Matsuzaka Castle : A Study of Japanese Bibliography

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"Kōjōezu (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 castle picture in the Edo period exists, "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 : Matsuzaka Castle Ruins

LocationMatsuzaka City, Mie Prefecture
Also known as
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's nameYoihonomori Forest
ConditionNo main keep but other buildings
DesignationNational Historic Sites
Year built1588
Castle lordGamō Ujisato
Refurbishment lordFuruta Shigekatsu
Portrait of Gamou Ujisato from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Gamou 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.

Matsuzaka Castle admission

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admission time : free (Matsuzaka Castle Kōen Park)
closing period : open everyday reference official site

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Matsuzaka Castle Images 

Architectural historian Naitō Masaru said, "What a amazing stone wall it is. It has the same form as Azuchi Castle, but it is stronger than that and is also excellent in aesthetics. You can feel the high sense of beauty of Gamou Ujisato". Although he participated in the construction of Azuchi Castle, Matsuzaka Castle also incorporates the stone wall making at this time.
Gamou Ujisato, who was a close associate of Oda Nobunaga, developed the castle town by opening Rakuichi Rakuza under Matsusaka Castle to imitate Nobunaga's Azuchi Castle. This policy later developed as the home of Ise merchants and led to the development of Matsuzaka District.
It is a famous castle that can be enjoyed along the stone walls just by walking through the territory of Nawabari at the time.
The upper side of Honmaru Ruins
Gojōban Yashiki (Residence of Samurai)

20 houses of feudal lords surrounded by a central hedge. You can enjoy the atmosphere of the old days.


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