Kiyosu is the name of the city that touches Nagoya. We can walk there within 20 minutes. However, the castle is pretty far (an hour’s walk). The first time, we went to the castle together by train. We found a hilarious train line that is only about 9 km long, and runs once an hour. It is a diesel train. It is the most ghetto urban train line I have ever seen in Japan. However, it is useful if you want to get to Kiyosu Castle, so there you go.
Kiyosu Castle was originally constructed in the late 14th and early 15th centuries, but it was demolished in 1609. The current building dates to 1989. It’s claim to fame is that Oda Nobunaga lived there. As far as castles go, it’s not fabulous, so I would not go out of my way to see it. However, if you’re in Nagoya for an extended period of time and want to see local attractions, you could check it out. Photography is allowed outside, but not inside.
At the intersections in Kiyosu, there are cute little panels on the ground near crosswalks reminding you to look left, and look right.
The exterior of the castle.
Here is the castle from another angle.
The first time we went (June 15th), the lotuses were not quite ready to bloom.
There was a pretty dry garden outside of the castle.
Many Japanese castles have these carp adornments on the rooftops.
A shot of the front of the castle from the bridge.
After seeing the castle, we walked around Kiyosu a little.
This tiger statue was at a temple near the castle.
There was a monkey shrine near the castle, too. Instead of komainu (lion dogs), there were monkey guardians.
The other monkey guardian.
There was a monkey mural on the exterior wall of the main hall.
Like many shrines, this one had an Inari shrine as well.
After the monkey shrine, we headed home.
This past weekend, I returned to Kiyosu Castle with my boss and two girls from work to attend a special tea ceremony that one of the other teachers was participating in.
This is the preschool Japanese teacher performing tea ceremony.
This was the first tea and the Japanese sweet.
After the Japanese tea ceremony, there was an English tea, too.
After we finished with the tea, we came out, and our boss insisted that we try on samurai armor. The guys who dressed us made us make all these crazy poses, too. It was pretty funny.
Here is me as a samurai.
Me and two of the preschool teachers as samurai.
The red team attacks the yellow team.
Us with our “swords”.
I was super excited because I got to see the bloomed lotuses!!
That is all for now! Next week, we will be going to Hokkaido, so stay tuned!