Like many of Japan's castles, Kokura Castle is actually a fake. Nonetheless, it's a very attractive place, with imaginative exhibits, and a fine view from the top.
They have gone for whimsical, period-relevant signage in the castle. I wasn't the only one who ignored the strict injunctions against photography.
The view of the castle grounds from the top of the keep on this festival day was not unlike the diorama.
A buzzard was doing dramatic turns around the keep.
The carp in the castle moat were not of the fancy coloured type. They clearly expected to be fed.