Aioi Station Hotel Annex
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... one of both logs. Incredible how such a structure is able to carry not only its own weight, but also the weight of the thousands of visitors that walk inside it a every single moment. Lovely piece of engineering.
Next to the castle there is traditional Japanese garden which you can access for only 40 Yen (0,30 Euro). I really don't know which commercial nitwit came up with this pricing... Make it 100 Yen and you have increased ...
... of the park grounds and the town of Himeji itself. Looking back toward the train station, we could clearly see the street leading to the castle was designed to be a grand promenade reminiscent of the street leading the Palace at Versailles (where we visited in 2014). Thankfully, climbing down the numerous levels in our bare feet did not prove hazardous (although we almost hit our heads on several of the low beams).
... 000 koku of rice (a sweet retirement fund, where 1 koku is 5 bushels of rice), funded this castle in 1660 and completed it by 1618.
Our guide was a sweet woman, who's name is on a business card I have somewhere, who used to teach English. She, among with most other people around here, do all of this voluntarilly. She told us all sorts of interesting stories about the castle, it's legends, and t's defences. I liked one in ...
... written English more easily than spoken so he brought paper and pen with him. It turned out to be a good thing because I was a little surprised that Stephanie didn't speak as well as I thought she could, but maybe I was expecting too much. However, she discovered that the phone we rented had a Japanese-English translator and she used that. Meantime Takahiro and I used the analog method (paper and pen).
... alive with huge, obviously extremely well fed carp. At a guess I'd say the bigger of the fish were 700 - 800mm long. These fish absolutely fastinated the girls. Most of the fish were grey, but there was one small white fish, and one huge, bright orange fish which stood out whereever it went. As we walked along the pathway adjacent to the moat, the school of fish followed us, obviously expecting ...