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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 : Imabari Castle Ruins

LocationImabari City, Ehime Prefecture
Also known asMisuga Castle, Fukiage Castle
Type of castleFlatland(Marine)
Sea's nameInland Sea of Seto
Elevationー 
ConditionReconstructed main keep
Designation Ehime Historic Sites
Year built1602
Abolished1873
Castle lordTōdō Takatora
Refurbishment lordMatsudaira Clan
Portrait of Tōdō Takatora from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Tōdō 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.

Imabari Castle admission

admission fee : 520yen (Adult) 420yen(over 65y) free(under 18y or high school students and younger)
admission time : am9-pm5
closing period : December 29 - 31) reference official site (japanese)

Imabari Castle Google Map

Imabari Castle Images 

Japan's first five-levels with multi-leveled type main keep

The high stone wall and the double moat are features of Tōdō Takatora's, the master of castle. The moat was wide and had seawater drawn in, taking advantage of the castle built by the sea. This main keep was dismantled when Takatora was sealed, then offered to Tokugawa Ieyasu, It is said that it became the main keep of Tambakameyama Castle.

Also it features the latest technology at the time, such as no gables and "Musha-Gaeshi" inside. It is a corridor formed outside the main pillars in a building which helps moving quickly through the castle and is practical for preparing to enemy attacks.
The general name is Imabari Castle, but it is also called "Fukiage Castle" which means a castle by the sea, or "Misuga Castle" which means a beautiful sandy castle. It is said that "the whole castle is easily seen through because it is flatland type castle."
Kuroganegomon Gate of Ninomaru

The Ninomaru front gate, rebuilt in 2007, has an iron plate attached to the doors and pillars to increase strength.
When the tide is high, seawater flows from the lock on the north side of the moat even now.
The small one on the left side of the center is the statue of Tōdō Takatora.
It has become one of the symbols of Imabari Castle. It was produced to match the 400th anniversary of it in 2004.
Imabari Domain was set up since it was a key point for maritime traffic in the Seto Inland Sea before the Heian period, then it developed as a castle town of Imabari Castle during Edo period. From the Shōwa era to the present, It has become a important central role along with the development of the Japanese shipping industry. Highly recommended specialty "Imabari Towels" are famous throughout Japan for their high quality. In addition, "Murakami Suigun (navy) Museum". as famous "Murakami Suigun", which was said to be the strongest navy in Japan during the Warring States period.  reference official site

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