The symbol of Osaka

This is Hitomi from Kyoto Gion Ryokan Q-beh!

I Went to Osaka castle the other day.
Osaka-jo is one of Japan's most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.

The main keep of the castle
The present Osaka castle tower is the third tower rebuilt in November, 1965, by donation by citizens.
Once it was destroyed by Tokugawa forces in the siege of Osaka, it was rebuilt in the Edo period but it was burnt down by lightning again.
The inside of the castle tower is used as a museum, and display the historical materials of Osaka Castle and Hideyoshi Toyotomi.

Yamazato Maru and Marked Stone Place
Marked Stone Place was made for displaying the family crests engraved in the stone wall of Osaka Castle in commemoration of the 400th anniversary in 1983.
You can find the family crests of many famous daimyo carved on to these stones.
Yamazato Maru is one of the remaining elements of Hideyoshi’s original castle and served as a place Hideyoshi would occasionally relax with his tea.
By the Edo Period, servants houses had been built in this area.

Osaka Castle Park
Osaka Castle Park is a vast "historical park" with a total area of 105.6 hectares, contains the castle tower, Osaka-jo Hall, baseball field, football ground and so on.
There are the Nishinomaru Garden with about 300 cherry trees, an ume (plum) grove with some 1,270 ume trees in 100 varieties, and other spots where visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers.
So I will come here again in the spring!