This postcard (with matching stamp, no less) arrived recently from Emi in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. Naturally, she is very proud of this local landmark, Matsue Castle, one of the few remaining medieval castles in Japan, and the only one to retain its original wood form. (The rest of the castles have been preserved by casting their form in concrete, apparently.)
The castle was built between 1607 and 1611 and was a large complex, with multiple buildings. Except for this building, the castle keep, all of the buildings were destroyed in 1875 to make room for modernization. Fortunately, there were preservationists around at the time who pressured to keep at least this one building standing. From 1950 to 1955, the keep and the grounds underwent a complete renovation.
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