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Interested to See a Different Type of Japanese Castle? Check This One in Okayama!

I’m very interested in Japan’s history and thus, castles are always a must-see for me. So far I’ve visited at least a couple dozen of them. I’ve seen castles of different shapes and sizes, varying among originals, reconstructions, and ruins. However, until my recent visit to Okayama, I’d never seen a castle like Kinojo Castle…

Support Kumamoto Castle’s Recovery by Purchasing Sapporo’s Special Edition Beer!

In April 2016, a strong earthquake hit Kumamoto (熊本), Japan, killing at least 50 people and displacing many residents to temporary homes. One of the places that suffered a serious damage was the Kumamoto Castle (熊本城), which is considered as one of the three premier castles in the country. Even its distinctive stone walls collapsed…

An Introduction to Kumamoto Castle!

This landmark is what Kumamoto is famous for; it’s a popular spot for Japanese and foreign tourists alike. Entrance fee is 500 Yen. The castle has a long history dating back to 1467 when the Ideta clan first established fortifications in the area. The initial version of Kumamoto Castle was completed in 1588. Author’s photo…

Easter Island Moai Statues in Minamisanriku

Japan is tradition, modernity, a little bit of crazy, and always full of surprises. I found some of all that behind the story of the Moai of Minamisanriku Town. Japanese moai Moai are mysterious ancient statues found on Eastern Island off the coast of Chile. There have been conflicting theories to their meanings and how…