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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Nagoya Castle and Atsuta Shrine

I checked out the Wikipedia entry on Nagoya and found out that it cites two sites as the City’s most famous tourist destinations: the Nagoya Castle and the Atsuta Shrine. Thanks to my wonderful hosts, I was able to visit both.

The entry says: “ Nagoya Castle was built in 1612. Although a large part of it burned down in the fires of World War II, the castle was restored in 1959, adding some modern amenities such as elevators. The castle is very famous for two magnificent Golden Orca (a type of fish) on the roof, often used as the symbol of Nagoya.” (the moat the back of the castle

(the view from the top of the castle)

There were so many displays inside the castle . These were either descriptive of how the original structure was built -

Or many historical artifacts like this samurai armour -Or a replica of the "golden dolphin" adorning the building's roof (which this foreigner had a grand time posing with) -



"Atsuta Shrine is known as the second-most venerable shrine in Japan, after Ise Shrine. It is said to enshrine the Kusanagi sword, one of the three imperial regalia of Japan. It holds around 70 festivals in a year, and many people visit the shrine year-round. Also, the shrine has over 4,400 national treasures representing its 2,000 years' history.”

(the entrance gate where everyone has to pash thru: no passing from the sides)

(the cleansing well: visitors must must their hands or feet here before they proceed to the temple)

(the temple itself - throw a coin, then pray)


(the hall where elaborate Japanese weddings are held)

(the longest sword in the world)

16 comments:

the donG said...

looks like ive seen that place in a movie. cant remember the movie though.

R-yo said...

dong: sa Godzilla daw.

Abou said...

gusto ko ung 2ng pic. parang me nakatagong kung ano sa kabila, he he basta...

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

mahilig ako sa samurai!,pati yung armor...impressive!

Dakilang Islander said...

i luv that view from the top....kahit buong araw akong tatambay dyan di ata nakakasawa

MakMak said...

Ooh. I like the idea that when going to destinations like this, one must do all the tradition and stuff (like passing thru the arch and cleansing of the hands). It's so cool to experience first-hand these things.

CARLO said...

Hi R-yo!

Can you also feature the geisha districts next time. :)

I fell in love with the novel and the movie - Memoirs.

The Gasoline Dude said...

Ganyan pala ang itsura ng castle sa Japan. Pwede na, di hamak na mas maganda sa Malacanang Palace. Hehe.

Teka, ano nga bang kaibahan ng castle sa palace? Naguluhan na ako ah. *LOL*

TENTAY™ said...

Ayus nun nakita ko una temple akala ko taoist un sa CEbu. hahaha ang stupid ko errr...

parang ang sarap talga tumira jan ang hightech tpos parang feeling ko ang lamig. hehehhehehe..

ayon oh longest sword! kelangan ko makuha may tatarakan lang kao at tamang tama matangkad din yon. heheh

caryn said...

nice pics r-yo. love how the figures in the diorama look so real!

BlogusVox said...

Bloody din talaga ang history nang Japan. Just looking at the walls, its built more for defense rather than as a decoration. The castle tuloy looks more of a fortress.

One thing is sure, inherent talaga sa kanila ang cleanliness and neatness.

realscore said...

halap dkaw c mga pics!

Pathbinder said...

I see you are still having fun in Japan(even if it's work). Funny, but I thought that the sword in the last pic is the Kusanagi sword, which made me think that you found it. :D

carlotta1924 said...

i. want. that. sword. yan na lang ang ipasalubong mo sakin ha? hehehe. :p

pansin ko lang, bakit me mga taong dumadaan sa side nung entrance gate (yung 10th pic)?

acey said...

nice pictures. you have an eye for beauty. japan must be really beautiful, too...

ps: i thought at 1st glance that those naked men were real people. lol.

rekchan said...

a professional photographer! napaka-thorough din ng makings of this blog. this blog is one of my favorite blog. inaabangan ko always bawat posts. more power to you atty. kamukha mo na nga po c tigerwoods "d golfer" kapangalan mo pa the singer "reo speedwagon". God Bless you always.