Himeji-jo is often depicted as an egret stretching its wings from its white magnificent appearance. It is also called "Shirasagi-jo" or "Hakuro-jo", Egret Castle. This premier castle in Japan is highly renowned. In addition to its scale and superb beautiful architecture, it has an exquisite structure pursuing functionality as a defensive fort. The art form can be described as a complete development of the modern castle architecture in Japan. Abetted by miraculous luck, this castle has never been involved in an actual war in its 400 year history since construction. This superb structure in Japan is highly praised as it represents the ultimate technology in wooden castle architecture.
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