Samurai Castles

Samurai Castles
Title Samurai Castles PDF eBook
Author Jennifer Mitchelhill
Publisher Tuttle Publishing
Pages 341
Release 2018-06-19
Genre Travel
ISBN 1462920373

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Samurai Castles features hundreds of stunning color photographs and little-known details about the most important and well-preserved Samurai castles in Japan, including their history, design and military features. Japan's ancient castles provide profound insights into the country's compelling military history. Discover the secrets of Japan's feudal past by exploring the most famous castles of the Samurai era. The enormous stone walls, multi-level towers, and sophisticated defense systems are not merely impressive fortresses, but spectacular works of Japanese architecture, constructed without the use of steel or modern equipment. These monumental structures fulfilled a need for protection without sacrificing aesthetic values. Understanding the cultural contexts of these Samurai castles helps create a better understanding of Japanese culture today. In this fascinating Japanese castle book, you will discover the rich history and creators of famous castles such as Himeji, Osaka, and Nijo that you would otherwise need to travel to Japan to experience in person. Chronicling the story of each building conveys a greater understanding of how and why they were built, and identifies their unique features for historians, architecture aficionados, world travelers, and Japanophiles alike. With over two hundred color images, numerous diagrams, maps, and detailed descriptions, Samurai Castles is the most comprehensive Japanese history book on this intriguing topic.




Castles of the Samurai

Castles of the Samurai
Title Castles of the Samurai PDF eBook
Author Jennifer Mitchelhill
Publisher Kodansha International
Pages 118
Release 2003
Genre Architecture
ISBN 9784770029546

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The castles of Japan are a product of the country's long history of civil warnd samurai rule from the Middle Ages to mid-19th century. They functionedoth as military fortresses as well as symbols of authority. Theyncorporated powerful mechanisms for warding off attackers, yet as symbolshey were possessed of immense beauty and grace.;This study is divided intoour parts: the first examines who built these castles and why, with anncisive look at Japanese history and the internecine fighting betweenamurai clans; the second part discusses the castle as a fortress - themportance of its location, its layout, stone walls and moats, towers, gates,hooting holes, and stone drops; the third part covers the beauty of theastle as a symbol, covering the intricate craftsmanship seen in structuraletail and the aesthetics of the samurai class itself; and the fourth partontains practical information on visiting castles and gleaning the most from first-hand view.




A Samurai Castle

A Samurai Castle
Title A Samurai Castle PDF eBook
Author Fiona Macdonald
Publisher The Salariya Book Company
Pages 48
Release 2021-02-08
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 1908973625

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Take an incredible tour through a Samurai Castle. Explore its relevance to the people who built it and the lives that they led. Stunning cut-away illustrations help lead the reader through the often complex historical period. Informative captions, maps, a complete glossary and an index make this title an ideal educational text.




A Samurai Castle

A Samurai Castle
Title A Samurai Castle PDF eBook
Author Fiona Macdonald
Publisher
Pages 48
Release 1995
Genre Castles
ISBN 9780750015868

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Traces the history of the samurai castles of medieval Japan with information on the role of samurai, shogun, and women in feudal Japanese society, on religious beliefs, and on arms and armor of the period. Suggested level: primary, intermediate, junior secondary.




Japanese Castles 1540–1640

Japanese Castles 1540–1640
Title Japanese Castles 1540–1640 PDF eBook
Author Stephen Turnbull
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages 129
Release 2011-12-20
Genre History
ISBN 1780962169

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The landscape of 16thand 17th-century Japan was dominated by the graceful and imposing castles constructed by the powerful 'daimyo' of the period. In this the most turbulent era in Japanese history, these militarily sophisticated structures provided strongholds for the consolidation and control of territory, and inevitably they became the focus for many of the great sieges of Japanese history: Nagashino (1575), Kitanosho (1583), Odawara (1590), Fushimi (1600), Osaka (1615) and Hara (1638), the last of the battles that brought an end to a period of intense civil war. This title traces their development from the earliest timber stockades to the immense structures that dominated the great centres of Osaka and Edo.




The Samurai Castle Master

The Samurai Castle Master
Title The Samurai Castle Master PDF eBook
Author Chris Glenn
Publisher Frontline Books
Pages 274
Release 2023-01-31
Genre History
ISBN 1399096613

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When the samurai warlord and respected castle architect Todo Takatora died in 1630, the funeral attendants responsible for preparing his body were shocked to note that there was not a single part of his body not scarred or disfigured by sword, spear, glaive or matchlock gun wound. Todo Takatora lived a life that unfolds like a drama. Born to a small landholding samurai family, the maverick youth worked his way to the top, becoming one of the most successful of daimyo warlords. He had served on the front lines of some of the most violent of battles, turning points that forged the nation. In a land and time in which loyalty was held dear, he changed his allegiances a record seven times, serving a record ten lords, more than any other samurai in history. Because of this, he has long been held in contempt by the Japanese. Standing 6 feet tall in a time when the average Japanese man stood between 5 and 5 1/2 feet, Todo Takatora was a giant among men. He died aged 74, when the normal life span was around 50. He was also the finest, most innovative of castle architects, responsible for the design and construction of over 30 of the strongest, most innovative Japanese castles and structures, and influencing samurai castle construction across Japan. In explaining his life, his reasons for having served so many lords, his achievements in battle and in castle design, his political and personal ideals and how these attributes were shaped during the course of his adventurous life, this book will reveal the man, and show why Takatora deserves the epithet of National Hero. In this fascinating biography, the first ever published in the English language, Chris Glenn explores Todo Takatora’s remarkable, and influential, life, the battles he fought in, the political intrigues he was part of, as well as detailing the magnificent castles he built.




A Samurai Castle

A Samurai Castle
Title A Samurai Castle PDF eBook
Author Fiona MacDonald
Publisher Scribo
Pages 0
Release 2018-03-06
Genre
ISBN 9781910706329

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Take an incredible tour through a Samurai Castle.