Hi everyone, Kieryn here! today was an adventerous day.
To start off the day we woke up early. This was the plan at least. To be realistic we were against the clock trying to wake up and get ourselves out of the door. Fortunately, we made it into the days events.
We went to a church building to meet with our house’s cleaner, (put name here). She offered us a chance to dress up in Yukatas which is a Japanese summer outfit. After we got dressed we walked over to shimigamo shrine. Fun fact: it’s one of the oldest shrines in Japan, even predating Kyoto. We took a ton of photos at the shrines landmarks like a big tori gate and a neat gate structure….
For lunch (person) was grasious enough to make us okonumiyaki, a dish that consists of putting cabbage in batter and frying it up. I could only down one because of how good it was.(I hate cabbage so it was surprising I finished even one)
Then it was time for the main event: Himeji castle. But to get there we had to ride an hour on a train. There were a few mishaps while getting there. We got on a train that went to Himeji, but what we didn’t know was that it was a “special” train and our tickets weren’t valid for it. Grarouisly the conductor allowed us to get off without a fine. Gaijin card saves once again.
We eventually got to Himeji and stared out over the landscape where the castle towered in the background. As we approached it got more magnificent in its appearance. Getting to the front gates we met up with our tour guides. The one that guided my group was Keiko who knew all the facts about Himeji castle. Each fact made the castle even more impressive than it was before. I’ll tell you a few that I found the most interesting.
The white walls of the castle were made of plaster on the outside(about 2 cm) and mud from the inside, protecting from fire and earthquakes. The big tower in the middle isn’t actually where the lord lived, it was instead used as a symbol of his power and made his enimies think twice about attacking. Even if they got in the whole castle is designed to stop any intruder from killing the lord or his men. Every wall, roof and pathway has a trap to prevent the progression of an army. Himeji castle was a unbreakable fortress. I think it’s the coolest thing I’ve seen on this trip so far.
After we traveled trough the White Castle, we split up and went our separate ways for dinner. I along with John, Brianna, and Kenji went to a seafood restaurant(famous for their crab soup) and it was delicious. The day was over after that unfortunately, but I was glad to see one of Japan’s defining landmarks.