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Summer Lotus at Shimabara

By Linda Tancs

Japan’s Shimabara Castle is located in Shimabara, Nagasaki prefecture.  The five-storied castle keep was originally constructed in the 17th century.  Although it survived the Shimabara Rebellion (arising from a ban on Christianity) and feudal rule, its keep and outer towers were subsequently demolished in the 1800s and the grounds used for municipal purposes instead.  Today’s bright white castle was reconstructed in the 1960s, a faithful reproduction that houses a museum featuring exhibits concerning the rebellion and feudal reign.  Summer visitors are treated to a magnificent carpet of lotus flowers at the castle’s original base.

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