Ōitafunai Castle : A Study of Japanese Bibliography

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"Jōkakuezu (picture in Edo Period)" from 国立国会図書館

Also known as "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.

Another typical example of a castle picture in the Edo period is "Kojōezu", 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.

Profile : Ōitafunai Castle Ruins

LocationŌita City, Ōita Prefecture
Also known asŌita Castle, Niage Castle, Hakuchi Castle
Type of castleFlatland
Mountain's name
DesignationŌita Historic Sites
Year built1597
Castle lordFukuhara Naotaka
Refurbishment lordTakenaka Shigetoshi
Portrait of Matsudaira Tadaaki from "Wikipedia"
Family Crest 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.

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Construction started by Fukuhara Naotaka and completed two years later. At the beginning , the castle site was set up at the place of trading , so it was supposed to be called "the place to unload", that means "the unloading castle". But "unloading" also has meaning of "dropping down" a bad luck. So It has come to be called the "Lifting Castle" with the wish of rising and good luck.
Unfortunately , The main keep, with four-story multi-leveled tower type built by Takenaka Shigetoshi , was burned down in the fire of 1743, it has not been built since then. Only the stone wall of basis remains.
Ōtemon Gate of Honmaru
Several precious historical heritage was destroyed during World WarⅡ by air raids, but Higashinomaru , Nijūyagura of Nishinomaru Otemon restored in 1965. Corridor bridges connecting NishinoMaru and Kuruwa were restored In 1996.
Oita Prefecture is a coastal one in Kyushu. It is known for very popular Beppu hot springs and other hot spring towns ,the best spot to enjoy sightseeing deeply.


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