Carp Castle- Hiroshima

Carp Castle

Carp Castle

The Hiroshima Castle which is now sometimes fondly called the Carp Castle dates back to the 1590’s but was rebuilt after the atomic attack of 1945 in 1958 and today serves mainly as a museum of the city’s history prior to the war. The castle stands in beautiful gardens with moats full of carp and the odd turtle. In the late 1500’s and 1600’s the castle was an important seat of power in the Western Japan region and was built for Lord Mori Terumoto. Many Japanese castles were destroyed during the Tokugawa era in the late 1800’s but it took the events of 1945 to destroy this structure. The original castle was made primarily of pine and stone, where today the castle has reinforced concrete behind its lovely facade.

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