Yamadera – The Sky Temple

Lurking on the side of a mountain, the Yamadera temple complex seems to embody the very typical Japan for which tourists travel around it, and which the Japanese themselves value very much. This temple is located near the city of Yamagata. It was founded in the middle of the 9th century by the Tendai sect …

Kinkakuji Temple – The Golden Pavilion

Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, was built in 1397 as the residence of retired shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu and was converted into a Zen Buddhist temple after his death. Kinkakuji, covered with gold embossed ornaments and surrounded by a beautiful Japanese garden, is a wonderful masterpiece from the Muromachi era (14-16 century). Visiting …

The Japanese Aggression in Korea

At the end of the 15th century, with the disintegration of the shogunate Ashikaga, who ruled the country for about 200 years, Japan entered a period of civil war. The unification of the country began with Oda Nobunaga, but he was killed by his vassals. However, his case was continued by one of his trusted …

The Plover Castle – Matsue

Matsue Castle is one of twelve surviving ancient castles in Japan and the only one in the San’in region. It is called “Plover Castle” because of its characteristic pediments, which resemble the spread wings of this water bird. Another distinctive feature of the castle is the rows of large black amaoi-ita shutters to keep the …

The Shimabara Uprising

Originally the lands of the Arima Christian family, the Shimabara Peninsula was given to the Matsukura clan in 1614. As a result of the religious affiliation of their former master, many of the peninsula’s inhabitants were also Christians. The first of the new lords, Matsukura Shigemasa, sought progress in the ranks of the Toguga shogunate …