十一 – 建築

This ties in with my previous post about Japanese history: 建築 (けんちく), which means architecture. I especially like the castles and palaces. During feudal Japan, many castles were built, as a symbol of power. One of the most famous and most beautiful is Himeji castle (now a UNESCO world heritage site).

Himeji castle – image taken from Japan guide website: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3500.html

The castles usually consist of a centralized tower called tenshu (天守 てんしゅ), “heavenly defense”, and are then surrounded by beautiful gardens and massive forts for protection. And just like many traditional Japanese architectures, you will find fusuma, sliding doors/screens, which I find particularly charming.

As well as the traditional architecture, I also like the more modern buildings, such as the Tokyo Skytree. It is a broadcasting tower, now the tallest in the world. According to its website, the Tokyo Skytree’s design concept was “The creation of city scenery transcending time: A fusion of traditional Japanese beauty and neo-futuristic design”.

image taken from official website

There are many more buildings I would like to visit: the old, the new, and the fusions.

 

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