Wednesday, February 10, 2010


As mentioned in the previous blog, Japan likes to make lists of its wonders - listing them in threes.
Presented for you visual approval are five photographs depicting two of Japans Most Famous Castles; one of its Most Famous Hot Springs; and two of its Most Famous Waterfalls.

All photos are taken by myself, except for last one, which was part of a photo album I purchased at a flea market in Utsunomiya for about $10 (1000 yen). The album contains photographs circa 1937 - that's my best guess. I will show all of these photos in about one week's time.

Three Great Flatland Mountain Castles: Himeji-jo, located in the city of Himeji, in the Hyogo Prefecture. This castle is called the White Heron.

This castle is immense, and was very difficult to capture with a 35mm camera. What a time to forget my wide-angle lens. I visited here with Matthew after a conference. I do have a model kit of castle that I am contemplating constructing in the next few months.

Click HERE for more information on the castle.

Three Famous Castles: Osaka-jo, Osaka-shi (City of Osaka), Osaka-ken (Osaka Prefecture). 

There is far too much information on this castle, so let me direct you HERE for more information. Personally, I think this photo is awesome. Try clicking HERE for a much higher resolution image.

Three Great Hot Springs: Nine Hells, Beppu, Oita-ken. The hot springs of Beppu are called the Nine Hells and range in the most breath-taking colors.

This photo is a close-up of Chinoike Jigoku also known as the "blood pond hell". It features a pond of hot, red water - red because of its iron content, I believe. Here's a link containing pix of all the Hells: HERE.

Japan's Three Most Famous Waterfalls: Fukuroda Falls, off the Takigawa River in northeastern Ibaraki-ken.
Its width is 73 meters, and is a cascading type of waterfalls with a total height of 120 meters. Click HERE for a nice site with a couple of excellent photos.   
Japan's Three Most Famous Waterfalls: Kegon Falls, located in Tochigi-ken on the Daiyagawa River that flows from Lake Chuzenji-ko.

While I do have a brilliant colour photo of Kegon Falls in 1991, it's locked up in a very nice frame. This photo shows the Falls prior to an earthquake in the 1940s that changed the way it looks today. In the late 1990s, another earthquake shrunk it to its current size of 97 meters. Click HERE for more info on the waterfall.

Somewhere wishing I had visited three of everything,
Andrew Joseph
Oh yeah... title is by Ringo Star: Listen: BARBARABACH 

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