The epitome of ethnic cuisine, Raffles was founded a decade ago by an expatriate Englishman who had traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia before settling in Japan. His original shop, a little off the beaten path, proved so successful he was able to build his own place in a more convenient location. The various dishes, with origins from Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, etc., are all authentic, delicious and spicy: the owner maintains a garden of spices he raises himself. Each dish is prepared with care, so they occasionally take time, but the wait is well worth it.
Republic of Kazakhstan
The Kazakhstan corner introduces the country's magnificent nature and future-oriented technology .....Just take the stairs up and they are display of astronauts.....and others...
Beautiful rock garden in the castle grounds. You can take a stroll through a small forest / rock garden and forget you`re in a city. It`s very peaceful.
One of the three gates that survived the aerial bombing of May 1945 that destroyed the original castle. This is the East Gate.
Entrance to the castle. This isn`t the original building of course. It was rebuilt in 1959. No photos are allowed inside. There are some interesting artificats that survived. Swords, prints, bronze statues, etc are on display. Also, there are plenty of refreshments outside. I got a hotdog on a stick for 320 yen.
Looking up before entering the castle. You can see one of the gold-plated dolphins on the roof. There is one on each side: one male, the other female.
Looking south from the top of the castle.
Looking west from the top. Note the JR Nagoya towers in the distance.
View of the castle from a patch of trees. The castle grounds are truly amazing, and it`s worth seeing.