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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 : Hiroshima Castle Ruins

LocationHiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Also known asCarp Castle
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's name
ConditionReconstructed main keep
National Historic Sites
Year built1589
Castle lordMōri Terumoto
Refurbishment lordFukushima Masanori
Portrait of Mōri Terumoto from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Mōri Clan from "Bukan Complete Works" (produced by CODH) adapted from "Classical Japanese National Data Set" (Kokubunken Collection)

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.

Hiroshima Castle admission

admission fee : Main keep 370yen (Adult) 180yen(above 65years and high school students) Ninomaru : free
admission time :
main keep : (December 1- Feburary 29 ) am9-pm5 (March 1 - November30) am9-pm6
Ninomaru : (October 1- March 31 ) am9-pm4.30 (April 1 - September30) am9-pm5.30
closing period : December 29-31 reference official site  

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Hiroshima Castle Images 

When Mōri Terumoto is sealed after the Battle of Sekigahara, Fukushima Masanori entered Hiroshima Castle. He is said to be a master of castle construction. Arranging to a castle town and prepared to reinforce the rule steadly , but he was accused of renovating the stone wall without permission. Then Mr. Asano entered the castle on behalf of Fukushima and was inherited until the end of the Tokugawa period. It is said that Fukushima was renovated by the unauthorized renovation of stone walls, but the river was flooded, so it was unavoidable to protect the castle. In fact, the heavy punishment of remodeling has led to the idea that Tokugawa Shogunate wants to eliminate the daimyō who has an interest in Toyotomi Clan, Tokugawa's enemy.
Tamon Yagura and Taiko Yagura of Ninomaru

After the Meiji era, the main keep, bōrō-type five-fifth-floor, built in the Honmaru still remained, but collapsed due to the atomic bomb in 1945. The current one was rebuilt in 1958, also the Omotemon of Ninomaru, Flat Yagura, Tamon Yagura and Taiko Yagura have been rebuilt. The old main keep was an articulated tower with two small towers, which is a little different from the reconstructed one.
Omotegomon Gate

It is now the entrance to Hiroshima Castle, was estimated to have been built around the end of the 16th century, and lasted for about 350 years until it was burned down by the atomic bomb in 1945. The present one was restored in 1991 to commemorate the 400th year of Hiroshima Castle.
Nakagomon Gate ruins of Honmaru
Original Main keep Foundation Stones

The land that was built was originally a delta in the Ota River, and the ground was weak, so it was very difficult to build a castle. Therefore It took ten years until completion .
Ishi-otoshi (Stone dropping windows)

Ishi-otoshi is a device to protect the castle keep, through which enemies climbing up the stone walls were attacked by stones or boiling water, etc. During the end of the Sengoku (Warring state) era, where the main weapon used in battles was matchlocks, it is believed that matchlocks were fired through these windows at enemies who tried to crawl up the stone walls.
Hiroshima, facing the Seto Inland Sea, is an attractive tourist spot in western Japan. It has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Itsukusima Shurine (Aki-no Miyajima), one of Japan's three most scenic spots, and the Atomic Bomb Dome. Hiroshima was the first city in the world to be bombed with nuclear weapons during World War II, making it a world-renowned city, attracting many foreign tourists and setting the stage for various literary works.


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