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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 : Minowa Castle Ruins

LocationTakasaki City, Gunma Prefecture
Also known as
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's name
ConditionRuins only
DesignationNational Historic Sites
Year built1512
Castle lordNagano Narimasa
Refurbishment lordIi Naomasa
Statue of Takeda Shingen(left) vs Uesugi Kenshin(right) in Kawanakajima Battle (Hachimanbara Historic Park in Nagano City) from Wikipedia

It is one of the most famous battle in japanese history, fought by two warlords representing the Sengoku period, but it is not widely known that both of them were closely related to Nagano Narimasa, the lord of Minowa Castle.
Statue of Kamiizumi Nobutsuna ”God of swordsmanship” in Kamiizumi Jichikaikan from Wikipedia

He is famous for being a god and a lord of Nagano Narimasa. After the fall of the master, he declined the offer from the enemy Takeda Clan and went on a swordsmanship training journey. It is said that this was the birth of the founder of the Yagyū Shinkage School, which was passed down to Yagyū's own license. Yagyū clan would subsequently have a covert influence as the military commander of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

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"As long as Narimasa is alive, we can't afford to go to Jōshū District." Takeda Shingen lamented.

Nagano Narimasa, the lord of castle, was Yamanouchi Uesugi familly's vassal. After the destruction of his family, he protected Minowa Castle, and defeated Takeda Shingen six times. He was a great general called "Tiger in Jōshū District".
It was a solid earthern castle with a huge trench and earthworks and elaborate territory system. The highlight is Ōhorikiri, dug out of Ninomaru on the south side of the Kaji-Kuruwa. It has 30m width and 9m depth at present , which divides the castle into two parts.
The castle owners were changed one after another during the last 100 years, it was renovated into a modern castle using stone by Ii Naomasa, who finally entered the castle, Deputy Minister of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Naomasa moves to Wada Castle. As a result, Minowa Castle is abandoned. At present, part of the earthworks, trenchs, and stone walls remain.

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