Under a slightly grey cloudy sky, we set out to see Osaka Castle. The first thing I was struck by as we approached is the sheer mass of the castle and surrounding grounds.
The surrounding grounds and lands have been made into a park and museum. The monolithic stones used in the construction of the main wall are frightening to contemplate.
The rebuild took place in 1620 and the engineering required to shift that much rock with the tools of the time boggles the mind.
The main tower is beautifully designed inside and out. But I have trouble getting past the physical labor that was involved in the stonework alone.
The view from the top of the main tower is awesome.
As always though, there is the reminder of what this castle, and for that matter any castle really was. Military installations, complete with all the pain and death and horror of war. Reality stinks sometimes.
But ultimately, the castle has left behind a rich legacy of Japanese culture and beautiful grounds for today’s people to enjoy.
Till next time ~Peace ~JPP