Friday, September 13, 2013
The Nijo Castle, Kyoto - JAPAN - UNESCO #688
This card shows the beautiful Nijo Castle (built by Ieyasu Tokugawa), a UNESCO WHS as one of the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto and it was sent by Yuka, a university student from Nagoya, Japan, that also collects UNESCO cards - thank you very much Yuka for sending me my 153th site, ony 828 until the end. This postcard took 7 days to arrive!
Built in A.D. 794 on the model of the capitals of ancient China, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan from its foundation until the middle of the 19th century. As the centre of Japanese culture for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto illustrates the development of Japanese wooden architecture, particularly religious architecture, and the art of Japanese gardens, which has influenced landscape gardening the world over.