Hotel Harvest Inn Yonago
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... trying to scale the stone walls is called "ishiotoshi". These outlets were built into the east, west and north walls of the first and second floors of the watchtower. It is quite a majestic structure. The castle walls didn't look quite as steep as some we have seen, but their defence measures must have been quite successful as the castle claims to have never been damaged by war and is the only remaining castle in the Sarin area.
Where the castle ...
... and, after a wander around a large shopping mall, we arrived back at our Japanese home well and truly tired.
We have absolutely loved our time in Sagiura and although I couldn't find it on the map, I hope that Mr Abe and Kento are successful in their bid to revive the fortunes of the area.
Thanks, once again, to our lovely new friends, Kento and Giovanna, we really enjoyed our time with them so much.
Tomorrow we go to Matsue.
In Matsue the travellers went to a medieval castle (not a reconstruction this time) - another discount for foreigners.
A cold drizzle prevailed through the drive to Adachi Museum of Art. This museum is actually most famous for its gardens (apparently have won best Japanese garden prize every year for veritable ages). Most notably, however, ...
... lack of a proper foundational knowledge severely impeded her appreciation of places like Izumo-taisha.
As a student, she learned much that was of little interest at the time, but now, when faced with those things, that long-ago-acquired knowledge kicks in and interest grows boundlessly. Unfortunately, she was never compelled to learn much of ancient Asian history or culture. However, to be fair, there isn't enough time to study everything.
... one of the biggest in Japan. You need to take your shoes off when exploring the wooden interiors of the castle and the exhibition halls.
We have strolled down the castle grounds, with cherry trees in bloom, walk around the samurai district and various shrines, temples and tea houses. We tried the local Izumo soba (buckwheat noodle) with spring onion, sea weed and some sauce with delicious duck soup and green tea - we have ate it in a ...