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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 : Fukuyama Castle Ruins

LocationFukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Also known asHisamatsu Castle
Type of castleFlatland
Mountain's name
ConditionReconstructed main keep
DesignationNational Important Cultural Properties
Fukuyama City Important Cultural Prorerties
Hirosima Prefecture Important Traditional Building
Year built1622
Castle lordMizuno Katsushige
Refurbishment lordAbe Clan
Portrait of Mizuno katsushige from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Mizuno 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.

Fukuyama Castle admission

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Fukuyama Castle Images 

Fukuyama Castle was built by Mizuno katsushige, cousin of Tokugawa Ieyasu, with the full support of the Shogunate. The main role was to monitor and strengthen the defense against Mōri Clan and other western daimyō, and five years have passed since the Siege of Ōsaka Summer Campaign". Nawari is a contoured hilltop style castle with a Honmaru on a hill at an altitude of about 20 m, surrounded by Ninomaru and Sannomaru.  The five-level and six-floor castle wall was painted on the eastern, southern, and west sides, and was iron-plated in the north. This appears to have warned of a relatively weak defense from the north.
The main keep is directly connected to a smaller double-level Yagura(Turret).

There were 7 triple-level yaguras, 16 double-level yaguras, and Tamon Yagura with a total length of approximately 570 m. This scale is worthy of special mention as the castle of 100,000 stone level daimyō. In addition, after the castle was built, the Shogunate made a huge financial call, and was treated according to the general contract of the world. It can be said that Fukuyama Castle was expected by the Shogunate as a castle that protects the important point between the Saigoku Kaido(Main road) and the Seto Inland Sea.
Fushimi Yagura ーThe very precious survivingー

A relocation of Higashi Yagura in Fushimi Castle around 1620 , which was presumed to have been built in 1601. It has triple level-triple floor, and the first and second floors are of the same size, called ”Total two-floor structure". It is a Bōrō-type tower that has an architectural style on which a small independent Bōrō is mounted.

The walls are made of white plaster. If it is an ordinary castle, it has a scale equivalent to main keep. Aside from it, it is one of the oldest surviving yagura alongside the Uto Yagura in Kumamoto Castle.
Sujiganegomon Gate

The Original yaguramon gate located main gate of Honmaru. As the name suggests, it is reinforced with steel bars.
Sujiganegomon Gate
kane Yagura

Reconstructed in 1973 by citizen's donation.
Kaburakimon Gate
Fukuyama City is the second largest city in Hiroshima Prefecture where the atomic bomb was dropped during World War II, also is a scenic tourist city facing the Seto Inland Sea. Especially, "Port Sayanoura" is also famous for being the stage of Ghibli's animated film "Ponyo on the Cliff".


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