弘前城 外堀と満開の桜

Cherry Blossoms Festival in Hirosaki Aomori

Cherry blossoms are fully bloomed in Early May in Hirosaki. There was a fully blossomed picture panel on the moat of Hirosaki castle. Demonstration of the ancient martial arts Demonstration of the ancient martial arts had been carried out in samurai residences of downtown Hirosaki castle. Heir of Bokuden branch, Mr. Takahide Koyama is demonstrating how to defend yourself with oneself when the enemy attacks.

大阪城サムネイル

Osaka’s Symbolic Monument: Osaka Castle’s Donjon was the First Restored Donjon in Japan.

A Osaka’s symbolic monument, Osaka castle has a unique history. Osaka was a city which was the political capital during the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1603). The original builder of Osaka castle was Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Osaka was Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s City After Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s death, Ieyasu Tokugawa became the new ruler. After the defeat of the Toyotomi family, Ieyasu order the destruction of Osaka castle. But Still Osaka People Love Hideyoshi Osaka people were known for their vital energy and and not obedient to the powerful authority. As tactful leader Hideyoshi was successful in winning the hearts and minds of Osaka people. The new leader Tokugawa must had been very careful to manage […]

和歌山城紅葉

Wakayama Castle will be in the Best Autumn Season in 2 weeks.

Wakayama castle is1 hour train ride from the Kansai Airport. 10 minutes walk from Wakayamashi station and you can see a massive medieval Japanese castle from the highway 26. Wakayama locates south of Osaka and Kyoto. The weather is much warmer than Osaka and mikan (mandarine orange) is the special product of this district for more than 400 years. Autumn to winter is the time for mikan if you have a chance to visit, you should try one. Also, autumn leaves are beautiful in the garden of Wakayama castle. Ishigaki- Stone Wall Is One to Look at Wakayama Castle In Japanese casltes, ishigaki (stone wall or base) structures tell the […]

江戸城の門

Vast Property of Edo Castle Many Traces Remains in Tokyo

Well, – I went to visit Edo Castle (now the Imperial Palace)! I thought most part of Edo Castle may not be shown to public because it is the Imperial Palace these days. However, quite a big area was open to public and some places you can enter if you send an application for the tour. http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/guide/koukyo.html Brief History of Edo Castle Tokyo used be a remote wetland about 400 years ago and called Edo. Edo castle was built on a stand ground and it was not too big. However, Tokugawa Ieyasu moved into Edo and he developed Edo into one of the biggest cities in Japan. He rebuilt Edo […]

小田原城 馬出門

The Ocean View from Odawara Castle is Great But…

Odawara is Very Close to Tokyo I wanted to try out my new Nikon SLR digital camera, so I went to Odawara Castle. It will be one and half a hour from Shinjyuku Station. Hakone hot spring resort is next to it too. 10 Minutes Walk. There is Odawara Castle. Sumiyagura-corner tower Many Buildings of Odawara Castle are Restored. Umadashimon Gate In Odawara Castle, many buildings have been restored. You can see medieval Japanese castle in full scale. Umayakuruwa。 Akaganemon and internal moat. Sumiyoshi Bridge Akaganemon means copper gate. There are copper plate ornaments on this gate. Tokiwagimon Shocking!! The donjon is under construction. I couldn’t enter this day. The […]