Japan

Nagoya castle blue for diabetes

November 18, 2011

This past weekend, Nagoya castle was lit up blue at night for diabetes awareness. I had no idea that it was happening, but apparently there was a poster advertising it on the subway. So, Monday night, after nightfall had set, we headed over to take a look around.

We were hoping that the gates would be open and that for the special occasion we could get in, but no such luck. Instead, we took a walk around the entire perimeter of the castle, taking photos along the way. It was a crisp night, but the view was lovely.

On our quest to get into the castle (and constantly finding out we’re locked out), we found a bunch of stray cats. I wish I got a photo of one, it was beautiful! It was completely white, so elegant, but strong looking. It walked like it was a panther. I’m not a big cat fan, but I would have taken that one home in a heartbeat, haha.

The first photo is before we could see the castle itself. You can see a little bit of the blue light in the sky. When we were walking down by the river (moat?) there were these white things in the water, which I swore were plastic bags. My boyfriend argued that they were swans, but I wouldn’t have it. So he yelled, scaring me half to death. Nothing. I decided to take a photo with flash to prove that they were plastic bags… but as you can see, they were really swans, haha. Swans, that in the photo, look like possessed, evil, birds.

We continued our journey around the water, running into people every now and then as there were quite a few out to take photos, despite the chilly weather.

I know a lot of the photos look pretty similar, and sadly enough, I have even more. I cut them down by about half, and even then it was hard deciding what to upload and which ones to leave behind.

The first photo in the next batch is from the opposite side of the water, looking back across at the shops and whatnot. I think it was around here I started thinking it felt like a ghost castle. So, I started trying to take photos of the pathway that you walk on, and the trees in the park.

Whenever tourist places in Nagoya comes up in class, the kids always scoff at Nagoya castle being on the list. I guess because when they rebuilt it, they put in some modern conveniences, like an elevator, which really takes away from the authenticity of it. Regardless, seeing it lit up blue was a nice treat, and it was for a good cause. It’s also really nicely lit up around sakura season, so that’s something to look forward to in the spring!

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  • Reply Dan November 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    That looks so scenic. Though, I am disappointed that they did remodel an elevator into it 😐

    • Reply Adrienne November 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      It was really nice! The original castle was burnt in a fire, but yeah, it seems like a lot of people were annoyed by it. They’re rebuilding a new section now, and are trying to make it much more realistic. There’s a castle we went to… I think it was the one in Hikone, that’s been kept up. It’s really cool!

  • Reply Midori November 19, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I prefer the more original-style castles, myself, but they’re not really 100% accessible (wheelchairs, elderly, etc) so I can understand the elevators.

    I also didnt realize that there was such a thing as diabetes awareness in Japan. Being diabetic, I approve!

    • Reply Adrienne November 20, 2011 at 11:22 am

      I agree. I mean I understand the point, but at the same time, it really takes away from the authenticity of it all, haha. Although, elderly people in Japan are TOUGH, haha.

      Honestly, I didn’t know either. But it’s nice that they did something special for it.

  • Reply Juri November 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    So blue is the diabetes color, huh? I never knew! That’s really cute, and turning the castle blue is a really cool idea. I especially love that last picture, the castle glows like a glowstick!

    And for some reason I find it really mystical how there are such beautiful animals around the shrine!

    • Reply Adrienne November 23, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      I guess it is, haha. I never knew either, but that’s what the poster said. Yeah, it’s a really nice idea. Thanks! I kept feeling like it was a castle in some sort of horror video game, haha.

      I wish I could have snapped a photo of the cat! Seriously, the most beautiful cat I’ve ever seen.

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