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"Himeji Castle 2" Japan Things to Do Tip by dlandt

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  Mannequins of royal women doing.... something
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  • Mannequins of royal women doing.... something - Japan
      Mannequins of royal women doing.... something
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  • Eaves with Christian markings - Japan
      Eaves with Christian markings
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  • Samurai gear by Halliburton - Japan
      Samurai gear by Halliburton
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  • The view of Himeji City from the top floor - Japan
      The view of Himeji City from the top floor
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  • Reminded me of the ninja movies - Japan
      Reminded me of the ninja movies
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Himeji Castle was built in 1346 but has never fired a shot in anger, nor been attacked at any time in its history. The castle has been used as more of an administrative center than anything else, though it also provided living quarters for the samurai lords of the area.

Inside, you will see many things that may interest you, such as the women's quarters, closed off by heavy solid doors which were closed and barred by night, with sentries posted outside just in case any of that there hanky panky would... never mind. There are also religious, storage, and bureaucratic areas as well as a suicide veranda.

Displayed in one photo are the eaves of a roof, which you can't see but are decorated with Christian crosses as a useful ward against evil. That section was built a bit later. Some of the lords were literary celebrities of their day wityh their works on display, and there are displays of Japanese military history on just about every floor.

I do recommend you wear loafers since the Japanese do not allow shoes in the castle and the slippers they provide are way too small to be comfortable for most caucasian men. The heels of the slippers only come to the arches under my feet so I shucked them for a less painful stockingfoot experience.

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  • Written Jan 27, 2006
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