This is one of my favourite spots to take pics of the Castle during Cherry Blossom.
It was timing when I caught the Swam in my pic.
The Castle will have a palace in 2011, they are reconstructing the original palace since it was burnt to the ground during ww2
more info below
Imagawa Ujichika built the original castle at Nagoya around 1525. Oda Nobuhide took it from Imagawa Ujitoyo in 1532, but later abandoned it.
In 1610, Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered the various daimyo to help with the building of a new castle on the site. This new castle was to become the new capital of the existing Owari Province. The source for many of the building materials for the new castle was from the smaller Kiyosu Castle, including Kiyosu castle's tenshu, which was located in the existing provincial capital of Kiyosu. Nagoya castle's reconstruction was completed in 1612.
During the Edo period, Nagoya Castle was the center of one of the most important castle towns in Japan—Nagoya-juku—and it included the most important stops along the Minoji, which linked the Tōkaidō with the Nakasendō.
Nagoya Castle before 1945 bombing and fireUntil the Meiji Era, the castle was the home of the Owari Tokugawa clan of the Tokugawa family. It was destroyed by fire during World War II, but the donjon has been rebuilt.
During World War II, the castle was used as the district army headquarters and as a POW camp. During the bombing of Japan, the castle was burnt down in a USAF air raid on May 14, 1945. Due to the destruction caused by the air raid, most of the castle's artifacts were destroyed. Many of the paintings inside, however, survived and have been preserved.
Walls with restored keep of Nagoya CastleThe reconstruction of the donjon was completed in 1959. Today the donjon is a modern concrete building with air-conditioning and elevators. In addition, there are plans to reconstruct the Hommaru Palace, which also was lost to fire during the war. Many of the paintings from this palace also were rescued and replicas of these paintings will be placed in their appropriate locations within the restored palace.
Until the restoration of the Hommaru Palace is completed, many of the objects formerly in the Hommaru as well as replicas of sliding shoji doors and the reconstructed Noh stage can be seen in the Tokugawa Art Museum in Nagoya.
 Castle Features
On either end of the topmost castle roof are two golden tiger-headed dolphins, called kinshachi (金鯱); this motif is used as a talisman to prevent fires. They also are said to be symbols representing the authority of feudal lords.
Kinshachi (金鯱)Both kinshachi were lowered temporarily from atop the castle and displayed on the castle grounds briefly, at the site of the Expo 2005 from March 19 to June 19, 2005. A photograph of one of them, taken during that brief display, is at right.
They were restored to the top beam of the castle roof on July 9 of the same year and may be seen glittering in the sunlight in the lead photograph for the article.
In preparation for the World Expo, plaques using the English language were added to most displays for the castle and a 3-D movie showing the paintings in Honmaru Palace (本丸御殿 ,Honmaru Goten?) was created for the anticipated large number of visitors to view.
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ChrisJ (116058) 2009-05-08 19:50
I'm back in Korea, & arrived mid April, just in time for the last of the cherry blossum. The fg swan makes a good focal point here. Excellent framing on the bg castle. Tfs!
batalay (39265) 2009-05-08 20:30
This is a beautifully composed shot, resonating with serenity and tranquility. In Washington, DC there is a similar body of water, known as the Tidal Basin, surrounded by cherry blossoms given as a present to the people of the United States almost a century ago. A photograph evocative of yours was sent in as a Canopy of Blossoms. The beautiful swan was missing, but the the iconic Washington Monument defined the location.
atilgone (0) 2009-05-08 22:27
what a good picture! your composition so great and lovly. very nice colors
arvinnino (438) 2009-05-08 23:13
is that sakura flower?
the background is very nice
phwall (6785) 2009-05-09 0:24
I can see why this is one of your favorite spots, it is truly beautiful.
The view through the cherry blossoms to the castle are wonderful, and you had a trained Swan as well, who swam by just when you wanted it to.
A superb capture, well done.
nwoehnl (122) 2009-05-09 5:17
Hi Dan, how's going? Delightful photo from Nagoya Castle, it reminds me of the photo shoot for which we went 3 years ago. Composition and timing are spot-on here, with the castle framed by the sakura branches, and the swan making an elegant foreground appearance. Well taken.
BurhanettinMasa (641) 2009-05-10 23:58
The composition is excellent, and really deserves hundreds of points ...
mariposa (836) 2009-07-16 13:02
marvelous and so delicate. i'm delighted!
- Copyright: Dan Leung (Kenny10pin) (19301)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-04-03
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 18-200 mm F/3.5-6.3 DC OS, 8GB CF
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Hanami 2009 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-05-08 19:05
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