After we proceeded across the bridge, we took a cable car to
the top of a nearby mountain to see Iwakuni Castle, a reconstruction
of a castle that was originally built in 1608. Much as a town
square or statue lends an American city its character, the castles
lend many smaller Japanese cities some character. This particular
castle was torn down in 1615 because of a feudal law, but was
rebuilt in 1962.