Nagoya Castle, Japan

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Nagoya Castle, located in Nagoya, Aichi prefecture, is one of Japan’s three great castles. Its roof is adorned with golden “shachihoko,” tiger-headed dolphin creatures, which have become symbolic of Nagoya Castle. It is sometimes even referred to as “Kinshachijo” (Golden Dolphin Castle) or “Kinjo” (Golden Castle). In 1610, Ieyasu Tokugawa ordered the daimyo (feudal lords) from Japan’s west to build the castle, and construction was completed over four years. The castle tower was threatened by earthquakes and fires several times over the years, but aerial attacks during the Pacific War destroyed it completely. The Nagoya Castle that stands today is a replica that was rebuilt after the war.

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