One can almost inhale the beauty and elegance of Japanese tradition by visiting in Nagoya on a winter day. The shining white of Nagoya Castle blends with the striking, yet brief blanket of snow in the same way that the soul unites with the body; a surprising image of art communicated through mist and stone.
A former stronghold of the samurai, Nagoya Castle is now a symbol of all that the Japanese mind treasures: beauty, harmony and elegance, put together through a passion for detail and perfection.
During the Cherry Blossom season, the pale blue of the Castle will form a gentle contrast with the energetic pink of spring as if to remind us of the transience of youth and beauty.
But this ancient giant is especially striking under a clear summer sky when it can prove to us that for all the passing centuries it remains in perfect form and as alive as at any other time even as the modern world develops in an ever more divergent path with the tradition and romantism of the past.
In the hot and lively summer season the luxuriant foliage pours its sparkling emerald on the calm waters surrounding Nagoya Castle, and the resultant picture is perhaps enough to transform the most hardened souls into emerging artists. The Japanese are particularly fond of blending the past with the present, reality with fantasy and their colorful traditions with the austere atmosphere of modern city life. Nagoya Castle and its surrounding necklace of living and breathing beauty are fine examples of this special attitude that the West often finds difficult to replicate.
Nagoya was a manufacturing town for much of its post-Meiji reform history. But with such beauty, a rich historical heritage, and friendly people with an easy-going and open attitude to life, the city is well-deserving of its new-found reputation as one of the rising attractions of Japan.