Osaka Castle, Osaka, Japan
We arrived in Osaka on the Shinkasen (bullet) train from Tokyo. During the ride we saw Mt. Fuji; it flew by in all it's grandeur and majesty. I wasn't prepared for it's size and beauty. Breath-taking!
Osaka Castle was a fortress, built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. In a series of battles (1614-1615) between the Toyotomi clan and the Tokugawa Shogunate, the castle was captured and the Toyotomi clan destroyed. Two major battles occurred in this war: the "Winter Champaign" and the "Summer Champaign of Osaka".
The castle has an inner and an outer moat. Little portholes line the massive walls.
Dolphin-like fish guarded the roof below us and tigers adorned the gables. (This is a reproduction from inside the museum).
The wind was bitter on the north side so I sought refuge inside the cafe/gift shop and photographed other people braving the cold!
Dog Lovers Alert
Small Japanese dogs are well dressed! Indulge the "inner leopard" in YOUR dog today!