Kozukue Castle : A Study of Japanese Bibliography

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Nagao Kageharu's Rebellion (1476-1480) from "Wikipedia"

Red:Nagao's army Blue:Uesugi's army

Battle with Ōta Dōkan on Uesugi's side , a famous worlord who built Edo Castle after that. ”小机城” means Kozukue Castle in above.

Profile : Kozukue Castle Ruins

LocationYokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Also known asIida Castle
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's name
Year builtfirst 15th century
Abolished1478 or 1590
Castle lordUesugi Clan
Refurbishment lordNagao Clan , Kasahara Clan, Hōjō Clan
Portrait of Ōta Dōkan from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Ōta 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.

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Kozukue Castle Images 

The time of construction of Kozukue Castle is uncertain. But it is certain that it was a military base of Minami Musashi district at least in 15th century as we can see from the attacking by Ōta Dōkan against Yano Hyōgonosuke in Kozukue Castle who belonged to the Nagao's group on the Rebellion of Nagao Kageharu beginning in 1476. It is conceivable that, after that, Hōjō Clan who advanced to Musashi-no-Kuni, took over Edo Castle in 1524 and put the entire area of ​​Kozukue under his control to rebuild the castle.
During the Invasion of Kantō district by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1590, there was no battle at Kozukue Castle, and it was abandoned after Tokugawa Ieyasu joined Kantō region. There is a main part consisting of two Kuruwas, which are called "NIshi-Kuruwa" (west side) and "Higashi-Kuruwa"(east side) on the plateau, which is about 20 m high. The main part is surrounded by a wide and deep trench centering on the north side. It has not been concluded which one corresponds to the Honmaru . Between the two Kuruwas, there is an elongated kuruwa in the north and south called the "connecting kuruwa".
Kozukue Castle Ruins Citizen's Forest

Remains such as Honmaru, Ninomaru, trench and earthworks are left in the dense wooded forest with a lot of small updowns and the magnificent bamboo forest.
wide and deep trench
Splendid bamboo forest

This bamboo forest is reminiscent of Sagano, a famous place in Kyoto.
Restored Kaburakimon Gate

The south part of the Nishi-Kuruwa. The square is a place that passes through the simulated restored this gate.
Since there is no parking lot in the surrounding area, it is necessary to use public transportation, walking or cycling, and it is difficult to understand because there is a narrow entrance between private houses, so few people visit it, But it is a recommended spot as a healing space, even for people other than castle enthusiasts and those who like historic sites.


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