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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 : Akou Castle Ruins

LocationAkou City, Hyōgo Prefecture
Also known asKariya Castle
Type of castleFlatland
Mountain's name
ConditionNo main keep but other buildings
DesignationNational Historic sites
National Scenic Sites
Year built1648-1661
Castle lordAsano Naganao
Refurbishment lordAsano Naganao
Portrait of Asano Naganao from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Asano 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.
Portrait of Asano Takuminokami naganori from Wikipedia

He caused a sword wound in the Matsu-no-rouka Corridor of Edo Castle and was ordered to cut off. Widely known for his vassal, the forty-seven loyal retainers of the Akou clan called Akou-gishi in the Akou Incident (from Wikipedia)
Portrait of Ōishi Kuranosuke from Wikipedia

Head of chief retainers of Akou Clan splendidly played the revenge of his lord and achieved his reputation as a samurai.

Akou Castle admission

admission fee : free
admission time : am9-pm4:30 (Honmaru and Ninomaru Garden)
closing period : December 28- January 4 reference official site (japanese)

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Akou Castle Images 

The Castle famous for the Forty-seven loyal retainers

Honmaru was surrounded by a moat and a Ninomaru, and the Ninomaru was divided into north and south by a low stone wall. There was a main keep base , but no one was built. There are also many points that can be attacked with arrows, such as making the turret base protruding from the base line of the stone wall, increasing the defense power.
Ruins of Main keep base
Akou Castle was built on the delta of the Chikusa River and was also a sea castle with the sea behind. It is said that Nawabari adopted Koshū style and Yamaga style and state-of-the-art Yaguras (turret) corresponding to the bombardment was created.
Umayaguchimon Gate in Honmaru
Ruins of Palace of Honmaru
Outer moat of Ninomaru
Main gate of Ōishi Kuranoseke's Residence
Ruins of Isogai Jūrouzaemon's residence
Ruins of Mase Kyūdayū's residence
Blessed with the calm sea and climate of Seto Inland Region, the vast tidal flat made of high quality sand brought by the Chikusa River from the Chūgoku Mountains was suitable for the development of the Salt Field. The salt production technology spread along the Seto Inland Sea coast and grew to the point where it swept the market. Above all, Akou's salt is famous as one of the best brands in Japan, bringing a variety of blessings to the region.

reference ⇒ Akou Marine Scenic Museum


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