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Many castles were built in Japan during the Warring States period (1467–1568), when regional leaders vied for power. Although a large number were destroyed in the centuries that followed, there are still several fine structures to visit today, including those that have been reconstructed.

In the Swim: Triathletes Tussle in Castle Moat Contest (Japan in Photos)

Triathletes swim in the moat around Osaka Castle on June 25, 2017. The Triathlon Asian Cup event featured the unusual venue for what organizers said was the first time in Japan. “It was fun, because it’s rare to have the chance to compete right in the middle of Osaka,” commented one of the participants in the 750-meter leg of the competition. (© Jiji)

Japan’s Castles Stir Memories of Feudal Past (Photos)Yamashita Shigeki (Photographer)

Japan’s castles, mainly built by powerful regional leaders in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, are among the country’s top tourist attractions. In this collection, photographer Yamashita Shigeki captures the rich variety of Japanese castles in all their majesty.

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