I have no idea.
OK, enough with the weird dog photos. I've probably got enough for a "Dogs of Japan" photobook... now there's an idea!
Just to the southeast of the palace, is the fantastic statue of the 14th Century samurai; Kusunoki Masashige.
The statue is really quite large.
I'll end this mini-series here. The majority of shots were taken at a focal length of ~50mm, which is actually rather new for me. It's a favourite focal length amongst photographers, but the switch from 35mm is taking more adjustment than when I use ~85mm lenses. I suppose because it's somewhere in between wide and tight. It's not really wide at all, unlike 35mm. And it's not super-tight, so one has to work hard for the details. Composition is a challenge, but this is exactly what I want from my photography; inspirational subjects, and challenges.
And that's just as well - I have a few "fast 50s" to put through their paces in the coming weeks.