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Vintage Sakura

Some beautiful early season sakura on the grounds of Akashi Castle in Hyogo, Japan. The best cherry trees on this particular visit were located in the honmaru area behind the two remaining yagura.


Akashi Castle is located along the coast in Hyogo prefecture, a short distance from Kobe. Originally built by Ogasawara Tadazane (1596-1667) in 1619 at the command of the second Tokugawa shogun, Hidetada. It was an important castle because of its location and proximity to Osaka as it was seen as a first line of defense against the forces of the western daimyo. All that remains today are two yagura and a connecting wall which are important cultural property.

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Taken on March 23, 2009