Japan’s Earthquake Resistant Himeji Castle

Japan’s Earthquake Resistant Himeji Castle

Japan’s Earthquake Resistant Himeji Castle

The Himeji Castle in Japan has never collapsed by natural or man made disasters in its 400 year long history

Pinkish white cherry blossoms, beautiful gardens, tea ceremonies, Kimonos and a great culture: that’s what we can summarise Japan as. We look at it as a country with rich culture yet a strong work ethic and tech savvy youngsters. This tiny nation has garnered for itself a respect for their sanitation and hygiene.

Yet Japan is also home to many havoc creating, devastating earthquakes.

How does it survive the after effects of earthquakes and continue to develop?

This is a unique country in itself. A country which has unfortunately destroyed a few of its castles and rebuilt new buildings. Other castles have collapsed due to wars, or the wrath of nature.

There are just three important and original castles that still exist to this day that exemplify old Japanese architecture. Out of these three is Himeji Castle (Himeji-Jo), or as some people call it the White Heron Castle.

Japan’s Earthquake Resistant Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle amidst the cherry blossoms
Picture Credits: Seattleite7 (Wikipedia Commons)

The Himeji Castle can be called as the King of all Japanese Castles simply because it is the largest and the most famous of them all. During my research, a few people have listed this castle as a part of the 7 Wonders of Japan!

What makes this castle so famous? Read more about Japan’s Earthquake Resistant Himeji Castle

The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles

The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles

The French Glitter:

Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles

The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles is a French Masterpiece

As we parked our vehicle and walked around the corner, the beauty of Chateau de Versailles took us by surprise.

The high fence was glittering gold under the summer sun, the hints of more gold shining on the rooftop of the Palace.

The regal statue of Louis XIV on horseback spoke about the importance the French have for their Sun King. Read more about The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles

A Crash Course on Brahmi: India’s oldest Script

A Crash Course on Brahmi: India’s oldest Script

A Crash Course on Brahmi:

India’s oldest Script

Facts about the Brahmi Script I learnt on a sunny Saturday Afternoon 

What’s more fun than getting the opportunity to hold a bunch of 2000 year old coins in your hand? That’s how I spent one scorching October afternoon. The 38° celsius weather did nothing to stop me from attending a crash course about the Brahmi script. Read more about A Crash Course on Brahmi: India’s oldest Script

Visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Startford-Upon-Avon

Visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Startford-Upon-Avon

Explore the Place Where Shakespeare Heard His First Lullaby

Visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Startford-Upon-Avon

Shakespeare is one of the world’s most famous playwrights. The stories he has authored have surpassed time and geography. Despite the many cuss words literature students throw at Shakespeare, this man continues to live through our textbooks and culture.

*Look out for the coloured words, what is special about them? 

The Early Life of A Tudor Boy

William Shakespeare was born and raised in a quaint little town of Stratford-Upon-Avon. John Shakespeare, his father, was a wealthy man. William was the third of eight children. He was the first child to survive infancy. This new infant was lucky enough to have been born in the largest house on Henley Street. Read more about Visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Startford-Upon-Avon

How Forts in Maharashtra Live Through Stories

How Forts in Maharashtra Live Through Stories

How Forts in Maharashtra Live Through Stories

Stories that make Maharashtrian Forts Special

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is a national hero in India and a much respected figure in the state of Maharashtra.

The story of Shivaji Maharaj is one of the most common legends that most Maharashtrians grow up with. In fact, the story of Shivaji Maharaj is an inspiration to anyone who wants to learn from it.

Many universities and management books have recently begun teaching leadership and management styles of this great man.

Since I’m born and raised in Maharashtra, the wind of Shivaji’s great victories didn’t evade my ears. It was this fascination that led me to love history as a subject.

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The Story Behind Bloody Mary

The Story Behind Bloody Mary

Spooky Stories: Who is Bloody Mary

Is the folklore about Bloody Mary real? It might be…

We’ve all heard the spooky story of Bloody Mary. As a child, I was too creeped out by this story even though in my early days I would be scared of the smallest of things, like the Dementors in Harry Potter.

However some adventurous sorts have tried chanting ‘Bloody Mary’ thrice in front of a mirror at midnight in hopes to say hi to this crude looking woman. This legend also narrates how Bloody Mary would appear and steal children.

Most adults (who aren’t creeped out anymore, like me) would dismiss this ancient legend by thinking it as a nice gimmick to get children to bed on time. However this story of Bloody Mary is not just an old myth but a story woven around a real person! Read more about The Story Behind Bloody Mary

The Sir Ratan Tata exhibition at the CSMVS Museum

The Sir Ratan Tata exhibition at the CSMVS Museum

The Entire World on A Golden Platter

The Sir Ratan Tata exhibition at the CSMVS Museum

Jamshedji Tata dreamt of building his business into an empire it has grown to become today. Despite being wealthy, the Tatas are known throughout history for their philanthropy.

It can be pointed out that Jamshedji Tata sowed the seed for this generous habit of theirs. His younger son, Sir Ratan Tata might have grown up surrounded by riches but he never let that get into his head.

Sir Ratan Tata was born on 20th January, 1871. After graduating from the St Xavier’s College, at 25 he found himself becoming a Partner of the Tata & Sons firm.  Read more about The Sir Ratan Tata exhibition at the CSMVS Museum

History of Kilts

The History of Kilts

History of the Kilts

The story of how Scotland’s Traditional Dress Came to Be

Home to the most stunning landscapes this planet has to offer with a castle or two nestled between the majestic mountains, cool refreshing breeze that carries the tune of a bagpipe and a whiskey to keep you warm, this is Scotland. A country known for its ‘Harry Potter’ bridge, and men wearing skirts, at least that’s what part of the world thinks this clothing is, a skirt.

These ‘skirts’ are technically called Kilts and worn by Scottish men as a traditional dress. If you were to visit Scotland, you’d find most guides and a few guards around castles wear these kilts. They indeed make you look smart!

In a country situated close to the North pole, the weather is chilly most of the year. Looking back in Scottish history, life in the Highland was tough. The Highlanders had to protect themselves from the bitting cold amidst the many regional conflicts that often took place in this land especially with the English in the south. Read more about The History of Kilts

Story of Bombay Stock Exchange

Story of the Bombay Stock Exchange

Ever Expanding: The Story of the Bombay Stock Exchange

From a beautiful bay to India’s financial guru, the journey of Bombay and its Stock Exchange

As the rush hour trains reach CST, people jump out, there is no time to linger about, they are on a tight schedule and the clock’s ticking. Outside the station, the queues for a share taxi are expanding and there is a probability of being late for work.

Life is tough, as it has always been in Bombay. This city which runs on the sole principal of ‘Time is Money’ has no time to stop and take a break. Money is what every single heart living in Mumbai wants.

This city is a strange soap opera. The people, businesses, technology is ever changing but Bombay’s love for Money, has always been constant.

But Bombay wasn’t always a money making factory. Some historians say that the origin of ‘Bombay’ comes from Bombhaim meaning a beautiful bay in Portuguese. And the Bombay of the 17th century was indeed an inhibited paradise with canopies of coconut trees and water all around.

It was when the British Crown won over a few islands and gave them on loan to the British East India Company that things began to take a turn for these seven islands. The East India Company saw the opportunity that Bombay provided being a safe harbour, something that wasn’t seen by the Portuguese or the British Crown previously.

It was then that ships began docking here: Parsis, Banias, Gujuratis and people from all over came to Bombay for one single purpose- to make money. Businesses bloomed, money exchanged hands and some people became rich. Rich enough to fund the East India Company’s infrastructure projects.

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How Bombay Became Mumbai

Lost in the City of Dreams: Exploring Bombay

Lost in the City of Dreams: Exploring Bombay

The City of Mumbai has some of the best gems of British colonial architecture, most of them forgotten to time

 

The City of Dreams, where there is no place for rest and the idea of roads without traffic almost foreign; yet despite the plethora of negative multimedia on Bombay, nobody seems to be able to keep away from it. Thousands of people from across India and abroad come here to chase their ‘dreams’ not really caring that it is indeed simple to get lost in them.

As crowds come and go like the ocean tides, there are a few monuments scattered around the city that define these people. The South Bombay, the place where all trains lead to can be called a point where Bombay transformed from a merely beautiful group of 7 islands to India’s trillion dollar financial capital.

Needless to say, this southern side of the city is scattered with many a monuments that take a visitor back 150 years. Previously at GiGlee Magazine, I have written about these few monuments and have myself been shocked at the layers of history underneath.

In this article let us take a breath and revisit 4 Monuments in the City of Dreams…. Read more about Lost in the City of Dreams: Exploring Bombay