04-14-2007, 11:19 PM
Being the geek that I am, I had to stop at the Apple Store in Ginza. Nothing to see here, it is exactly the same as the Apple store in Southlake or Plano, just bigger. 5 stories bigger.
This is the Fujimi Yagura keep at Kokyo, which is the Japanese Imperial Palace. This is the oldest structure on the premises and the only part of the original Palace that still exists. It was built in the 14th Century and even survived the fire bombings in WWII.
This is the actual palace, known as Kyuden. It doesn't look like much but the picture really doesn't do this place any justice. It is quite large and has a regal look to it. I think the little tower you see there is called Kita-Kurumayose.
This is the Fuhimi Yagura keep on the western side of the palace grounds.
BTW, if you ever find yourself going to Tokyo, you can go to this website and make a reservation to tour the palace.
During late March and early April, the cherry blossoms are in bloom and the place looks incredible. Unfortunately for me, the blossoms were not yet blooming. My wife is getting back to Texas tomorrow and should have several pictures of the cherry blossoms in Kamakura.