Odawara 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 castle picture in the Edo period exists, "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 : Odawara Castle

LocationOdawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Also known asKomine Castle, Kobayakawa Castle
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's nameMt.Hachiman
ConditionReconstructed main keep
DesignationNational Historic Sites
Year built1417
Castle lordŌmori Yoriharu
Refurbishment lordHōJō Sōun
Position map of Odawara Battle presented by Odawara Castle Main Keep General Administration Office
(Authorized publication 1.July 2020)

Green :Hojō Army
Red and Yellow :Toyotomi Allience

Toyotomi's army surrounds Odawara Castle, about 200,000. Ishigakiyama Castle, where Toyotomi's headquarters are located, is in the lower left of the image.
Statue of Ōmori Yoriharu from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Hōjō 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.
Family Crest of Ōkubo Clan from "Bukan Complete Works" (produced by CODH)
adapted from "Classical Japanese National Data Set" (Kokubunken Collection)

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Odawara Castle Images 

Odawara Castle is famous as a base for Hōjō Clan. In the past, even if one of The most famous Sengoku Warload Kenshin Uesugi and Takeda Shigen attacks, it could not be dropped. It's just an impregnable and honorable castle. Toyotomi started the war with Hōjō, as a finishing touch on the unification of the world In 1590. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of armies attacked Odawara Castle. This battle called Odawara conquest (Odawara battle, Odawara role, etc.) The castle was opened almost bloodless after barricading in the castle for three months. After the fall, Okubo Clan,confidant of Tokugawa Ieyasu,became the castle owner.
A "castle-like castle" near Tokyo, with stunning landscapes, gardens and a museum with an amazing collection of artifacts, armor and weapons.
Umadashi gate and Corner tower
Akagane Gate
Akagane simply means "copper". this was made of copper for the decoration of the large door at the front gate of Ninomaru. reproduced in 1997.
Ninomaru Gate
Tokiwagi Gate (the main gate of Honmaru)
Reconstructed in 1971.
 Moat with cherry blossams
Ishigakiyama overnight castle Ruins

When attacking Odawara Castle, Toyotomi Hideyoshi has set up on Mt.Ishigaki, where can see Odawara Castle below. About 80 days from the start of construction to completion, the legend of "Ishigakiyama overnight castle" are still handed down.
Upon completion, the trees that had hidden the castle were cut off. A day later, the castle seemed to appear suddenly. Hideyoshi moves his team here when the castle is completed, then a tea ceremony and a dance party were held every day in the castle as if in Odawara Castle to show off. Hideyoshi's army surrounds Odawara Castle and stay waiting. The enemy offers a variety of entertainment during the battle they can see enough room. Hojo's army gradually loses his will to fight with the other party's margin. This is an anecdote that Hojo's side gradually leaned from thorough fighting to surrender.
Odawara Castle and the city of Odawara from Mt.Ishigaki

Link-1 : The Impregnable Castle

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Link-2 : Japanese major fortress

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