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Takeda Castle: Castle In The Sky

Another amazing place to visit in Japan is Takeda Castle, often called Castle in the Sky in a nod to the Ghibli film.

Takeda Castle Ruins in Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture looked like an island floating on the sea of clouds on the 13th. It’s called “the Castle in the Sky.” In this area, a sea of clouds emerges in the morning in bright sunny early morning between autumn and winter.

Go look at the photos. It’s really beautiful. It’s been near the top of my Japan bucket list for awhile, but I haven’t been able to find the time to travel there yet.

Jasmine at ZoomingJapan has some more photos.

Unfortunately, too many tourists are evidently trampling and destroying the vegetation that is holding the castle ruins together and what’s left is in danger of collapsing. Let’s hope the city is able to repair things before that happens. Let’s also hope they can do so without closing the site to tourists.

Castle Under Purple Sky

The sun had just set and the sky it up beautiful like this. First a light orange, then a fiery red. By the time I made it to the castle, the light was going fast and it had turned to this shade of purple. Okazaki Castle never looked better.

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Okazaki Castle Up Close

Living in Okazaki, I’ve visited Okazaki castle many times. I’m always photoing it and always looking for that perfect shot. This isn’t it. But I do feel like every time I shoot the castle I get a little closer to that perfect shot than before.

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Okazaki Castle Guard Tower

This is a nice landscape shot I took from Okazaki Castle a while ago. I liked the clouds and that’s what made me take it. Although it’s not the focus of the photo itself, the tower may draw your eye more than anything, so let’s talk about that.

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Castle Town

Looking towards Okazaki Castle here near evening, it almost looks like a scene from a samurai movie set during an earlier time. I half expected to see some ninja crawling around on one of those roofs!

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Castle Through the Wheat

I think it’s actually just tall, wild grass that is smack dab in the middle of the Oto River on a small island there. The city crews come out twice a year to cut it down to nothing, but it grows wild the rest of the time. I wanted to use it to create the illusion of maybe a past time when there wasn’t so much stuff clogging up the view of the castle.

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Daily Photo: Mummy Trees [50/365]

Ok, maybe mummy trees is a bit of a silly name. Still, it kind of describes the photos a little. I don’t know exactly why they wrap up trees like this here in Japan. Is it a holy thing, is it to protect the trees from the cold? I’ve heard both and the people I’ve asked are unsure themselves. At any rate, it seems like a tedious job. I’ve watched as city workers go from tree to tree, carefully wrapping them up. They are very meticulous and it takes a while to do each tree.

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A Castle View

A view of Okazaki Castle, to be exact. According to legend, Tokugawa Ieyasu was born here. Many people I meet say it’s an open secret that he was actually born in Toyota City, about a 30 minute drive to the north, but it’s a tradition to say he was born here anyways. I’m not sure which is true, but at this point I suppose it matters little.

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