Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Visit to Kumamoto Castle

Business matters have brought me to Japan for a spell. On Sunday my associate brought me to visit Kumamoto Castle, which was on our way to a meeting later that afternoon. The castle was built back in 1467 and is one of the most important castles in Japan. Fortified with thick walls and a keep. With 13 individual buildings the complex is huge. It has curved stone walls, which are known as "musha-gaeshi". The wood beams inside have no nails, just perfectly cut and fitted together. The overhangs were designed to prevent any attackers from penetrating the castle.The shogun was well protected in this castle, for sure!
I'm rather busy with work but I thought I'd share two interior photos of some truly stunning wall and screen art:
Well it is back to work for me. Hope you enjoyed the pics!


kenju said...

They are very colorful!

Sir Mac and Lady Alley said...

That goes to show ya! A picture is worth a thousand words! Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


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