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January 30 2013

waka
09:13
Japanese castle garden - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Genkyu-en Garden, Hikone

The Japanese castles were built as military strongholds, but the aesthetic aspect was always taken into consideration. And as symbols of the ruler’s power and wealth, many of them were also augmented with beautiful, traditional Japanese gardens. In many cases the gardens were made to be admired from the castle and also to be enjoyed during a promenade, so they were often made by the period’s famous designers, featuring tea houses, rare plants, spectacular rocks or islands connected by elegant bridges…

Here is a photo taken inside the Hikone Castle’s Genkyu-en garden, one of the most beautiful Japanese castle gardens, built in 1677.

Reposted bymindgrinder mindgrinder

October 11 2012

waka
11:23
The French Castle from Tokyo - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Chateau Restaurant Joel Robuchon, Yebisu Garden Place, Tokyo

As a child, you probably read “The Adventures of Tintin", the series of comics created by the Belgian artist Hergé. Otherwise, you may have watched the recent Tintin movie…

Translated in over 50 languages, the series is one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century. At some point in the story it is described a castle, Le château de Moulinsart, which was inspired by a real-life castle from France, Château de Cheverny from the Loire Valley. The fictive castle from Tintin was also built, not in France but… in Tokyo. Located in Ebisu, this architectural jewel houses one of the best French restaurants, “Chateau Restaurant Joel Robuchon” a Michelin 3-Stars establishment.
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August 09 2012

waka
14:14
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Super Mario World Castle Theme (Organ Cover) - YouTube

July 12 2012

waka
21:38
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New Super Mario Bros. Wii: World 4-Final Castle Infinite Coins/1-Up's Glitch - YouTube

tried it. works. LAWL.
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July 11 2012

waka
08:35
Unique style tower at Hikone Castle -  via A Japan Photo per Day -

Tenbin Yagura, Hikone Castle, Hikone

Visiting the Japanese castles, you will notice that there are many types of castle towers - yagura, varying in shape, size and destination. The vast majority were built with military purposes, as watchtowers, but there are also yagura built as astronomy towers or just to admire the landscape…

At the Hikone Castle you can admire a unique yagura style, a wide, symmetrical tower with a gate in the middle - a Tenbin Yagura (tenbin means “balance"). An interesting fact about this yagura, which was designated as an Important National Cultural Asset, is that the tower’s entrance is done through a wooden bridge, Roka-Bashi, which was designed to be easily destroyed in the case of an attack…

June 13 2012

waka
08:19
Odawara Castle Tokiwagi Gate -  via A Japan Photo per Day -

The Odawara Castle is one of the many Japanese castles that were rebuilt during the 1960s. The disadvantage of the reconstruction is that it is not historically accurate, both inside and outside - the great loss is the interior, but the exterior was changed too with the added observation deck…

However, one advantage of this reconstruction is that the castle’s gates, moats, bridges and defense walls were also rebuilt, thus providing a complete image of how the castle’s surroundings looked like.

Here is the largest gate of the castle, the first that was rebuilt, the main entrance to the inner courtyard and also an important strategic place for the castle’s defenses. The name of this gate is Tokiwagi, which can be translated as “Evergreen", a name that was inspired by the nearby large pine trees. The pine is, in the Japanese tradition, a symbol of longevity, so it is said that the name of the gate also reflects the desire of the castle’s lord for durability and prosperity…

June 08 2012

waka
11:16
giant chinese snow castle with ice slides
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May 25 2012

waka
22:55
epic floating blow-up castle
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April 27 2012

waka
18:43
large wooden castle playground

March 12 2012

waka
21:27
old castle ruins on a cliff
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February 18 2012

waka
13:28
return to castle wulffenstein
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