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Marugame 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 : Marugame Castle Ruins

LocationMarugame City, Kagawa Prefecture
Also known asKameyama Castle, Hōrai Castle
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's nameMt.Kameyama 
Elevation66m 
ConditionOriginal main keep
DesignationNational Important Cultural Properties
Year built1597
Abolished1871
Castle lordNara Motoyasu
Refurbishment lordIkoma Chikamasa
Portrait of Ikoma Chikamasa from Wikipedia
Family Crest 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.

Marugame Castle admission

admission fee : 200yen (Adult) 100yen(Non Adult)
admission time : am9-pm4:30
closing period : open everyday reference official site (japanese)

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Marugame Castle Images 

Marugame Castle is famous for a high stone wall and small main keep.

The castle was built over a seven-year period by Kuroda Nagamasa, the first lord of the Fukuoka clan, who received 520,000 levels from the Tokugawa family for his achievements in the Battle of Sekigahara.
It is an impressive main keep that rises above the stone walls, but is about 15 meters high on the double structure-third floor, the smallest castle tower remaining since the Edo period.
The stone wall is very characteristic, called a "fan slope", which starts with a gentle but rough wilderness and a well-rounded masonry foundation, and has a unique curvature so that the top is vertical. It is piled up four times from the foot of the mountain to the summit. The total 60m height is the highest in Japan , and the highest part of the Sannomaru stone wall is 22 meters by itself.
One of the charms of Marugame Castle is how close you can feel to all the magnificent walls.
The Ōtemon gate

Link-1 : Original Main Keep

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Link-2 : Japanese seven most great stone wall

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