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Life-size Unicorn Gundam by night

The light and sound show offered by the life-size statue of the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam in front of the DiverCity mall in Odaiba, Tokyo, takes place several times a day. But the most impressive images are to be seen after night fall, when the lights of the Gundam are shining brightly.

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Night view of Kyoto Kitano Tenmangu
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Night view of Kyoto Kitano Tenmangu

Night view of Kyoto Kitano Tenmangu

The Kitano Tenmangu shrine in Kyoto was established 1071 years ago and was the first Shinto shrine ever dedicated to a real life person, Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar, poet, and politician, adviser to the Emperor Uda.

Sugawara no Michizane was enshrined as Tenjin, god of academics, of performing arts, of honesty and sincerity, and god of false accusations dispelling.

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Himeji castle story, the death of the master carpenter
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Himeji castle story, the death of the master carpenter

Himeji castle story, the death of the master carpenter

The Himeji castle was rebuilt in the form we see today at the beginning of the Edo period by the daimyō Ikeda Terumasa, and the construction works were led by a master carpenter named Sakurai Gembei.

The story tells that at the final inspection, performed 9 years after the work started, Sakurai Gembeia noticed a small inclination of the main keep. He thought that this was because of a mistake in the construction, and under the pressure he killed himself…

The keep was dismantled to be rebuilt, and only then it was learned that he made no mistake. The real cause of the inclination were the stone walls, which were subsided under the weight of the tower.

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Tsuba sword guard
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Tsuba sword guard

Tsuba sword guard

Tsuba is the a hand guard a Japanese sword, with the primary role of protecting the hand. However, during the long period of peace of the Edo period, the swords slowly became expressions of status and the hand guard started to be made as a work of art.

Photographed here is a beautiful example, a tsuba with fine golden decorations owned by a high-ranking samurai family.

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Simply beautiful Japanese scenes, Imabari, the castle on the sea
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Simply beautiful Japanese scenes, Imabari, the castle on the sea

Simply beautiful Japanese scenes, Imabari, the castle...

Among all the Japanese castles, the most beautiful water reflection view is offered by the Imabari castle, aptly nicknamed “the castle on the sea".

Surrounded on all four sides by wide moats, it offers many astonishingly beautiful scenes. Photographed here is a view from the main entrance side… Simply beautiful!

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Higashimachi, old merchants and artisans quarter in Kurashiki
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Higashimachi, old merchants and artisans quarter in Kurashiki

Higashimachi, old merchants and artisans quarter in...

Just a few hundred steps from the main tourist attraction in Kurashiki, Bikan Historical Quarter, you will find the old merchants and artisans quarter, Higashimachi. A more tranquil place, charming and well preserved, with narrow streets and traditional houses.

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Rainbow Bridge cool white illumination
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Rainbow Bridge cool white illumination

Rainbow Bridge cool white illumination

Officially named Tokyo Wan Renraku-kyo (Tokyo Bay Connector Bridge), the bridge spanning between the Shibaura Pier and the Odaiba Island is best known as the Rainbow Bridge, named received because of its arched shape and because of the illumination colors used during the holiday season…

Photographed here is another illumination version used between April and October, with the main towers lit in cool white.

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Nakatsu Castle main keep
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Nakatsu Castle main keep

Nakatsu Castle main keep

The Hagi castle was destroyed at the beginning of the Meiji period, but it is still known how it used to look because of a photo taken before 1880.

The Hagi castle was never reconstructed, but the main keep of the Nakatsu castle in Oita was rebuilt after the image of the Hagi castle, because there were no images or plans left from the original Nakatsu castle.

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Kamiarizuki, the Month of the Gods
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Kamiarizuki, the Month of the Gods