Bastion

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. πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ˜€

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  1. It’s a great picture. I love how different it looks to a castle over here, but no less impressive. In fact there is something grand and beautiful about its pointed corners.

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Thank you! I’ll be visiting another two more castles, will post pics of them too! I like this one, I find it looks like a Samurai on the right, with a baby samurai on the left. πŸ˜€

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      1. Yes I see what you mean. I look forward to seeing more castles. πŸ™‚

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  2. sgeoil says:

    Very elegant building! June is a busy time, and I’ve been struggling to keep up with writing and posting daily; we just have to live life and even if this post wasn’t on the day of the prompt, it was well worth the wait!

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Thanks~! I can’t wait to sit down and collate my thoughts and pictures! ❀

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  3. kiwinana says:

    Beautiful image and blog, I have nominated you for the The Liebster Award 2018 Here is the link – https://ramblingsofawriter2016.com/2018/06/15/liebster-award-june-2018/

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Thank you! I really appreciate it! ❀ Congratulations too~
      I keep my blog award-free, but would be happy to answer the questions you have posed. Will do that later today, after visiting the Palace grounds (feels like royalty just typing that πŸ˜€ )

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  4. ArtsyChic Creations says:

    All your shares of travel and adventure are a warm and gentle reminder I want to travel and see more of the world! πŸ™‚

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. It’s easy to travel, the hard step is making a conscious decision on how immersed you want to be into cultures markedly different from your own.

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