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Nakatsu castle moat

Nakatsu castle was named one of the 3 mizujiro “castles on the sea” (together with Imabari and Takamatsu), because it was built close to the shores of the Seto Inland Sea, and the surrounding moats were filled with sea water.

Today, the reconstructed Nakatsu castle was built a bit more inland, but the moat water still comes from the sea.

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Shimonoseki Akama Shrine
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Shimonoseki Akama Shrine

Shimonoseki Akama Shrine

The Akama shrine in Shimonoseki is dedicated to the Emperor Antoku, who died at the age of 6 during the Battle of Dan-no-ura, when his grandmother jumped with him in the water to avoid capture by the enemies.

This was the decisive naval battle of the Genpei War, which took place in the Kanmon Straits, right in front of the shrine.

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Canal City Hakata
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Canal City Hakata

Canal City Hakata

Designed to suggest a canyon shaped by the river crossing the building, Canal City Hakata is a building that invites its visitors to explore. Photographed here is a view from the second floor, with the Sun Plaza Stage in the background.

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The unique temple gate of Isshin-ji
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The unique temple gate of Isshin-ji

The unique temple gate of Isshin-ji

The ultra-modern gate of the Isshin-ji temple in Osaka is made of steel, concrete and glass. However, it is still a Buddhist gate, more precisely a Niomon type. The two Nio guardians, Agyō and Ungyō, were made of bronze, and like the gate they feature a unique design.

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Seiryu-ji pagoda, Aomori
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Seiryu-ji pagoda, Aomori

Seiryu-ji pagoda, Aomori

Seiryu-ji is a temple established in Aomori only 36 years ago, but it features two very beautiful constructions, the Shōwa Daibutsu, which is the tallest seated Buddha bronze statue in Japan, and the pagoda photographed here, which is the tallest wooden pagoda in the Tohoku region, having a height of 39 meters (the tallest wooden pagoda in Japan is at To-ji, in Kyoto).

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Aomori Bay Bridge night illumination
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Aomori Bay Bridge night illumination

Aomori Bay Bridge night illumination

Inhabited since ancient times, Aomori is now a completely modern city (because the old part was destroyed entirely during the WWII bombings). Three of the Aomori landmarks, the Aomori Bay Bridge (photographed here), the ASPAM building (Aomori Prefectural Center for Tourism and Industry) and the A-FACTORY mall were designed to incorporate in their architecture the roman letter A, as a symbol for Aomori.

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Open Air Museum traditional street
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Open Air Museum traditional street

Open Air Museum traditional street

There are quite a few streets in Japan offering a look at how Japan was during the Edo period. Some of them survived from that era, while others were reconstructed in open air museums.

One of the most beautiful such reconstructions is the Boso no Mura museum in Chiba, a lovely place offering a taste of the feeling experienced by the first Western visitors to Japan, a century and a half ago.

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Prince Shotoku Hall
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Prince Shotoku Hall

Prince Shotoku Hall

The Hall of Visions is an octagonal building originally built at Hōryū-ji in Nara (Yumedono) about 1300 years ago, on the place of the palace of legendary Prince Shōtoku.

Over the time, it was also built in several other places in Japan. Photographed here is the one of the Narita-san Shinshō-ji temple in Narita. Like most buildings of Narita-san, the hall is painted in vermilion.

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Kobuntei azalea room
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Kobuntei azalea room