About a year ago, a 7.0 earthquake occurred under Kumamoto. The quake damaged several of the buildings within the castle and toppled many of it’s walls. We walked around the perimeter of the castle walls as the castle itself is closed during repairs. Many of the cherry blossoms were blooming which gave the scene a contrast between the disaster and beauty. Much of the rubble is still in place where it fell, while other rocks have been cataloged and moved to a field until they can put them back. They estimate the repairs to be finished by 2036.
Afterwards, we went to a park where there was a lake with many birds. The trails around the lake were relaxing. There was also a man-made hill that was roughly in the shape of Mt Fuji.