Monday, August 3, 2015

Short Trip to Kansai-area (part1)

                                                                                        (Header is also from my pictures)

     *姫路城, Himeji-Castle;  (Known as White Heron Castle)*
My friend invited me to go to one night two days trip to Kansai-area. This castle is located Himeji-city, Hyogo-prf,  and also known as "White Heron Castle",  because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to bird taking flightThis Castle, largest and most visited, was registered in 1993 as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Japan.


My friend and I wished to visit here as renovation work (about 6 years) was over this spring. The roof tiles, white walls etc were renewed.
Scenes from Entrance

Steep stairs to the castle tower, Six-petaled nail cover, Small shrine
Old thick Beams; my husband wished me to take pictures :-)


These are 'shachihoko. 鯱’ which is an imaginary guardian mainly from fire. 
Changed at these era.

*Going down and views from exit with greenery*

Linking this post to"MosaicMonday", "Our World Tuesday",

Weeding at my parents graveyard and a bit of our little yard, had a little symptom of heat stroke. Getting better, I'll start visiting you from 7th (Japan time), friends(^^;)

Thank you very much for stopping by; I always appreciate your sweet visits;
(About my header; sorry if unmatched, changed for the newer post

36 comments:

Brocante hobbykamer said...

I love this what beautiful!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Miyako, what a beautiful place to visit. I love the name White Heron Castle! The shachihoko guardians are cool statues. The trees are beautiful! Lovely post and thanks for the tour. Have a happy new week ahead!

Crimson Kettle said...

Such a beautiful place to visit, thank you for showing me around.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I can see why it is called White Heron castle. It does resemble a bird in flight. It is beautiful.

Sussi said...

very beuatiful place!

Linda Kay said...

Miyako, what a special place to visit, so beautiful and white. Your header looks great with that photo. Since I'm traveling, hugs from Maine, my friend!

Tamago said...

What a beautiful castle. Your photos of Himeji-Castle are incredible!
I read news article that the castle looked "too white" for many people after renovation, but I also read that it was the original color and will get darker over years again. It's great you got to capture photos while the castle maintained its original color :-)
I didn't know shachihoko changed its shape at each era. Very interested to see different pictures!
Have a happy new week, Miyako san!

bj said...

The most beautiful castle I've ever seen....just stunning.
So glad you and friend had a wonderful time..your photos are beautiful...
xoxo

Fun60 said...

The colour makes it look so majestic.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

The purity of the white reminds me of a tall layered bridal wedding cake. The castle is absolutely lovely!

Holly Myers said...

So Very interesting! Great shots!

EG CameraGirl said...

The castle is very beautiful!

Alex said...

The castle looks so dramatic perched on the rocky ramparts, like a great white bird.
It really is a feat of human engineering!

I'm loving seeing all these wonderful places...from the comfort of my chair!!
Thank you, Miyako.
X

Alex said...

The castle looks so dramatic perched on the rocky ramparts, like a great white bird.
It really is a feat of human engineering!

I'm loving seeing all these wonderful places...from the comfort of my chair!!
Thank you, Miyako.
X

Photo Cache said...

The castle looks like a safe haven. So beautiful.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is an amazing and impressive castle! And the name of it fits -- it does look like that. The grounds are beautiful as well. Loved all the pictures. And my husband will also be interested in those heavy beautiful old beams -- and he would have wanted the picture to if we had been there!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Miyako, this is a unique castle in its design and colour; I really like the name of White Heron.
Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

ladyfi said...

Wow - so gorgeous!

Annemor said...

Has it finally been renovated. I can't rember it beeing so white in 1980.
Brillint.
Have a nice day.
Mormor

http://www.starbear.no/mormor/2015/08/04/traer-eller-busk/

Stewart M said...

Wonderful looking building - my niece is in Japan at present, she is having a great time.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Maya Harrison said...

That castle is very very splendid indeed.

Sarah said...

What a beautiful castle. Thanks for taking us along.

LV said...

Thanks to you this is the first castle I have seen. Such a grand place.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Miyako,
You were clever for wanting to go after that long period of renovations. Incredible that this castle stood there already completed in 1609!
Beautiful architecture and also the trees around it.
Your husband loves wood, pure wood and I too appreciate that very much.
Sending you hugs,
Mariette

Michiko Johnson said...

Dearest Miyako san!
The castel visited was in 1993 unlsco world heritaye in Japan When you wish your fniend in spring time. The roop tiles white walls were renewed.
You had beautiful photos.
Have a nice week time with Otosan to ne!
I had cold raining days most of days. I did not much my golfing Also I need cleaning up garding too.
Michiko

Paloma Delprado said...

What a gorgeous place!

doodles n daydreams said...

My husband and I visited Hemeji Castle when we were in Japan in 2008. We spent a wonderful day there with our son and his new wife. An elderly gentleman told us a story of one of the shoguns escaping across the roof and through the well to the outside when the castle was under attack. He couldn't speak English and we couldn't speak Japanese but with the help of a lady interpreter and lots of hand gestures we understood each other. Needless to say there was a lot of laughter.
Have a lovely day.

Diana

orchid Miyako said...

To Dearest Diana; Thank you SO much sharing your wonderful time at the castle♡♡♡ I was really happy to read the trip visiting your son and his wife; also your experience with the gentleman together with them♪ I tried to check who the Shogun was,through pc. Haha, no luck about it. My first castle visit was fun time and glad to know you also had visited there♬♬♬
Lots of Love and Hugs, xoxo Miyako*

TexWisGirl said...

a spectacular place! thank you for sharing it!

Uppal said...

A wide array of lovely shots!

Molly said...

What a stunningly beautiful building

Mollyxxx

Ida said...

Wow that castle is impressive and beautiful. You have such wonderful places to visit. I enjoyed seeing this one very much. It had pretty grounds with nice fences and lovely architectural features.

Margaret Adamson said...

gorgeous place to visit with marvellous fences and lovely shaped trees

bailey-road.com said...

What a beautiful castle. Love those roof tiles and the massive beams.The landscaping around it is also very lovely.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The White Heron Castle is fantastic, Miyako.
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Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

What a fantastic place to visit! I enjoyed seeing this. Thank you for sharing.