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October 10 2012

Inuyama Castle's protector tree - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Sacred tree, Inuyama Castle, Inuyama

In Japan, in every Shinto shrine you will see a tree, usually a very old one, which is considered sacred. The explanation is that these trees are providing a place for the gods and spirits (kami), so that they can be present during the Shinto ceremonies.

But these aren’t the only sacred trees from Japan. The tree from today’s photo, located right next to the walls of the Inuyama Castle, is considered sacred because it actually protected the castle: it is said that over many years, this tree protected the castle against the fire by acting during storms like a natural lightning conductor… The tree is now dead (the green leafs are just a climbing plant), but since the castle survived untouched for almost 500 years (it is now one of the 4 original surviving Japanese castles designated as national treasures), the tree was declared sacred and was preserved as a shrine…

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October 02 2012

Steampunk decor in Inuyama - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Steampunk insect, Inuyama

Some great steampunk movies were produced in Japan, Hayao Miyazaki’s “Howl’s Moving Castle” being one of the most representative, so the steampunk genre is really popular in Japan. Many steampunk works are decorating the Japanese cities, with the masterpiece being the Nippon Television’s NI-TELE Really BIG Clock from Shiodome, Tokyo.

And since it is so popular, if you like steampunk you can have many pleasant surprises while traveling through Japan: a couple of weeks ago, while visiting Inuyama, the town with the famous Inuyama castle, I discovered, in front of a simple beauty shop, this striking steampunk insect…

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