Japanese Castles
September 8, 2005 3:03 PM   Subscribe


posted by caddis at 3:14 PM on September 8, 2005

Awsome indeed, but: Bitchu Matsuyama Castle

I just have to giggle saying that out loud.
posted by 1016 at 3:20 PM on September 8, 2005

Wood and Transience
posted by homunculus at 3:42 PM on September 8, 2005

Destroy the Castle.
posted by The Jesse Helms at 4:39 PM on September 8, 2005

Best of the web! Thanks for the link, Wolfdog.
posted by ktoad at 5:06 PM on September 8, 2005

You probably recognize Himeji from Ran. I love two stories about it: First that it was designed to channel a brute-force attack into a spiral approach, but it was never attacked in this manner; and second that in 1871, the end of feudal Japan, it was auctioned off for demolition for 23 yen, but was too expensive to demolish. As a result the Army took it over and it is now maintained as a national treasure.
posted by dhartung at 5:35 PM on September 8, 2005

After spending a little more time exploring, I have to give more complements for this link.

One of the best links in months!!!!!!

posted by caddis at 5:47 PM on September 8, 2005

Thank you, Ookamiinu. I have long been a fan of Japanese castles, and now I can check off which ones I've been to and which remain.
posted by birdsquared at 5:55 PM on September 8, 2005

Holy crap, this is great.

I forget if this was a FPP or linked inside, but it seems appropriate: Yoshida Tatsuya's photos: Stones of the World.
posted by gwint at 6:04 PM on September 8, 2005

Cool, and thanks, Wolfdog!
posted by carter at 6:15 PM on September 8, 2005

Excellent! Thanks Wolfdog.
posted by peacay at 7:18 PM on September 8, 2005

Nagyon szep! Koszonjuk!
I don't know how to umlaut properly, sajnos.
posted by Aknaton at 10:18 PM on September 8, 2005

Brilliant post Wolfdog. That Fushimi Castle is one unlucky castle - get built, earthquake. get built again, get destroyed in a battle. get rebuilt, get dismantled. get incorporated into 3 other castles, end up as a replica. Who'd be a castle eh!
posted by tellurian at 1:13 AM on September 9, 2005

Wolfdog, this is one of the best posts I've seen in a long long time. Thanks for putting it on the front page, and all that.
posted by OmieWise at 5:29 AM on September 9, 2005

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