Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy 400th, Kumamoto Castle!

Kumamoto Castle is the largest castle in Japan's Kumamoto Prefecture (where Mellow Monk tea is grown). This year marks the 400th since the castle was originally constructed. Although it was almost completely rebuilt in 1960, the castle—said to be one of the most impregnable in Japan—still retains some original structures.


Pictures and information about other castles throughout Japan can be found at Guide to Japanese Castles. The author has personally visited 54 of the castles listed and names Kumamoto Castle as number 1 on his list of castles to visit next.



Why, you don't look a day over 300.


—Mellow Monk


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