Japan,  Travel

Castles, shrines and gardens

Matsuayama Castle was erected on a hill above Matsuyama. It hadn’t been a real strategic installation. But a demonstration of power. Inside, the paths are intertwined so that no one can easily find their way around.

The buildings seem to reach the sky. Like clouds they hover above the hill.

Matsuyama Castle © Julian Köpke

Today our ascent at Kotohira-Gu shrine was higher and steeper than yesterday to Matsuyama Castle. Before the ascent the usual shopping street for religious and tourist needs was located. I was happy with to oil-paper umbrellas, although it was rainy today. No sun at all.

Oil-paper umbrellas (Karakasa) © Julian Köpke

After a night that I had slept badly, the ascent had been particularly exhausting. It is a construction feature of the plants to offer the interested again and again new and beautiful aspects.

That’s why photographers take a lot of benefit there as well.

Downwards at Kotohira-Gu shrine © Julian Köpke

Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu has been constructed in 16th century for relaxation of its owner. Photos can reflect little of the complexity to this park. From the main southern view point several groups of people with umbrellas could be observed crossing a wooden bridge. They probably wanted to leave the garden purposefully in this weather. Except falling raindrops no noise could be heard.

Takamatsu Ritsurin Garden in the rain © Julian Köpke
Takamatsu Ritsurin Garden in the rain © Julian Köpke
Takamatsu Ritsurin Garden in the rain © Julian Köpke

I like to make things visible the naked eye isn't able to see. That's part of my profession as a radiologist, too.

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