Inspired by Carrie as well as my fast draft of my WIP where my MC travels by the Immortal’s secret channels to Japan, I’ve decided to do a post on Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Japan.
Last year, my family and I went to visit my sister in Tokyo as well as took a jaunt down to Kyoto. Here’s a little history and fun stuff we learned along the way.
Nijo Castle stands strong and proud. Built in 1602 to protect the Shogun of Kyoto, Japan, it portrays power and beauty. Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, took great care to ensure that not even a Ninja could get inside.
How did he do this?
1. Two moats the length of a semi truck
2. An outer and inner wall with turrets designed to barrage an incoming attack with arrows
3. The nightingale warning system built within the floors of the Hanmarn Palace. This ancient day alarm system was designed to creak and squeak like a cooing bird as you walk.
4. If the ninja’s feet are softer than a feather, he might reach the First Grand Room. But behind tasseled doors lies ninjas in the service to the Shogun who can leap out at a moment’s notice.