Sunday, May 22, 2011

Visiting Matsuyama Castle

Princess Daruma is the symbol of Matsuyama. It is a fertility doll usually given as a present on wedding events. Ehime translates to means "Lovely Princess."
Weblog posting on Princess Daruma

The cartoon character symbolizing the castle's Samurai spirit.

A shrine to the male and female figurines.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dogs, Shops and Basements

It seems that more Japanese own dogs than ever. This Shiba Inu is native to Japan. It is a hunting dog. While Shiba Inu's are wonderful pets, they were bred to be a hunter. Shiba Inu's are not to be let near other dogs. While this dog is small and friendly, they are all muscle and can be vicious with other pets.

Shop basement on the street.

Street near the entrance for Matsuyama Castle, one of the best castles in Japan.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Outside Katsuyama Castle Hill

The base of Katsuyama Castle Hill is circled by businesses, schools, museums and Japan's local public broadcasting system. Since the castle hill is a city landmark of distinction, it is considered the heart of the city and a good location for any enterprise.

One of the major shopping centers of the city.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Matsuyama Shinonome Junior High School/Matsuyama Shinonome High School

Matsuyama Shinonome High School is situated at the base of Katsuyama Hill. The entrance is often mistaken for an entrance to the castle grounds. It is a girls school. My wife's father taught there previously. It is unique in that it is a Christian School. It has a Chapel and the school recently celebrated its 125 anniversary.

Link to school page in Japanese