After seeing the flower bonsai, we headed inside one of the newly restored buildings. Nagoya Castle was mostly destroyed in bombings during 1945, and restoration efforts began in 2009. The restoration has been scheduled into 3 phases. The first has just been completed, and the last will be completed in 2018.
This is the first of many screens we saw in the newly restored building. These screens are not the originals – those are housed behind glass in the castle itself. These are reproductions.
We were not exactly sure what animal this is supposed to be. Maybe a weasel?
Birds on a tree.
There were tons of levels of sliding doors in this room. It was very beautiful.
After seeing the screens, we went through various construction areas. Some were informational, while others were the actual construction site.
This model shows all the levels involved in making traditional Japanese walls in the castle and other buildings.
This model demonstrates how the roof is constructed.
The buildings are built without nails, so they require complex interlocking pieces. Here are the pieces fitted together.
And here they are apart. Some of the pieces were like sorcery and had four pieces!
Here is one of the actual buildings being reconstructed, zoomed in so that you can see the interlocking pieces.
After the construction, we visited one of the smaller buildings and saw a display about traditional toys and dolls, built by local craftsmen.
Here is a samurai and a geisha.
Here is a festival float.
A chicken Shinto priest and priestess. I thought these were a bit creepy.
There were tons of beautiful leaves carpeting the grounds.
Teddy spotted this pretty swan out in the moat.
Here is Teddy with the “Steelers” tree. I decided that it was a Steelers tree because of the colors. I think it’s a beech tree, but I am not sure.
Here is me!
Here is one of the walkways in the garden at Nagoya Castle.
We also ran into a couple of mascots. Here’s a friendly looking one.
And here are two oni (demons).
That’s all for Nagoya Castle! The next post will be about the Shirotori Garden Autumn Light-up!