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Harina jinja Nagoya Japan. by Steve-kun, via Flickr

Harina jinja Nagoya Japan. by Steve-kun, via Flickr

Inuyama Castle (犬山城, Inuyamajō) was initially constructed in 1537, and its donjon is one of Japan's oldest extant. It is one of only twelve original castles left in Japan, i.e. castles that have survived intact the natural disasters and wars since the end of the feudal age in 1867. Inuyama Castle is also one of only four castles which have been designated as national treasures. The other three are Himeji Castle, Matsumoto Castle and Hikone Castle

Inuyama Castle (犬山城, Inuyamajō) was initially constructed in 1537, and its donjon is one of Japan's oldest extant. It is one of only twelve original castles left in Japan, i.e. castles that have survived intact the natural disasters and wars since the end of the feudal age in 1867. Inuyama Castle is also one of only four castles which have been designated as national treasures. The other three are Himeji Castle, Matsumoto Castle and Hikone Castle

Hard Rock Cafe. Yes, I too have succumbed to the overly Americanized, touron trap, we call the Hard Rock. Nagoya, Yokohama, Chicago, Nashville - I don't remember the others, if I've been to more. I go in skeptical about the overprized food and come out gushing that I was only 3 inches away from a guitar belonging to Led Zeppelin, among other artifacts. [photo by Travis Sweet, via Flickr]

Hard Rock Cafe. Yes, I too have succumbed to the overly Americanized, touron trap, we call the Hard Rock. Nagoya, Yokohama, Chicago, Nashville - I don't remember the others, if I've been to more. I go in skeptical about the overprized food and come out gushing that I was only 3 inches away from a guitar belonging to Led Zeppelin, among other artifacts. [photo by Travis Sweet, via Flickr]

Nagoya Castle, Japan 名古屋城. I just can't! This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! I know where I need to go when I visit Japan!

Nagoya Castle, Japan 名古屋城. I just can't! This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! I know where I need to go when I visit Japan!

Himeji Castle  Diversity is important when is comes to design.  The design of structures vary around the world with aspects that are unique to certain cultures. A great example is Himeji Castle in Japan.  Older structures found in the region are not easily found elsewhere in the world.  If everything was the same no matter where you go the world would become very monoculture.

Himeji Castle Diversity is important when is comes to design. The design of structures vary around the world with aspects that are unique to certain cultures. A great example is Himeji Castle in Japan. Older structures found in the region are not easily found elsewhere in the world. If everything was the same no matter where you go the world would become very monoculture.

Kanazawa Travel: Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Travel: Kanazawa Castle

Hakone Travel: Odawara Castle (Odawarajo)

Hakone Travel: Odawara Castle (Odawarajo)

Matsumoto Welcomes You! - Sightseeing - Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Welcomes You! - Sightseeing - Matsumoto Castle

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