急な階段をのぼり・・・
going up the steep staircase…

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立派な石垣を超え・・・
pass by the big stone wall…

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我らが彦根城に到着!お見事です。
Imposing figure…This is the Hikone castle.

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彦根城の歴史を少し・・・
彦根城は、1622年に近江一帯を治めていた井伊家によって築城されました。当初は京都と西国勢力の沈勢のために作られた防衛線でしたが、太平の世といわれた江戸時代、彦根藩、そして徳川幕府の権力の象徴として守られました。幕末の大老井伊直弼も彦根城下に住んでいたそうです。
Hikone castle was built in 1622 by Ii family which was ruling the area around
Oomi Province. It is located in just between the west and the east of Japan. And it was the guard or the defence from the power of previous ruler in the west. But during the well controled priod, Edo, Hikone castle became a symbol of Hikone and also Edo shogunate.

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現在日本に現存する12個の城のなかでも、特に保存状態が良く、国宝として大切に守られています。
Hikone is one of only 12 Japanese castles which keep their original figures and protected by the people as a national treasure.

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そんな彦根城下に、キントー本社がございます。
KINTO head office is in the Hikone castle town.