Sunday, November 22, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Green Tea Cafe
|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|
Monday, November 9, 2015
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
Friday, October 2, 2015
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
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.