Morioka Castle Ruins : 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 : Morioka Castle

LocationMorioka City, Iwate Prefecture
On Granite hills
Also known asKozukata Castle (不来方城)
Type of castleHilltop
DesignationNational Historic Sites
Year built1598
Castle lordNanbu Nobunao
Refurbishment lordNanbu Shigenao
Portrait of Nanbu Nobunao from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Nanbu 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.

Morioka Castle admission

admission fee : free reference official site

Morioka Castle Google Map

Morioka Castle Images 

Morioka used to be called "Kozukata" in the past, meaning "where nobody comes." For this reason, Morioka Castle is also called "Kozukata Castle” . The current place name was changed when the castle was completed, with the wish of flourish.
 There is no structure left. but stunning stone wall processed from kakougan remains, Morioka Castle is one of the three major castles in the Tohoku region, along with Aizuwakamatsu Castle and Shirakawakomine Castle.
Stone wall made by ”Uchikomihagi” about 12m high

The stones are pounded tightly into place and the corners and rough edges are smoothed some to help them fit together better.
Sakurayama Shrine
Eboshi Rock of Sakurayama Shrine

Appeared when the castle was built, successive lords have cherished this megalith as a "treasure big stone".
It is still popular as a Gurdian diety for Morioka citizens.
Poetry Monument of Ishikawa Takuboku

writing his emotions laying down on the grass of Morioka Castle and looking up at the sky on 15-year-old
Morioka Castle Ruins Park in winter

Link : Three Great Castle in Tōhoku district

【Fukushima prefecture】Aizuwakamatsu Castle 【Fukushima prefecture】Shirakawakomine Castle 【Iwate prefecture】Morioka Castle


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