Travel Photo (captions required)

Challenge #4 in the Travel and Sports series. Hosted by bikinchris.
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Tell a story about a place (you have traveled to) with a photo and a caption. Please note my example photo and caption from the Netherlands. Most popular wins. The image should show and explain something about the culture of the area.
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This is the Osaka Castle in Japan, originally called Ozakajō, of course in the Osaka city. The picture shows the marriage of the old and new cultures, which goes in Japan exceptionally good. The castle was damaged in bombing raids in the year 1945. The castle is a concrete reproduction of the original, restoration was completed in the year 1997.
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Submitted: Friday, 19th February, 2010 13:36 (GMT)
Taken: Thursday, 19th May, 2005
Focal length: 13 mm
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
Aperture: F10
ISO: 100
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