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Castles of the Land of the Rising Sun in the Age of Imperialism

The Japanese castle is not only a marvel of architecture and defense architecture, but also an aesthetically outstanding object.

Being impressed by the wonderful articles of V.O. Shpakovsky about Japanese armament and equipment and in anticipation of the expert’s article about medieval castles of the Land of the Rising Sun, we decided to see how the castles of the Japanese Empire looked at the very end of the 19th century in K. Ogawa’s photographs.

Dip in the past.

Let's start with the imperial residence.

1. Inner moat of Tokyo Castle.

2. Bridge of Tokyo Castle.

3. Sendai Castle.

4. Nagoya Castle

Being built in 1612 in one of the largest Japanese cities, it was the residence of Tokugawo Yoshinao, the governor of Owari province.

5. Kyoto castle Nijo.

Being built in 1603, became the residence of the 1-th Shogun - Tokugawa Ieyasu. But the construction was finally completed only at the Tokugawa shogun's 3. Fitted 33 rooms. The castle - witness the key events of the Japanese stories XVII - XIX centuries.

6. Osaka Castle.

One of the most important Japanese fortresses. Built in 1586 and sustained in 1614-15. the greatest siege in the history of this country.

7. Himeji Castle

Built at the beginning of the XVII century. (the main tower dates 1601).

8. Kumamoto Castle.

One of the most beautiful and largest castles of Japan, built by the Korean War participant Kato Kiemasa. Withstood a siege in 1870.

9. Kagoshima Castle

Built in the early 17th century, it had a tragic fate. As well, many of the Japanese castles.

Here are some of the Japanese castles at the end of the XIX century. They had a difficult fate, some were destroyed during World War II. Sketching a general sketch of the picture, we leave the opportunity for the researchers to work on this promising topic, and to the participants of the Military Review forum to fully demonstrate their erudition, refining and complementing our sketch.

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  1. Rodent
    Rodent 19 November 2018 06: 50
    Wow! What a beauty
    1. Machito
      Machito 19 November 2018 09: 52
      Compared to our Kremlin in different cities - nothing. Most Japanese castles were destroyed. Instead, they were remodeled.
      1. Albatroz
        Albatroz 19 November 2018 15: 29
        The Kremlin is a whole ensemble, complex. And as far as I know, comparing the Kremlin with a castle is not entirely correct.
        And yes, we have gorgeous Kremlin. Pskov, Astrakhan, etc.
  2. Barcid
    Barcid 19 November 2018 07: 35
    Beautiful, but it is surprising how sloppy they are, compared with European and Asian.
    1. Albatroz
      Albatroz 19 November 2018 15: 30
      And the Japanese have everything openwork-miniature laughing
      1. Hunghuz
        Hunghuz 19 November 2018 17: 25
        But the general can still be traced
        Main tower, castle walls, moat
        1. Albatroz
          Albatroz 19 November 2018 17: 31
          there is nothing new under the sun
          1. Hunghuz
            Hunghuz 19 November 2018 17: 38
            But architecture, of course, is unusual for our eyes.
            1. Reptiloid
              Reptiloid 19 November 2018 20: 13
              The photos are very interesting. I read about modern Japanese architects. Projects inscribed in nature. Now it’s clear ---- what they looked at, from whom they studied.
  3. tlauicol
    tlauicol 19 November 2018 08: 35
    Beautiful and unusual architecture. But it feels like they didn’t know artillery
    1. Albatroz
      Albatroz 19 November 2018 15: 31
      Do you think the castle that survived the siege in 1870 also did not know artillery?
      1. tlauicol
        tlauicol 19 November 2018 18: 44
        burned out as soon as he met seven years later
        Quote: Albatroz
        Do you think the castle that survived the siege in 1870 also did not know artillery?
  4. Fregate
    Fregate 19 November 2018 09: 48
    ABOUT! So I have one of the screensavers on my desktop, it turns out to be Nagoya Castle.
  5. migrant
    migrant 19 November 2018 09: 58
    About castles is always interesting. Write and show more on this subject.
  6. Hunghuz
    Hunghuz 19 November 2018 13: 06
    Only ruins remained of some
    Carpet bombing
    1. Albatroz
      Albatroz 19 November 2018 18: 08
      Yes, in the era of imperialism, castles were certainly more intact than half a century later.
      And prettier somehow)
  7. Adjutant
    Adjutant 19 November 2018 15: 04
    Probably the most beautiful Osaka castle
    1. Albatroz
      Albatroz 19 November 2018 19: 08
      I like Nagoya more
      1. Adjutant
        Adjutant 20 November 2018 07: 05
        The thing as they say - taste)
  8. Albatroz
    Albatroz 19 November 2018 15: 32
    As far as I know, now there are even whole tourist routes
    The castle is of course a common feature of the Middle Ages
  9. She-wolf
    She-wolf 19 November 2018 20: 48
    It’s as if you drove around Japan, you can’t say that 100-year-old photos. Wonderful
  10. seven00007
    seven00007 19 November 2018 21: 23
    Entertaining stuff, thanks!