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Matsumoto Castle by Tim-Wilko Matsumoto Castle by Tim-Wilko
松本城、松本市、長野県、日本。
Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto, Nagano prefecture, Japan.

By sheer luck I happened to be in Matsumoto at the start of the week long Evening Cherry Blossom Festival (夜桜会). I thought I would be far too early for cherry blossom but I hit it right in full-bloom.

The illuminated room on the left is the "moon viewing wing". During the festival traditional Japanese musicians perform inside. This evening it was raining so they didn't have much of an audience. I enjoyed it though!
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Innoc3nce Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012   General Artist
I have always wanted to go to Japan<3 One day I have a plan of going there, I think Japan is so beautiful<3 Nice work!
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Tim-Wilko Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012   Photographer
I hope you can! It's not so difficult or expensive to visit as some people think.
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Innoc3nce Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012   General Artist
I looked up how much it would cost to just be there for a couple months, and he said over $9000! I thought that was crazy....but maybe he's wrong, Idk I have to try :D
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Tim-Wilko Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012   Photographer
The flight could cost up to $1000, but $4000 dollars a month on living expenses!? I wouldn't be able to live here if that was true. I'd say $3000 dollars max, but you can do it for less if you budget and know where to eat. Couch surfing helps too.
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Innoc3nce Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012   General Artist
That helps a lot! When that guy said about $9000 It really made me think I was never going to be able to get there...But thanks a lot!
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Nebride7 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
This is beautiful! I love how the cherry trees have been highlighted. They appear to be glowing from withing. And the castle is astonishing.
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AlanJunior Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That's really really beautiful.
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figjamplay Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010   Digital Artist
wow indescribably beautiful
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vorador1980 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
A perfect place.
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neb11 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
very nice shot :)
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Karivad Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
superb shot!
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edgaralmeida Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great night shot... :+fav:
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killhaz Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
great pic!!
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szymonomyzs Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
very nice :)
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
I love this place. I never managed to see it during anything other than winter though.
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Tim-Wilko Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010   Photographer
It's great huh?

I've been meaning to visit since I saw your pictures of it over two years ago (before I moved to Japan). Finally got round to it!

If you come again I'd recommend trying to make your visit coincide with this festival. The atmosphere created by the music, lights and cherry blossoms was amazing.

I'll be posting other shots of it later (including a bridge shot obviouly ;)).
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
Oh yeah, I'd love to. Cant see myself going any time soon, but never know the future.
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draconis42 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
absolutely stunning photo
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Tim-Wilko Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010   Photographer
Cheers :)
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wonderful shot! Wish I visit this place one day :)
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Tim-Wilko Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010   Photographer
Please do!

It's about two and a half hours from Tokyo.
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
And Tokyo is about 10 hours flight from Moscow where I live :D
I will as soon as I have chance to visit Japan :)
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Tim-Wilko Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010   Photographer
Russia sure is a big country huh?

Russia borders Japan yet you are still 10 hours away!
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mark-kawaguchi Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could travel around more & see stuff. Nice shot. The terrace is nice.
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Tim-Wilko Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010   Photographer
Me too!

My parents just came to visit me so I had a chance to travel a bit more than usual. I've wanted to visit this castle for a long time.

Congratulations on your kid by the way :)
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mark-kawaguchi Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!:thanks:
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dohko57 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
ooh great :)
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Tim-Wilko Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010   Photographer
:)
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SharkBrite Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful shot! Another gorgeous castle :) I love the way the cherry blossoms are illuminated
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Tim-Wilko Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010   Photographer
Yeah I was very lucky!

I've visited many castles in Japan now but this has to be one of my favourites.
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SharkBrite Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats amazing :)
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