1858 -Samurai Woodblock Map: Matsumoto Castle

1858 - Samurai Woodblock Map: Matsumoto Castle

Japanese Woodblock Print Book Samurai Map: Matsumoto Castle
These maps, binded together, were made in this size and shape for easy use riding horse.
Le mappe erano stampate in queste dimensioni poi rilegate insieme per una più facile e rapida consultazione a cavallo

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Matusmoto Castle map

Alternate Name Fukashi-jo
Founder Ishikawa Kazumasa
Year 1590
Type Flatland
Structure 5 levels, 6 stories
Artifacts donjon, inui secondary donjon, watari yagura, tatsumi tsukeyagura, tsukimi yagura
*designated National Treasures
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
This was the first large castle and first original extant castle I ever visited.
I was so impressed it sparked my future interest in castles.
Next to Himeji-jo, Matsumoto-jo is the next best extant castle donjon in Japan.
Built by Ishikawa Kazumasa and his son Yasunaga in 1590, Matsumoto-jo is designated a National Treasure.
After Hideyoshi took Odawara he stationed Ishikawa Kazumasa in Matsumoto to govern his eastern provinces.

The history of Matsumoto-jo actually begins with a castle called Fukashi-jo which was built by Shimadachi Sadanaga in 1504. That castle was attacked


Himeji Castle was originally built in 1346 by Akamatsu Sadanori as a fortification against local shoguns. After the emperor, Nobunaga Oda, took control of the Harima district in 1577, he placed Hideyoshi in control of the castle, who converted the fortified building into a castle with over 30 turrets.

In 1601, Ikeda Terumasa (1564-1613) was handed control of Himeji Castle as a gift for his support of Ieyasu Tokugawa in the Sekigahara battle against the Toyotomi Daimyo. He intended to model the castle after the emperor's own castle at Azuchi. He un...

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