. . . Kyoto people ruin themselves for clothes . . . .
Osaka people ruin themselves for food . . .
This picture is one of the more spectacular pictures of Osaka Castle,
taken during cherry blossom time.
While most pictures of Osaka Castle
seem to concentrate on the central bailey or keep shown here, the castle
grounds are extensive, forming a large park that can easily take most of
a day to get around and see all the sights.
The keep shown here is eight
stories high. You start at the top floor and wind your way down, studying
the history of Naniwa or 浪花 (the ancient name for
Osaka), learning about the war periods, the Shoguns, who was doing
what to whom, and who was getting paid for doing it.