Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Both of these draincovers are from Osaka, and both feature what is probably the main tourist attraction of the city, Osaka castle.
The current castle is a modern, concrete reproduction complete with elevators. The original tower was destroyed during the Meiji Restoration but was rebuilt in 1928. Subsequently damaged by bombing during WWII it was finally reconstructed in 1997.
Originally built in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Following the Siege of Osaka in 1614, Tokugawa Ieyasu finally defeated the Toyotomi the following year.
The castle is huge and grand, but more interesting to me visually are the walls constructed in a style known as Burdock Piling which is constructed without mortar and able to withstand earthquakes.