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"Kōjōezu (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 castle picture in the Edo period exists, "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.
Ukiyoe ”Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji -Shinshū Suwako-"(Lake Suwa) by Katsushika Hokusai in Edo period from Wikipedia

Profile : Takashima Castle Ruins

LocationSuwa City, Nagano Prefecture
Also known asFloating Castle of Suwa
Type of castleLake
Lake's nameLake Suwa
ConditionReconstructed main keep
DesignationSuwa City Historic Sites
Year built1592
Castle lordHineno Takayoshi
Refurbishment lordSuwa Tadakata
Portrait of Suwa Tadamasa from Wikipedia

The 9th generation of Suwa Clan, the grandson of Suwa Tadakata.
Family Crest of Suwa 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.

Takashima Castle admission

admission fee : 310yen (Adult) 150yen (under junior high school students)
admission time :
(April 1-September 30) : am9-pm5:30
(October 1-March 31) : am9-pm4:30
closing period : December 26-31 reference official site

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Takashima Castle Images 

Served Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi after Nobunaga's death. Hineno Takayoshi, who participated in Hideyoshi's Odawara Conqest, captured the enemy's Yamanaka Castle. In honor of his achievements, he was given a territory on "Shinano Takashima", and established himself as a daimyō of Toyotomi. After that, Takashima Castle, which was called "Suwa's Uki-Jō", was built over 7 years. During Hideyoshi's troop dispatch to Korea, he was stationed at Nagoya area in Bizen, the front base where dispatch of troops to Korea by Hideyoshi . About three years after the castle was completed, Hineno Clan was relocated and Suwa Clan restored the territory. After that, Suwa Clan protected the castle until the Meiji Restoration as the lord of 30,000 stones level in Takashima domain.
Reconstructed main keep at Ruins of Honmaru in 1970

Lake Suwa was used as a natural defense, and the river that flows into the lake was skillfully used as a moat. It was also called "Mizujiro" or "Uki-jō". A large gate was set up on the north castle side, and from there, the Enodokuruwa, Sannomaru, Ninomaru, and Honmaru were arranged in a straight line, and Minaminomaru was to the southeast of Honmaru. Stone wall was piled up on the main building to build a triple tower.
Takashima Park, where the castle tower is located, is also a famous spot for cherry blossoms, and you can enjoy seasonal flowers.


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