Habauehori-yashiki was built as the fortified residence of Kuroiwa Jūrōuemon. It was located, along with the Horigane Yakata, the fortified manor house of Horigane Clan, in Horigane village. The Kuroiwa Clan were vassals of the Horigane Clan. Habauehori-yashiki was located in Shimohorigane, the lower village, and Horigane-yakats was locaed in Kamihorigane, the upper village. Both sites show the same design methodology, with the moats curiously being situated behind rather than in front of the earthen ramparts. The graves of the Kuroiwa clansmen remain to this day near Habauehori-yashiki.
Habauehori-yashiki is a medieval earthworks fortification ruin overlooking a small cliff. The fortified residence was bounded on all sides by dorui (earthen ramparts). Interestingly, the dorui was piled up from “within” the fort, so that there is a karabori (dry moat) behind the dorui. Usually moats are located in front of ramparts, not behind them. The Horigane Yakata has the same unusual feature. Only a few segments of this defensive system remain, and the most significant portion is in the eastern corner, where the dorui and karabori are most evident. The site is now that of a traditional home, though it appears that it may be abandoned. Likely it will fall into ruin, which is a great shame. The home is built in the vernacular Honmune style, so it may possibly not be so different from the home of Jūrōuemon, the original builder of the fort.
|Pre Edo Period
|Toyoshina Station on the Oito Line; 25 minute walk
|Azumino, Nagano Prefecture
|36° 18' 9.43" N, 137° 53' 2.98" E
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