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"Shiroezu (picture in Edo Period)" from Kanazawa City Tamagawa Library

A 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.
Another typical example of a castle picture in the Edo period is 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.

Profile : Kanazawa Castle Ruins

LocationKanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture
Also known as
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's name
Year built1580
Castle lordSakuma Morimasa
Refurbishment lordMaeda Toshiie, Maeda Toshinaga
Portrait of Maeda Toshiie from Wikipedia
Family Crest 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.

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Kanazawa Castle Images 

Kanazawa Castle was built by Sakuma Morimasa, ordered by Shibata Katsuie, who destroyed the Kanazawa Midō, which was the base of the Kaga Ikkoikki riot, on the order of Oda Nobunaga. Maeda Toshiie enters the castle in 1583, and undergoes major renovation in 1592 by the master of castle construction, Takayama Ukon, who was invited by the Maeda family as a guest general. In addition, it has been frequently renovated during the reign of Maeda Toshinaga, Toshiie's son.
Hashizumemon Gate

It was once a magnificent castle with five levels of main keep, long stone walls and yaguras, but was lost due to repeated misfires during Edo and Meiji periods.
Hashizumemon-Tsuzuki-Yagura (left) & Gojikken-Nagaya (center) & Hishi-Yagura (right)

Hishi-yagura is a turret that has a diamond-shaped plane literally. these contiguous buildings would serve as facilities for defending the Ninomaru, with stone droppings (石落とし) and attacking spot with gun(鉄砲狭間) between them in a battle.
"Gojikken Nagaya"

It is Tamon-Yagura(turret) connecting Hishi-Yagura and Hashizumemon-Yagura. In addition to being used as a warehouse to store weapons etc., it also has the role of a castle wall in an emergency. It is surprising that despite using such a large building , no nails or bolts are used.
Kawakitamon Gate (the main gate of Sannomaru)
Ruins of Ushitora Yagura
"Irogami-Tanzakuzumi-Ishigaki" in Gyokuseninmaru Garden

The stone wall stucked with the stones, looks like colored paper strips. A unique design stone wall made of a wide variety of stones, such as vertical and horizontal stones, hexagonal stones, red and black stones.
fantastic landscape of "Kenrokuen Garden"

Kenrokuen Garden is a garden made by Daimyō that represents the Edo period. Started as the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle by Maeda Tatsunori , the fifth lord, It became the garden of the present in the age of Maeda Nariyasu, the13th lord . It is one of the three best gardens in Japan, registered as National Special Scenic Properties, along with Kairakuen Garden in Mito City and Korakuen Garden in Okayama prefecture.

Link-1 : Japanese seven most great stone wall

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Link-2 : Japanese Three Great Gardens

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