Last additions - Nihonmatsu Castle (Kasumigajo Park) 二本松城・霞ヶ城公園
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Cherry blossom petals fall in the wind.May 15, 2012
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About the Poetry monument for Takamura Chieko. 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Poetry monument for poet Takamura Chieko (1886-1938). 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Many cherry trees in front of the Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai.May 15, 2012
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu ShōnentaiMay 15, 2012
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu ShōnentaiMay 15, 2012
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War.May 15, 2012
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About the Monument.May 15, 2012
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War.May 15, 2012
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War.May 15, 2012
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War.May 15, 2012
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Marvelous views of cherry blossoms from Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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Marvelous views of cherry blossoms from Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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View of the mountains.May 15, 2012
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Scenery guide on the stone foundation of Nihonmatsu Castle's central tower or donjon.May 15, 2012
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Stone foundation of the central tower or donjon.May 15, 2012
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Stone foundation of the central tower or donjon.May 15, 2012
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The city of Nihonmatsu as seen from Nihonmatsu Castle.May 15, 2012
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Marvelous views from Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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Panorama of Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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Way up to the Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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Going to the top of the Honmaru stone foundation.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.May 15, 2012
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About Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.May 15, 2012
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About the marker for the Kasumigajo Castle built in 1953.May 15, 2012
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Marker for the Kasumigajo Castle built in 1953.May 15, 2012
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Finally at the Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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So I took my chances and quickly went up the stairs. Yes, there were signs of a mud slide. I had come all the way here from Tokyo.May 15, 2012
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Steps going to the Honmaru. I noticed that people still were going up to the Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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From Karamete-mon Gate are these steps going to the hilltop Honmaru. This was also closed off to visitors due to mudslide.May 15, 2012
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About Karamete-mon Gate.May 15, 2012
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View from atop Karamete-mon Gate.May 15, 2012
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Karamete-mon GateMay 15, 2012
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Karamete-mon GateMay 15, 2012
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Karamete-mon GateMay 15, 2012
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Hilltop Honmaru stone foundation.May 15, 2012
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Steps going up to the top Honmaru keep, but it was roped off since it was deemed hazardous due to rock slides. There was no such warning before you climb up here.May 15, 2012
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Small shrine in front of Hikage Well in Nihonmatsu Castle, one of Japan's Three Famous Wells. 日影の井戸May 15, 2012
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About Hikage Well in Nihonmatsu Castle, one of Japan's Three Famous Wells. 日影の井戸May 15, 2012
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Hikage Well in Nihonmatsu Castle, one of Japan's Three Famous Wells. It is 16 meters deep. 日影の井戸May 15, 2012
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Hikage Well in Nihonmatsu Castle, one of Japan's Three Famous Wells. 日影の井戸May 15, 2012
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Path covered with wood chips. No smoking here.May 15, 2012
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Part of the path is covered with wood chips.May 15, 2012
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Greenery area midway up to the top.May 15, 2012
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From Sannomaru, there is a hiking trail going up the hill.May 15, 2012
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SannomaruMay 15, 2012
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Tea ceremony house named Senshintei. 洗心亭May 15, 2012
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Markers for a Famous Cherry Blossom Site.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's Sannomaru has these fantastic-looking pine trees and cherry trees.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's Sannomaru has these fantastic-looking pine trees and cherry trees.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's Sannomaru has these fantastic-looking pine trees and cherry trees.May 15, 2012
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The Sannomaru area is fringed with cherry blossoms.May 15, 2012
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Stone marker indicating that Emperor Meiji came here.May 15, 2012
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About Aioi Waterfall.May 15, 2012
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Aioi Waterfall is a small waterfall flowing into a pond. Built in 1934 using the natural terrain.May 15, 2012
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Cherry blossoms in Sannomaru keep. 三の丸跡May 15, 2012
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Sannomaru keep. 三の丸跡May 15, 2012
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About Yamada Osamu. He even went to New York to sell his silk in 1877.May 15, 2012
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Statue of Nihonmatsu native Yamada Osamu (1841-1921) who built Japan's first mechanized, private-sector silk milling factory on the castle grounds in 1873. 山田脩の銅像May 15, 2012
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About Minowa Gate's Akamatsu pine trees.May 15, 2012
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Large akamatsu pine trees next to Minowa Gate in Nihonmatsu Castle.May 15, 2012
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Steps on Minowa Gate. We cannot enter inside the gate. 箕輪門May 15, 2012
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Behind Minowa Gate. 箕輪門May 15, 2012
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About Minowa Gate. 箕輪門May 15, 2012
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Behind Minowa Gate. 箕輪門May 15, 2012
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Minowa Gate. 箕輪門May 15, 2012
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An "X" mark is the family crest of the Niwa Clan.May 15, 2012
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The original Minowa Gate burned down during the Boshin War (1868-69). It got its name from Minowa village near the castle where they procured the large logs for the gate. 箕輪門May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's Minowa Gate was reconstructed in Aug. 1982 at a cost of 200 million yen. 箕輪門May 15, 2012
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Map of Kasumigajo Park.May 15, 2012
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Weeping cherry tree and Nihonmatsu Castle's Minowa Gate.May 15, 2012
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The steps lead to Minowa Gate. 箕輪門May 15, 2012
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Main entrance to Nihonmatsu Castle.May 15, 2012
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Marker for Nihonmatsu Castle.May 15, 2012
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About the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps at Nihonmatsu Castle.May 15, 2012
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Statue of poet Takamura Chieko (1886-1938). 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps at Nihonmatsu Castle, Fukushima. They were age 12 to 17 who fought and died in the Boshin War.May 15, 2012
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Statue of the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps at Nihonmatsu Castle, Fukushima.May 15, 2012
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Near the main castle entrance is a statue of the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War. May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle is a National Historic Site. The castle is part of Kasumigajo Park.May 15, 2012
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Although it lacks a central tower or donjon, Nihonmatsu Castle features impressive stone walls and gate (reconstructed), not to mention many cherry tees and pine trees.May 15, 2012
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Since the Honmaru central keep is on a hilltop, it affords great views of the city. Only a short hike to the top. Pine trees and castle wall.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle, also popularly called Kasumigajo Castle, is on a low hill amid the flat plains of central Nihonmatsu, Fukushima. It is one of Japan's 100 Famous Castles as well as one of Japan's 100 Famous Cherry Blossom Sites.May 15, 2012
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During the Edo Period, Nihonmatsu Castle was the residence of the Niwa clan who ruled Nihonmatsu. Approaching Kasumigajo Castle main entrance.May 15, 2012
   
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