The Senjo-kaku is an unfinished shrine built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi in remembrance of his fallen warriors. It has no ceiling, so you can see the beams that hold up the roof. Officially the name of the building is the Toyokuni Shrine. It’s decorated with many artworks, with horses featured prominently. Next to it is the eye-catching red pagoda, the Goju-no-to.
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I was born in Bristol, England, and I came to Japan in 1991 … which means I’ve lived half my life in this island nation on the other side of the world. The theme of my career in Japan has been communication. I started as an English teacher, and moved into translation as I learned Japanese. I worked at a well-known electronics manufacturer, facilitating their multinational communications before I became a freelance translator. As such, I translated a lot of tourism-related information. It was obvious to me that most of this isn’t sufficient to convey the excitement and wonder of Japan. In 2011, I established Knowledge Travel Partners, an inbound tourism consultancy. After living in several regions of Japan, I settled in Ehime where my wife is from. It’s on the southern island of Shikoku facing the beautiful Seto Inland Sea, Japan’s Mediterranean. The pace of life here is slow and peaceful, but we do like to throw a raucous festival now and again.