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The fort and castle at Osaka, in Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan more
Osaka, April 13th: The next morning dawned brightly, and we left in jinrikishas for a general tour, first visiting the fort where stands a noted castle, very picturesque in appearance. We hen visited the Exposition of Industrial Arts, which did not seem unlike an exposition at home in its general arrangements. The goods displayed, however, were very different. Then we had a ride along Cherry Blossom Avenue, the trees being laden with the pale pink flower. We visited bazars and noted the general aspect of the place, canals being a dominant characteristic of the landscape. We saw a particularly fine temple among many others. Osaka is a commercial city of great wealth and is more celebrated from a business point of view than from its artistic aspect. (p. 233)
I found another photograph taken from the same vantage point; the trees are slightly different but otherwise it could be the same photograph of Osaka castle and moat.
The castle was originally builtin 1528, but destroyed or damaged several times and rebuilt; the picture here shows the 1620 building, as repaired in 1843; much of it was destroyed in 1868, including the towers and wooden ramparts.