Himeji Castle, c. 1920.



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Himeji Castle, c. 1920, in Hyogo Prefecture. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture. It is the largest and most visited castle in Japan. Himeji Castle was registered in 1993 as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country, and the area within the middle moat of the castle complex is a designated Special Historic Site and five structures of the castle are also designated National Treasures.

“There is an airy grace and beauty about the castle at Himeji, which with its great height makes it a landmark for miles around. It was built in the fourteenth century by Akamatsu Sadanori.

“The walls are of a white material which gave it the name ‘Snowy Heron Castle’ in distinction from the other castle at Okayama which was painted black and called ‘The Castle of the Black Crow.’ Himeji, on the Inland Sea, is a short journey from Kobe.”

Japan Magazine of Overseas Travel, May 1927

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