Wherever you go in Japan, you'll find these so-called manhole, and the cover made in cast iron are different in each area. Each region has its own beautiful design, some are even painted and have name! So whenever you visit Japan, don't forget to look down, because there's beauty below!
Snow falls in Sapporo, and in the middle of the red district -which happens also the downtown- stands proud this old charming building that I've seen since the first day I arrived. I don't know what it is, and I only had a few minutes to take some snaps before people start offering me some photos of (pardon me) naked women. So here you are, some photos left of my trip to Japan. I posted these to celebrate the spring that is coming, and the coming 15,000 hits of this blog (thank you! yes, thanks to you!)
I also saying farewell to picnik.com that soon moves to google+. It's been coloring my world during my first years of photography.. thank you picnik, I can't wait to see what's going to happen once you join google+. To give homage to it, I edited these photos once again, for the last time, using picnik.com
The second oldest mosque in Indonesia, Al-Hilal (Katangka) Mosque was build around 1603, during the reign of King Alauddin, the 1st moslem king of Gowa. Small it may seems, but its wall is 120cms thick, and it is actually the palatial mosque on its heyday.
Named after a giant tree that grown on that site before the mosque was built, it is believe that the remained easel of the mosque was made of that very katangka tree. There's not much info about this mosque, but once you get there, you can still feel the grandeur of this small mosque.
further story about the mosque, click here.
Still in the Gowa regency, I passed the Gowa Royal cemetery and decided to drop by. The tombs I visited was the oldest ones, including the tomb of national hero, the King that people of South Sulawesi really proud of, King Hasanuddin of Gowa.
|here lies the king that reign only for 20days.|
he was crowned to replace his deceased brother,
and 20days later he had to go for war against Dutch
and died there
|on the left was the tomb of King Alauddin who brought Islam to Sulawesi|
and on the right is the tomb of King Hasanuddin
who dedicated his life against Dutch and VOC
|The tomb of King Hasanuddin, the XVI King of Gowa,|
nicked Haanstjes van Het Oosten - Rooster from The East,
Mallombasi Daeng Mattawang Karaeng Bontomangape Mohammad Bakir Tumenanga Ribulla Pangkaw
( 1629-1670 )
|tomb of the XVIII King of Gowa, son of King Hasanuddin|
A humble place to be so-called a palace, Balla Lompoa is the perfect name for this building, that means big house. It's truly reflected the wisdom of the king and its people.
Gowa is now a regency in South Sulawesi, and the palace complex is located around 15 kms from Makassar, in Sungguminasa.
|The banquet hall|
On the entrance stair, the roof was made so low it forces people to bow before they enter the Balla Lompoa. This is a message that we must put ourself lower than others, and put a high respect to them.
Built relatively new circa 1930 using entirely ironwood after the old one was destroyed by Dutch -VOC, Balla Lompoa was renovated in 1980 and turned into museum, displaying the remnants of the palace. And what caught my sight? The glittery gilded and golden treasure, of course!
|Illuminated and hand-written Koran, circa XIV AD|
|Salokoa ( crown)|
Went to the Fort Rotterdam - Makassar this morning. Clear sky, and beautiful building. Awesome. Felt almost like in Santorini :-D
For an overview about Makassar, Wikipedia provide you a good story, here.