Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan, and is frequently known as "White Egret Castle" because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight. The Castle is the finest surviving example of early 17th-century Japanese castle architecture with highly developed systems of defense and ingenious protection devices and it was registered in 1993 as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country. Thanks to Mikoto from Postcrossing, for the beautiful card and stamp. The stamp shows another castle in Japan called “Takada” in the cherry blossoms.