Shuri Castle (Shurijo) is the largest castle on the Okinawan Islands. It was the palace of the ancient Ryukyu Kingdom. The Ryukyu Kingdom was a Tributary State to China. Because of this the ancient architecture of Okinawa is a fascinating blend of both Chinese and Japanese styles.
This castle was almost entirely destroyed in WW2. The castle standing today is a reconstruction built in 1992.
Heading towards Shuri-jo (Shuri Castle)
Bridges in Kanazawa gardens.
The interior of Himeji Castle.
Himeji Castle in Hyoga Prefecture, the largest castle in Japan.
Shinkyo Bridge in Nikko is almost 400 years old, and is considered one of the “Three Greatest Bridges In Japan”
(Japan loves lists of threes)
I adore that the bridge is held up by two stone torii.
The stable at Toshogu Shrine bears carvings of many monkeys that have become so popular that they’re recognized as the defacto mascot of Nikko city. Merchandise bearing the three wise monkeys can be found all over Nikko.
The main gate of Toshogu Shrine has dozens of colorful sculptures that go all the way around the building.
Sakura Blossoms at Tsurugajo
At Dejima they had recreations of rooms reserved for ship captains or other important people. I was so fascinated by the mix of European and Japanese furniture.
Sometimes the mix can be beautiful, but not always practical. if you look at the first photo you can see that the legs of the bed are actually damaging the tatami flooring.