Hiroshima Castle (広島城) was destroyed by the atomic bomb in 1945 but has been reconstructed (in 1958) and now serves as a museum of Hiroshima history pre World War II.
Sometimes called Carp Castle (鯉城), Hiroshima Castle also had a long history and was originally constructed in the 1590s. It was built at the delta of the Otagawa river near an area called Gokamura (“five villages”). The castle and the area was renamed Hiroshima (“wide island”) but actually “Hiro” was taken from Ōe no Hiromoto and “Shima” was taken from Fukushima Motonaga. It changed hands several times after the decisive Battle of Sekigahara, and after the Meiji Restoration became a military facility (Imperial General Headquarters). During World War II, it was the headquarters of the 2nd General Army and 5th Division, and was destroyed as part of the atomic bomb blast over Hiroshima in 1945.
Originally built mainly from pine wood, the reconstruction is mostly reinforced concrete with a wooden veneer exterior. Three trees (a eucalyptus, holly and willow) on the castle grounds (near the Honmaru) survived the atomic blast and still flourishes today.
Next to Hiroshima is a small park with an interesting European looking statue and fountain of nymphs.
Shibuya is a major commercial and retail hub, but also famous for 3 things: Shibuya crossing (the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing), Hachiko the loyal dog, and Shibuya 109 (a fashion mecca for young girls).
Kamakura is a small town popular with tourists because of attractions such as the Hasedera temple located on a hill with great views of the town, the Great Buddha bronze statue and other temples and shrines.
We discovered the Sasuke Inari Shrine by accident while walking around in Kamakura. A set of bright red torii gates lead up a hill into a shrine full of statues of foxes and fox dwellings with families.
Huis Ten Bosch is a gigantic theme park in Sasebo (near Nagasaki) that is intended to be a mini version of Netherlands, including famous buildings such as the Huis Ten Bosch palace, Stadhuis and the Domtoren.
Kurashiki has a preserved canal area that dates back to the Edo Period, when the city served as an important rice distribution center. In fact, “Kurashiki” roughly translates to “town of storehouses” in reference to the rice storehouses.
Chris Tham is a co-founder of Visual Voyager Pty Ltd, the Principal Voigtländer Ambassador for Mainline Photographics and a Workshop Instructor for Mainline Photo Academy.
She brings over 35 years of experience as a photographer to her role, starting with a Yashica rangefinder belonging to her dad, joining the Photography Club in school, and developing her own photos.
More recently, Chris has been taking photos during her travels, and as a result has experienced some of the most interesting places in the world.
Chris focuses on nature, street, and urban architecture subjects in her photography.