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Kishiwada-jo: Yagura & Sakura

It's not blooming like this everywhere, but there were some nice cherry blossoms around Kishiwada castle in Kishiwada, Osaka. The original Kishiwada-jo was built in 1597 by Hidemasa Koide, but held by the Okabe family until the Meiji restoration. The current tenshu is a reconstruction dating back to 1954--the previous one was struck by lightning in 1827.

 

Kishiwada Castle. Kishiwada, Osaka.

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Taken on March 22, 2009