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The ruins of Mukohaguroyama Castle seen from the opposite bank of Aga River (by Qwert1234's file from Wikipedia)

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LocationAizumisato-Chō, Ōnuma district, Fukushima Prefecture
Also known asIwasaki Castle
Type of castleMountaintop
Mountain's nameMt.Iwasaki
DesignationNational Historic Sites
Year built1561
Castle lordAshina Moriuji
Refurbishment lordUesugi Kagekatsu
Portrait of Ashina Moriuji from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Ashina 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.
Portrait of Uesugi Kagekatsu from Wikipedia

Mukaihaguroyama Castle admission

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Ruins of Ichino-Kuruwa

"kuruwa" is a battle-like part of a castle that is divided by a moat, stone walls, and earthwork. "Ichino-Kuruwa"means the site of "Honmaru", castle's main building.
Ruins of residence of Ashina Moriuji

The leading Aizu lord Ashina Clan, who has continued from the Kamakura era, reached its peak during the Warring States period in the age of Ashina Moriuji. He handed over his responsibilities to his eldest son in 1561 and began to build Mukaihaguroyama Castle as a retired castle, which was soon abandoned. Aizu area was given to Uesugi Kagekatsu in 1598 after the ruling of Ashina Clan and after being ruled by Date Clan and Gamō Clan. Kagekatsu is said to have undergone a major renovation of Mukaihaguroyama Castle, which had been abandoned immediately after entering Aizu, and there is a theory that it was assumed that this was the last fort against Tokugawa Ieyasu. However, Uesugi Clan was transferred to Yonezawa Castle due to the defeat of Sekigahara battle in 1600, and Mukaihaguroyama Castle was also abolished.
Ruins of moat

This castle used Aga River as a natural water moat. There was Ichino-Kuruwa on the top of the mountain, and many Kuruwa were arranged along the ridge, including Nino-Kuruwa, Kitano-Kuruwa, Sanno-Kuruwa, and Moriuji's residence.
Ruins of Koguchi (the entrance of castle)
Ruins of Nino-Kuruwa (the second Kuruwa)


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