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  • 21:46, 17 July 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Sunpu Castle (The tenshudai has been unearthed too.)
  • 16:21, 17 July 2024 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Sunpu Castle (It seems that this castle has sprouted a new turret since this page was added!)
  • 20:23, 15 July 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Kanbe Castle (Updated profile and gallery with nicer photos; added the relocated drum tower.)
  • 09:27, 2 July 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Tamaru Castle (Tenrinji is a temple in Myōjō village, Meiwa Township, Taki County. It contains two relocated gates from two different castles. The temple's south gate is said to originally have been a gate used at Matsusaka Castle in Matsusaka Municipality, and the temple's front gate is said to have been originally built at Tamaru Castle in Tamaki Township, Watarai County. Meiwa Township lists this latter, grander of the two gates as a cultural property. Tenrinji is itself a nice local temple.)
  • 08:34, 2 July 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Matsusaka Castle (Matsusakajō is a hirayamajiro (hill-and-plainsland castle ruin) in Matsusaka Municipality. The ruins of the castle primarily feature glorious ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts) which remain remarkably well preserved throughout much of the castle grounds. Most of the ramparts can be walked atop of, and no fences have been erected where the parapet walls and turrets once stood. We are happily left to our own devices and allowed to freely explore. This combination of freedom and historical value is...)
  • 08:31, 2 July 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Komono Castle (Komono-jin'ya / Komonojō is a hirajiro (flatland castle) ruin and former jin'ya site in Komono Township, Mie County. Ruins remain of earthworks: dorui (earthen ramparts) and a moat section on the northwestern side of Komono Elementary School. On the south side of the school is a mound with a stele to mark the castle. To the west of the school National Route 306 passes on an elevated road above the Kintetsu-Yunoyama Line railway; this was the site of a sumi-yagura (corner turret), of which pho...)
  • 06:36, 2 July 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Kameyama Castle (The genkan (entrance parlour) of Ise-Kameyama Castle's second bailey shoin (palatial drawing room), was repurposed as the portico of the main hall of Henshōji, a temple in town. The genkan represents the precious last traces of the Kameyamajō goten (castellan's palace); it was relocated to the temple in 1872, having been erected in the castle's second bailey only a decade prior. Henshōji sits on a sloping promontory beneath the old Kameyama-juku on the above plateau. It's quite unusual to g...)
  • 08:28, 30 June 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Umoreginoya (Officially the 尾末町御屋敷. I'm giving four stars because we can't really go inside.)
  • 12:48, 27 June 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Shigisan Castle (My fiefdom for a teapot!)
  • 10:33, 27 June 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Kameyama Castle (I revisited this site early this month... Have updated profile description. Added samurai residence profile for nearby Katou-bukeyashiki. Added some more pictures of earthworks, such as the rear dry moat. Added co-ordinates to gallery photos. Will shortly add a pic and pin for the relocated genkan at nearby Henshouji to complete update.)
  • 07:21, 23 June 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Zeze Castle (Amazing and exhaustive job done with the update here. So many cast off buildings!)
  • 07:19, 23 June 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Sunomata Castle (Part of an article I wrote "debunking" this castle: I re-visited Sunomata Castle after realising it was very close to a motel I was staying at. Well, it's a mogi-heavy site with virtually no actual ruins to speak of. However, there are some mock cheval de frise fences, called 'Tōkichirō no Umasaku', erected around the rear of the small island on which the mogi tenshu (faux reconstructed castle tower) sits, and these are probably a more accurate representation of the kind of fort famously bu...)
  • 07:36, 20 June 2024 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #2023 on Kuroi Castle
  • 13:27, 19 June 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Matsusaka Castle (By the way, according to Matsusaka City website: ※「松阪」と「松坂」について  氏郷の開府以来使用されていた「松坂」は、「大坂」が「大阪」に変更されたこともあり、明治22年(1889年)の町制施行の際に「松阪」に統一され、現在に至っています。 And... ※「松阪」の読み方について  江戸時代から「まつさか」または「まつざか」の2通りの読み方が存在していましたが、平成17年(2005)年1月1日の市町村合併に伴い、読み方を「まつさか」で統一しました。)
  • 11:53, 19 June 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Harano Castle (Suwa) (Only ruins now, Anonymous user #1, like at the majority of castle sites.)
  • 09:00, 19 June 2024 153.107.46.116 talk posted a new comment on Himeji Castle (Bro this is awsome ive went here before. Awsomesauce.. i love it, defo reccos 100 outta ten you know it)
  • 08:52, 19 June 2024 153.107.46.116 talk posted a new comment on Harano Castle (Suwa) (It would be 5 starts if there was a castle, otherwise, well taken pictures! 🏰🥰🫶💝)
  • 08:52, 19 June 2024 153.107.46.116 talk posted a new comment on Harano Castle (Suwa) (Wheres the castle)
  • 19:15, 17 June 2024 176.167.226.137 talk posted a new comment on Obi Castle (Thank you for this and all your other castle articles! A reader in France)
  • 16:50, 10 June 2024 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Fushimi Castle (I'd be somewhat curious to know if there is any historical validity to the three castle buildings in the former theme park. Japanese Wikipedia lists them all as mogis, though since they aren't in the original place, they are more or less mogis by default. Apparently, they were constructed based on folding screen paintings, but I don't know how accurate those paintings were, or how closely the buildings resemble those in the paintings.)
  • 07:26, 7 June 2024 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #2411 on Sumoto Castle
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  • 07:26, 7 June 2024 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #2587 on Sumoto Castle
  • 07:26, 7 June 2024 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #2589 on Sumoto Castle
  • 07:26, 7 June 2024 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #2592 on Sumoto Castle
  • 07:26, 7 June 2024 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #2501 on Sumoto Castle
  • 07:26, 7 June 2024 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #2686 on Sumoto Castle
  • 20:39, 1 June 2024 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #1433 on Akashi Castle
  • 20:39, 1 June 2024 Eric talk contribs deleted comment #1441 on Akashi Castle
  • 13:48, 1 June 2024 Snoworion talk contribs posted a new comment on Matsumae Castle (This is a difficult castle to reach. And in the end, in truth, not worth the visit. It’s nicely situated geographically right at the coastline with nice views of the seafront, and it houses a relatively small museum. Its grounds are nice if it’s cherry blossom season. Other than that, not worth the visit if you have to make special efforts to get there)
  • 10:40, 1 June 2024 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Yodo Castle (I visited Yodo Castle the other day. Interesting site, but... boy, is it ever trashed. Two sides are all surrounded by parkings lots and require some creativity to get good views of, a lot of the ramparts are overgrown (much harder to see the Honmaru ramparts that you can see in picture 4 above these days), the inubashiri below the tenshudai under the train tracks is blocked by a high chain-link fence (I understand the need for a fence but couldn't they just put up a normal one?), and the...)
  • 10:26, 1 June 2024 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Nagoya Castle (Slightly sad that this castle is rated so low by visitors to this site. I imagine that it's a similar situation to Osaka Castle: back when the keeps were open, people went inside them, noted the office-like atmosphere, and judged the castle based on that. Anyway, in my book, Nagoya Castle definitely deserves a 5, for all of the ishigaki and moat remains, the 3 fantastic extant turrets (really like medium-sized keeps!) and the wonderful reconstructed goten complex. The 3 extant gates are...)
  • 09:15, 1 June 2024 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Okazaki Castle (I made a very quick visit to Okazaki Castle yesterday, after a longer visit to Nagoya Castle. It was too quick a visit to really explore the ishigaki and other remains, like moats and dorui. But even in that short time, I was able to get a good sense of the amount of excellent ishigaki in this site, mentioned both below and above. I also enjoyed the 3 reconstructed buildings, though I wish they would do more with the area with the yagura, gatehouse and mock dobei, as it's a bit too parki...)
  • 08:16, 29 May 2024 96.227.221.55 talk posted a new comment on Azuchi Castle (Our day trip from Kyoto to this castle ruin was truly enjoyable (2019). We rented bicycles at the nearby train station and visited the castle ruin along with two nearby museums. For those with some knowledge of the late 16th century Japan history, this site is a must-visit. We’ve been to many famous castles like Himeji and Kumamoto, and this castle ruin ranks among them for different reasons though. The tranquility of the ruin, with its a very small number of visitors, allows you to easily...)
  • 07:03, 25 May 2024 Eric talk contribs posted a new comment on Iwama Residence (Iwama is a fairly typical last name. I would not attempt to connect the name alone to someone unless you have more information about the person, e.g. being from Murakami in Niigata. The house was not moved from Nagoya.)
  • 03:03, 24 May 2024 175.139.73.193 talk posted a new comment on Iwama Residence (Hi was this Iwama house originally in Nagoya and could you tell me more about the Iwama family …are they related to Kazuo Iwama Thank you)
  • 16:18, 23 May 2024 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Hikone Castle Town (This is really helpful information!)
  • 20:53, 21 May 2024 69.164.135.81 talk posted a new comment on Gochaku Castle (Very nice)
  • 06:47, 30 April 2024 Eric talk contribs posted a new comment on Edo Castle Stone Quarries (There are many depictions of cutting, moving and putting stones into place and different techniques for doing so. As for some of the giant stones at Osaka Castle, if you go atop those walls you may be surprised to see that those stones are only about 70cm thick. Still huge by any measure, but significantly less mass than you might expect. I'm more surprised that they have not broken or cracked in the 400 yrs since!)
  • 18:33, 20 April 2024 153.246.176.204 talk posted a new comment on Edo Castle Stone Quarries (I'd like to understand how they placed the giant Osaka Castle stones in place, and how they cut the surrounding stones to fit. for instance, how did they lift the stones to sit on the foundation stones, and how did they place them upright? It doesn't seem like rope is strong enough, and the stones would be too heavy for humans to lift them.)
  • 15:43, 17 April 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Odani Castle (Odanijō is a yamajiro (mountaintop castle) ruin in the Odani area of Nagahama Municipality. Ruins feature earthworks and masonry. It took me eight hours to cover, broadly speaking, the whole site. Of course, to survey every single feature would be a near unending task, so my visit was still a relatively casual one. I made two ascents (and descents) of the castlemount, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, so as to cover everything. Odani Castle is actually a network of ridgetop and m...)
  • 14:24, 11 April 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Minakuchi Castle (Interesting! Seems like it's been through a lot. If the configuration is different now then I woudn't think it's classed as a proper genson, if you will.)
  • 11:16, 11 April 2024 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Minakuchi Castle (I did some reading on the reconstructed yagura/museum. There is conflicting information about it, but it does seem clear that it has some genson elements. It was originally the Honmaru Inui Yagura, was moved to a private dwelling, and then it (or at least some parts of it) were used to construction the current yagura, albeit of course in a different location. It also seems that it may have originally been a 3-level yagura, but the current one has only 2 levels. Some sources state that it...)
  • 19:58, 8 April 2024 ART talk contribs posted a new comment on Matsuoyama Castle (Re-made profile. Moved to 'Matsuoyama Castle'.)
  • 10:30, 8 April 2024 223.132.224.85 talk posted a new comment on Edo Castle Stone Quarries (Thank you for this! Really interesting.)
  • 17:17, 3 April 2024 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Ako Castle (I visited Ako Castle for the first time the other day, and quite enjoyed it! One thing that struck me: although the original castle wasn't huge, if maps and models are to be believed, it now covers pretty much its entire original grounds. With the Honmaru being in good shape and containing some great yaguradai and so on, they could have just restored the Honmaru and said 'This is the castle,' but instead they chose to also work on the Ninomaru and Sannnomaru. So it's quite large for a c...)
  • 18:21, 24 March 2024 122.211.145.154 talk posted a new comment on Kanazawa Castle (One interesting tidbit: I've noticed that the Ishikawamon gate complex include 8 separate Important Cultural Properties! These include the Ichinomon (the Karaimon gate), the Ninomon (gatehouse), the two-story turret, the L-shaped tsuzukiyagura, the long section of dobei on the left side of the complex, the long section of dobei on the right side of the complex, the short section of dobei on the left side of the Ichinomon and the short section of dobei on the right side of the Ichinomon. Ho...)
  • 16:50, 8 March 2024 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Edo Castle (I have been making a similar point about the Fujimi Yagura for years. It seems that the definition of both 'tenshu' and 'genson' (badly translated as 'original' in English) have some variation in interpretation. I really dislike the term 'original castle' anyway since it's misleading to assess how well-preserved a castle is based only on the keep, and Edo castle is a prime example of how limiting the term is.)
  • 16:45, 8 March 2024 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Edo Castle (I went to Edo Castle more than 20 years ago... really need to go back. I think I just saw a bit of it, the area where you can see Tatsumi Yagura, Kikyomon Gate and Fujimi Yagura. Despite the fact that much of it is gone, it still seems like it must be one of the very greatest castles in Japan. And was once the biggest castle in the world, I think? It also seems a bit like Nijo Castle in that it's often overlooked because it's a 'palace' and lacks a tenshu. But it is definitely in the to...)
  • 15:39, 7 March 2024 Matthew Ward talk contribs posted a new comment on Inuyama Castle (I visited this one back in 2009, and quite enjoyed it. Obviously, the extant main keep and its attached annex is the star of the show, with lots of atmosphere inside. But there are several other appealing points, especially the riverside location and view of the keep, the historical town beneath the castle, and the ishigaki on the castle hill. I also like the little collection of buildings in the Honmaru--I have heard that they are more or less mogi, but they give it more of the feel of a...)
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