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Himeji Castle - a Japanese fairy tale

By many Himeji Castle is considered as Japan's most beautiful and best preserved feudal castle.
For several years this UNESCO world heritage site underwent extensive renovation works.
These works are completed now and the castle was re-opened to the public in last March and since then it sees an incredible number of visitors.

Three times I was in the gardens of Himeji Castle, twice in the evening but the first time it rained a lot and it was very difficult to take pictures. The second evening it was dry and since I didn’t take a tripod with me on my journey, I've used just about everything that came eligible to put my camera on, wooden poles along the path, tree trunks and branches, stone walls, etc. But never anything that was really satisfying. For this photograph the camera was put on a wall with a bumpy surface. That’s why the picture lacks sharpness. Yet, I really like this photo. I felt like being in a Japanese fairy tale 
Of course I’ve also visited inside the castle … together with a crowd of people.

Information from: http://www.japan-guide.com :

In the 14th century, a fort was first built on the current castle site. Over the centuries, the various clans, who ruled over the region, gradually enlarged it.
The castle complex, as it survives today, was completed in 1609.
The well defended castle and its wooden interior are fascinating, and the castle's sight is spectacular, especially during the cherry blossom season. And yep, that was when I was there!

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