Nijo Castle, with a moat

This is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is easily accessible by train or bicycle.  I cycled there, after having eaten my big bowl of ramen.  Nijo Castle was built as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the 1st shogun of Edo period.  And I think he must have enemies..becos he built a moat around the building residence.

Ninomaru Palace – residence and office of the shogun
The moat (now only has koi, no crocodiles)
Zen-looking least from this view

Ok this Karamon Gate is not that zen-looking; it certainly looks regal and chinois-accented.  The Ninomaru Garden is a typical Japanese landscaped garden – a pond, ornamental stones and manicured trees.  The trees are more manicured than my fingernails.


Pokemon Go was still a rage..


This was the most expensive-looking Mr Softee that I’ve seen.  Gold-covered.  I didnt eat it.  I should have.  Imagine my gold-speckled sh!t.



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