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View from the castle

Peering out the window of Inuyama Castle

I initially wanted to go to Inuyama to watch cormorant fishing. However, the only day I could go did not have cormorant fishing because of the fireworks show on the same river at night. I went anyway as the next best thing to watching cormorant fishing is an awesome fireworks display with a castle in the background.

Today’s photo comes from said castle, and the boats you see in the bottom of the photo are the ones people watch the cormorant fishing from.

169 tatami room

新別殿

#tea #japan #tatami #koyasan #kongobuji

Rooms in Japan are frequently measured by the number of tatami. 4.5-tatami rooms are common and are the norm for tea rooms. 8-tatami rooms are considered large. However, on this day I sat in a 169-tatami room sipping tea by myself.

This room is known as the “New Temple Annex” (新別殿) in Kongobuji. I’m guessing on most days the room has dozens of tourists in it so this photo was a rare opportunity to capture the room vacant.

Besides having one of the largest tea rooms in Japan, Kongobuji also has the largest rock garden.

And if that isn’t enough to get you to Kongobuji the next time you are on Koyasan, you can head over to the Willow Room to see where Toyotomi Hidetsugu, and several of his wakashu (若衆), were ordered to commit suicide.

eeny meeny miny mo

Adding bling to the drab

#イニミニマニモ #HakataRiverain #fukuoka #博多リバレイン

修学院離宮

Shugakuin

#修学院離宮 #kyoto #japan #FBF

Chichibu Tama Kai National Park

Shosenkyo

#landscapephotography #kofu #japan #shosenkyo

Today’s photo is another from this aforementioned hike.

Nagoya Castle

nagoya castle

名古屋城

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