img_0772Sunday I walked to Nagoya Castle from my hotel room. The castle was built in 1610-1619 and you can read about it’s history here, but what I found most interesting was the destruction of the castle by firebombing during World War II by the U. S. Army Air Forces. Several fragments of the original construction and also parts of the bombs themselves were on display. I was surprised that there was very little English on display, and I had a hard time understanding some of the displays. Still, it was very interesting to see artifacts and replicas depicting life in Japan several hundred years ago. Outside of the castle in the courtyard there was a display of chrysanthemums and bonsai trees. I also saw some older women in traditional kimonos, which I understand is the everyday dress for a small part of the population.

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