E-book about Matsumoto Castle

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Nicknamed “Crow Castle”, Matsumoto resembles black bird ready to fly. It is one of the most beautiful castles in Japan and one of only twelve castle with extant main keep. In 1952 it was designated National Treasure of Japan. Now there are only five castles with such high status. In this book one can find the history of the castle creation and would be able to learn about its distinctive architecture. The book is rich illustrated by photos mainly shoot by the author. Recommended for those interested in Japanese history, culture and architecture.

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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Kiyomizu-dera (Pure Water Temple) is perhaps the most popular of the temples in Kyoto and one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall’s pure waters. The temple’s veranda juts out of the side of a mountain supported by 13-meter-high wooden columns. The temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools within Japanese Buddhism, but formed its own Kita Hosso sect in 1965. In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.

Main Hall of Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Main Hall of Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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Nijo Castle

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Nijo Castle was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Tokugawa (Edo) shogunate (1603-1867). His grandson Iemitsu completed the castle’s palace buildings 23 years later and further expanded the castle by adding a five story castle keep.

After the Tokugawa Shogunate fell in 1867, Nijo Castle was used as an imperial palace for a while before being donated to the city and opened up to the public as a historic site. Its palace buildings are arguably the best surviving examples of castle palace architecture of Japan’s feudal era, and the castle was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994.

Corner Turret of Nijo Castle

Corner Turret of Nijo Castle

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Todai-ji Temple

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Todai-ji (Great Eastern Temple) is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. The temple was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan and grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in order to lower the temple’s influence on government affairs.

Todaiji’s main hall, the Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) is the world’s largest wooden building, despite the fact that the present reconstruction of 1692 is only two thirds of the original temple hall’s size. The massive building houses one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu).

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E-book about Matsue Castle

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Matsue Castle is one of only dozen survived samurai castles in Japan. It was built in 1611 and remained its main keep intact until our days. In 2015 the castle was designated National Treasure of Japan, thus became the fifth castle with such status. In this book one can find the history of the castle creation and would be able to learn about its distinctive architecture. The book is rich illustrated by photos mainly shoot by the author. Recommended for those interested in Japanese history, culture and architecture.

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Itsukushima Shrine

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The shrine has more than 1400 years of history, and is a registered World Heritage Site. The vermillion lacquered shrine, located at the beautiful Itsukushima, fits well with the  blue sea, and the green of the virgin forest, recreating the elegance of the Heian era. Many visitors from all around the world continue to visit.

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E-book World Heritage Sites of Japan

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The popularity of Japan among travelers from all over the world is growing year by year. This book tells about the most attractive places of interest, which are designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites as being of special cultural or physical significance. This includes world famous Himeji castle, Mount Fuji, Itsukushima Shrine, ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara, Hiroshima atomic dome, Okinawa castles and other tourist attractions.

The author has personally visited most of the sites and provided beautiful pictures of the magnificent architecture and scenic nature. 

This work should be useful for travelers, Japanese culture lovers and everybody who wants to know more about our diverse world.  

 

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