A Castle in the Sky: Himeji, Japan

Himeji Castle Photos

Years ago I arrived for the first time in Japan and immediately I fell in love with this beautiful country. The timing was perfect to see the cherry blossoms. There is just one window of opportunity, and planning the trip to coincide with the cherry blossoms season took time and luck.

The trip started in Tokyo and going south to Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima. Not far from Osaka is the Himeji Castle, UNESCO World Heritage site.  Himeji is the largest castle in Japan. Built in 1333, it has 83 rooms and it resembles a bird taking flight. The castle is also known as “White Egret Castle” or “White Heron Castle” (Wikipedia).

At the time of the visit, I used a film camera, Leica C3. The photos are scanned images and post processed in Lightroom and Color Efex Pro. The images can tell a story, but you have to be there to really appreciate the beauty of this place.

“When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature – this very unique to Japan.” – Tadao Ando

Cherry blossoms, HimejiCherry blossoms, lake and castle

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

Himeji CastleCherry blossoms, Japan

 

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