World photography - Castle White heron (Japan)
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Description: white heron castle - one of the oldest preserved castles in Japan, and the most popular among tourists. In 1993 he entered into the UNESCO World Heritage List. Just a castle complex includes 83 buildings, almost all of them built of wood. At the foot of the castle stretches eponymous city.
The construction of the castle at the foot of hime (Hyogo Prefecture, the area of ??Harim) began in the middle of XIV century (the Muromachi period). "The name he received for the special elegance of form and elegance, reminiscent of beautiful white bird." Himeji served as a model for countless honored lock future generations. Its high stone foundation, carefully whitewashed walls, battlements, loopholes have become part of the arsenal of techniques of Japanese architecture.
On the grounds of the castle were taken of many films. In one of the first film, "Bond," "You Only Live Twice", he appeared as a secret ninja school, where being developed missile. Akira Kurosawa filmed here such masterpieces as "Shadow Warrior" and "Ran." In 2003, Himeji filmed historical painting "The Last Samurai" with Tom Cruise in the lead role.
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