Castle. The mention of the word evokes a wide range of impressions ranging from power to
structure to warfare to fantasy and even to romance. Unfortunately, a great majority of
people only associate the term "castle" to those built in Europe.
Meanwhile, the castles of
Japan have stood for centuries relatively unnoticed by the rest of the world. he aim of
this site is to educate those who have no prior knowledge of these magnificent buildings,
and to provide a resource for those who want to find out more.
The planning of these magnificent structures were most detailed and
time-consuming. Not only did the finished buildings need to be
protective for military purpose, but they needed to be artistic
and grand for all to see. Though the land the castle grounds were
built upon were generally given as fiefs from shoguns or other higher
authority, the construction planners still found the best ways to
take advantage of the geographical features the land had. These
brilliant planners sought ways to make the castle the greatest in Japan
and used not only the most modern methods they could, (at the time), to
increase fortification, but also ancient beliefs such as garden building
on the the castle grounds.
Once a castle was built in a city, its castle grounds would usually
bring in many different people from other places. This increased
trade that the original city might not have had. The castle town was
pretty self sufficient with its own craftsmen, farmers, etc. to provide
for all. Even the different classes were quite distinguishable in these
castle towns. The effects of a castle being built in a city were very
great and influential. The people would contribute to its building
because they wanted the grandeur of their city to be shown in the
magnificent project. The growing of the castle town was also
profitable to the city it was located in and increased the rate
of trade and population growth throughout Japan.