Hachigata Castle : A Study of Japanese Bibliography

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"Musashi-Hachigata Castle Picture in Sengoku period" from Saitama Prefectural Archives Collection

There are two typical castle pictures in the Edo period. The one is "Japanese Kojōezu", collected by the Inagaki family, the Toba Daimyō from the mid-Edo period to the Meiji Restoration, as materials for military studies. 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 : Hachigata Castle Ruins

LocationYorii-cho, Ōsato district, Saitama Prefecture
Also known as
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's name
ConditionNo main keep but other buildings 
Year built1476
DesignationNational Historic Sites
Castle lordNagao Kageharu
Refurbishment lordHōjō Ujikuni
Nagao Kageharu's Rebellion (1476-1480) from "Wikipedia"

Red:Nagao's army
Blue:Uesugi's army   

Battle with Ōta Dōkan, a famous worlord who built Edo Castle.
Family Crest of Nagao 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.

Hachigata Castle admission

admission fee : free ※200yen(Common) 100yen(Students etc.) free(over 70 and Child) Hachigata Castle Historical Museum
admission time : am9:30-pm4:30
closing period : every Monday , new year holidays reference official site

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Hachigata Castle Images 

Hachigata Castle is located on a river terrace between Arakawa rivers and Fukasawa rivers.
The continuous Kuruwa is built to maximize the defense, the sophistication of the turf is remarkable.
In fact, it is a very difficult to attack with two rivers as natural moats. In the case of "Odawara Attack" by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and his alliance in the end of 15th century, Protected for over a month with only 3000 soldiers as one of the Hojō family's supporting castles, against more than 30,000 Toyotomi forces, with Maeda Toshiie and Uesugi Kagekatsu as the general,
reconstracted Yonkyakumon Gate
There is also "Shōji-bori moat" that prevents enemies to horizontal movement in the trench.
 This castle is a must see for any mountain top castle lovers.

Link : The Impregnable Castle

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