Brian Johnston

Brian Johnston seemed destined to become a travel writer and author: he is an Irishman born in Nigeria and raised in Switzerland, who has lived in Britain and China.

The gardens of Nijo Castle in Kyoto.

Top 10 Japanese samurai castles

For a look at the history and warrior culture of Japan and to find out how the samurai became part of the world's imagination, head to these top original and recreated castles.

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