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Japan’s castles, surrounded with double or triple moats in most cases, are rather big. Therefore many bridges spanning the moats lead into the castle gates with a variety of designs and structures. The largest and most important gate among them is ‘otemon’ main gate. As this gate had the widest openings, the prospective enemies were supposed to attack here, the weak point of the castle from the perspective of...

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Uwajima Castle (宇和島城) is located in Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku. Today it is one of 12 original castles remaining in Japan, meaning it still has it’s original Edo period main tower. The castle began construction in 1595. Lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi provided Todo Takatora land in Uwajima, and being the excellent castle-builder he was, he decided to construct Uwajima Castle. It took almost 6 years to complete the main tower and...

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(Day 1 & 2) Honolulu – Fukuoka Despite the typhoon approaching on its way to Japan, we didn’t have much turbulence also no rain in Fukuoka. Yay!! First meal in Fukuoka – tonkotsu ramen (pork base soup).   (Day 3) Fukuoka – Imari – Arita – Nagasaki We are in Saga pref. today and visit Imari and Arita town where it’s known for porcelain. As I get older I find myself admire and...

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