Castles in Japan.pdf

Castles in Japan PDF

Morton S. Schmorleitz

Behind the glossy facade of modern Japan there survive remnants-some of them surprisingly well preserved-of the countrys feudal past, of warlords and fighting samurai, of shoguns and sequestered emperors, of princes and peasants. This book vividly presents the castles of Japan, more than 80 of them altogether, ranging geographically from Matsumae on the northern island of Hakkaido to Kagoshima in southern Kyushu

The author brings not only an immense knowledge but also a deep feeling for Japan and things Japanese to this sensitive study, formed from both the historians and the sightseers perspectives. Most of the Japanese castles, he explains, were built in several amazing decades at the end of the 16th century. The Tokugawa shogunate was then consolidating its power and local lords were girding themselves for the onslaughts of enemies supplied with that recent acquisition fro the West-firearms.

Castle architecture, among the most original of Japanese architectural forms, manifested a diabolically shrewd defense capability. An unwary enemy, if unwary he were, might charge into a veritable chamber of horrors-stone-dropping chutes, hidden gates, sharply-curved passageways, flooded moats, trap doors, and floor boards that squeaked to warn of an intruders arrival. In Japanese style, many even contained special suicide courts.

It is counted as top 3 excellent castles in Japan along to Himeji castle and Kumamoto castle. The golden dolphins on the top are symbol not only of the castle, but also of Nagoya city. The castle was burned down by bombing of Nagoya in World War II in 1945, but it was restored after the war and now it is fitted out as Meijo park. The 10 best castles in Japan, as chosen by …

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