Hyogo #3: Himeji Castle (姫路城)

So this Monday was a holiday here in Japan called 敬老の日 (Keirou no Hi, “Respect for the Aged Day”) which is celebrated the third Monday of September every year. It originated in Hyogo Prefecture, then gained popularity throughout the country until it was declared a National Holiday. Since Hyogo is its origin, I thought I’d highlight Hyogo today!

I went to Himeji to visit a cousin doing an exchange program last year, but basically only visited Himeji and Okayama. So I don’t have any pictures for the postcards except for Himeji Castle. You can read about the history of the castle on wikipedia here, but in summary it is one of the leading examples of castle architecture to survive to modern day.

When I visited the castle was under renovation. Although this meant I didn’t get to see the iconic white castle standing tall (it was covered by a building), I did get to go up and see the roof of the building, as well as workers working on the facade and roof, which was very unique. As such, I didn’t take a picture with the postcard. I hope to go back for that again!

The castle covered by a temporary structure

Inside the building covering the castle and looking down on the roof

2015.01.20: I came across this great program by NHK called Fudoki, which explores different elements of Japan in 5 minutes. They have a new video about Himeji, since the renovations are almost complete. You can watch Part 1 here and the new video Part 2 here. The first minute or so is much the same information, but the second video goes into more detail about the restoration, so just skip forward a bit.

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