Kumamoto jo is the most impressive castle I’ve ever seen. I know its one of the top three in Japan, but for me, this dark enclosed gigantic castle is even more impressive than the delicate white high Himeji Jo. I dare say that if Himeji is the beautiful shinny lady on top of the world kind of castle. Kumamoto is the somber, sturdy, boy version. Such a powerfull energy.
A few minutes away, in the northern part of Nagasaki you can find the area of Urakami. At the end of World War II this area became the ground zero of one of the atomic bombs that exploded in Japan.
I love Nagasaki, feels modern and traditional. Covered with cherry trees feels even more welcoming.
Before leaving Japan I thought about buying a cast iron tea pot to bring home as souvenir. I ended up bringing more that that from my short trip to Morioka
On the first dawn of 2015 we went to Matsushima to see the Sun rising in the horizon. The white snow made it even more perfect.
For our last day of 2014 we wanted to visit somewhere we had never seen before, so we took a train to Niigata city to view the Japan Sea.
Kakunodate is a small town in Akita prefecture established in the sixteen hundreds as a castle town. Although there is no longer a castle on the top of the hill, the town is still visited for its samurai district.