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Himeji castle which shines in a blue sky, Himeji city, Hyogo prefecture,Japan. Himeji castle is one of the World Cultural Heritage. = Shutterstock



11 Best Castles in Japan! Himeji Castle, Matsumoto Castle, Matsuyama Castle...

On this page, I will introduce Japanese castles. There are large old castles in Japan. The most famous are Himeji castle and Matsumoto castle. Besides this, Kumamoto castle is popular. Very unfortunately, Kumamoto castle has recently been damaged in part due to a major earthquake and is now undergoing restoration. Matsuyama Castle, Inuyama Castle and Matsue Castle are also listed as beautiful castles in Japan. Please do look at various castles when you travel in Japan. ※ The castles in Japan are particularly beautiful when you go to the cherry blossom season. Please refer to the following article if you like. Hirosaki Castle (Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture) White Hirosaki Castle and its red wooden bridge in mid winter season, Aomori, Tohoku, Japan = shutterstock Hirosaki Castle is a castle located in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture, the northernmost part of Honshu. Hirosaki Castle was built in 1611. Even now the old castle towers, gates, stone walls etc. still remain. Hirosaki Castle is small compared to Himeji Castle and others, but this castle is covered with snow in winter and has a very beautiful landscape. In spring, spectacular cherry blossoms bloom, and it is crowded with many people. In the summer, a traditional summer festival called the Neputa Festival will be held, of course autumn leaves are beautiful in autumn. In Hirosaki Castle, you can enjoy the beauty of the four seasons in Japan. I strongly recommend this castle. For details of Hirosaki Castle please refer to the official website below. >> The official website of Hirosaki ...

Portrait of a Maiko geisha in Gion Kyoto = shutterstock

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Harmony of Tradition & Modernity (1) Tradition! Geisha, Kabuki, Sento, Izakaya, Kintsugi, Japanese swords ...

In Japan, a lot of traditional old things have remained. For example, they are temples and shrines. Or they are competitions such as Sumo, Kendo, Judo, Karate. There are lots of unique facilities such as public baths and pubs amongst the cities. In addition, there are various traditional rules in people's lifestyle. It is one of the major characteristics of Japanese people to respect tradition. On this page, I will introduce a part of those traditional ones. Traditional Japanese culture Geisha A Japanese geisha performs for a public event at a shrine in Kyoto = shutterstock Geisha is a woman who hospitals guest at the banquet by Japanese dance and Japanese songs. In modern Japan almost no longer exists, but still in Kyoto. In Kyoto, Geisha is called "Geiko". There are people who misunderstand the geisha as a woman selling herself. Geisha are quite different from women of that type. On the contrary, Geisha has acquired various cultures in addition to Japanese dance. They can entertain the wealthy guests with advanced education. "Maiko" is a young woman training in Kyoto, aiming at Geiko. They are in Gion. If you walk in the traditional street of Gion, you will be able to see those walking with beautiful kimonos. The performance of the Geiko is held like the above video in April every year. You can enjoy a wonderful stage there. Kabuki Kabuki is a classical Japanese dance-drama which continues from the beginning of the 17th century. The person who created Kabuki was a legendary woman named ...

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