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Japan Diaries 2: Day 19

Day 19 (June 4, 2018)

Ohayo! We're back to Kumatori in Osaka Prefecture after our 4-day Gifu-Nagano Road Trip with our Japanese family. 

We decided to stay home the whole morning to rest and wash our clothes. My wife and I also made the "most-requested" buko pandan dessert. 

That afternoon, we drove to AEON Mall in Sennan to have their pet dog Yomogi groomed. AEON Mall is memorable to us as it was the first mall that we have visited during our first travel to Japan four years ago. We took the opportunity to revisit, drink coffee, and have a great chat in Starbucks with our Japanese family just like before. 

We left the mall at around 4PM and drove to the nearby Sennan Marble Beach to stroll around and enjoy the view of Osaka Bay and the beautiful sunset that made the beach famous for couples out on a date. 

Gifu: Shoboji (Temple) and Gifu Daibutsu

Located in 8 Daibutsu-cho Gifu City in Gifu Prefecture, Shoboji (Temple) is known as the temple which houses one of the three largest Daibutsu or Great Buddha statues in Japan.

Officially named Kinpouzan Shobouji (Temple) and also called Shohoji, Shoboji was first established in 1638. It joined the Obaku school in 1692. Although the temple incorporated many aspects of the Obaku school, its architectural style and sacraments are in the Chinese style. 

As was already written, Shoboji houses one of the largest statues of Buddha in Japan. It was the 11th head priest of the temple, Ichyuu (Ichu) who planned for the construction of Gifu's Great Buddha in 1790. Sadly, he never saw the completed Buddha as he passed away in 1815. The Great Buddha was completed in 1832 - 38 years after it was started. 

Unlike the other Daibutsu of Japan which were made from metal, the Gifu Great Buddha was constructed using wood. Its central pillar which serves as its base was made from a large ginkgo tree whi…

Gifu: Gifu Castle

Located in the city of Gifu in Gifu Prefecture, Gifu Castle is a mountaintop castle which stands as one of the symbols of the city. 

Built by the Nikaido clan during the Kamakura Period sometime between 1201 to 1204, Gifu Castle was once called Inabayama Castle by its original owners. It was a formidable castle which overlooks the surrounding countryside of then Mino Province. On September 13, 1567, the castle and its defenders under the leadership of Saito Tatsuoki of the Saito Clan came under siege by the numerically superior army of Oda Nobunaga. 

Despite its strategical and strong position on top of Mt. Inaba, the castle still fell to the hands of Oda Nobunaga due to his cunning strategy of sending in sixteen men to sneak into the castle to open its gates. The got in via the very steep but unguarded northern face of the mountain. This strategy ended the siege in just two weeks. 

Oda Nobunaga claimed the castle and renamed it "Gifu Castle". The mountain was also renamed to M…

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