Osaka Castle, Japan

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Every time, we have visitors, they intend to check this castle one of the tourist spots in Osaka. Fascinating, as they still maintain the look of this castle. But, to think I didn’t have a chance to go inside because the line is so long take our time. Anyway, outside is a better view and see the rock fence beside it and those trees (Cherry Blossom) but, sad to say the flower of the cherry blossom are not blooming yet, too early.

Osaka Castle (大坂城 or 大阪城,Ōsaka-jō?) is a Japanese castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan. The castle is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.

The main tower of Osaka Castle is situated on a plot of land roughly one square kilometer. It is built on two raised platforms of landfill supported by sheer walls of cut rock, using a technique called Burdock piling, each overlooking a moat. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and built atop a tall stone foundation to protect its occupants from attackers.

History

In 1583 Toyotomi Hideyoshi commenced construction on the site of the Ikkō-ikki temple of Ishiyama Hongan-ji. The basic plan was modeled after Azuchi Castle, the headquarters of Oda Nobunaga. Toyotomi wanted to build a castle that mirrored Oda’s, but surpassed it in every way: the plan featured a five-story main tower, with three extra stories underground, and gold leaf on the sides of the tower to impress visitors. In 1585 the Inner donjon was completed. Toyotomi continued to extend and expand the castle, making it more and more formidable to attackers. In 1597 construction was completed and Hideyoshi died. Osaka Castle passed to his son, Toyotomi Hideyori.
In 1600 Tokugawa Ieyasu defeated his opponents at the Battle of Sekigahara, and started his own bakufu (i.e., shogunate) in Edo. In 1614 Tokugawa attacked Toyotomi in the winter, starting the Siege of Osaka.[4] Although the Toyotomi forces were outnumbered approximately two to one, they managed to fight off Tokugawa’s 200,000-man army and protect the castle’s outer walls. Ieyasu had the castle’s outer moat filled, negating one of the castle’s main outer defenses.
During the summer of 1615, Hideyori began to restore the outer moat. Tokugawa, in outrage, sent his armies to Osaka Castle again, and routed the Toyotomi men inside the outer walls on June 4. Osaka Castle fell to Tokugawa, and the Toyotomi clan perished.
In 1620, the new heir to the shogunate, Tokugawa Hidetada, began to reconstruct and re-arm Osaka Castle. He built a new elevated main tower, five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and assigned the task of constructing new walls to individual samurai clans. The walls built in the 1620s still stand today, and are made out of interlocked granite boulders without mortar. Many of the stones were brought from rock quarries near the Seto Inland Sea, and bear inscribed crests of the various families who contributed them.
In 1660, lightning ignited the gunpowder warehouse and the resulting explosion set the castle on fire. In 1665, lightning struck and burnt down the main tower. In 1843, after decades of neglect, the castle got much-needed repairs when the bakufu collected money from the people of the region to rebuild several of the turrets.
In 1868, Osaka Castle fell and was surrendered to anti-bakufu imperial loyalists. Much of the castle was burned in the civil conflicts surrounding the Meiji Restoration.
Under the Meiji government, Osaka Castle became part of the Osaka Army Arsenal (Osaka Hohei Kosho) manufacturing guns, ammunition, and explosives for Japan’s rapidly expanding Western-style military.[5]
In 1928, the main tower was restored after the mayor of Osaka concluded a highly successful fund-raising drive.
During World War II, the arsenal became one of the largest military armories, employing 60,000 workers.[5] Bombing raids targeting the arsenal damaged the reconstructed main castle tower and, on August 14, 1945, destroyed 90% of the arsenal and killed 382 people working there.
In 1995, Osaka’s government approved yet another restoration project, with the intent of restoring the main tower to its Edo-era splendor. In 1997, restoration was completed. The castle is a concrete reproduction (including elevators) of the original and the interior is intended as a modern, functioning museum.

We got our friend to take us the pictures, ’cause every time our family will go here I don’t have my decent picture unless I will take a selfie.
I had a chance to take video with my daughter with her new playmates. Please check below.

 

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Japan Bicycle

Yesterday, we decided to buy bicycle (bike) for us with toddler seater at the back and also we will ask to repair the old bike of my son. But, sad to say they no longer repair it and it was rusty already, so they give us uption to trade in and just add some cost on the new and updated bicycle for boys.

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As you all know, Japan bike is a necessity for the people in Japan. You won’t see any house or family that don’t owned a bicycle. For me, it will take time to learn my Japanese to drive here in japan best way is to just ride this bicycle. Btw, my bicycle is motor or let say battery operated. But, owning a bike/bicycle here in Japan you should know the dont’s and do’s or rather the rules and regulation. Here are the some of it.

  1. Register your bike, just in case it will be stolen even though Japanese people are honest, but still it still regulation. You can report you stolen bicycle/bike to the police and they are serious to find it. If someone did, riding or using it not registered to their names they will pay the penalty, which i don’t know yet.
  2. Riding tandem on a single-seater bike, while its no problem for anyone over the age of 16 to ride a bicycle fitted with a child seat (that one i have above). it’s against the law for 2 people to balance on a bike designed for 1 rider.

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3. Calling, texting & other phone use, just like when driving a car is dangerous when talking on the phone as well. You have to stop at the side of the road and do whatever you want to do with your phone.

5055516214. Holding an umbrella, you’re not in the circus to do this, well, I have seen some of the oldies doing it. Dangerous you will lose control the handle of the bike and some more when the wind blow it might out of the balance. Just wear raincoat has been just usual and common in japan when riding a bike/bicycle.

japanese-businessman-rides-a-bike-while-holding-an-umbrella-past-a-fnewbw5. Wearing Earphones, oh, I’ve seen a lot of these days more on teenagers. It’s important of all time to be aware of your surroundings, anything that may prevent you from hearing an approaching car or a pedestrian about to cross your path is potentially dangerous. Anyway, just enjoy the view and nature blowing winds, leaves swaying and also in Japan they don’t horn because horning is rude for then. They really get mad when you horn someone.

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6. Riding without a light at night, Usually, the standard to the bicycle are the reflector. But here in Japan, they want to have a front light attached to your bike/bicycle is forbidden; and one of the police pays attention when conducting evening spot checks. And of course, visibility at night time is a serious concern.

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7. Riding side by side, just like walking side by side, cycling, traveling in parallel take up a fair amount of space preventing incoming or cyclist from passing.

8. Obstructing pedestrian, some area do not have dedicated cycle lanes. Cyclist often find themselve to share narrow pavements with pedestrian and the chances of either getting other’s way is high. In the case, where a cyclist’s path would just give way or stop to the people walking.

8things_bike_stop9. Cycling under the influence, Don’t drive when you’re drunk. Right? No need to explain this more as you all know what will happen.

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I just love my new ride…and ready for the rainy season.

***BYE***

 

 

Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) Viewing

yup, we have the chance to view it… coz’ this is also the day that it won’t rain.

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we came early so, that we can view the park and for sure people also grab the opportunity that today won’t rain.

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we took the train for 300yen to tour around the vicinity of the park

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and now, I would like to share photos of the cherry blossom…

so wow… amazing and beautiful.

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around 12noon the park is getting crowded. (as seen some pictures above)

1st birthday of my little princess

Busy doing craft for my little princess first birthday. I have many things in my mind to do but, i did this first… All recycled materials. 

  • old carton 
  • Colorful papers
  • Scissors 
  • Paste
  • Scotch tape
  • Colored pens







I don’t nees to state one by one. Pictures shows already. Finished product below.



I also made this as well…



Lovely right? ❤️

I also made the invitation: 





I’m so excited for her birthday… Stay tune the whole decorations of the house. 😉

Review from 2014

Just want to share what happened last year 2014 either good or bad.

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Well, no words to explain the most memorable happened to me. My little angel born March 1, 2014 in natural birth yes, I face my fear no anesthesia at all. It paid it all because when you see her now, i feel blessed and it covered all the pain you experience from carrying her for 9 mos. until labor. What a relief…

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The laugh you won’t forget.

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I thankful my mom for being here when i gave birth. She’s very patience and help us. And of course while she’s here she made or let say sew some beautiful dress for my little princess and as well our curtains.

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My son’s first school in Minoh, Japan. We didn’t know we have to wear formal.

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My little princess passport. First travel was in our home country (Philippines)

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Having fun with our monopod selfie gadget… Lol

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Enjoying my yarn-aholics.

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Tiring and enjoyed a lot our travel. Meet our families, relatives, old friends and eat pilipino food/dishes that we missed.

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First time experience the hot spring “onsen”. Very relief and relax with an all you can eat lunch.

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Heavy snow experienced.

Now, I thank almighty god for all the good and bad happened to us. Let’s just move on and face the present. And pray for the guidance and blessing to come.