Thursday, December 1, 2011

Samurai Castle Matsue

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Today our destination is a real Samurai Castle!
As the main building material of that time was wood such constructions were always in danger of fire. Matsue Castle was built after the Japanese feudal wars so it never was used during battles as a defensive base though it had been built exactly with this purpose.

Matsue Castle is one of those few preserved castles on the territory of Japan. It is considered to be the second in size, the third in height (30m) and the sixth in the list of the oldest castles. It was built without a single nail!

Today in the castle is a museum of Samurai weapons.
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Some elements of the building have already been replaced by new ones, and the preseved oriinal ones are collected here.

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The castle is used as a study guide for achitects - students who study its construction by drawings and models.

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Matsue city panoramas

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There are 6 storeys in the castle.

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And a viewing point on the top.

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View of Matsue city.

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The castle is surrounded by a moat where one can sail by boat.

And on the shore, in absolute serenity, Samurais descendants are sitting.

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