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Matsumoto Castle. Japan. Himeji Castle, also known as White Heron Castle due to its amazing white exterior, is a stunning complex comprised of 83 wooden buildings. One of the most extraordinary defensive elements of the castle is the maze of paths leading to the main keep. The gates and baileys are designed so as to force approaching intruders to travel into spiral pattern, facing many dead ends. It was originally built in the 14th century and is located in the Kansai region of Japan.

Ever have one of those days when you just want to escape your life and disappear into a fairy tale world? Well, if you're furiously nodding at your screen right now then you'll be glad to hear that it is in fact entirely possible to do so.

in my dreams, blue hallways like this one usually have other people attending parties on the other side of the doors. i am either not invited to these parties, or deliberately choosing not to enter them. the music is jazz. the mood is nostalgic.