Japanese tradition building : Matsumoto Castle

There is the good sample of the Japanese local castle in the early modern times. It is not production by the Japanese, but is very good.

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The Tokugawa shogunate, also known as the Tokugawa bakufu and the Edo bakufu, was a feudal regime of Japan established by Tokugawa Ieyasu and ruled by the shoguns of the Tokugawa family.
This period is known as the Edo period(from 1603 until 1868).
Tokugawa bakufu split feudal power between the shogunate in Edo and provincial domains throughout Japan.
Provinces had a degree of sovereignty and were allowed an independent administration of the Han in exchange for loyalty to the Shogun
The shogun and lord of each Han were all daimyo: And feudal lords with their own bureaucracies named “Bishi” or “Samurai”.

Matsumoto Castle was a stronghold of Matsumoto Domain.


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 Samurais did a match of the fencing in the neighborhood of the castle.

 Samurais were a military officer, and it was an executive and a judicial officer.

 By the way, let’s enter the castle.

 The front gate of the castle is called Ohtemon. In the gate, severe construction is performed for defense,there is a defense institution in both sides and the upper part of the gate.


 There is an open space when I enter the castle at the front gate. In fact, in this open space, it is surrounded every direction in a castle wall,the army attacking a castle is attacked from every direction here by bows/bullets and suffers great damage.


 This building is not good for a castle. Hummmm…  Perhaps this is the stage(Maidono) built in the large-scale Shinto shrine.

ほう、これは城に似つかわしくない建物ですことw 大きな神社などにある舞殿のようですが・・・

 The tower of the castle is symbolic, but there is not a houseroom. It for the prospects,and it was used as an arsenal.


 What kind of house did the samurai live in? I introduce it on the next time.

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