When I visited Hōkoku Shrine in Osaka Castle Park the other day I scrutinized the entire premises like a curious detective, and found some interesting things that I would have missed if I hadn't acted like Sherlock Holmes! For instance, I found the color of its guardian dogs different from other dogs I've seen in other shrines...they could be called bluish or greenish. I found the color of the statue of Toyotomi Hideyoshi too dark, almost black, for some reason, etc., etc.. If you keep your eyes open and look closely, you'll find unexpected things everywhere you go, and it's FUN! For further guidance to curious things I found in Osaka Castle Park please refer to the links below.
Osaka Castle Park Series
1. Osaka City Museum Building
2. Hōkoku Shrine in Osaka Castle Park
3. Small shrines inside Hōkoku Shrine
4. Shusekitei in Hōkoku Shrine, Osaka
5. Beauties at Hōkoku Shrine, Osaka
6. Shudo-kan in Osaka Castle Park
7. Kyoikuto in Osaka Castle Park
8. Pretty Flowers in Osaka Castle Park
9. Animals in Osaka Castle Park
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I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.