Sunday, November 22, 2015

WITH A BLOGGING FRIEND AND HIS WIFE IN TOKYO.

My blogging friend and his wife came to Tokyo from Malaysia.
I guided the Imperial Palace with them.


A Stone Bridge. 正面石橋です。




Nijubashi Bridge. 二重橋です。



The Imperial Palace  in Tokyo is located at the former site of Edo-jo Castle, which was the castle of Tokugawa Shogun until the end of the Edo period.




Mr.Twilight Man and his spouse.



Sakurada-Tatumi-Yagura Turret. Tatumi means South West. 

桜田巽櫓です。 辰巳、すなわち、南西に面しています。



One of the typical stonework at the end of the stone fence.

 石積みの角は「算木積み」です。



Other kind of stonework. 横矢掛りです。




There was a grey heron at the moat. アオサギです。



A swan was in the moat too.



There was a gate in this area. 「切込み接」(きりこみはぎ)です。




The Castle Tower Site. 天守台です。


There was a conflagration  in 1657. The Castle Tower was burn out. The Shogun and many officials insisted to rebuild the Castle Tower. But The half-brother of the Shogun insisted that it was the first consideration to let a city restore now.

His claim was accepted, and the castle tower was not rebuilt.



Kita-Hanebashi Gate. 北桔橋門(きたはねばしもん)です。

Hanebashi means a drawbridge. There was a drawbridge which was  in readiness for an emergency.

Going out the Imperial Palace,I guided them to a National Museum at Ueno.
And we departed there.


Thanks for visiting this post.











67 comments:

  1. Que imagens lindas!
    Um belo passeio com certeza
    Um ótimo domingo para você
    Beijos

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  2. Hello Monoru, lovely collection of images. I love the reflection with the bridge photo. So glad you had a nice visit with your blogging friend. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week!

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  3. Wow! You met up with Twilight Man!

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    1. Dear Lina.
      Thank you very much for your comment. Yes,Yes!

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  4. 日本語のブログも訪問させて頂きました。歴史ある日本が好きで何回も来て下さるって、日本人として嬉しいことですね。ご夫妻は楽しい想いでが沢山できたことと思います。

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    1. Dear Tomoko sama
      こんばんは。ありがとうございます。上にコメントを書かれたリナさんは10回以上の来日です。我が家で2回、夕食に家族3人を招待しました。

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  5. Great place to visit and to enjoy all these details and aspects of this ancient castle and courtyard. What is really interesting to me, it comes, from the photo with the panorama of the city and the stone walls surrounded by water and nature... Of course the mix of stone water, green nature is so powerful, so impressive for the eyes, that it shows me that the high buildings from the modern times... well those buildings don't impress at all in this sequence... the main visual attraction is the old architecture in huge block stones! The first pic with stone bridge is a vision absolutely fabulous for soul.
    Lovely to still exist place where to discover and rediscover history and to have a quick glimpse in another era...
    A great sunday for you!

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    1.  Dear AlexaT.
      Thank you very much for your comment. You inspired me very much. Thanks again.

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    2. I thank you, too, as well for all that you've shared with us, the visitors, through your camera lens! I'm glad to see the beauty of your country, to find out old and new traditions, to learn about ancient places, abour history, people, nature and architecture. My appreciation for all of these. Greetings!

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    3. Dear AlexaT.
      Thanks again. You made my day.

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  6. Fantastic post Minoru... I like the stone bridge the most...Amazing photos...

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  7. ✿ه°
    O Palácio Imperial é um dos lugares mais lindos!!!
    A arquitetura, a localização, o lago e a vegetação... muito harmônicos!

    Ótimo domingo! Boa semana!
    Beijinhos.
    ♪♫˚·.♩

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  8. It's nice to see your beautiful country! Thank you for sharing your fantastic photos !!
    Greetings

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  9. Great stone work, and lucky blog friends!
    Greetings

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  10. How fun to meet a blogging buddy! Lovely area and amazing rock walls.

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  11. What a wonderful surprise to see this post with our photo. We were indeed very fortunate to meet up with your goodself who kindly showed us the beautiful Imperial Palace, Museums in Ueno and also New Otani Hotel in the darkness. LOL.. I enjoyed myself very much in the Tokyo Museum in Ueno and came out like 2.5 hours later while my wife went alone to the Science Museum & waited at Starbucks.

    We have to express our sincere thanks to you again Minoru-San for all your time.

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    1. Dear Twilight Man.
      Thank you very much for your comment. I was very pleased to meet you and your wife. We had a very pleasant time with both of you. I hope you will meet you again in a future.

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  12. Beautiful photos, and Mr. Twilight Man and his wife look like lovely people! :)

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  13. Meet blogger, is a great joy, Minoru :))
    It sure was a great day. I love the stone bridge.
    Good week.
    A hug for everyone ;)

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  14. In 2009 I was standing as well in front of the walls of the imperial palace in midtown Tokyo. I was watching the guards, but as far as I remember there was no chance to visit the castle complex inside.
    Thanks for sharing this memorable impression!
    Uwe.

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    1. Dear Uwe.
      Thank you very much for your comment. You can go to inside of the palace from Otemon gate. Inside of the palace is named East Garden. The garden is closed in Monday and Friday.

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  15. how nice, lucky for you; thanks for sharing

    much love...

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  16. Oh my minoru. this is one of the posts that totally blown me, i wish i have a money to make myself funded to go to Japan and check out these places.

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  17. Great shots.
    I especially love the first one -the reflection of the bridge on the water is wonderful.
    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/11/chicago.html

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  18. Beautiful bridges and structures. - Margy

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  19. Beautiful places. Your friends are lucky to be toured around personally by you.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  21. That was an excellent place to take your friends. I loved your first photo of the bridge and its reflection.

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  22. Gorgeous shots and reflections.

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  23. such beautiful sights and architecture.

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  24. What a lovely historical place to take your friends to visit. The stonework and the bridge are really impressive. I think it would be exciting to visit the Imperial Palace.

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  25. A very interesting place, and the reflections are great, especially the one with the two bridges!

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  26. Nice photos! The reflections are especially nice. :-)

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  28. Gorgeous bridge photos! It all looks so serene and beautiful. I think it's really interesting how they built the end of the stone fence - to lock it in place I suppose?

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      Thank you very much for your comment. The stones are piled up only.

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  29. Hello Minoru, Looks like an interesting place to visit. I love the first photo of the bridge with the building in the background.

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  30. 二重橋は堂々として美しいですね。中学の修学旅行でこの前で写真を撮りました。日本のお城の石垣も魅力的ですね。正確な名前はしりませんが、角が扇型になって美しいのは姫路城も同じです。外国でみのるさんのような方と一緒だと楽しく心強いでしょう。

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    1. Dear Yoko sama
      こんばんは。ありがとうございます。 算木積みの事でしょうか。 藤堂高虎が設計をして、穴太衆が作ったものと思われます。

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  31. pretty place and stoneworks, the bridge photo looks beautiful!

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  32. What a nice host,guiding your blogging friend around.

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