November 14, 2003: Nakatsu Castle
We will have a fine day today. I crossed Onotsuru bridge over Oita River around 8 a.m.
Mt Yufu looks down the morning traffic jam.
|Today, I visited Nakatsu City, north most city of Oita prefecture. As I had some time until the meeting, I visited Nakatsu castle.
Nakatsu citizen enjoy rich hours around the castle park. The sky soars high and blue above the Torii gate.
|The castle stands along the river mouth surrounded with warriors houses, the map explains the old story.|
|Many gingko trees turned their leaves to autumnal color shining in the morning light.|
|The castle was built in 1588 by a famous castle builder Josui Kuroda.|
|White wall and black rim create good contrast under the blue sky. The castle was rebuilt in 1964.|
|Castle turrets, surrounding defense water, and greens of pine trees boast of their wonderful matching.|
|After leaving the keep of Nakatsu castle, I drove down to the Takase river mouth, now called Nakatsu River. On the right is open to the sea.|
|I found an old three-storied house nearby. It looks like a house with a history.|
|The sign reads "Shioyu", or sea water hot spring. On the right is the spa and on the left is a Japanese restaurant. Sea water spa is very good for body, they say. Unfortunately, the house is closed today.|
|I returned back to the castle. A stone wall named Water Gate is under construction.|
|Some people are sketching something eagerly. It looks like an excavating site.|
|Each stone that will be a part of the wall is numbered. The shape of the stone is sketched.
The area will be remodeled soon. I want to visit here after the completion.