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A Look at Some of the Medieval Castles of Japan

A Look at Some of the Medieval Castles of Japan

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 A Appear at Some of the Medieval Castles of JapanWhen we think of Medieval castles we seldom think about Japan.But Japan went via a extremely lengthy period of feudal warfareand as a result hundreds of fortress like castles were built. Theyappear substantially different than their European counterparts butfunctionally they're a lot they exact same. They had been meant tosafeguard the people inside from all sorts of dangers. This articlecritiques some of the medieval castles in Japan and talks about their tricks and techniques for fortification.There are some interesting aspects that you will notice amongst alot of the castles in Japan. Most of them have a shrine at the veryleading of the hold. And all of them use stealth as an additional toolin their arsenal of protection. A great example of this is the trick of making the castle appear like it has 5 floors while in reality it hassix floors. This missing floor was a ideal place to hide materials andtroops from the enemy.As in any culture that has a long history you are able to go to manywith the websites that pepper the whole of Japan and you are able tosee castles in various stages ranging from pristine and still within thecondition they were built, to rebuilt, to just remnants and walls.There are 3 major castles in Japan which are considered to be thevery best examples of castle building throughout the centuries. Theyare Himeji Castle, Matsumoto Castle, and Kumamoto Castle. If you'revisiting Japan and wish to experience the very best castles you needto go to a minimum of 1 of these three.Himeji CastleThis really is the number one castle in Japan and a must see even if you're not a castle enthusiast. It sits perched upon a hill and becauseof its dramatic appear and white color it’s frequently referred to as theWhite Heron Castle. It has a extremely long history and the initial fortwas built on the site in 1333. The structure, as it presently stands wascompleted in 1618.You will find numerous distinctive issues about this castle includinga complicated series of gates and mazes which made it extremelydifficult for attackers to acquire entrance towards the main fortress.There are also several ghost stories that have grown up around it;probably the most well-known of which is the story with the servinggirl named Okiku who was betrayed, tortured, and thrown into thecastles well.Himeji is open to the public and individuals are given the freedom toroam the grounds each inside and out as they wish. There are alsoa restricted number of English speaking tour guides available. Thisis a wonderful experience of Japan and about an hour by train fromKyoto.Matsumoto CastleThis castle is situated a short distance from Tokyo so it is a goodplace to go to if you're not going to be spending a lot of time within
the nation or if you have budgeted your time extremely tightly. Thekeep of this castle was completed in 1504 so it has a extremely longhistory. It also is quite dramatic in appearance simply because it’sa flatland castle that’s perched right alongside the water, as well as juts out into the water. Matsumoto is a superb example of stealth incastle developing because it is 1 with the castles that looks like it has5 floors but really has a sixth floor that is a secret.Kumamoto CastleThis is a castle that has a remarkable history. It was originally builtin 1607 and in 1877 it was the site for the last remnants with theSamurai revolt and civil war in Japan. Much with the structure wasdestroyed by fire throughout the revolt. It spent almost a hundredyears in ruins but has recently been rebuilt to its original beauty andopened towards the public. The interior with the castle towers is nowa museum and it is filled with many of the splendors of architectureand style of the period it was built in. Kumamoto was also used by thewell-known director Akira Kurosawa in his 1985 film “Ran”.The entire of Japan is peppered with many castles and you don’thave to remain on the mainland to see them. In the event you take atrip to the island of Okinawa you are able to go to some fine examplesthat are a bit different than those on the mainland.Shuri CastleThis is a fine example with the development of a structure more thancenturies. Shuri was the capital of the island of Okinawa and thecastle was the seat of government. So it retains not only its hugefortifications however it also has a particular opulence and beautythat 1 would anticipate with the house of a ruler of a kingdom. Itwas nearly completely destroyed throughout World War 2 but sincehas been completely reconstructed and websites in the middle of acomplex website called Shuri Castle Park. If you are traveling towardsthe island of Okinawa this really is the one castle you should go to.Do not overlook the numerous RuinsOne with the most fascinating issues concerning the castles of Japanis the plethora of ruins which are still in reasonably good shape.Nakagusuku RuinsThis is a globe heritage site on the island of Okinawa that’s nicelypreserved. It’s roughly 400 years old and whilst it is in ruins muchwith the stone structures are still intact and the layout of the castleis clearly noticed, especially in the concentric walls that defendedthe hold. It sits on the top of a hill and it has a breathtaking view withthe Pacific Ocean. This ruin is nicely worth a go to. And nearby is anauthentic Japanese house that’s now kept as a museum. It’s knownas the Nakamura house. In the event you visit Nakagusuku it’s nicelyworth it to also go to the Nakamura house which is only 5 minutesaway. It was the house of a number of generations and is a greatexample of how the Japanese lived centuries ago.You will find literally hundreds of castles in Japan built over thecourse of several centuries and in numerous states of repair. You areable to visit any component of the country and discover a castle or perhaps a ruin not too far away. These structures are a remarkabletestament to the history with the nation. And while they look really

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