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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Komine Castle


Komine Castle (白河小峰城), in Shirakawa city, Fukushima Prefecture, is one of the 100 famous Japanese castles. It was built in A.D. 1340 by Chikatomo YUKI (結城親朝). In 1868 during the Boshin War (戊辰戦争). the Castle was destroyed in the local battle called Battle of Aizu (会津戦争).

After the battle, this poor castle looked like the photo below...

Ruined Komine Castle (Image from Wiki)
After the war, what was left was the moat and part of the stone walls. The turret and the Gozenmon gate (御前門) were rebuilt in 1991 and 1994, respectively.


This is an entry for Show Me Japan Vol 1, Issue 10. If you want to see nice photos taken in Japan, don't forget to visit.



This is also an entry for Sky Watch Friday.

 

31 comments:

  1. What a wonderful place and a beautiful sky!

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  2. Wow -- this photo is just stunning!

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  3. Very nice castle! The photo is very good too.
    Sorry I don't know the price of the armor suit :)

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  4. Oh! What a superb capture, Yoshi, as always! Such a fantastic place and such gorgeous skies! Looks like a perfect day! Happy SWF! Hope you have wonderful weekend!

    Sylvia

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  5. love the angle with blur cotton candy sky. gave the regal feel.

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  6. What a beautiful castle it is! But it has a sad history・・・During Meiji Restoration, Aizu Domain suffered too much. Thank you for your wonderful picture.

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  7. It's a handsome castle and I'm glad it has been rebuilt.

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  8. Wow, big different between the before and after. Nice to see it was rebuilt.

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  9. Wonderful soft clouds. And a great architechture.

    Have a nice weekend over there :-)

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  10. A great piece of art it is this castle! Would like very much to see it IRL :)

    http://fotochip.blogspot.com/2011/01/sky-watch-friday.html

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  11. Fabulous restoration - what a gorgeous castle.

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  12. Great discussion and photo. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  13. what a lovely piece of history. would love to go there and visit someday, hopefully.

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  14. It just kills me when I hear/see of historical places like this ruined. I'm glad to see it redone, it's lovely.

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  15. Great photo! What a beautiful building. So good to rebuild like that.

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  16. That's why I hate war :(
    I really want to visit castles in Japan one day...
    Awesome shot, Yoshi...

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  17. Yoshi this is so beautiful. I'm happy that it was rebuilt. and from practically nothing. what beauty rises from the ashes.

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  18. great composition, interesting history.

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  19. A beautiful castle captured against a beautiful vivd blue sky. Lovely.

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  20. I feel so bad, becaus my first thought was "ohhhhh it's so cuuuuute!"
    For a castle that's been destroyed and rebuilt, perhaps not the kindest comment. :P Great picture!

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  21. Wonderful photo!
    Greetings from Poland.

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  22. Greetings from Illinois U.S.A.! Enjoyed this post much.
    Joyce M

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  23. Great! I really want to visit this castle, plus all of the other castles in the Tohoku area. I saw some photos (somewhere) of the stonework, some interesting patters indeed.

    Thx 4 posting.

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  24. In spring of 2010, we took my mother and aunt to Japan. My aunt loves castles so we took her to see the most famous castles in Japan that we could manage to get to. This was in March-April, 2009. If you like, you can check my blog to see what we visited.

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