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Hagi Castle [1/2] A new stronghold of the Mouri family, which became a bilateral seal after Sekigahara.

Hagi Castle [1/2] A new stronghold of the Mouri family, which became a bilateral seal after Sekigahara.

Hagi Castle is a newly built castle as a castle to replace Hiroshima Castle in the former territory after it was reduced to two countries of suo and Nagato after the defeat by the defeated Mori Terumoto who was the West Army general of Sekigahara. It is composed of the heijo of the mountaintop and the base of the mountain. It is characteristic that the building which was conscious of the war is seen everywhere though it was built after the Edo shogunate was established from the general of the defeated army. The stone wall and Uchibori of the Honmaru remain clearly though it was torn down by the decree of the abolition of the Meiji era.

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Name: Hagi Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Hagi-shi, Yamaguchi ( map )
-Castle: Terumoto Mori
Completion: 1604 (Keicho)
-Remains: Ishigaki, moat, tenement
● Information: Japan 100 Meijo No.75 ( list )

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It enters the ruins from the Ninomaru South Gate in the south of Hagi castle ruins. At that time, it is a masugata tiger mouth which would have been enclosed by the gate and the soil wall. In front of the Ninomaru, there is the Hagi Historical Museum and the former Atsukyu Mouri family Hagi Residence. The amount of fallen leaves in the season of autumn leaves is impressive, but on the road, it is neatly cleaned.

In the vicinity of the entrance of the Ninomaru South Gate, there is a stone monument of “depreciation length Clan Castle”. Depreciation old-character of the old. It is also referred to as the Tsuzuki castle because the Gassan is an alias of Hagi Castle and a stuffed circle was built on the finger.

The statue of Motoshiteru at the South Gate of Ninomaru. It is a grandchild of Chinese male and Mori, and the Hiroshima Castle is castle at the end of the Warring States and it governs the region region of China, and it is lifted up to the West Army general in Sekigahara and defeated, and it is reduced to two countries of suo and Nagato. Then, as a castle, we built a new Hagi castle in the land of Hagi. Crest of the pedestal “three stars in a single character” Mouri family crest. Here in Hagi, it is not the Mori yuan who enlarged the Mouri family, but the feudal clan who developed the castle town, which built Hagi-Jo, is pushing for the Lord.

The road of the Ninomaru South Gate is bent in a key shape. It seems to have been a masugata when the stone wall surrounded, and the old maps were seen.

The Ninomaru traces of the Ninomaru South Gate are lined with buildings related to Hagi ware, such as the Hagi-Yaki museum. The stone monument of “historical site Hagi Castle Semba” and the Honmaru gate remains ahead of Ninomaru. The right side is the monument of “Shiki-Gi-Jinja” in the castle. Admission fee of 210 yen is paid in the hut which is beyond the bridge. It is said that it doubles as the tour fee of the old thick narrow Mouri house mansion which was in front of Ninomaru South Gate in this 210 yen. I was able to walk around the castle. According to the old maps, this bridge seems to have hung on the way to the Dobashi on the way to the Pahashi bridge.

An explanatory board in front of the Honmaru Kadato. It is said that the tower of five layers at that time stood on the tower stand which remains still. According to the historical materials, the red tile was a chalky gazebo-type tower with a tiled wall.

The classic composition of the stone monument and the Tower Dai Ishigaki and the Mt.

The Hagi Castle ruins guide map where the Honmaru gate is entered. Because the drawing on the left is drawn considerably finely, it becomes reference more than the map of the pamphlet that I get at the entrance.

In the Honmaru of Hagi castle ruins. It is neatly maintained.

In the stone wall along Uchibori, a long gangi (that of the stairs provided in the stone wall) is provided, and in case of emergencies, the soldiers can rise to the top of the stone wall (“50” Tamonmon tower). The point is that the castle was built in the Edo period, but it is supposed to be a battle.

Tower from the top of the stone wall along Uchibori. The structure of the tower at that time is grinning at the cornerstone which seems to be imagined.

Gangi up. Remain firm.

To tower units.

The back is tower. According to the old photograph , the tower of the mansion which followed the house (tower) seemed to have stood in the foreground.

Tower to the top of the unit. Tower cornerstones remain firm. According to the old photo, Tower is a form that has a three-layer gazebo type on the pedestal of the two-layer embedded purlins, and the first layer is a larger overhanging structure than the stone wall.

Overlooking the inner moat from the top of the tower to the northwest. The moat is in a complex form.

I hate being one on the tower. Towards the Paradise Bridge. The white building is the Hagi Ware Museum. It seems that the name tea ceremony from the early Edo period has been exhibited.

Admire the warp condition of Tower-Dai Ishigaki from the Tower Tower stand. The upper part is almost 90 degrees, and the lower one is a gradual angle which is less than 45 degrees, and can enjoy the gradient of an extremely beautiful fan. The technique to apply warpage to this stone wall is called “regulation”. (From the Hagi Castle Restoration Study Group WEBSITE)

Tower a little pull and shoot.

Beyond the inner moat of the west from the Honmaru, to the Toraguchi that goes to the South Ninomaru along the sea. There was a tower gate on this stone wall, and there was Okazaki Tower (Okazaki Yagura) on the right side. The sea is now reclaimed and it is now a stone carving park exhibiting sculptures.

It remains at the entrance of the stone carving park. According to the old maps, the tower was two layers, and this right side was immediately sea. Between one = six meters = about 1.8 m, so it’s about 14.5 m.

Return to Honmaru Hagi Castle. The grass in the Honmaru is the main of the present Hagi Castle (?) There were a lot of cats. Not only in the front left, but also in the back right of the photograph three.

In northwestern Honmaru, there is an entrance to the filling circle of the Moon Mountain.

Finger Gassan round Mark Description board. It is said that there were Honmaru and Ninomaru on the mountain, and the tower was built several times. The altitude is 143m, and it arrives at the filling round mark in about 20 minutes. When I visited, I abandoned the mountain climbing because it was already before 17:00. It is said that there are the stone walls, the tower ruins, and the restoration soil wall in the refill round mark. I’d love to go there next time.

The Hagi Castle Monument is located near Honmaru Center. There are many monuments in this style that were built during the Meiji and Taisho eras.

Explanatory board of the Hagi Castle Monument. Duke Mori, who built the monument, was the eldest son of the last feudal clan of Nagshu clan.

In addition to the Hagi Castle Monument, the monument of Honmaru is erected by a number of people with a lot of Hagi. One of them is the monument of the former unification of Kondo. According to the explanatory board, Mr. Kondo, who had a mansion here before the Hagi Castle building, presented the land to Terumoto Mori when the castle was constructed. The monument was erected by the descendants of Mr. Kondo in Meiji 30.

The Shimiyako-Kiyama shrine is built in the ruins of Hagi Castle Honmaru. It is a torii of a splendid stone.

Shimiyako-Kiyama Shrine explanation board. In Meiji 11, five people representing the Mouri family were dedicated to be built.

There is a stone bridge in the precincts of the Shimiyako-Kiyama shrine. This is the remains of the Clan school and Meilun Museum “Hurrah Bridge”. A Chinese-style pot bridge. Meilun-Kan ruins are now in Meirin Elementary School.

Hurrah Bridge Explanation board. The end of English is funny (the same sentence appears twice). The person who made it (the trader) and the person who received it might not have confirmed the content either.

The former Fukuhara house Shoin is located in Honmaru. It is called the clan which supported it for generations as an age old family of the Hagi clan. It is thought that it is the architecture of the Edo period, but the tatami in the room is depressed in a showy. I wonder if the floorboards are rotten.

The northeast part of Hagi Castle is the East garden mark, and a part of excavation investigation was carried out. I’m glad to find something new.

The East Garden mark. It is called the Wandering Garden that the sixth generation Lord Mouri Munhiro built. According to the pamphlet, there was originally a pond here, and it seems to have made use of it and tailored it to the garden.

The East garden ruins are left in this place and it walks on the soil wall and the stone ruins facing the sea.

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Date of Visit: November, 2013
Imaging Equipment: SONY NEX-C3
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