Nagoya December 2014 Part 5 – Nagoya Castle

If there’s one touristy place that you have to visit in Nagoya, it’s Nagoya Castle. Nagoya Castle is a quick 10 minute train ride from Nagoya Station. Took the Higashiyama Subway Line to Sakae Station, then changed to Meijo Subway Line to Shiyakusho Station.

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Nagoya in December. Not quite fall, not quite winter for some trees.

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My brother can really pass off as a local.

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Osoroi dressing, bag edition.

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So this is how the real Kato Kiyomasa from Samurai Warriors 3 looked like!

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Anyone know what this tree is called?

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One of the 4 turrets that surrounds the castle complex.

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A lot of the buildings were unfortunately destroyed during the war, but they managed to restore and reconstruct most of them over the years.

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The first part of the reconstructed Honmaru Goten just opened in 2013, and it’s really a sight to behold.

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Clearly, no one is a fan of loud colors in this family…

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Beautiful paintings on sliding doors.

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Gold that shines even in the darkest rooms.

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Details, details.

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Cherry blossoms!

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What’s up?

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These stones were individually carried by the construction workers who built the castle complex. They… rock! Haha

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Family photo! Minus Juju who’s living in Singapore at the moment. We miss him so much!

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A good look at Nagoya Castle. The pair of golden fish statues on the top of the castle is called “kinshachi”.

If you have the Nagoya Starbucks merchandise, these kinshachi are the main symbols of the city!

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From one of the corridors inside the complex.

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Looking at staircases from above makes me dizzy.

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A view of the city of Nagoya from the top of the castle.

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This old castle town turned out to be the fourth most populated city in Japan. Who knew?

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If you’re wondering what you can find inside the castle, it’s mostly a museum-type place where you can find a lot of historical information and artifact exhibits.

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A model of Nagoya Castle.

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Calel was like “I got this.”, haha turns out it was just a game/dummy strength test! Saw some big kids successfully attempt to pull the giant stone too.

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Old Nagoya. Japan has always been so organized!

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Me, in case I forget what I look like.

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Got to witness Nagoya’s Omotenashi Busho-Tai samurai troupe by chance! Lucky!

The 6 main actors (who play Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Kato Kiyomasa, Maeda Toshiie, and Maeda Keiji) and the 4 henchmen have somewhat become local celebrities. They even released a single!

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They have A LOT of fan girls who visit them from all over Japan.

If only there were something remotely similar here in the Philippines? A Katipunan acting troupe to promote the Philippines doesn’t sound like a bad idea!

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Or someone should make a Sengoku Basara Philippine history-version comic or series – that’d be so interesting!

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A pretty fun way to learn about Nagoya’s history. They did short skits, and even asked for audience participation.

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‘Til the next Nagoya post! Hope you guys are having a great time this Labor Day weekend!