This week’s featured Japan photo is a close-up shot of the imposing castle at Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. There’s no beating about the bush: it’s an evil-looking thing! The black and white colourings and bare stone wall surrounded by a featureless lake make it look like a bleak prospect for any would-be attackers. Although centuries old, the castle has been through a number of different incarnations, largely due to falling foul of arson. The last major revamp of the castle was during the heralded “Meiji Period”, in the early 20th century.
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