The steel and concrete tower of the Osaka Castle is a 1995 restoration. Faithful to its Tokoguwa era splendour in appearance, and the final in a series of rebuilding attempts since its founding in the 16th century.
The castle’s very modern interior houses a small but informative museum, with exhibits on the Shoguns (warlords), who were an intrinsic part of its history.
The 30 meter high ramparts, surrounded by a magnificent moat, are much older, with two (of the seven original) turrets dating back to the 17th century Edo restoration.
These walls are reputed to have been constructed with over 40,000 rocks – a million according to some accounts – that powerful daimyo from around Japan, personally hand carried to the site, in order to display their loyalty to their Shogun!
But it was the castle grounds that delighted my voyeuristic soul.
A cutting edge time capsule………
and the rapt perusal of the castle contours, by adorable little Picasso’s…
Until next time………happy travels, no matter where life takes you.
40 thoughts on “Fortress In Focus!”
Gorgeous photos! Looks like there are some great drawings going on there too.
The fortress is stunning, so pristine!
Your photos let me feel I visited the castle, too.
Wonderful post, Madhu! I love the historical fun facts, as well as the shots that capture the spirit of the place.
You never fail to impress! How do you get to catch all these happenings!!!???
That castle is mighty gorgeous! And the stone walls, it’s so amazing how they do this thing back in the days.
Wonderful photos, Madhu. I particularly like the one of the children in the meditative posture. The image speaks serenity to me – something we all need. Bless you.
Very impressive buildings, what a story they tell – fascinating enthusiasm from the children’s part – beautiful, very weel captured… 🙂
Love the blend of focused attention and walls. I love how these kids have just plopped down to do their drawings. Be it palaces, parks, temple grounds, etc., it seems to bring out an eclectic mix. The super hero definitely gets the quirky award, but look how focused he is.
japanese buildings are treasured and restored so faithfully …it looks even better now than when we were there in the 90’s (i must go and pull out our photos now)…such charming photos of the people around too, thanks madhu!
Love the Battle scene!
What an aesthetic gallery… Thank you for sharing, Madhu!
I love how you captured the children with their artwork. Such a moving experience that must have been. Beautiful photos Madhu.
Exquisite. Thank you, Madhu.
That fortress is o beautiful, Madhu. I love the photos of the young artists. 🙂
Thanks for posting Madhu , I really love your great choices of image for this week theme stunning my friend 🙂
of course you know that i loved this one! the budding picassos are so precious, and they were doing great work!
Beautiful photos of focused activities.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Beautiful – I’ve never been to Osaka Castle, though my hubby has. Thanks for the great images! 😉
Lovely shots!!! Beautiful castle!!!
I’ve never been to Japan…Beautiful castle and interesting surroundings! Great photo as usual and we get the story too. Their old culture is very interesting – and their children so focused. This spring my children are going to Japan both of them. They are interested in the old art. Myself I would like to visit some of their magnificent gardens too…Maybe someday…
I greet and wish you a successful new week!
I love the idea of the powerful carting their stone to Osaka to give material proof of their fidelity. 🙂
interesting silvery time capsule – maybe a blog is a kind of time-capsule too …
I love the old man samurai. He looks very quirky indeed. 🙂
That castle is incredible, MAdhu. Let’s hope this incarnation stays standing for a very long time!
Love it, great post and photos.
An amazing place that you have captured wonderfully with these images.
Beautiful photos. The adorable little Picasso took my breath away. 🙂 His pagoda is already beautiful at that early stage. How talented he is. 🙂
Gorgeous photos and I love the body/mind connection in the midst of the ruckus –
That we can learn from 🙂
Majestic! An exciting place to visit as well as learn history.
Terrific structure. You have captured it well.
Love the super hero!!!
it is beautiful Madhu…I love the crazy justaposition of it all…the old/new…the inane [superhero]/serene…it has so much there to sate the senses
Both the old and young Picassos are amazing!! They have a lot of talent. And I love that castle. 🙂
Amazing captures Madhu. Anything Japan fascinates me immensely. Thank you Madhu.
The architecture of the fortress is beautiful, and the local artists, endearing!
Impressive! This brings back memories. Osaka Castle and its museum is one of the first places I visited on my first trip to Japan. Great photos, Madhu!
I enjoyed this one too… The quirky super hero made my day. 😆