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Kyoto Nijo Castle southeast turret

After the main keep was destroyed by a fire caused by lightning, the only military buildings of the Nijō castle are the turrets and the gates, declared in 1952 as Important Cultural Properties. Photographed here in an autumn setting is a corner turret, the Southeast Yagura.

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Abeno Harukas viewed from Dotonbori
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Abeno Harukas viewed from Dotonbori

Abeno Harukas viewed from Dotonbori

Seen from above, the area nearby the Dotonbori canal, crowded by old buildings with various sizes looks like mny other Japanese cities. The only landmark visible is the Abeno Harukas skyscraper, the tallest building in Japan. In the middle of this photo, the purple-white tower is Tsutenkaku.

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Honmaru Palace Nagoya
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Honmaru Palace Nagoya

Honmaru Palace Nagoya

The reconstruction project of the Honmaru Palace in Nagoya begun 8 years ago and will be finished during the next year, totalizing a surface of about 3,100 square meters. The palace was reconstructed as it was at its peak, in 1634, when an extension was added to accommodate Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu.

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Lady in kimono at Nijo Ninomaru Garden, Kyoto
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Lady in kimono at Nijo Ninomaru Garden, Kyoto

Lady in kimono at Nijo Ninomaru Garden, Kyoto

Although the Nijō castle in Kyoto was built specifically for the shogun, only a few of them actually stayed in it. After the first 3 Tokugawa shoguns, only Tokugawa Iemochi visited it in 1863, more than 200 years later.

However, the luxurious gardens of the palace were probably visited by the ladies of Kyoto, as this photo taken on a rainy autumn day made me think of them…

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One Piece anime-themed roadside barriers in Kyoto
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One Piece anime-themed roadside barriers in Kyoto

One Piece anime-themed roadside barriers in Kyoto

The first roadside barriers designed as cute animals were created 11 years ago by the Sendai-based company Sendaimeiban in collaboration to the Asahiyama Zoo of Hokkaido.

There was only a step left to anime-themed items, such as the One Piece character Monkey D. Luffy, and the one photographed here, representing another character from the same anime, Tony Tony Chopper.

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A Japanese Castle for 180 yen
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A Japanese Castle for 180 yen

A Japanese Castle for 180 yen

After the order to abandon castles was issued in 1873, a large number of Japanese castles were demolished during the next two years. By 1875 at the Matsue castle all the surrounding buildings and gates were already demolished, but then a few locals decided to buy the remaining main keep.

Since the demolished castles were sold as construction material, the authorities agreed to sell the castle for 180 yen. How much was this? Not much, because when the yen was adopted as currency in 1871, its parity was equal to one dollar. After the silver devaluation in 1873, the yen fell constantly, reaching about half a dollar in 1897. So, the Matsue castle, one of today’s 12 surviving Japanese castles, survived by being bought for less than 180 dollars…

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The Statue of Liberty in Odaiba, Tokyo
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The Statue of Liberty in Odaiba, Tokyo

The Statue of Liberty in Odaiba, Tokyo

This replica of the Statue of Liberty was installed 17 years ago, becoming instantly one of the landmarks of Odaiba. The decision to install it was taken after the original French Statue of Liberty of Bartholdi (currently displayed in Paris, in the Jardin du Luxembourg), was displayed here in April 1998, on the occasion of the “French year in Japan".

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The roofs of Izumo Taisha
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The roofs of Izumo Taisha

The roofs of Izumo Taisha

Used only at Shinto shrines (although not mandatory) the chigi X-shaped roof terminations are always used in pairs, on both sides of the roof. Either simple, wooden-made, like the ones photographed here at the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, or complex decorated in metal, the chigi are always indicating that the building is a sacred place.

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Totekiko, the smallest Japanese Zen garden
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Totekiko, the smallest Japanese Zen garden