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Tottori 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 : Tottori Castle Ruins

LocationTottori City, Tottori Prefecture
Also known asKyūshou Castle
Type of castleMountaintop & Hilltop
Mountain's nameMt.Kyūshou
Elevation263m
ConditionRuins 
DesignationNational Historic Sites
Year built1532-1555
Abolished1871
Castle lordYamana Clan
Refurbishment lordIkeda Nagayoshi
Portrait of Yamana Sozen from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Yamana 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.

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Tottori Castle Images 

Tottori Castle is famous for being attacked by Toyotomi Hideyoshi under the orders of Oda Nobunaga.
Hideyoshi captured Tottori Castle using siege tactics in 1581. In this fight , terrible situation has arisen in which people continue to fight while eating starved humans. Kikkawa Tsuneie, the lord of it, was killed by suicide on the condition that he would save the lives of the castle soldiers.
The castle is a rare remnant of a medieval mountain castle at the summit and a modern castle at the foot of the mountain. On the Honmaru at the summit, main keep had been built, but was destroyed in the middle of the Edo period and could not be rebuilt.
Basis of Sankai Yagura
Maki Ishigaki (巻石垣)

This stone wall is called ”maki stone wall” because it has no corners and was not made round from the beginning. The original stone wall was about to collapse, so it was put on from above for protection (from signboard)
Jinpūkaku

Jinpūkaku is a Western-style French Renaissance style residence of the Ikeda clan located in Tottori Castle Ruins.
It has been designated as a national important cultural property, renowned for being one of the best Meiji-Western style buildings in the Chugoku region.

Link : A fierce battle in japanese history

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