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2015年12月21日 (月)

visiting Castles in Japan : No.1 : 犬山城、岐阜城、名古屋城、岡崎城




2015年11月に一時帰国した折に観光した お城巡りです。

I visited 4 Japanese castles, such as  Inuyama Jyo, Gifu Jyo, Nagoya Jyo

and  Okazaki Jyo.....in Aichi Prefecture and  Gifu Prefecture, Japan.

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we rode Shinkansen train from Tokyo to Gifu-Hashima station. and, lunch first.

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Kama-Meshi(Pot Rice) lunch  set !!    Oishii desu.

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Inuyama Jyo castle.....National Treasure...

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it was a little too early to enjoy the autumn red leaves...

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but,  there were  Winter Cherry Blossoms.... wow !!    Ureshii desune.

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the Inuyama castle was build in 1537 by an uncle of  Nobunaga Oda...one of the greatest samurai in Japan.

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Naruse family had been the owner of this castle...

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samurais' floor... inside the castle...

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Inuyama castle  in Edo period....before Meiji era...

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very steep and narrow stair way...

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Winter Cherry Blossoms....and Jolibee..... !!

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Haritsuna Jinja shrine just beside Inuyama castle...  針綱神社です。

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did you know how to do it at  shrines in Japan ?

there are some differences depending on shirines, but mostly like this.

usually,  2 rei -  2 hakushu - 1 rei..... 2 bows - 1 clap - 2 bows

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this horse is considered to be a god..... very cute !

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a Branch of  Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine ---  very famous shirine for the sucess of academic studies and  entrance examination, etc.

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so,  a lot of high school studens will come to pray for the success at their entrance examination for universities...

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Himeki Jinja Shrine   姫亀神社(ひめきじんじゃ)

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this shrine is said  Effective for Nice man-woman relation, marriage, happy family life, etc.

therefore,  there are many girls praying here to get nice guys... hahaha

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of course  this is Omikuji , fortune telling paper about your love to your boyfriend, etc.

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then, now..... the 2nd caslte..... Gifu Jyo Castle.....in Gifu prefecture...

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Nobunaga Oda  obtained this castle in 1567 and made here the center of his unification of whole country project.

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his slogan was  " Tenka Fubu " (unification by power)...

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Gifu Jyo  castle....

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oh, nice view from the Donjon....

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when Nobunaga ruled Japan,  at the begining he welcomed foreigners..

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history  of   christian missionaries Francisco de Xavier  and  Luís Fróis ..

Xavier, Spanish,  arrived Kagoshima Japan in 1549  and  Frois, Portuguese,  came to Nagasaki Japan in 1563.

Frois met both  Nobunaga Oda  and  Hideyoshi Toyotomi.

incidentally,  i found very interesting article in Japan Times web site :

Japan’s ‘Christian century’ failed to blossom

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/12/19/national/history/japans-christian-century-failed-blossom/#.Vne3tPLUjIX

 

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throwing stars.... (shuriken)....

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Nihon tou..... Japanese sword....

other battle gears are displayed here...

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enjoyed a small autumn colored forest...

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falling leaves.....

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it was not so cold in November this year.

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a competition of  Chrysanthemum was on going in the park....

Imperial Chrysanthemum Crest  is well known to Japanese people...

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night view of Gifu jyo castle  from our hotel....

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well well well..... full course Japanese dinner.... so many dishes....

i m full already.... hahaha

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Zensai    appetizer....

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Sui mono .... soup of Hida beef...

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Sashimi  Tsukuri .....  oh, sorry,  i ate a few pieces of them before photo taking.  hehehe

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Futa mono  or  Ni mono .... boiled foods..

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Nabe mono .... Shabu Shabu  of  Hida Beef...

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Yaki mono ... Grilled foods

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Dai mono ....  fried foods...

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Mushi mono .....  steamed foods

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Tome wan &  Gohan &  Kou no mono ....

Miso soup &  Cooked rice  &  Pickles

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Kuda mono  .....  fruits....

Burp, Burp, Burp....   too much too much... OMG....

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ok,  i have no more power but  sleep.....   good nite...

 

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