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Uwajima Castle : A Study of Japanese Bibliography

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"Kojō ezu (picture in Edo Period)" from 国立国会図書館

Collected by the Inagaki family, the Toba Daimyō from the mid-Edo period to the Meiji Restoration, as materials for military studies. There are about 350 illustrations, but there is no uniformity because only illustrations of castles, illustrations including castle towns, and old battlefield illustrations are mixed.

Another typical example of a castle picture in the Edo period is "The Shōhō Shiroezu", picture of the castle and castle town that the Edo Shogunate ordered the daimyō to create and submit,aggregating military information such as the buildings inside the castle, the height of the stone wall, the width of the moat and the water depth, etc., it also details the location and shape of the castle town and the mountain river.

Profile : Uwajima Castle Ruins

LocationUwajima City, Ehime Prefecture
Also known asMarugushi Castle, Itajima Castle
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's name
Elevation74m
ConditionReconstructed main keep
DesignationNational Important Cultural Properties
National Historic Sites
Year built1236
Abolished1871
Castle lordSaionji Kintsune
Refurbishment lordTōdō Takatora
Portrait of Saionji Kintsune from Wikipedia
Portrait of Tōdō Takatora from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Tōdō Clan from "Wikipedia"

The family crest was originally created from the pattern that the emperor and the royal family put on the kimono, and the pattern was made into a fixed pattern, and the one attached to his own oxcart is said to be the beginning of the family crest. The warlords drew large crests on the flag-fingers, used to distinguish enemy views on the battlefield, and used by the generals to determine which warlords were active and how much.

Uwajima Castle admission

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Uwajima Castle Images

Uwajima Castle, nearly perfect completion, built by masters of the castle "Tōdō Takatora". It was constructed as the Triple-third floor originally, combination of the inclusive and the connected type, with the Ninomaru surrounding the Honmaru and Nagatomaru in the Nawabari. That is not unusual.
However, the outer enclosure of the castle is an uneven pentagon shape, it is very unique to Uwajima Castle. In case enemies surround it, it was Intention to be mistaken for a square, securing a way to escape route from the other side while enclosing all sides.
When Takatora was sealed, Date Hidemune, the eldest son of Date Masamune, enters the castle. Great renovation by generation, the main keep built by Takatora was replaced with the current main keep, double third-floor.
the Idomaru Yagura Ruins
Yakuimon Gate

There were seven gates up to the main keep, only one gate remains currently.
After peaceful era without war has arrived, the castle, equipped for a actual battle, also changed decoratively with more than real benefits, along with the changes of times.

Link-1 : Original Main Keep

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