胆沢城正殿

Isawa Castle was in Aterui’s Village, Ancestor Setting of Ashitaka in Gibri Anime Princess Mononoke.

Mysterious Area, Tohoku was Still a Land of Natives in Heian Period In ancient Japan, Honsyu (main island) was not completely a part of central government of Japan, Yamato Dynasty. The North part of Honshu, currently Tohoku, was undeveloped and mysterious zone from the dynasty’s view point. However, one of the nobilities claimed there were lots of natural resources out there, so the Emperor Kanmu ordered to conquer North. The troops did not have much knowledge of north area, so it was not easy journey. Two Heroic Charctors of Heian, Aterui and Tamuramaro Where Isawa castle, there was a tribe leader Aterui. He was smart at tactics, and once defeated […]

八王子城 入り口

Hachioji Castle – the prominent mountain Castle near Tokyo

Hachioji Castle was Built when Hideyoshi’s Punitive Force from West Japan Achieving East Japan Hideyoshi was one of the most famous samurai leaders of Japan. His power was arising in west Japan and his army was proceeding to concur East Japan. Hojyo was, at the time, one of the most powerful clan leaders of East Japan needed to increase defensive force against Hideyoshi’s army. Hachioji Castle was built in Fukazawa mountain. Hojo’s main castle was Odawara Castle near Yokohama. Hojo family was in power for about 100 years, and Hachioji castle was a very important branch castle of Odawara castle. Hojos undoubted their superior power over Hideyoshi the upcoming new […]

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