Last additions - Shibata Castle 新発田城
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Across from the Omotemon Gate is a small park with a statue of Hirobe Yasubei who was from Shibata and one of the 47 ronin (masterless samurai) who avenged his master Lord Asano of Ako, dramatized in Chushingura.Dec 03, 2007
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Entrance to upper floor of Omotemon GateDec 03, 2007
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Shibata Castle Park mapDec 03, 2007
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Statue of Horibe Yasubei (1670-1703). He looks toward Edo (Tokyo).Dec 03, 2007
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Horibe Yasubei was also a master swordsman. 堀部安兵衛Dec 03, 2007
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Inside Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura TurretDec 03, 2007
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View from upper floor of Omotemon Gate 表門Dec 03, 2007
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Inside upper floor of Omotemon Gate 表門Dec 03, 2007
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Inside upper floor of Omotemon Gate 表門Dec 03, 2007
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Ground Self-Defence Force base occupies half the castle site (since 1953). The reason why we cannot enter the Sangai Yagura Turret seen here within the base.Dec 03, 2007
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Second floor of Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura TurretDec 03, 2007
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Inside Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura TurretDec 03, 2007
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Inside Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura TurretDec 03, 2007
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Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret 旧二の丸隅櫓Dec 03, 2007
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Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret 旧二の丸隅櫓Dec 03, 2007
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Stone dropping slotDec 03, 2007
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Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret, one of two Edo-Era castle structures. 旧二の丸隅櫓Dec 03, 2007
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Sangai Yagura TurretDec 03, 2007
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Inside Tatsumi Yagura Turret 辰巳櫓Dec 03, 2007
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Ceiling of Tatsumi Yagura TurretDec 03, 2007
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Banner with the five-diamond clan crest. Sangai Yagura Turret in the distanceDec 03, 2007
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Statue of Lord Mizoguchi Hidekatsu (1548-1610), the first lord of Shibata Castle. 溝口秀勝Dec 03, 2007
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Tatsumi Yagura Turret. Traditional building methods were used to reconstruct the turret.Dec 03, 2007
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Second floor of Tatsumi Yagura TurretDec 03, 2007
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Second floor of Tatsumi Yagura TurretDec 03, 2007
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Steps to Tatsumi Yagura Turret, reconstructed in June 2004. 辰巳櫓Dec 03, 2007
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Omotemon Gate, one of two Edo-Era structures in Shibata Castle and an Important Cultural Property. 表門Dec 03, 2007
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Inside Tatsumi Yagura Turret 辰巳櫓Dec 03, 2007
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Tatsumi Yagura Turret 辰巳櫓Dec 03, 2007
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Statue of Lord Mizoguchi Hidekatsu (1548-1610), the first lord of Shibata Castle. 溝口秀勝Dec 03, 2007
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Stone wall with perfectly-fitting stones. No gaps between the stones.Dec 03, 2007
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Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret, an Important Cultural Property 旧二の丸隅櫓Dec 03, 2007
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Tatsumi Yagura Turret, reconstructed in June 2004. 辰巳櫓Dec 03, 2007
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Omotemon Gate 表門Dec 03, 2007
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Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret. Toward the base above the stone wall, notice the "namako-kabe" pattern wall 海鼠壁. It resists snow. 旧二の丸隅櫓Dec 03, 2007
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Omotemon Gate, another Important Cultural PropertyDec 03, 2007
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Sangai Yagura Turret with three shachi sculptures on the T-shaped roof. Unique to Shibata Castle. Unfortunately, we cannot enter this turret since it is within the Ground Self-Defence Force base which occupies much of the castle grounds.Dec 03, 2007
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Due to the Meiji government's castle destruction order, most of the castle moats were filled in except for this one next to the Honmaru. After World War II, US troops occupied the castle grounds for a short time..Dec 03, 2007
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Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret, one of the two surviving Edo-Era structures. The castle originally had 11 turrets and 5 gates (no castle tower). The Meiji government ordered its destruction in 1872. All the structures were dismantled except two.Dec 03, 2007
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Moat leading to Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura TurretDec 03, 2007
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Sangai Yagura Turret, Shibata Castle 三階櫓, Niigata. The castle never had a tenshukaku castle tower (donjon), so this turret was the grandest castle structure.Dec 03, 2007
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Shibata Castle, Niigata (Sangai Yagura Turret)Dec 03, 2007
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Sangai Yagura Turret, Shibata Castle 三階櫓Dec 03, 2007
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Sangai Yagura Turret, Shibata Castle 三階櫓Dec 03, 2007
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Sangai Yagura Turret, Shibata Castle. Reconstructed in June 2004 with traditional building methods taking 2 years. 三階櫓Dec 03, 2007
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Completed around 1654, Shibata Castle is the only castle in Niigata with Edo-Era structures still remaining. Two turrets were reconstructed in June 2004. The castle grounds is also occupied by the Ground Self-Defence Forces, making the area open to the public quite small. One of the reconstructed turrets is also inaccessible due to the military base. Still, it is one of Japan's 100 Famous Castles. Entrance to Shibata Castle.Dec 03, 2007
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Shibata Castle is the only castle in Niigata with Edo-era structures still standing.Dec 03, 2007
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Shibata Castle is also called Ayame Castle 菖蒲城.Dec 03, 2007
     
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