|UNESCO #661 - Himeji Castle - JAPAN|
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Himeji-jo - JAPAN - UNESCO #661
The second card Phoebe sent me (another breathtaking beautiful photo) shows one of the three main castles in Japan, also called the castle of Eyrie because of the white walls - after the second world war it suffered major repairs but all the original designs were respected and so it was the first site in Japan that UNESCO added to the list back in 1993. Thank you so much Phoebe, this photo of Himeji Castle with the Cherry Blossoms is astonishing. With your cards my collection grows to 342 sites, only 639 to finish. This postcard took 14 days to arrive!
Himeji-jo is the finest surviving example of early 17th-century Japanese castle architecture, comprising 83 buildings with highly developed systems of defence and ingenious protection devices dating from the beginning of the Shogun period. It is a masterpiece of construction in wood, combining function with aesthetic appeal, both in its elegant appearance unified by the white plastered earthen walls and in the subtlety of the relationships between the building masses and the multiple roof layers.