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Great views are waiting for you

At the same day when I went to Momotaro shrine, I also dropped by Inuyama castle.

After the meeting in the morning, I asked one of the clients where Haritsuna shrine(I’ll post a journal about the shrine later) was. He told where it was and recommended that I should go to Inuyama castle because it was next to the shrine.

At first, I visited the shrine which was located in front of the castle.

This is the path leading to the castle. Look at these stones whose surface are slippery. People visit such places with their casual clothes and shoes. Me, I had two meetings at the day. A suit and leather shoes were what I put and wore. I sticked out like a sore thumb and had trouble in walking.

This is the main tower(called tenshukaku) of Inuyama castle. Inuyama castle was designated as a National Treasure in 1935. It had been owned by an individual for a long time, however, a new foundation, “Inuyamajou Hakutei Bunko“, have been maintaining the castle since 2004.

All temples, shrines, castles in Japan have beautiful gardens. Rulers governing each clans loved watching and roaming beautiful gardens. Pine trees are often planted in the gardens. We often fix branches with bars to show adorably.

Many of the Japanese believe things much older contain God respectively. I mean, God is born in everthing old. God is in an old tree. God is in an old rock. God is in an old forest. So to speak, animism? This tree died down in 1965, but people at that time had been treating it as a guardian. Even now, people have respects on it.

Look at these steep stairs! Enemies must have troubled in attacking. You can see the stone wall(ishigaki)?

Samurai, traditional warriers in Japan, wore an armor and fought. Each armor has each decoration.

They were owners of the castle.

You can go to the top of the castle and look around spectacular sceneries. You can feel like you would be a monarch.

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  1. May 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Hi H.P. 🙂

    How are you?


    Historical buildings are well kept in your country, over here, hmm, not so much. We fail at maintenance. 😆

    Yeah, I can imagine walking over those rocks dress the way you were, not a relaxing sight. But you had meetings, so that couldn’t be helped.

    They must have gotten some great exercise going up and down those stairs.

    Love the samurai. I find them fascinating.

    Beautiful garden and view. I guess they needed calm after battle, or before.

    • honeypotter
      May 21, 2010 at 12:40 am

      Hi, girlgeum! 😀

      Yes, despite obliteration at the war, we could keep historical buildings. I have to thank the American military for no aiming these precious relics. 😆

      I just posted a new journal. You can see me facing trouble due to the suit. I should have visited what temples or shrines during meetings. 😀

      Yes, samurai or rulers must have been calm, surrounded by such beautiful gardens.

  1. September 12, 2010 at 12:14 am

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