan''.
* Passed by in ''{{Tamayura}}'' 01.
* In ''{{Inukami}}'', Keita and Yoko are forced to live under a bridge that spans one of these for a few episodes.
* In ''{{Moetan}}'' episode 05, site of the troubled person of the week, overly dramatic scene of the week, and MonsterOfTheWeek all in one go!
* In episode 13 of ''{{Mitsudomoe}}'', that's where the Marui sisters find a stray cat, and where Mitsuba goes to brood at the end of the episode.
* Monta of ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' drinks the coke and food he had saved for his celebration on making the baseball team here, because he didn't actually make the team. Later, Sena tries to influence him into joining the American football team.
* Sanada and Arashiyama hang out on one while skipping class in episode 7 of ''SoredemoMachiWaMawatteiru''.
* Hikari and Chiaki used to hang out at one in the manga ''GenkakuPicasso''.
* Kanon films a TV drama on one in episode 6 of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows''.
* Hasegawa encounters Tomoka on one in episode 2 of ''RoKyuBu''.
* A majority of the action in ''LightNovel/{{Dokkoida}}'' takes place there.
* ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' has the titular character first appear on Earth near one, and later a major fight between Tojo and Oga takes place in that same spot. Main characters tend to hang out there when thinking or meet up to challenge opponents.
* Justifiably, an artificial riverbank is one of the places the characters in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' hang out.
* ''TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'' uses one as a hurdle for the main character to practice his [[MindOverMatter telekinetic jumps]].
* Rivers are a common motif in ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'', so they appear on occasion. In particular, the riverbank in Kyoto is featured in an important scene in Volume 6 that reinforces both the motif and its related symbolism.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* One particular artificial riverbank in Tokyo shows up [[HeyItsThatPlace quite often]] as a filming location for ''Franchise/KamenRider'' shows.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Sakura's stage in ''Street Fighter IV'' is set on a pathway next to one of these, with a railway fly-over above and kids playing in a disused car.
* ''Project Justice: VideoGame/RivalSchools 2'' features an artificial riverbank stage at sunset, although it is presented as a rather grim, industrial environment.
* Samegawa River of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', which you can fish at during the day or evening.
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* The Yarra River in Melbourne, in the Southbank Area. Though the closer you get to portside, it becomes decidedly more concrete filled and less romantic.
* Kyoto's Kamo River has a river bank quite like this, and also has some small islands in the middle of the river, connected to the river banks by stepping stones. As one might expect, this is a fun place to play as a kid - or alternatively, a fun place to drunkenly set off fireworks in college with visiting international students.
** Many Japanese cities with rivers do have this, Kyoto is just the one that's most well-known.
* Many, many cities in Europe through which rivers flow have this. Often rivers are canalized or artificially straightened. Especially common on places where land has been gained by means of polders. Especially in Dutch polders, canals abound to divert excess water into another body of water (sometimes it's another river). Expect to see a ''sluice'' (floodgate) here and there, which are used both to control the flow and to keep junk people drop in the canal (bikes seem to be common, for whatever reason) from ending up in the wild.
* Large cities in China have long stretches of artificial riverbanks. They are beautifully designed and maintained daily, gracing cities like Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai. On good days, people can be seen taking a stroll or biking down the pathways that line the rivers, and at night, some of the rivers have spectacular night lighting.
* The Kissimmee River in Florida would look exactly like this in places except there's trees and brush growing along the water.
* LosAngelesRiver, an ideal spot in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles for [[{{Franchise/Terminator}} car chases]] and [[{{Grease}} drag racing]], is essentially an artificial riverbank without a river to speak of. No grass though.
** The river ''used'' to be there; its tendency to suddenly flood is the reason the embankments were built in the first place. It's pretty much gone now (except during sudden downpours), mostly due to urban development and diverting its tributaries.
*** There is a local advocacy group trying—with little success—to get the government to remove the embankments and restore the river flow.
* The City of UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} has, in the past few years, tried to create these along the Allegheny River by setting up small parks, or Riverwalks, along them. Much like the previous examples, these slopes mostly exist for flood control, but also as part of the City's attempt to both clean and promote its three rivers after years of steel mill pollution.
* A common sight in southern Florida as well, which also has flood concerns due to how much of the area is at or below sea level. Due to the amount of rain and swampland in the area, they're typically closer to full unless a drought has been hitting the area. Due to the quantity of mosquitoes in the area (plus the all-too-real threat of an alligator potentially in any body of water), relaxing near them is highly discouraged.
* Cheonggyecheon in Seoul, Korea. Originally covered to hide its massive pollution due to pretty much being an open sewer, it was uncovered and made into a park in 2005 as part of a massive urban renewal project.
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