Tuesday, 21 February 2012
From the back of the card: Himaji Castle, also known as "The Castle of the White Heron". It was constructed in 1609. It is well known for its sugar cake appearance and delicate design, almost like a fairy story castle.
Rather more prosaically this cards says: Cherry blossoms, Himeji Castle, World Heritage.
Himeji Castle, know also as either "White Egret Castle" or "White Heron Castle", in Japan is on top of a hill. It was rebuilt in 1609 on the site of an earlier fort dating from 1333. It escaped bombing during WWII and again remained undamaged after the earthquake in 1995. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993 and is one of the most visited sites in Japan.
The first card is dated 1971. I bought it in a local flea market thinking how lovely it was, then this morning the second one, equally beautiful, landed on my doormat. So I promptly changed my mind about today's post for Our Wonderful World. To me they show a combination of the beauty of nature and man's ability to produce beauty from building materials.
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