Matsushiro 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 : Matsushiro Castle Ruins

LocationNagano City, Nagano Prefecture
Also known asKaizu Castle
Type of castleFlatland
Mountain's name
DesignationNational Historic Sites
Year built1560
Castle lordTakeda Shingen
Refurbishment lordTamaru Naomasa
Portrait of Takeda Shingen from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Takeda 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.

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Matsushiro Castle Images 

Matsushiro Castle, built by Takeda Shingen, is famous as the castle that Yamamoto Kansuke, known as Shingen's chief of staff, worked on construction. It is located in a key point under the control of North Shinano District, and is the setting for the most famous stage in Japan's history, the Battle of Kawanakajima has become.
”Taikomon Gate" of Honmaru and "Taikomae-Bridge" (restored in 2004)

It forms an inner box shape at the Hashizumemon Gate in the foreground and the Taikomon in the back. It is called "Uchi-Masugata"type of defense system, creates a small rectangular space inside the entrance of the Kuruwa and builds the second gate. Enemies that enter here will be attacked from three directions.
It is a flat type of a modern castle, but uses an earthworks and a crescent-shaped moat, which is one of the "Takeda-style castle method". It is abandoned in the Meiji era, but now the tower gate, bridges made by wood, earthworks, etc. remain in a state close to its appearance at the time.
KIta-Yaguramon (north side) of Honmaru
”Kita-Akazunomon Gate" of Honmaru

"Uzumemon Gate"

It is a tunnel-shaped gate located in the northwest of Ninomaru, filled with soil in an emergency.
In addition to Matsushiro Castle, there is also a famous castle ”Matsumoto Castle”, national treasure in Matsumoto City.
Nagano City is the largest city in Nagano Prefecture. There are Zenko-ji Temple, which is 1400 years old, Togakushi Shrine with a history of 2,000 years, and Hachimanngahara Historic Park (Kawanakajima Ancient Battlefield), which was the stage of the famous "Battle of Kawanakajima" where Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin fought. It is an attractive place with many attractions.

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