Hehe, this is not good – I am getting into a habit of skipping days of writing and posting. But I do catch up with the days I skipped, so that is not so bad.
Here is a photo of Himeji-jo which I made a special detour and stayed overnight to catch a glimpse of its night view. Which turned out to be rather eerie. Or maybe it was the rain. The bastion in this case is a couple of storeys tall! I had to crawl up the stairs to get to the storey with windows, as my thighs and calves were still aching from the crazy hike(s) the day before.
It was fun exploring this building whose interior smelt so fragrantly of natural wood. The joints are beautiful with all the grooves that hold the wood pieces in place. This visit satisfied every bit of the architecture nerd in me. It was only after climbing all the way up and all the way down, that I finally realised that the wind was not from gaps in the walls but that the windows have no glass and this building is naturally ventilated!! Hahaha, such an embarrassment. 😀 How I knew? These windows were some stone-throwing openings for samurais. To throw stones at passers-by? Or maybe to throw letters at ladies-in-waiting passing by? Hehe. There were also little enclosures where they can hide in after throwing that stone (hmm, reality check = shooting that arrow).
There were also many wooden connectors on the wall for placing weapons. Judging by the spacing of them, they were probably for placing samurai swords? Or Kendo sticks? Hehe. It is really fun imagining all these old stories and scenarios. Will read up on the real functions when I get back to Singapore.
For now, I will just busy myself with visiting the sites and imagining all sorts of pictures in my head. 😀