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Osaka’s Symbolic Monument: Osaka Castle’s Donjon was the First Restored Donjon in Japan.

A Osaka’s symbolic monument, Osaka castle has a unique history. Osaka was a city which was the political capital during the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1603). The original builder of Osaka castle was Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Osaka was Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s City After Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s death, Ieyasu Tokugawa became the new ruler. After the defeat of the Toyotomi family, Ieyasu order the destruction of Osaka castle. But Still Osaka People Love Hideyoshi Osaka people were known for their vital energy and and not obedient to the powerful authority. As tactful leader Hideyoshi was successful in winning the hearts and minds of Osaka people. The new leader Tokugawa must had been very careful to manage […]

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Sanadamaru is a Famous but Unraveled Branch Castle of Osaka

Sanadamaru has been in the sudden spot light since NHK decided to product the drama “Sanadamaru” next year. This branch castle has been famous since the Osaka war occurred 400 years ago. The heroic samurai Yukimura Sanada built this castle and died in this war. The story of the Osaka war made a huge impact on Japanese people and was made into a Kabuki play and paintings. For the Japanese “how a samurai dies” is very important. The Osaka war was fought between the Tokugawa family and the Toyotomi family. The very powerful Tokugawa came with fought massive and well equipped army to Osaka to demolish Toyotomi. Toyotomi scraped up […]

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Komayumidake: Used to be a Mountain Castle and a Current Beautiful Trekking Course in Nagano Japan

Komayumidake locates in Aoki village in Nagano Japan. This village used to be an important barrier station between Ueda and Matsumoto. In the war era, there were many mountain castles. Komayumidake castle was one of the most important mountain castles and belonged to Sanada clan. Now let’s try Komayumidake mountain and see how impregnable it was. The Closest Bus Stop Togo is Far from the Trekking Route The bus runs from the Ueda station to Aoki village every one hour. Take “Aoki-sen” bus and get off at “Togo” bus stop. There are Japanese traditional houses, and you can see beautiful farm view. About 45 minutes walk you will see a […]

Yukimura Sanada

15 Yukimura Sanada Associated Castles

Next year’s NHK drama’s hero will be Yukimura Sanada. He is one of the most popular samurai heroes in Japan. Many know him from TV games. Yukimura had been popular in Kabuki play since in Edo period (1603–1868). Japanese people love him. I will expect after this drama broad casted, Yukimura associated castles will be super crowded. So before that, I should visit all of them. History of Sanada Sanada family was a small samurai family in Shinano area current Nagano. Yukitaka (Yukimura’s grand father) gained power after he started to work for Takeda family. Takeda was one of the most powerful samurai families in Japan at that time. After […]