Friday, August 16, 2019

Misao's Story 6 of 6

Part 6
Day 9
Nijo-jo Castle
  On the 9th day our trip was drawing to a close.
  We went to Nijo-jo Castle. It was the stage for some of the most important events in Japanese history. Nijo-jo Castle was completed in 1603 on the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu who was the first Shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate. This government lasted for fifteen generations over 260 years.
   In 1867, in the castle the 15th Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu announced the end of Tokugawa rule and the returning of political control to the Emperor. With that, the Tokugawa shogunate ended and the Meiji period began.
   The Nijo-jo castle was the stage of the opening and closing ceremonies of the feudal rule.
The inside of the castle was luxurious and gorgeous. It was a symbol of authority and prosperity. In 1994, Nijo-jo Castle was registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
   There are many fascinating places in Kyoto. I think learning the historical role of Kyoto gives me much more interest.
   Finally, if health allows us, we hope to visit Kyoto again.

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