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Nagoya: Rich in Samurai history

By Mohammed Bassam Al-Husseini
September 20, 2016

A mural shows the Samurai history.

After Ise Shima, we headed to Nagoya, the fourth largest city in Japan. Nagoya is famous for a well-known castle. Tourism and cultural hobbyists will enjoy one of the most prestigious museums in the city, the Tokugawa museum, which was opened in 1935 and contains the treasures of one of the most famous families in the history of Japan, after it reached the 19th grandson through inheritance. The Owari Tokugawa family was known during the Edo period (1603- 867) as one of the family branches from which the shogun or the country’s military ruler was chosen.

Samurai swords, helmets, collections, vases, paintings, furniture, traditional Noh costumes that go back to that period, and other collections that are rich in detail bring joy to tourists, exactly like the museum garden which was established by the family. The city was considered, when it was built centuries ago, as the most beautiful in the region, and is a source of happiness with its lakes, falls, wooden bridges, flowers and gigantic trees.

Murals show tigers inside the Tokugawa museum.

Photo shows Tokugawa museum, garden and palace.

A picture in the museum shows the bombardment of the castle in WWII prior its renovation.

Not far from Tokugawa museum is the famous Nagoya castle, with huge golden dolphin statues crowning its summit. This castle was destroyed during WWII, but the city council rebuilt it, restoring most details, especially those related to the samurai, using the most modern methods and techniques. We saw pictures of its bombardment and fire when we toured it. The West End hotel is located near it, and its rooms overlook it, and is considered one of Nagoya’s most important hotels.

The golden dolphin or “The Orca” decorating top of the Nagoya Castle.

Part of the Nagoya Castle.

*Originally published on Kuwait Times on Feb. 9th, 2016.
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