Photographer's Note

This is the second trip of my adventures of Japan after finishing work in Japan.

Matsumoto a wonderful place, my friend and cycled around the whole place and it was a pleasant and peaceful experience. The people were just so friendly, however my friend who hasn ridden a bike for over 20 years almost lost 3 of her lives, luckily she is like a cat with 9 lives.

Some info on this magnificent castle

Matsumoto Jo
Matsumoto Castle is one of Japan’s finest surviving castles. It was never penetrated and as a result, what one sees now is the beautiful original wooden structure. Matsumoto Jo was built around 1595 by the Ogasawara clan, who dominated and controlled the area of Matsumoto at that time. The main structure appears to be four tiered, although inside is a hidden fifth layer. Slits can be seen, from where arrows could be fired out but not in, and the top floor of the castle commanded (and still commands) excellent views of the surrounding area. This is the main reason why the enemy had difficulty in attacking Matsumoto Jo, as those inside could see the enemy first. Finally, the castle is surrounded by a huge moat, adding to the security of Matsumoto Jo. Within the lake are some huge carp, which old Japanese men seem to take particular delight in feeding.

I spotted the swans coming in to the frame and waited and then snap

I hope you like the picture

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