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Sixteenth century Osaka Castle

October 11, 2015 by David Herd

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle David Herd Sixteenth century Osaka Castle is a magnificent structure, it is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks, it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the 16th century.

 Otemon (western) Gate

Sixteenth century Osaka Castle The castle grounds, which cover 60,000 square meters (15 acres), contain thirteen structures that are designated as important cultural assets by the Japanese government.

Castle moat

Sixteenth century Osaka Castle  This is the Sixteenth century Osaka Castle outer moat.

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The inner moat

Osaka Castle moat  The granite walls were built in the 1620s & remain  standing today, they are made out of interlocked granite boulders without mortar. Many of the stones were brought from rock quarries near the Seto Inland Sea, and bear inscribed crests of the various families who donated them.

 Sakura-mon Gate

Sixteenth century Osaka Castle Through the Sakura-mon Gate is the first glimpse of this magnificent building.

Photo opportunity at Sixteenth century Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle school children At all the temples and shrine I have visited in Japan there are always huge numbers of school children learning about the history of their wonderful country.

Awesome castle

Sixteenth century Osaka Castle The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and built atop a tall stone foundation to protect its occupants from attackers.

Long Queue for the elevator

Sixteenth century Osaka Castle Instead of joining the queue I decided to take the stairs, 8 floors and very steep, ok I admit I took a couple of rests on the way. 🙂

Samurai short sword

Osaka Castle Samarai sword The various floors hold museum pieces from the past.

Models of Samurai warriors

Sixteenth century Osaka Castle Re-enacting battles from past centuries. The samurai (or bushi) were the warriors of pre-modern Japan. They later made up the ruling military class that eventually became the highest ranking social caste of the Edo Period (1603-1867). Samurai employed a range of weapons such as bows and arrows, spears and guns, but their main weapon and symbol was the sword.

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Samurai were supposed to lead their lives according to the ethic code of bushido (“the way of the warrior”). Strongly Confucian in nature, bushido stressed concepts such as loyalty to one’s master, self discipline and respectful, ethical behavior. Many samurai were also drawn to the teachings and practices of Zen Buddhism.

Magnificent Tiger

Osaka Castle Tiger

This tiger was so impressive.

Sixteenth century Osaka Castle

Sixteenth century Osaka Castle

Model of reconstruction

Sixteenth century Osaka Castle Presented by Osaka Lion’s Club in 1992.

From to top floor of the castle

Sixteenth century Osaka Castle A view of Osaka from the 8th floor of Osaka Castle.

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The Sixteenth century Osaka Castle grounds

Osaka Castle Japan

Looking down from the 8th floor of Osaka Castle.

City skyline

David Herd Osaka A great view of Osaka from the top floor of Osaka Castle.

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Beware all Ninjas

Sixteenth century Osaka Castle Awesome fire-power, well it may have been in the 16th century. 🙂

Modern buildings near the Castle

Sixteenth century Osaka Castle It’s about a 15 minute walk from the station to the Castle, here are some of the buildings you pass on the way.

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