烏城 The “Crow Castle” & the Age of Turbulence

Okayama Castle 岡山城 (Okayama-jo) stands majestically by the Asahi River across the magnificent Koraku-en 後楽園 garden in central Okayama City, Japan. Bridge over the Asahi River that links Okayama-jo and Korakuen Garden. Views of Okayama-jo from Korakuen Garden. The castle is also known as 烏城 (U-jo), the Crow Castle.  The dark exterior of the castle conjures up images of the black crow. Many crows also nest in the trees here and soar above …

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Where do Hopes & Prayers Go?

Where do prayers go?  Những lời nguyện cầu đi về đâu? Where do our hopes journey to?  Những ước mong của chúng ta hành trình về chốn nào? What of the dreams we carry inside our hearts for this life on earth? Visitors to Shinto shrines in Japan often write their wishes, dreams, aspirations and prayers onto wooden plaques, known as ema 絵馬, and hang them at the shrine, in the hope that these …

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Secrets of the Honmaru Goten Palace 熊本城-本丸御殿

  熊本城 本丸御殿 Honmaru Goten Palace within the grounds of Kumamoto Castle is the precinct where government business was conducted and built by Kato Kiyomasa, feudal lord and ancestor of Kumamoto, in 1610. While the original palace was destroyed during the Seinan Rebellion of 1877, restoration of part of Honmaru Goten was completed in 2008 after almost fifty years of work on it by numerous architects, craftsmen, carpenters, painters, designers, metal workers …

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Journey of 2000 Steps

加藤 清正 Kato Kiyomasa (July 25, 1561 – August 2, 1611), the 大名 daimyo of 熊本 Kumamoto is enshrined at Jochibyo, part of 本妙寺 Honmyo-ji Temple in 熊本 Kumamoto. Honmyo-ji Temple is recognised as being the pre-eminent temple of Nichiren Buddhism throughout the entire island of Kyushu, west of Japan. 加藤 清正 Kato Kiyomasa was a devoted practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism and renowned for his skills in envisioning and building impenetrable fortresses. He was …

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熊本城 in Black & White

 熊本城 Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto city, Kumamoto prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. Lord 加藤 清正 Kato Kiyomasa (1561-1611) architect and deviser of Kumamoto Castle.  he arrived in Kumamoto in 1588 and remained 大名 daimyo of Higo-Kumamoto domain during the Azuchi-Momoyama period 安土桃山時代 (1573-1603) and Edo period 江戸時代 (1603-1868) until his passing.    

熊本城稲荷神社 For Prosperity

熊本城稲荷神社 Kumamoto-jo Inari Shrine was established in 1588 to commemorate the arrival of 加藤 清正 Kato Kiyomasa to Kumamoto as 大名 daimyo. 熊本城稲荷神社 Đền thờ Kumamoto-jo Inari được thành lập vào năm 1588 để kỷ niệm sự xuất hiện của 加藤 清正 大名 Chúa Kato Kiyomasa đến Kumamoto. Le Temple de Kumamoto-jo Inari a été créé en 1588 pour commémorer l’arrivée de le Daimyo Kato Kiyomasa 加藤 清正 大名 de Kumamoto. 加藤 清正 …

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なが塀 The Long Wall. Bức Tường Dài

熊本城 Kumamoto castle was built at the very beginning of the seventeenth century during the 江戸時代 Edo period when castle construction technology was developing at a rapid rate in Japan. Thành trì Kumamoto được xây dựng vào đầu thế kỷ XVII trong thời kỳ Edo khi công nghệ xây cất lâu đài đã được phát triển nhanh chóng tại Nhật Bản. Kumamoto citadelle a été construite au début du XVIIe …

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The History of Kumamoto Castle

The present Kumamoto Castle 熊本城 was built by Lord Kato Kiyomasa 加藤 清正 , the 大名 daimyo of Northern Higo domain. Work on the current Kumamoto castle began in the year 1601, thirteen years after Kato Kiyomasa 加藤 清正 moved his residence to Kumamoto 熊本  in 1588. The arrival of Lord Kato Kiyomasa 加藤 清正 was such an important event for the region that 熊本城稲荷神社 Kumamoto-jo Inari Shrine was built to commemorate this …

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宮本武蔵 Musashi’s Final Years

宮本武蔵 Miyamoto Musashi had been invited by Lord Hosokawa Tadatoshi 細川 忠利(December 21, 1586 – April 26, 1641) to visit and stay in Kumamoto 熊本 as his guest in the year 1640. Kumamoto was a flourishing town at the time Musashi arrived to take up his post as retainer and guest of Tadatoshi Hosokawa, daimyo ruler of Kumamoto. The time Musashi spent in Kumamoto would prove to be the final five years …

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