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Gifu: Sunomata Castle

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Located at 1742-1 Sunomata, Ogaki City in Gifu Prefecture, Sunomata Castle is one of Japan's historical but reconstructed castles.

The original castle was built in 1567 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who was during that time, a minor retainer of Oda Nobunaga. The castle was named Sunomata Ichiya-jo (Castle) or simply Ichiya-jo which literally means "one night castle". It got its name from the legend that it was built only in one night. 




Hideyoshi built the castle to serve as his base and headquarters during the siege of Inabayama Castle (now Gifu Castle). Like what was written earlier, legend has it that Sunomata Castle was built in just one night. However, Hideyoshi actually used pre-constructed sections to put up the fortress which resulted to it being finished quickly which gave the people the impression that it was built in just one night but in reality, the castle took several days to complete. 

Osaka: Sennan Marble Beach

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Located at the coastal part of Rinku Town, Izumisano, Sennan in Osaka Prefecture, Sennan Marble Beach is an artificial beach that is one of the best places to watch the beautiful sunsets within Osaka Bay.


As what was written, Sennan Marble Beach is an artificial beach that is part of the reclaimed land which is now famously known as Rinku Town. Sennan Marble Beach is famous for its white marble gravel covered coastline that stretches for about 900 meters. 

Due to the exquisite sunset view from Sennan Marble Beach, it has been included in Japan's Top 100 Sunsets. Since its opening in 1995, the beach has become a favorite destination of couples who wanted a romantic place but does not want to go far from Sennan. Hence it is not a surprise when the beach was designated as a Lover's Sanctuary.
To promote it as such, a large heart-shaped monument with the words "Sennan Marble Beach" and "Always With You" is displayed on the beach. This "monument" has sinc…

Japan Diaries 2: Day 19

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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. 

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