JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Kiyosu Castle 清洲城
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Kiyosu Castle as seen from the train on the Tokaido Line going to Nagoya.Feb 15, 2009
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Also nearby is the site of the Honjin main lodge of Kiyosu-juku along the Mino Kaido Road. 清洲宿本陣Jan 19, 2009
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Statue of Oda Nobunaga at Kiyosu Park, Aichi.Jan 19, 2009
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Near Kiyosu Castle is Kiyosu Park.Jan 19, 2009
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Kiyosu CastleJan 19, 2009
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Marker indicating that Emperor Meiji once stopped here.Jan 19, 2009
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Gate of the Kiyosu-juku Honjin. Behind it is a modern private house. The Honjin was the exclusive lodge of VIPs traveling through.Jan 19, 2009
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Statue of Princess Jan 19, 2009
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Kiyosu Park where there is this statue of Oda Nobunaga.Jan 19, 2009
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Inside Furusato no Yakata rest house.Jan 19, 2009
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Kiyosu Castle from behind.Jan 19, 2009
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Also in the park are war memorials.Jan 19, 2009
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Furusato no Yakata rest house and gift shop.Jan 19, 2009
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Next to the castle tower is the Geino Bunkakan or Culture Hall for events and meetings. It is designed like a palace. You go through here when exiting the castle tower.Jan 19, 2009
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BannersJan 19, 2009
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Kiyosu Castle's rock-dropping slits.Jan 19, 2009
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Kiyosu Castle's rock-dropping slits.Jan 19, 2009
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Looking toward the Kiyosu Castle Square behind the castle.Jan 19, 2009
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Mt. Ibuki in the distance.Jan 19, 2009
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Kiyosu Castle Jan 19, 2009
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Statue of Nobunaga on the 4th floor.Jan 19, 2009
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Nagoya in the distance.Jan 19, 2009
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Rock gardenJan 19, 2009
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Shachi roof ornamentJan 19, 2009
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The other side of the 2nd floor shows rock-dropping slits in the floor.Jan 19, 2009
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The 4th floor is the top floor with a lookout balcony.Jan 19, 2009
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Rock garden below and shinkansen passing by.Jan 19, 2009
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Oda NobunagaJan 19, 2009
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Rock-dropping slits in the floor.Jan 19, 2009
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On the 4th floor balcony. The views are good, but not so pretty with factories and other buildings all around.Jan 19, 2009
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This scene shos Oda Nobunaga going off to battle at Okehazama to defeat Imagawa.Jan 19, 2009
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Kiyosu Castle's 2nd floor includes this mannequin setup showing Oda Nobunaga and his cohorts.Jan 19, 2009
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Woman playing the tsuzumi shoulder drum.Jan 19, 2009
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Samurai armor in Kiyosu Castle.Jan 19, 2009
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Kiyosu Castle's 2nd floor includes this mannequin setup showing Oda Nobunaga and his cohorts.Jan 19, 2009
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The 3rd floor shows more feudal-era artifacts and a model of the golden shachi roof ornaments which Kiyosu Castle was famous for. The original shachi are now preserved at Sofukuji temple in Gifu.Jan 19, 2009
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Matchlock gun bullets of various sizes.Jan 19, 2009
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Rock gardenJan 19, 2009
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Noh masksJan 19, 2009
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Matchlock gunJan 19, 2009
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Matchlock gunJan 19, 2009
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The first floor of the castle tower shows some samurai armor.Jan 19, 2009
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Kiyosu Castle tower and rock garden.Jan 19, 2009
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Kadomatsu pine decorationJan 19, 2009
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In front of the castle tower is a rock garden.Jan 19, 2009
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Store houseJan 19, 2009
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Kiyosu Castle tower and rock garden. 300 yen admission for the castle tower. Open 9 am to 4:30 pm. Closed Mon. (open if a national holiday).Jan 19, 2009
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Kiyosu CastleJan 19, 2009
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Gate to Kiyosu Castle. It was during New Year's so the kadomatsu pine decorations flank the entrance.Jan 19, 2009
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From the shinkansen bullet train and Tokaido Line train, you can see the castle. The four-story ferro-concrete castle tower houses a local history museum.Jan 19, 2009
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Kiyosu Castle was also where the Kiyosu Conference was held by Hideyoshi and other Oda generals to decide who would succeed Nobunaga after his assassination.Jan 19, 2009
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Kiyosu Castle, Aichi Prefecture. Oda Nobunaga moved to Kiyosu Castle from Nagoya Castle in 1555. From Kiyosu Castle, he went to defeat the Imagawa at the Battle of Okehazama.Jan 19, 2009
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The red bridge makes it quite picturesque, even though the castle tower is reconstructed in April 1989.Jan 19, 2009
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After Nobunaga died, his second son Nobukatsu occupied the castle and he expanded it in 1586. When Tokugawa Ieyasu made Nagoya the capital of the region in 1610, Kiyosu fell into obscurity. Parts of Kiyosu Castle were used to build Nagoya Castle.Jan 19, 2009
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From the castle park, you can see this red Otebashi Bridge leading to the rebuilt Kiyosu Castle.Jan 19, 2009
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A little shrine at the spot of the original castle tower.Jan 19, 2009
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Stone marker indicating the original location of Kiyosu Castle as occupied by Oda Nobunaga.Jan 19, 2009
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JR Kiyosu Station on the Tokaido Line. There is a sign pointing the way to Kiyosu Castle, a short walk from the train station.Jan 19, 2009
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Along the way, you come across this small Kiyosu Castle Park with a low mound. This is the original location of Kiyosu Castle. 清洲古城公園Jan 19, 2009
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JR Kiyosu Station on the JR Tokaido Line between Nagoya and Gifu.Jan 19, 2009
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JR Kiyosu Station platform. Note that only the local (kaku-eki) trains stop at Kiyosu Station. The kaisoku express trains don't stop at Kiyosu.Jan 19, 2009
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Inside JR Kiyosu StationJan 19, 2009
   
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