Friday, 15 April 2011

Castles Of Japan

If there is one thing we don't really visit while in Japan and its something I'd like to rectify sometime soon, it's visiting Japanese Castles. OK, excursions to any castle had previously been vetoed out by Zaini and Raimie but I have high hopes I'd get to them someday. 

The  interest for Japanese castles is further piqued by my reading of an awesome Japanese Castle Explorer blog by Kyushudan, just like I got more interested in temples and shrines because of Yoshi over at Extracting Abstract. If you want to know more about castles, even the obscure ones - head over to Japanese Castle Explorer and explore them there. I promise you it would be an interesting read. ^^

The two castles that I actually managed to visit were (though it felt like just passing through):
Himeji-jo on a rainy day
And Osaka-Jo. Can you see the castle in the background?
Pretty sad collection, eh? And pretty boring way to pose for a photo. I'm ashamed of myself whenever I see my photos standing straight like that.

I sure have a long way to go (and way more trips to do) to cover any decent amount of castles in Japan and get to know their history! I absolutely believe one should learn about the places they are going to not just just visit and take photos at famous sites.

Anyway, if you have read my posts before, this blog is not where you can find samurais, ninjas, geishas or things like that. You can however get to know a lot about Ultraman in this blog! XD

With me posting up photos of Himeji-jo & Osaka-jo, I'm going to do a revisit  posts of the nearby area - Hiroshima & Osaka pretty soon. But before that, something about Yebisu, beer and a garden.

34 comments:

  1. Himeji is one of the best ones, so quality makes up for quantity. ;)

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  2. You are very lucky that you could see Himejijo.I recommend you to go Shikoku island. there are four castles which remain original castle towers. They are as follows, Marugame,Kouchi, Matuyama and Uwajima.
    http://www013.upp.so-net.ne.jp/gauss/tensyu1.htm Perhaps Shikoku is very near where you are.

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  3. Really nice pictures

    But I do wish you'd upgrade your theme so you could post them with larger thumbnails.

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  4. @Blue Shoe,
    I'm aiming for both quality and quantity? I'm greedy. ;p

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  5. @minor,
    Considering that I way over here in Malaysia, all of Japan is not really quite near to me. ;p

    Thanks for the tips. Will look at them. :)

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  6. @Contamination,
    I'm evil.

    While I like to post a lot of photos, I don't want you guys to see them any bigger than what I put up here. Muahahaha

    Again, too lazy to think of upgrading or changing anything. You noticed that the layout remained the same all these years?

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  7. We have exactly the same photo. Hemeji was one of the top attractions in Japan we visited.

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  8. Wow,..its so cool,..I wish I could be there some day :-)

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  9. I have only been to Hiroshima Castle and Osaka Castle.
    They look almost the same. ;)
    I guess it's just like temples.

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  10. I second Minor, you should go to Shikoku. ;-)

    Actually Marugame castle is quite interesting as it is one of the few castle that is "original" (as in was not rebuilt several times), it has some of the biggest and tallest walls, but the remaining tower make it one of the smallest castles.

    And I'm pretty ignorant about Ultraman, so thanks. ;-)

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  11. @Filip,
    We do? Cool! :)

    What other places did you visit?

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  12. @Van Rangga,
    You should visit Japan someday. :)

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  13. @London Caller,
    Hence the history behind it that differentiate them. Well, that's what I think anyway. So reading up Japanese Castles is a project of mine now. ^^

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  14. @David,
    Cool! Thanks for the heads up.

    Don't know whether any knowledge about Ultraman would be useful to anyone though. XD

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  15. There are so many great castles to visit in Japan. Some of my favourites are Inuyama-jo in Aichi, which dates from 1440 and is Japan`s oldest castle. The castle is extremely important as it is preserved in its original state and hasn`t been rebuild like other castles destroyed during war which is a rarity in Japan. I also really like Matsumoto-jo in Nagano, which is one of Japan`s premier historic castles.

    Japan Australia

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  16. @Japan Australia,
    Thanks for the info. Gonna put it on my list of castles to visit someday. :)

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  17. I wrote about old castle towns as my graduation thesis.
    Even now the castle influences framework of the town. :)

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  18. @cocomino,
    I'm very interested to know more about the castle towns. Will you be sharing them in your posts sometime?

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  19. Sure. I'll write about them after I study difficult English words related the castle town. :)

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  20. Marugame castle is nearby my place... impressive stone walls, but the castle is quite small although no doubt equally interesting...

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  21. @cocomino,
    I'll be waiting in anticipation. I bet other readers would love it too. :)

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  22. @Lrong,
    Another castle to put in my list. I'm spoilt for choice now. ^^

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  23. @Cocomino: time to study those terms in English, because I'm interested too. :-)

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  24. @Cocomino & David,
    I think many out there would be willing to help Cocomino with the terms. Right, guys & gals? ^-^

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  25. I'd love to, but I don't speak Japanese, and read it even less.
    However, I know who could help. Daniel, from Japanese Castle Explorer. :-)

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  26. @David,
    I was thinking of the same thing (or person). :)

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  27. I think I prefer modern buildings to old buildings in Japan.
    Don't know why - must be their technology?!
    On the other hand, I prefer English kampung than city. ;)

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  28. Of course the opinions of Zaini and Raimie should be considered, they should definitely be forced to visit some of Japan's great castles. :P

    Himeji & Osaka are a great start, both of these are overflowing with awesomeness. Also awesome are the ones your (many) commenters suggested.

    Your standing is fine. I notice you have a big bright smile, and that's all the pose you need. :)

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  29. @London Caller,
    Modern interesting building, I do like. Square, uniform looking building - not so much.

    I think I'd love the feel of an English "kampung" too. That's why I love "Midsomer Murders" so much. ^^

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  30. @kyushudan,
    I too think that while the opinions of two boys should be considered, sometimes forcing them do what they don't want to is good too. Builds character, I say. XD

    I'm taking all the comments on awesome castles to visit into account. I'll cross-check them over at your site after. :)

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  31. lovely architecture of the castle.

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  32. Definitely recommend you visit them as they are some of the best in Japan!!

    Japan Australia

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  33. @Japan Australia,
    Duly noted. :)

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