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My latest ongoing Minecraft project, Himeji Castle.
Update: Now fully complete with moat & vines on the stone foundations. And in 2560 x 1440p

EDIT: Wow, I'm amazed with the feedback from this one, a big thank you to all, you're all amazing! :happybounce: 

Historical info:

Himeji Castle is located in the Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The largest castle of it's kind in the country, it is amongst the most well known of all Japanese castles, it is also the most visited by locals & tourists alike, the brilliant clean white exterior gives it the nickname of 'Shirasagi' amongst the local population. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site & one of Japan's National Treasures.

Before Himeji Castle came into being, a fort stood on the site the castle occupies today. During the Sengoku Jidai (roughly translated 'The Age of The Country At War'), it became apparent that a total renovation of the existing fort into the castle we see today was a result of many extensions of the castle itself & surrounding area. Built mainly from wood atop a stone platform in the style of 'Irimoya' it was completed in c. 1580 with the intent of being an impregnable fortress. In addition, it was designed to cope with earthquakes, which explains the sloping stone base it stands on; a perfect straight platform would offer no protection in the event of any tremour. Despite that, it was never used in battle, & when Tokugawa Ieyasu became shogun in 1600, the castle became known for it's great beauty, and subsequently it became a royal residence.

During World War 2, in particular between 1944 - 1945 Japan suffered relentless bombing raids from the USAF. Most major Japanese cities were targeted by incendiary bombings which burned vast areas to the ground. Himeji Castle was hit by an incendiary bomb which smashed through the Tenshu but failed to detonate. Other than that the castle was largely untouched by the raids.

After the war, the castle began to fall into a poor state of preservation. Starting from 1956 efforts were carried out to restore the castle & it's surrounding grounds to it's pre-war condition. Restoration work continued for over 50 years, with major work begun in 2010 which is due for completion in 2015. Today, this magnificent castle stands as a mighty symbol to Japan's tumultuous past, and it's future is now secure thanks to ongoing restoration work & preservation.
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017
I always wanted to make a japanese castle, but I never really did.
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I plan on redoing this down the line: it was more of an experiment if anything.
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:iconyonkiri:
Yonkiri Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2016
does it have an interior design?
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I've done a bit of interior design, but it's not great. I'm still trying to improve in that area
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:iconyonkiri:
Yonkiri Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016
is there any way to download this,
or maybe in the future (with an interior design)?
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I don't have any plans to make my world available for download yet (It's around 2.5 GB & growing) but I'll keep it up for consideration if there ever comes a time Minecraft ceases to bring me happiness & joy.
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:iconkaedenaga:
KaedeNaga Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Nice work!
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks!
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:icontazey65:
Tazey65 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Niiice. c:
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks man! I like your artwork! :)
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:icongrace-zed:
Grace-Zed Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive! I love this. I can't make a nice building in Minecraft :lol: Did you make the interior as well? 
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I did the interior to an extent: I uploaded the Armour room. Glad you like it :)
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:iconxxxmilo-chanxxx:
XxXMilo-ChanXxX Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I went here man! Looks just like it! OwO
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you :) I'd love to visit Japan myself in the future, there's no other place quite like it!
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:icondarewillferal:
DareWillFeral Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Can you check me out please ? Because I wanna know if I have the talent like you
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Sure thing!
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:iconcyanideworks-mc:
CyanideWorks-MC Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
OMG! You've Still Got Epic Skill! Again, I Am Still Amazed With Your Efforts In Building ^_^ Keep It Coming!
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you kindly! My next one... I feel like going to Istanbul ;D
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:iconvesaiasthevaliant:
VesaiasTheValiant Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student General Artist
An expertly made building, I must say, it really looks like a real Japanese castle! :D (Big Grin) 
And thanks for the historical information, if I ever visit Japan, Himeji Castle will be one of the places I must see. ;) (Wink) 
Once again, expertly done! Clap 
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, it took me a good deal of research & planning to get the dimensions right, at least it came out better than I expected!
Glad you enjoy the information provided, it's a big part of my mission here.
I'd love to visit Japan too, it's meant to be like an experience like no other! :D
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:iconvesaiasthevaliant:
VesaiasTheValiant Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student General Artist
All respect for the hard work then. Nod 
Keep it up. ;) (Wink) 
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:iconsin-nombre-rpg:
Sin-Nombre-RPG Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Awesome! Great model of a really cool castle!
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks!
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:iconhyenax:
Hyenax Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its really nice! what was the hardest part of the castle to recreate?
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks :) the hardest bits were the appendages to the sides & the smaller towers from the main one. It turned out pretty good in the end
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:iconelemental699:
Elemental699 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
i wish i could build like this q3q

Also: If only we could see the inside too ^^;
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The interior is underway, I'll post a seperate one for it
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:iconelemental699:
Elemental699 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Goodie
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks man, I have a great one lined up next!
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:icondeku-gamer-da:
Deku-Gamer-DA Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I bet you do!
How long did this build take by the way? 
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
About two weeks, though the last week I put in a huge amount of effort by spending more time working on it. I'm off from college this week so I have more time for my projects & other things
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Deku-Gamer-DA Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh well that's great! 
I can tell you this, all that effort really paid off. :dummy:
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks man, hope you stay tuned to my next one which I might start today! :)
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:icondeku-gamer-da:
Deku-Gamer-DA Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I will.  =p
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:icongaming239:
Gaming239 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Its....beautiful!!!!!!! 0w0
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:iconminecraftarchitect90:
MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks! :D
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:icongaming239:
Gaming239 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
NP....
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