Monday, December 5, 2011
Tokyo Imperial Palace (March 17th, 2011)
This is the impressive Sakurada Niju Yagura turret. Since most of the Imperial Palace has been destroyed over the centuries, the walls, turrets and gates are about all you will see harking back to the time of the Shoguns.
Looking across Kikyo Bori moat towards Kikyo-mon gate.
There is more to see.
You may think the windows are sealed off but they are covered with wooden planks coated with plaster which could be slid open or closed.
The part of the turret that extends out may be that way so they could drop rocks and such on invaders below. There are small shooting windows on the sides of it. While not much remains of the original castles built here, this turret has a lot of features if you know what to look for. The Imperial Crest is favored and at the top end of the roof are Shachihoko, tiger headed fish that are suppose to protect the buildings from fire. While the turret still stands, the palaces at Edo had a bad habit of burning.
Closer look at Kikyo-mon.
Moving along this is Hamaguri Bori moat.
This gate is Sakashita-mon.
One of the few buildings you can see from the outside, this is the Imperial Household Building. If you take the guided tour you will see this building closer. I didn't take the tour because of the circumstances going on.