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  • 21:09, 28 November 2022 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #2261 on Akagi Minami Castle
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  • 01:34, 22 November 2022 192.139.27.23 talk posted a new comment on Akagi Minami Castle (burh)
  • 01:20, 22 November 2022 192.139.27.23 talk posted a new comment on Akagi Minami Castle (Pakistan- Peshawar)
  • 04:51, 16 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Ichijodani Castle (Had no idea. Thanks for the report!)
  • 18:27, 14 November 2022 DiegoDeManila talk contribs posted a new comment on Ichijodani Castle (Visited 12th November 2022. I won’t dwell on the valley site proper (including the reconstructed townscape) as there’s nothing to add in that regard, except of course to say that it was all well worth visiting. I’d like to focus a bit on the brand-new 「一乗谷朝倉氏遺跡博物館」 just a short walk from JR Ichijōdani Station. They’ve just opened a month ago (1st October 2022 to be precise) and it’s a real treat to see so many excavated artefacts from the valley assembled in one place, along with supporting e...)
  • 16:02, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Masuo Castle (Masuojō is a Sengoku period hilltop castle with extant baileys, dorui (earthen embankments) and karabori (dry moats). This was an unexpected castle visit for me when I found I had some time to spare whilst passing through Kashiwa.)
  • 16:01, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Chiba Castle (Chiba Castle, Japan's Most Controversial Castle? For those knowledgeable of castles and history, so-called "Chiba Castle" may be a target of derision. Or, perhaps we should say it is controversial. But why is this? This castle has many mysteries. Inohanajō, which is a more historically sound name for the castle, has a long history, being established almost nine centuries ago. It was, however, abandoned before the Edo Period. The mogi tenshu (faux reconstructed main keep) seems influenced...)
  • 15:55, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Kogane Castle (Near the top of the hill are the remains of a moat. Here there used to be unebori moat defences, but these are deteriorated or buried now. Further down the hill is another remaining moat segment. In this area there were shōjibori moat defences, but again, these are no longer discernible. Gate posts have been erected before a small sub bailey to show the entrance to the site. The most prominent feature of this hilltop castle is the dorui (earthen ramparts) ringing a bailey. This is located in...)
  • 15:54, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Otaki Castle (Ôtakijō's main attraction is its mogi tenshu (faux reconstructed main keep), but it does have an extant structure too. Also, Ôtakijō’s castle town is marvellously preserved, including a merchant’s residence from 1841 and an old sake brewery. The original structure remaining at Ôtakijō is the Yakuimon (gate), dating to 1844, at the foot of the mountain. Ôtakijō is surrounded by deep pine forests. The reconstructed keep at Ôtakijō was built in 1975 out of concrete. No detailed plans or depictio...)
  • 15:52, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Tateyama Castle (This was the first time I remember being fairly underwhelmed by a mogi and thinking "is this all there is?", and so I went off in search of some tangible remains of the actual castle, finding them in a lonely area of the park. Tateyamajō is a pleasant enough castle site to visit. The park is vast and it sits on a mountain overlooking the bay. This scenic setting is famous from the Edo Period epic novel Hakkenden by Kyokutei Bakin. In the legend of Hakkenden the story begins when Lord Satomi r...)
  • 15:51, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Sekiyado Castle (Sekiyadojō is basically a castle-shaped museum. It offers a lot of very interesting information on the efforts of Edo Period Japanese to control the flow of rivers, protect from flooding, and build canals for trade. The history of the castle is heavily associated with these projects… A castle was first established on the site of Sekiyado Castle by Yanada Narisuke in 1457. The Go-Hōjō Clan destroyed this early castle in their campaigns to conquer the Kantō region (1565-1574). After the defea...)
  • 15:38, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Takatsuki Castle (Tokyo) (Takatsukijō was an earthworks fort built on a mountain promontory overlooking the Aki River. Ruins feature kuruwa (baileys), dorui (earthen ramparts), karabori (dry moats), horikiri (trenches) and tatebori (climbing trenches). The baileys are terraced with the spacious shukuruwa (main bailey) at the top. To the rear of the shukuruwa is a large karabori system. The castle ruins are maintained as a sort of park but much of it is barred to public access as it is mostly on private land. The main...)
  • 15:37, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Hachioji Castle (The scale of Hachiōjijō is immense, containing several distinct groupings of baileys. Roughly the castle ruins can be divided into three or four areas... I went to the Kyokan (living area), then on to the honmaru (main bailey), then on to the tsumenoshiro (branch castle), and even beyond there... 1. Kyokan / Go'shuden (居館・御主殿) Area: this is the area most people recognise at Hachiōjijō and contains a reconstructed bridge spanning a gorge and linking up with an ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts)...)
  • 15:30, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Kanao Yogaisan Castle (I came to Kanaoyōgaiyamajō on the way to Hanazonojō since there was no timely train from Tenjin'yamajō and I walked. There's nothing to see except for some cleared spaces which were once the castle's baileys. There is a lookout tower with views. Recently a roof has been built on it.)
  • 15:20, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Kuma Castle (As far as descriptions on jcastle.info go, Kumajō would seem like quite a scary place to venture. Eric was just urging us to take proper precautions, but in my memory’s retelling it sort of sounded like... “Kumajō. This site is dangerous. If you lose your footing you will fall down a ridge and die. If you do not have a bear bell you will get mauled by a bear and die. If you are inexperienced you will make a mistake and die. If you do not have all the right equipment you will die”. And so on....)
  • 15:18, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Yogaisan Castle (Yōgaiyamajō, also called Sekisuijō, Yōgaisanjō and Yōgaizanjō, is a yamajiro of epic proportions, containing such features as ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts), primitive masugata koguchi (square formation gate complexes), dorui (earthen ramparts), dobashi (earthen bridges), tatebori (climbing trenches), horikiri (lateral trenches), kuruwa (baileys), and koshikuruwa (sub-baileys). There are at least eight large gate complexes situated one after the other leading up to the shukuruwa (main bailey...)
  • 15:14, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Ueda Castle (Ueda Castle is a unique hirayamajiro, meaning a castle built in part as a flatland castle and in part as a castle which makes use of elevation. Sometimes the English ‘hilltop castle’ is supplied to mean ‘hirayamajiro’, but this is insufficient, and in Uedajō's case especially it is misleading. If anything Uedajō is a ‘clifftop castle’ (okajiro > gakejiro?). The castle sits atop a terrace of the Chikuma River, either along the cliffside or atop of tall stone-piled retaining walls. Yet, seeming...)
  • 15:11, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Komoro Castle (My second visit to Komorojō, was my first visit in about four or five years. The castle's geography and features are quite unique. It was built straddling a series of gorges going down to the Chikuma River. The main castle mount sits snugly between two flanking ridges, which were also part of the castle's precincts, though now one hosts a shrine and another a cramped and morbid zoo. Between these two embracing arms the castle almost feels sunken and exposed, but these ridges are essentially,...)
  • 14:17, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Kanaiyama Castle (The Kanaiyama Castle-Mount is a mysterious place strewn with large boulders and containing several kofun (ancient burial mounds). I climbed inside two of the kofun along the trail. Another tumulus ruin has had its earth covering removed and the stones of the burial chamber exposed (the kofun come before the castle ruins but I show them after the castle ruins here). The castle ruins are also impressive, consisting of horikiri (trenches cut into the mountain ridge) and kuruwa (baileys), with so...)
  • 14:10, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Imabari Castle (Uh-oh, I can hear the 'Friends' theme playing again :3)
  • 14:06, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Matsue Buke Yashiki (The last time I visited Matsue Castle the samurai house was unfortunately closed due to repairs. It's now re-open so I took the opportunity to visit. The house is very picturesque. I noticed some odd architectural features which proved to be Meiji Period extensions. The street the residence is on, opposite the castle's moat, is a remnant of the old jōkamachi (castle town).)
  • 14:04, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Tsuyama Castle (Tsuyamajō, a major Edo period citadel, features terrific ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts) in profusion, and a reconstructed yagura (turret) with adjoining dobei (walls). The ishigaki encase the entire hill like some gigantic ziggurat. The top of the castle-mount is crowned by the tenshudai (platform for main keep). The ishigaki, and the complex layout of the castle, are for me the highlight of Tsuyamajō, and the yagura is the cherry on top, as it were. During our visit it rained very heavily...)
  • 14:02, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Natsukawa Castle (Natsukawajō is a flatland castle originally built within marshland to make it more defensible. It is surrounded by a moat and consists of both ishigaki (stone ramparts) and dorui (earthen ramparts) around a central compound. There is an Edo period gate at the entrance to the site but this was relocated to the site from elsewhere (Natsukawa Chigyōsho Sōmon, or the main gate of the headquarters of the Natsukawa Fief, which was possibly established in 1679 along with the Togawa-Niwase Fief). Nat...)
  • 14:01, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Niwase Castle (庭瀬城・庭瀬陣屋 Niwasejō / Niwase-jin'ya Niwasejō, a hirajiro (flatland castle) built in a marsh sometime during the Sengoku Period, was also known as Kōgejō (sec. Jcastle) and Shibanojō (sec. Wikipedia). Today it is the site of two shrines surrounded by waterways which comprised the castle's moats. If you look at the edges of these moats you can see stonework. When I visited, the water had been drained which made for a muddy landscape surrounding the ishigaki (stone ramparts). I was able to get a g...)
  • 14:00, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Kano Castle (My second visit to Kanōjō was part of our jcastle group castle tour. This time I was able to see much of more of the site. The castle ruin is a park but has opening times. When I first came it was in the early morning before going to Gifujō (I then walked to Gifujō and climbed the mountain), and so the gates were closed and I couldn't enter beyond the ramparts. My siege of the castle was a failure. But this time I had reinforcements. Even though at first there were some workmen about trimming...)
  • 13:57, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Fukuyama Castle (The tenshu (main keep) of Fukuyama Castle has been completely overhauled – renovated. It now bears a closer resemblance to the historical tower which was destroyed by air raids during the Pacific War. Unfortunately the interior is still very much a concrete-clad museum as with before, but now the exterior is more historically accurate and, in my humble opinion, beautiful. The red balcony, so common amongst reconstructed castle towers, has been repainted black. The real treasure, however, is t...)
  • 13:52, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Kokura Castle (Kokura Castle's main features are its survivng ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts), karabori (dry moats) and mizubori (water moats). It also has a pseudo-historical reconstructed donjon, built from concrete and serving as a museum, and other mock reconstructions. The castle ground's further contain a restored garden and villa used by the lords of the castle, and a traditionally constructed lighthouse (Meiji Period). Mock Reconstructions: The appearance of the tenshu at Kokurajō is not historical...)
  • 13:52, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Kokura Castle (Kokurajō Go'yūsho The garden at Kokura Castle is a traditional daimyō-style garden centered upon the reconstructed shoin (drawing room) of the detatched palace called Go'yūsho (Place of Leisure), also referred to historically as the detached villa of the Ogasawara Clan. The villa was the heart of Ogasawara-ryū Reihō (School of Etiquette), cultivated by the Lords of Kokura Castle. The restored complex consists of tea rooms, a library, an exhibition hall, and the reconstructed shoin, the balco...)
  • 13:48, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Yoshinogari (Yoshinogari-kangōshūraku Yoshinogari Historical Park is a reconstructed Yayoi Period fortified settlement. Reaching its apex in the 4th century, this vast settlement, protected by moats, rammed earth ramparts, palings and stakes driven into the ground, has been extensively restored based on the findings of archaelogical excavations. The settlement is divided into six main areas: 1. 南内郭 Southern Inner Fort The Minami-Naikaku area dominates the settlement from its center, being its admini...)
  • 13:41, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Toyama Castle (During my 2nd visit to this site I gave more attention to the ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts) than the mogi tenshu (faux reconstructed main keep). The castle's only original structure I also appreciated: dating to 1849, the Chitose-gomon ('Millenium Gate') was relocated away from the castle after its decommission in the Meiji Period. It was restored at the site from 2006, along with the supporting ishigaki. I also went around the back to a more wooded part of the castle - still part of the ci...)
  • 13:40, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Yasuda Castle (Yasudajō is a hirajiro (flatland castle) ruin with well preserved dorui (earthen ramparts) and mizubori (wet moats). It has a museum adjacent which is free to enter. This facility proved to be a treasure trove of information on Etchū castle sites. The castle site also we found to be a graveyard of fresh water crustaceans -- with suspicious heron looking on nearby.)
  • 13:39, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Shiratori Castle (Shiratorijō is a yamajiro (mountaintop castle) ruin with an interesting ring-like layout. Ruins include karabori (dry moats), dorui (earthen ramparts) and a tenshudai (platform for a donjon). My thanks to Furinkazan for putting this site on jcastle.info, which is where I learnt about it.)
  • 13:38, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Takaoka Castle (My second visit to Takaokajō was much more rewarding than the first. When I first went in the summer of 2015 I was rather disappointed in what appeared to me to be little more than a large park with shrine buildings and sculptures. However, this time I made an exhaustive tour of the castle ruins, and we even took a boat ride in the moat. Takaokajō has two tall ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts) segments either side of an earthen bridge between the honmaru (main bailey) and ninomaru (second baile...)
  • 10:25, 11 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Takaoka Castle (The reason Takaoka was selected for the top 100 is because each prefecture needed at least two and they didn't have any better candidates in the prefecture after Toyama. Still, though, it is a big site with impressive features. Other good sites in Toyama also exist, such as Yasuda; maybe they were selected for the Next Top 100 but i don't keep track of that sort of thing.)
  • 14:39, 9 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Omi Kitanosho Castle (Added some masugata pictures.)
  • 12:16, 8 November 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Hakusan Castle (Hakusanjō fell within my expanded purview since I’ve been covering Kai (Yamanashi) quite heavily recently, striking out from Shinano like some kind of strange mirror version of Takeda Shingen, or anti-Shingen, I suppose; I’m getting revenge for Shinano! Anyway, it’s the last site from jcastle.info (as in, visited first by Eric) I visited in Yamanashi (and I can’t remember what was the last one I visited in Nagano was but it was probably one of the Sanada ones). I walked directly from Nirasaki...)
  • 17:18, 1 November 2022 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #2220 on Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
  • 17:18, 1 November 2022 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #2219 on Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
  • 15:39, 24 October 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Gamou Kitanoshou Castle ("Kitanosho Castle indeed incorporates the ridges into its defence as you have noted, and this feature in a mountaintop castle design is not so common, but it is not as rare as you think, certainly not in Shiga." Yes, I also noted the feature at Iwakurajō (Yasu Iwakura Castle < does that work in comments?). Naming castles is very difficult. I've tried to develop consistent naming methodologies as I've visited more, obscurer sites. On jcastle I've been concerned about taking up name slot...)
  • 13:23, 24 October 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Omi Hachiman Castle (RaymondW, my views have certainly evolved from back when I first visited Hachimanjou. But in terms of the preservation of stone walls, that temple still wins out -- if ishigaki is the only metric. The issue with Hachimanjou's ishigaki are that - whilst over all they're great - parts have all sorts of pipes and stuff running through them. Some places have been concreted. It's painful to see that. But it's definitely a top site and I thank you for reminding me to revise my rating above. Due to...)
  • 22:57, 23 October 2022 RaymondW talk contribs posted a new comment on Omi Hachiman Castle (@ART. Based on the comments that you have written in your (Omi-)Kitanosho Castle profile, it looks like you have revisited Omi-Hachiman Castle. You might want to revise your opinion of this magnificent yamajiro based on your recent visit. Your comment nearly 6 years ago is quite down on this castle, recommending castle fans visit a nearby temple instead. Omi-Hachiman Castle is another one of those fabulous yamajiros in Shiga that is much under-appreciated by many castle fans including me on...)
  • 22:32, 23 October 2022 RaymondW talk contribs posted a new comment on Gamou Kitanoshou Castle (@ART. It’s good to know that one other expat castle fan has made it to this little known yamajiro ruin in Omi-Hachiman. The history about this castle is certainly sketchy even in Japanese castle books about castles in Shiga and Kansai. It seems there is a paucity of historical records or documents about this mountaintop castle. Kitanosho Castle indeed incorporates the ridges into its defence as you have noted, and this feature in a mountaintop castle design is not so common, but it is not as...)
  • 11:27, 22 October 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Tojo Castle (you took lovely pictures, Furinkazan. we're lucky you went! i'm sad i couldn't take better ones on my only visit.)
  • 02:30, 22 October 2022 Furinkazan talk contribs posted a new comment on Tojo Castle (That's sad to read. It was a nice little reconstruction of a gate and tower. I'm happy I saw it and could share some pictures with this site.)
  • 08:37, 17 October 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Bitchu Matsuyama Castle (How so, Anon?)
  • 07:45, 17 October 2022 203.122.231.101 talk posted a new comment on Bitchu Matsuyama Castle (It was horrid)
  • 02:30, 17 October 2022 94.226.194.192 talk posted a new comment on Samurai Residences (I always wondered how many people lived in one such household and what roles they had.)
  • 11:16, 14 October 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Kozutsumi Castle (The name of this site is a gosh-darn mystery. Jōkaku Hōrōki goes with こつづみ (kotsuzumi) whilst others go with こづつみ (Kozutsumi). Confused the heck of me. I went with the latter because it was most commonly listed and because it looks like a mistake, which means, by the twisted rules of Japanese, it must be accurate. Of course, linguistic morphology normally applies to the second mora in double 'tsu (つつ)', but Kozutsumi inverses this.)
  • 08:46, 13 October 2022 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on New Samurai Homes by ART(2022) (qualified: /urban/ bukeyashiki)
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