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

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 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

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

Stepping Onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia

Stepping Onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia

Stepping Onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht at Edinburgh tells a tale of two almost separate worlds

It is a fact when I say that every inch of Scotland is scenic. Standing at the helm of the Royal Yacht Britannia, the view across from me was no different.

Colours of blue and grey with the birds flying across the harbour was a sight from a watercolour painting. The calm waves of the water, smaller yachts and boats bobbing on the waves alongside a little white lighthouse reminded me of a coastal village.

However I wasn’t standing at the shore of a village but at Port Leith, a half an hour ride away from Scotland’s capital Edinburgh.

The sole attraction on this side of the city is this Royal yacht.  Read more about Stepping Onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia

Lost in the Louvre: Napoleon III Apartments

Lost in the Louvre: Napoleon III Apartments

Lost in the Louvre: Napoleon III Apartments

Explore perhaps the Most Opulent Apartments in the City of Lights

Paris, the city of Lights and Love is irresistible with its Iron Beauty, croissants, chocolats, patisseries and of course the inevitable Parisian charm.

It is on everyone’s bucket list to visit Paris and soak in its vivacious air, and its leisure breeze. Visiting the city of lumiere and amour in summer was one of the best experiences of my life. As it is the norm, I visited the Eiffel Tower, it is also imperative to call upon Mona Lisa and see her smile when in Paris!

The Mona Lisa finds herself the most visited lady in the world and her residence is the grand Louvre Palace. Most of us know this place as the largest museum in the world, the Louvre Museum.

It was lucky that we had a guide to take us through the important bits in this museum or we’d definitely lose our way.

I had studied about Louvre in my French lectures, one of the few subjects I really liked. I was expecting a modern structure much like the glass pyramid that is symbolic of this museum. Little was I expecting a royal palace! Read more about Lost in the Louvre: Napoleon III Apartments

How Bombay Became Mumbai

How Bombay Became Mumbai

How Bombay Became Mumbai

A brief history of Bombay

Maybe it seems like a fantasyland, a land where money grows on trees. Or maybe it is just a throbbing vein that attracts blood cells from all over. Be it the fish eating Konkanis, the carol singing Goan Christians or be it the Banias from the north- You’ll find each kind of human specimen thriving here. This is Mumbai.  Read more about How Bombay Became Mumbai

Esplanade House: A Mansion that Tata's Called Home

Esplanade House: A Mansion that Tata’s Called Home

Esplanade House: A Mansion that Tata’s Called Home

The Esplanade House is tucked behind the Bombay Gymkhana ignored by the daily commuters; once upon a time India’s famous House of Tatas called this place home

Today the old mansion is hidden behind foliage and dwarfed by other similar buildings around it. However back in the day, it was all you could have seen as you took a walk across Bombay’s esplanade.

The lush green esplanade with a sense of calm that follows after a long day in the factory would have been soothing. The Arabian Sea, a cradle for the tired sun, a copious water mass stretched out ready to put the sun to bed was indeed an inviting view.

Jamshedji Tata was of a similar opinion. He had come a long way from the grimy factory life. He owned his own empire which he had built from his father’s merchant business.

Jamshedji shared a dream with his father Nusserwanji- what if they constructed a home here for their family and enjoyed the view not just while taking a walk across the esplanade but living right opposite to this grand view itself. It was also conveniently located a short distance from the Tata headquarters. Read more about Esplanade House: A Mansion that Tata’s Called Home