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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 : Sendai Castle Ruins

LocationSendai City, Miyagi Prefecture
Also known asAoba Castle
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's nameMt.Aoba 
No main keep but other buildings
DesignationNational Historic Sites
Year built1601
Castle lordDate Masamune
Refurbishment lordDate Tadamune
Portrait of Date Masamune from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Date 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.

Sendai Castle admission

admission fee : 700yen (Adult) 500yen(Above high school students) 300yen(Above elementary school students)
admission time :
(April 1-November 3) : am9-pm5
(November 4-March 31) : am9-pm4
closing period : open daily reference official site (japanese)

Sendai Castle Google Map

Sendai Castle Images 

Sendai Castle, also called "Aoba Castle" because it is located at the summit of Mt. Aoba, is a mountain castle protected by natural hazards, surrounded by the cliffs of the Hirose River and the valley of Tatsunokuni on three sides of the castle. The Honmaru is large enough for the Sendai Domain 62Mangoku, 245m east and west 267m north to south, one of the largest in Japan.
No main keep , but there were Onarimon, Great Hall, etc. It became Hirayama Castle after the second generation Date Tadamune built Ninomaru.
The stone wall surrounding the Honmaru deteriorated over time,  It was restored seven years after 1997. Excavations conducted at the same time have revealed that stone walls at different times have been buried.
Stone wall of Honmaru

As you can see, the construction of this stone wall is solid and powerful. A pile of almost equal-sized stones stacked sideways is called a notched connection. It began to be used after early Edo period.
Stone Wall of Kiyomizu Gate

A stone used in its natural form or divided without further shaping. This type of wall is relatively weak and cannot build high walls. Also, with many scaffolds and railings, attackers can climb relatively easily.
Statue of Date Masamune

Another name "Dokuganryu Masamune" (means "One-eyed Dragon Masamune")
one of the most popular and intelligent Warlords of the Warring States Period in Japan.
The Honmaru Great Hall Ruins

The main building of the Honmaru Palace and is said to have been called "Senjojiki" because of its size. Inside, there are many rooms, such as the "Upper Section", where the lords of the successive lords, such as Date Masamune, sit, as well as the "Peacock Room" and "Hinoki Room". Each room was decorated with luxurious barrier paintings and decorative hardware.
Sendai cityscape from Sendai Castle ruins
Hirose River

Sendai Castle Honmaru is located in a cliff that faces the Hirose River on the east side. During the feudal era, Date Masamune arranged the samurai residence of important vassals along a daimyo alley on the river bank terrace across the Hirose River from Sendai Castle. From the Honmaru of Sendai Castle, there is a height difference of about 80m to the riverbed, clearly showing the master-slave relationship between the palace and his ministry.

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