A Real Japanese Castle Appears To Crumble Before Your Very Eyes

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Yes, that's a giant samurai sword slicing Osaka Castle in half. No, the sword is not real. The castle, however, is.

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According to Sankei (via 2ch), Osaka Castle is being illuminated with projection mapping until next February. In the news clips below, you can see it in action.

Osaka Castle fell and burned during the mid-19th century. And as World War II raged, the castle and its grounds housed a military arsenal and military barracks that were bombed during the war.

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大阪城が割れた? 燃えた! 立体映像を投影、14日開幕 [2ch]

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Margatroid
Margatroid

Waitaminute, that castle's not real either.

The real Osaka castle built in 1583, from which Toyotomi Hideyoshi ruled much of Japan, only lasted in its original state until 1615 when it was burned down by the forces of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who overthrew Toyotomi. It was reconstructed in 1620, but that iteration burned down in 1868, and the current Osaka castle is a 1931 re-reconstruction using then-groundbraking steel reinforced concrete building techniques. =)