Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ishibutai Kofun - JAPAN
Three official cards were in my mailbox today... it feels so good when I have a postcard day like this - I really wish it could be this way every day! Well this one came from Japan and it shows a ancient stone tomb in Asuka, a short distance from Nara, the capital of Japan from 710 to 784 (and a UNESCO WHS... unfortunately this stone tombs are not classified by UNESCO). Thank you very much Chy. This postcard took 9 days to arrive!
The Ishibutai Tomb is the most impressive of the ancient stone monuments in Asuka. It is believed to be a burial tomb for Soga Umako, a powerful leader of 6th century Japan. Visitors can actually walk inside the tomb and look at the massive rocks from inside. The name Ishibutai means "stone stage", and previously it was thought that the large mound of rocks was used for performances.