You are all looking at this with a western/westernized Judeo-Christian and "new" Buddhism viewpoint. Go further back in time to the true roots of Japan and you might find the thought processes and causes of why this happens. Not that you can ken at all though. (look it it up...)
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Let me indulge myself on several points here. Dude, the original castle was torn down because it was severely damaged in the Boshin Civil War. It had cannon holes all over it and deemed unsafe. Yes, an earthquake would have made it fall down possibly injuring people, but that wasn't the cause. Next, the vast majority of castles in Japan are white. Like a crane. Himeji Castle is known as Shirasahijo. White Egret castle. Get the theme here? Because they are white. Not because they look like a bird. And, Aixu is NOT famous for swordmaking. ALL castle towns had smiths and swordsmiths. The iron ore/iron sand in Aizu is low quality. No fame in that. (Nihonmatsu City just north of Kooriyama(sic) IS famous for swordmaking and has smiths extant today) I could go on, but I'll close with two things. 1) You are lucky you didn't get Yamamoto's revenge from the katsudon at the Kaikan. 2) My bona fides - I lived in Fukushima Pref. for 7 years, 4 of which were in Aizu. I know that place.
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