Before I forget, a quick peek at the exhibits and interior construction of the keep at Hirosaki Castle. Unfortunately all the dummy plaques were in Japanese so if anyone can enlighten me to the period and origins of these pieces, that would be great!
Looks like an apotropaic dragon, could be wrong - couldn't read the plaque!
Another view from the base (note my stroller...)
And finally, some cherry blossoms starting to peek out.
photos by me, please credit if you borrow, thanks!