Публикации с меткой «castle»

E-book about Bitchu Matsuyama Castle

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Bitchu Matsuyama castle is one of only twelve survived samurai castles in Japan. Among these dozen, it is the only mountaintop castle (yamajiro). Located at 478 m Mount Gagyu it is also the highest altitude castle in Japan. The book tells about the history of the castle from the early XIII c. to nowadays. Extant buildings of the castles date back to the XVII c. In spite of simple architecture, it is one of the most beautiful castles in Japan. The book is rich illustrated by photos mainly shot by the author. Recommended for those interested in Japanese history, culture and architecture.

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Bitchu Matsuyama (Takahashi) castle, Takahashi town, Japan

E-book Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto

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Kyoto was established in 794 as Heian-kyo and remained official capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years until Meiji Restoration and following transfer of the imperial court to Tokyo in 1869. Kyoto today is the third largest city in Japan and boasts the highest density of the historic monuments. In 1994, UNESCO designated 17 historic monuments located in Kyoto and nearby cities of Uji and Otsu as World Heritage Site. This includes 13 Buddhist temples, 3 Shinto shrines and a castle. Among the 198 structures mostly constructed or designed during X-XVII cc., 38 are designated as National Treasures (the highest status of tangible cultural assets in Japan) and 160 as Important Cultural Properties.

The book is lavishly illustrated by photos mainly shot by the author. It should be interesting for travelers, those who love Japanese history, culture and architecture and for everybody who wants to know more about our diverse world. 

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Phoenix Hall in Byodo-in Temple in Uji, Japan. UNESCO site

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 shot by the author. Recommended for those interested in Japanese history, culture and architecture.

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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

More info and pictures in e-book World Heritage Sites of Japan and in e-book Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto

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 shot by the author. Recommended for those interested in Japanese history, culture and architecture.

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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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WHS of Japan ebook