Like the picture above, Me and Izzy got to dress up like a Samurai Warrior and a Geisha girl. Our friend Nate came with and I got to "chop" of his head. Nate's wife and 3-month old baby came too; Mom got to hold the baby.
The castle was like the many we saw in India. It was in a big fort. But the walls were made out of big rocks so it looked like you could easily climb up the sides. But not really if you had armor and horses and swords. Inside the fort there was just a bunch of paths. A lot of trees, but not a lot of grass. Inside the castle they had turned it into and museum and added an elevator. I think they should have just cleaned it up a little bit and let people see the real castle.
What I really enjoyed about the castle is was the dress-up part. That was fun.
In April 2012 Mike and I came to Osaka for the wedding of Mike's friend Anthony. It was a quick 5-day trip (including flying time) so there were only a few things we got to see while we were there. I was able to visit the Osaka Castle during that trip so the fact that I was back here again was amazing to me. For many reasons. I never thought I would get a chance to return to Japan, I never thought I would visit Japan twice without seeing Tokyo first and I didn't think I would get to share the castle with my kids. Pretty cool.
The castle truly is an amazing structure that is still respected and protected to this day. They have even modernized it to draw in more crowds with 3D light shows. We didn't get a chance to see one yet but maybe next time we visit;)
We're in Japan. I am doing a knife collection for all the countries we go to. Get it yet? Yeah, I want a katana. And maybe a couple ninja stars too. There was a in the castle grounds where you could get the swords, as well as outfits, T-shirts, desk toys, and - yes, this is real - an entire wall of rubber food items, along with iPhone cases that looked something like this. Anyway, there is also a store in a mall near us with the same stuff (minus the rubber food) with a short throwing star range. So yeah. See you in an expected 6951413 seconds, assuming nothing happens. I don't know how to properly end a blog post. Bye!