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    Enjoy Koikichi!
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    Sundan:

    Great Pics...Glad to see that others enjoy Japan for more than just the Koi...It saddens me when I hear that people visit Japan and only see the koi farms... Japan has so much more to offer...

    Aloha! Mike

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      More Koikichi!
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        was wondering if you knew on the first set of pics if that was Osaka castle?
        Dick Benbow

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          One more time, KOIKICHI.
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            Osaka Castle

            Dick,
            Yes, it is Osaka Castle, good eye. Photo of koi on the castle roof.


            Construction on Osaka Castle (Osakajo) started in 1583 on the former site of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple, which had been destroyed by Oda Nobunaga thirteen years earlier. Toyotomi Hideyoshi intended the castle to become the center of a new, unified Japan under Toyotomi rule.

            However, a few years after Hideyoshi's death in 1615, Tokugawa troops attacked and destroyed the castle and terminated the Toyotomi lineage. Osaka Castle was rebuilt by Tokugawa Hidetada in the 1620s, but its main castle tower was struck by lightening in 1665 and burnt down. It was not until 1931 that the present ferro-concrete reconstruction of the castle was built. Major repair works gave the castle new glamor in 1997.
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              Originally posted by dick benbow
              was wondering if you knew on the first set of pics if that was Osaka castle?
              Did you used to live in Osaka Dick?
              Brian Sousa
              Koi-Bito Forum

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              • #8

                Shot, I should transfer to Cisco Systems Japan...Maybe get a first hand view of the sites.
                The world sleeps as the chance to learn something new passes.

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                  On a roll, KOIKICHI!
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                    LOL Danielsan..............

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                      And so..Champ koi!
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                        You boys have some romantic notions about Japan!

                        The only reason Nishikigoi exists is because Niigata got too much snow to pay its local taxes in rice to the warlord class immediately following the seasonal harvest!
                        Lucky for them, they could keep their efforts unlike the poor SOBs in other parts of the country. This allowed them both a degree of wealth and independence of a sort.
                        Thanks to the weather, this region was cut off from the normal grind of the serfs or peasants. Nishikigoi emerged from this peace provided by crushing snows. JR

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                        • #13

                          Jr san:

                          Nishikigoi are only a small part of the Japanese culture... There's so much more out there...

                          Aloha! Mike

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                          • #14

                            Originally posted by Mike T
                            Jr san:

                            Nishikigoi are only a small part of the Japanese culture... There's so much more out there...

                            Aloha! Mike
                            That is true Mike...
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                              Alas Mike, I'm afraid I'm destine to always be a troglodyte in certain refined cultural matters! I do own some of those funny little trees however---- JR
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