Kubota 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 : Kubota Castle

LocationAkita City, Akita Prefecture
Also known asYadome Castle, Kuzune Castle
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's nameMt.Shinmei 
No Main Keep but other buildings
DesignationAkita Cultural Properties
Year built1604
Castle lordSatake Yoshinobu
Refurbishment lordSatake Yoshiatsu
Portrait of Satake Yoshinobu from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Satake 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.

Kubota Castle admission

admission fee : 100yen (Free for high school students and younger)
admission time : am9-pm4:30
closing period : during winter (December 1 - March 31) reference official site (japanese)

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Kubota Castle Images 

Incurred the displeasure of Tokugawa Ieyasu in the "Battle of Sekigahara" and was sealed off from Hitachi Mito 540,000 to Dewa Akita 200,000. He himself was a man who made Ieyasu say, "It's too strong to be lawful." It is said that he did not forget his gratitude to Ishida Mitsunari. After participate in the Osaka Winter Battle as Tokugawa , Satake's Bushō made a big contribution to the victory. Because of the strong trust from Tokugawa Shognate, despite the fact that it was prohibited in principle to have a supporting castle by the "One Country-Castle Ordinance" promulgated in 1615, Satake added three castles in addition to Kubota Castle, Yokote Castle and Ōdate Castle.
It was a simplistic construction built with only earthworks and moats, using almost no stone walls, main keep as well as the triple tower.
This castle in Nawabari, which has a wide and deep water moat in three folds and an elevated earthworks, may contain the pride of Satake Yoshinobu,who is good at earthen castles. It is famous for being built mainly on large embankments.
The current corner tower "Osumi Yagura" has been rebuilt to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the municipal organization in 1989. The former one was a double tower, but it has a double fourth floor with an additional observation deck.
Reconstructed Main Gate
Statue of Satake Yoshitaka

the last lord of Kubota clan. In the Boshin War, fought under the New government, symbolic person who lived during the Meiji Restoration's turbulent period.
Trench ruins
"Senshū Park" is a modern park built on the site of Kubota Castle, opened to the public in the Meiji era. The park designer and gardener is Yasuhei Nagaoka, who represents the Meiji and Taisho eras, the first Japanese park designer, and is in charge of the landscape architect
the signborad says " Kubota Castle is known as "No main keep and stone walls".
Hachimanakita Shrine

A thief who invaded here to steal the offer was angry at the shrine, because the offer box was locked. Finally set on fire, the shrine was burned down and collapsed, and the right half of the main shrine also left a slight shape in 2005.


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