Summing up, it is amazing how different Japanese and Spanish castles look like. I like Japanese ones, as they look more like a palace, though they were also conceived for war. However, Almansa castle will always be my favourite one!!
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Spanish and Japanese Castles
Yesterday, I talked a little bit about my home town Almansa. Well, if we can be proud about something in my town, it is because of the nice castle we've got. For me, a normal castle looks much like a fortress than like a palace. Stone-coloured high walls designed for war. Look at this nice picture, this is Almansa's castle.
However, in Japan, I was surprised how different castle architecture can be with respect to which I consider normal. Japanese castles look so Japanese!!
The first Japanese castle I ever saw was Osaka Castle. This castle has been quite important in Japanese history. In the next picture you can see how it looks like:
Next day, I moved to Kyoto, where my hotel was, and I had the opportunity to visit another castle, which looked pretty much the same:
The last Japanese castle I visited during my first stay in Japan was Himeji Castle, south of Osaka and Kobe and in the middle of the way from Osaka to Hiroshima. This castle is one of the oldest castle in Japan after many wars and fires destroyed all the older ones... Actually, it is the one I liked most! It was the first place declared World Heritage in Japan by UNESCO. It was also Toyotomi Hideyoshi's castle for a while. This guy is quite important in Japanese history and I can talk more about him if you are interested. I will post a nice shot here, but a more professional photo can be found here: http://homepage3.nifty.com/kenkitagawa2/sakura-himeji-castle.jpg