Tour Report on 25 June 2016, Saturday
- East Gardens of the Imperial Palace
Thank you for joining our tour on June 25th, Saturday. We welcomed 30 guests in four groups from USA, Australia, U.K. Sweden, Belgium, Russia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore and Japan. We were worried about weather in the morning but no rain. It was cloudy sky and it feels good when wind blows.
Thanks to all the guests for joining and having a good time with us.
I visited Kumamoto castle earlier this month. A powerful 7 magnitude earthquake struck southern Japanese island of Kyushu on April 14th and April 16th. Kumamoto castle was badly damaged including 13 important cultural assets.
The castle was built in 1607 by Kiyomasa Kato. Even though main castle tower was reconstructed in 1960, many of the stone walls are originals from the 17th century. The estimation of repair cost will be 35 billion yen.
However, over 400-year old original stone walls are survived from the strong earthquake! Stone walls were damaged only partially. Today, I was looking at the stone walls of Edo castle at the East garden which also built over 400-year old, I thought legacy technologies were amazing.