Another new Japanese UNESCO site from Ai. This one is Himeji Castle, built in 1333, and remodeled significantly in the 17th century.
The castle is sometimes called the White Egret Castle because it is so white and looks like a bird in flight. It looks very different from the idea of castle that I grew up with, which was of European castles made of stone. They look heavy and broad, not graceful like a bird flying. But this castle was still well-designed to fend off attackers, with plenty of holes for archers to shoot from, moats, and an intentionally confusing layout.
Once again, Ai matches the card to the stamps:
I love to see the alternate views of the castle.