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  • 15:58, 22 February 2024 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Uwajima Castle (I visited Uwajima Castle in fall 2022, and quite enjoyed it. As mentioned elsewhere here, photos of the main keep standing in isolation really don't do it justice. The keep itself is a great historical building, and very well-preserved, but it's best seen against the ishigaki and yaguradai of the Honmaru. And there are lots of good ishigaki in the various baileys on the castle hill. Really a nice place to climb around, and the somewhat ancient, overgrown appearance of some of the ishigaki...)
  • 22:38, 8 February 2024 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #2744 on Shirakawa Castle
  • 10:24, 6 February 2024 203.122.231.101 talk posted a new comment on Shirakawa Castle (/ ****** soo de den now)
  • 08:55, 6 February 2024 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #2741 on Wakayama Castle
  • 08:55, 6 February 2024 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #2743 on Wakayama Castle
  • 08:55, 6 February 2024 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #2742 on Wakayama Castle
  • 08:32, 6 February 2024 203.122.231.101 talk posted a new comment on Wakayama Castle (Inh)
  • 08:32, 6 February 2024 203.122.231.101 talk posted a new comment on Wakayama Castle (Mew)
  • 08:32, 6 February 2024 203.122.231.101 talk posted a new comment on Wakayama Castle (🤫🤫🧏🧏🤫🤫🤫🧏🧏🧏🧏🤫🤫🤫🤫🧏🧏🧏🧏🤫🤫🤫🤫🧏🧏🧏🧏🧏🤫🤫🤫🧏🧏🤫🤫🧏🧏🤫🧏🧏🤫🤫🤫🧏🧏🧏🧏🧏🧏🧏🧏🧏🧏🧏🧏🧏🧏🧏🧏🧏🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🧏🧏🧏🧏🧏🧏🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🧏🧏🧏🧏)
  • 13:24, 31 January 2024 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Chiba Castle (What a mess! But it is an interesting situation.)
  • 13:08, 31 January 2024 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Matsue Castle (I find that the several restored turrets and the restored gate at Matsue Castle are really well-done, and do a good job of making it seem like more of a complete castle, as opposed to a majestic tower with an attached turret. I'm really hoping that they can get the Ote Gate rebuilt as planned, because that would enhance it even more.)
  • 12:34, 26 January 2024 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Ichijodani Castle Town (I really appreciate this article. I visited Ichijodani several years ago and was blown away by it, but this article and all of the places about the specific parts of the castles and castle town really helps me understand it much better.)
  • 13:04, 24 January 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Tsukikuma Castle (Updated profile and gallery with new pictures and co-ordinates.)
  • 15:39, 23 January 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Fukuoka Castle (Updated visit notes section with some more info and my own impressions.)
  • 13:32, 23 January 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Kokura Castle (Gallery, information and notes updated; co-ordinates added.)
  • 10:22, 23 January 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Kurume Castle (Updated profile with co-ordinates, new pics, info, &c.)
  • 06:37, 20 January 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Samurai Residences (Map of castles with samurai homes: https://jcastle.info/view/Samurai_homes The closest to Tokyo is Sakura Castle.)
  • 03:27, 19 January 2024 199.216.81.20 talk posted a new comment on Samurai Residences (add how many of these are in popular places like tokyo or near mt.fugi)
  • 05:41, 8 January 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Chigasaki Castle (Eric, that's propbably the case. Not quite Yuhigaoka levels yet! It's still preserved, what with barriers and stuff, but now so as a nature reserve rather than castle ruin.)
  • 13:38, 7 January 2024 Eric talk contribs posted a new comment on Chigasaki Castle (I see that I visited shortly after the excavations and studies were done. I'll bet they never gave it any attention since then. Was it as bad as Yuhigaoka? ;))
  • 13:37, 7 January 2024 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #2729 on Chigasaki Castle
  • 13:28, 7 January 2024 Eric talk contribs posted a new comment on Chigasaki Castle (I see that I visited shortly after the excavations and studies were done. I'll bet they never gave it any attention since then. Was it as bad as Yurigaoka? ;))
  • 13:23, 7 January 2024 Eric talk contribs posted a new comment on Hiraizumi Date (Thanks guys! Nice team work :))
  • 07:35, 22 December 2023 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Hiraizumi Date (Thank you! I only made the profile recently so it's not been up long. Have modified profile in light of your contributions.)
  • 02:50, 22 December 2023 Furinkazan talk contribs posted a new comment on Hiraizumi Date (I visited Hiraizumi in 2015 and a day later the Esashi Fujiwara village. Both are wonderful sites to bewonder. I didn't know until today(21/12/2023), that these sites were on Jcastle. Adam or ART told me about it on the FB page Japanese Castles. At his request I have uploaded several pictures I took at the original site of Yanaginogosho in Hiraizumi. There isn't that much to see, but there are a lot of explanation panels around the site. I uploaded only 3 of those.)
  • 09:02, 19 December 2023 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Chigasaki Castle (Chiǵasakijō is an hilltop fort ruin in Tsuzuki Ward, Yokohama Municipality. Chiǵasakijō is maintained as a park and features earthworks such as karabori (dry moats), dorui (earthen ramparts) and kuruwa (baileys). The castle has a central bailey, north bailey, east bailey and west bailey. There are signs and detailed information boards denominating castle features and sections throughout the park. I stayed in Yokohama after attending the 2023 Shiro Expo, and visited Chiǵasakijō the next day....)
  • 18:01, 14 December 2023 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Kokura Castle (Added the daimyo villa Goyusho)
  • 09:29, 12 December 2023 23.242.5.16 talk posted a new comment on Kagoshima Castle (Could you please provide an ancient silk drawing, later woodprint, modern painting, or at least an artist's sketch of how the castle looked when it was built in 1601 (or a little later)? We need this to describe it in our literary and historic writings about Japan. Thank you!)
  • 07:45, 6 December 2023 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Iga Ueno Castle (Great find!)
  • 16:02, 5 December 2023 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Iga Ueno Castle (I did some reading about this castle the other day, and realized that there is actually one extant building remaining: the armory. It's on the ground of the local high-school, which is part of the former castle grounds. Here is one of the articles I found that explains it: https://mieoutsiderblog.seesaa.net/article/%E3%81%8A%E3%81%A3%E3%81%8B%E3%81%AA%E3%81%B3%E3%81%A3%E3%81%8F%E3%82%8A%E3%80%80%E9%AB%98%E6%A0%A1%E3%81%AB%E6%AD%A6%E5%99%A8%E5%BA%AB%EF%BC%81%EF%BC%9F%E3%80%80%E7%8F%BE%E5%A...)
  • 13:20, 5 December 2023 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Okayama Castle (I've been to this castle a couple of times. I love the views of it from the river and from Koraku-en. The main keep is also pretty unique in its design. I liked the extant Tsukimi Yagura and the reconstructed gates. My main quibble with this castle is that it's another one that's kind of a shadow of its former self in terms of remaining area: a lot of the former castle grounds have been heavily built-over. I'll give it 4-stars based on my last visit, but looks like they have refurbished...)
  • 09:28, 5 December 2023 Eric talk contribs posted a new comment on Osaka Castle (Thanks! I'll go too!)
  • 08:38, 5 December 2023 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Saga Castle (Updated gallery with new photos, descriptions and co-ordinates.)
  • 19:20, 4 December 2023 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Tojo Castle (Updated, including gallery updates of site today.)
  • 08:58, 4 December 2023 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Tojo Castle (as for the yellow designation... since there's still some palings and kabukimon, maybe it can remain? technically the only building on site is the toilets, but this koya does have a 'sengoku style' to it...)
  • 08:57, 4 December 2023 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Tojo Castle (So I went down again. Sadly the yaguramon and miyagura are both gone. The koguchi now has only a new sign, and the miyagura has the old sign but with only the foundation stumps remaining. There's still some babousaku (cheval de frise) around the site though, and a pair of kabukimon. This time I checked out the whole ruins and all of the earthworks though, so it was worth going back. It's still a nice site and is well maintained for the most part.)
  • 09:10, 3 December 2023 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Osaka Castle (Some exciting news for Osaka Castle fans: next year, as part of the usual special turret openings (spring, summer, fall), the Inui Yagura will be opened, apparently for the first time in about 10 years. I have never been in the Inui Yagura, so I'm very excited. In addition, as usual the Sengan Yagura and Tamon complex (the gatehouse and the Tamon turret it connects to) will be opened as usual.)
  • 09:07, 3 December 2023 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Osaka Castle (I saw the pictures of the renovated karamon on this site's FB page. I visited Chikubushima before the renovation, and was really impressed by how beautiful it looks now! Anyway, it's definitely nice to have some relics of the original Osaka Castle to see.)
  • 14:19, 30 November 2023 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Kakegawa Castle (Thanks! I definitely saw the dorui in the 4th picture. Next time, I'll have to look for the great trench too.)
  • 08:10, 30 November 2023 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Kakegawa Castle (The mausoleum site you mentioned is on the grounds of the ruins of Kakegawa 'Old' Castle. Profile here: https://jcastle.info/view/Kakegawako_Castle)
  • 19:04, 29 November 2023 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Kakegawa Castle (I finally visited Kakegawa Castle the day before yesterday, and really loved it! I got there mid-morning and thought maybe I'd have enough time to see Hamamatsu Castle too before heading back to Kansai, but as it turned out, Kakegawa Castle kept me very occupied for the whole day. The best part of it was the palace, which is incredible and has to be one of the best surviving castle buildings in Japan. And the combination of that and the beautifully and authentically restored main keep a...)
  • 12:32, 26 November 2023 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Hikone Castle (I could gush about Hikone Castle endlessly, but another thing that occurs to me: there is so much of the castle remaining outside of the inner moat. Obvious things are the Ninomaru Sawachiguchi Tamon Yagura, the stable, Genkyuen Gardens, and Keyaki Palace, but there are also so many sections of moat, ishigaki, turret and gate foundations, etc. It really is a big and impressive space. Lonely Planet describe the castle as 'small,' obviously referring to the keep only (which is more like m...)
  • 02:58, 20 November 2023 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Omi Hachiman Castle (If i feel the need to respond to your comments i am, of course, at liberty to do so. But i'll leave off with the tit-for-tat and just provide some clarification here on my own contributions to this grassroots encyclopedia of ours, as you have brought them up, so i'll suppose it's of interest. It is indeed the case that most medieval fortified residence sites no longer have any observable ruins. Many have been put to plough or otherwise developed over. About a third of the sites i have contr...)
  • 20:55, 19 November 2023 RaymondW talk contribs posted a new comment on Omi Hachiman Castle (ART, I stand in awe of your powers of intuitive deduction from a mere two comments from the hundreds of comments that I have posted on JCastle. You’re a real Sherlock in the making. What you have said about me can also applies to yourself. It’s very much a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Putting my ART-Sherlock hat on… You said that I scoff at other castle fans not knowing what I know about some castles. Well, the same applies for you too, mate. You have posted multiple times brag...)
  • 14:39, 15 November 2023 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Tojo Castle (I'm planning to go and check the condition of this site soonish, so will let you chaps know how it is now.)
  • 18:38, 13 November 2023 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Kameyama Castle (I have embossed the gallery with some more recent pictures showing the renovated yagura, and some other stuff like earthworks and surrounding architecture.)
  • 08:43, 13 November 2023 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Omi Hachiman Castle (You may characterise Chris's comment as 'incorrect' if you like, but i'd say it was trivially inconsequential. Since you ask, buddy, i will note that this isn't the first time that you have responded to that poster's comments in our group by writing a comment on this website. At that time - let's call it recently - it was on the profile for Wakayama Castle, should you like to re-read it, and i rank-ordered what i thought the purposes of your comment were. Here's what i got: 1. To scoff...)
  • 21:11, 12 November 2023 RaymondW talk contribs posted a new comment on Takano Yakata (No worries, mate. Good to see the update on the profile with “community taxis” replacing “the 2.5 hour walk.”)
  • 21:08, 12 November 2023 RaymondW talk contribs posted a new comment on Omi Hachiman Castle (Pure paranoia, mate. Conversely, why are you rushing to defend an incorrect comment that you did not originally post?)
  • 06:59, 12 November 2023 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Takano Yakata (Thank you for your suggestion.)
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