Sunday, November 15, 2015

Kirinomori - Green Tea Escape in the Mountains of Ehime

Green Tea Cafe
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Ca-fe Kirinomori (Green Tea)

Living bamboo plants

Traditional way of making green tea

A tribute to the Japanese tea ceremony

Where green tea is grown

Traditional green tea harvesting tools and garments

Friday, October 2, 2015

Kagawa Family's Tenemen House Gate

This structure is the main gate of Kagawa's family, who was the minister of Iwakuni's Lord Kikkawa. The structure is said to have been built in 1690.
The tenement houses (23.4 meters long by 4.5 meters wide) are located at the right and left of the gate. The buildings are typical examples of Samurai houses with their vigorous and simple architectural style.

The gate was designated as a cultural asset in 1955.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Iwakuni Castle (overlooking Kintai-kyo Bridge)

Originally built by the prefectural lord Kikkawa Hiroie in 1608 (Edo period), Iwakuni Castle took 5 years to construct. Chosen for its natural defense advantages, the castle sits atop Mount Yokoyama and looks down on the Nishiki River and modern day Iwakuni. Only 7 years after construction, the castle was torn down under the ‘one castle per province’ decree of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Reconstruction of the existing castle, built in similar style to the original castle, didn’t occur until 1962.