難波の南蛮、戎橋の夷。

Pretty Pink Battle Stations

I do have this problem, don’t I?  This chronic problem with forgetting to write or post anything.  I’m really not the blogging type; I just don’t feel drawn to write about myself or my experiences.

Yet behold, I come through.

Now is the season for the sakura, the flowers we Anglophones rather prosaically call cherry blossoms.  One of the best places to see them in Osaka is the castle.  Osaka as we know it was founded in the 1620s as a fortress city, the Tokugawa shoguns’ regional capital in Kansai.  Now it’s a major public park of sorts.  Various parts have been destroyed in fires in the 18th and 19th centuries, the 1867 Boshin War, and the American bombing campaign.  The central keep is a reinforced concrete replica facade, but all the other fortifications and towers are genuine, some even part of the original 1623 construction.

Being the Tokugawas' "second city", Osaka has perhaps some of the largest fortifications in Japan.

 

 

 

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2 responses

  1. lord kelvin

    The sakura and the castle are my home screen. The next best thing to being there

    May 24, 2011 at 2:25 AM

    • That’s definitely one of those “Come visit Japan!” poster shots.

      May 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM

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