Thursday, September 11, 2014

What's real, any way?

The koi in the first picture are quite real, actual living fish who live in a nice pool at Taiseki-ji, the Head Temple of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism in Nishi-Fujinomiya, Japan.
The koi pictured here do not live in Kumamoto Castle, in Kumamoto, Japan, because they're not real. Their pond isn't real, and when you step on the pond it changes into a map of Kumamoto at the time when the castle was constructed.  It's part of a fabulous exhibit called Wakawakaza, an interactive preview of the castle and its history.  Kumamoto is working hard to make its castle a perfect restoration, and it is very visitor friendly.  I thought Kumamoto was also famous for oysters, but when I was there, I didn't see any mention of them.  Maybe I was in the wrong part of town.

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