Kyoto Heat Wave- Nijo Castle
And so it was one blisteringly hot day somewhere around or over 100 degrees, that I made my way to Kyoto craving history.
When the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu seized the reins of Japan at the turn of the 17th century, he made no secret of his aim to create a new order. Kyoto was the very symbol of the old order, and Ieyasu snubbed the former capital by moving his capital far out east to Edo (Tokyo), and moving the regional center of Kansai to Osaka. Still, the lord evidently thought Kyoto to be of importance, because he built Nijo Castle on the west edge of the old city, as his residence for official visits. The last Tokugawa shogun was staying there when he officially abdicated in 1867.
I left the castle, shuffling slowly under the beating sun. What happened next deserves its own post…