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Katsurui Castle: The ruins of the castle Hall which was the base of Mr. Miyoshi in AWA Country during warring States period.

Katsurui Castle: The ruins of the castle Hall which was the base of Mr. Miyoshi in AWA Country during warring States period.

阿波 勝瑞城
Katsurui Castle was a stronghold in the AWA country of Miyoshi, who boasted of great power in East Shikoku and Kinai during the Warring States Period. In the Muromachi period, Mr. Hosokawa established the Guardian place in Katsurui, and the city developed, and the heyday became the base of Miyoshi clan who had risen further in the Warring States period. The power waned in the next Nagaji’s generation, and it was attacked by Mr. Chosokabe Motochika of the Tosa in the age of Choji Brother’s Jukawa, and it became a waste castle although the Masumi of Miyoshi Nagkei was ruled. It consists of “Katsuzukan ruins” (present historical park) and the fortress Ruins “Katsurui Castle Ruins” (present Kensho Temple and Miyoshi’s family temple) which are the ruins of the huge pavilion of Miyoshi Mr.

Basic Data >
Name: Katsurui Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Itano-Gun, Tokushima ( map )
● Lord: Mr. Hosokawa/Sanyoshiminoru
● Castle: Muromachi Period/mid-16th century
-Remains: Mizubori, earth base, tomb
● Information: Japan Hyakuna Castle No.175 ( list )

Date of Visit: February, 2017

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shozui_01_4795Katsurui Castle consists of two of the ruins which were built in the end of the Warring States, and the mark of the house where the three Yoshiminoru holidays lived. Let’s go to the Fort ruins first. It is now the precincts of the temple “Kensho Temple”.

shozui_02_4796The feature of Katsurui Castle is that the water moat built on the base and the circumference of the Heijo is left as it is. A bridge crosses the ruins of Mizubori.

shozui_03_4798The ruins of Katsuzujo Mizubori. It is left with a moderate width.

shozui_04_4799The other side. The Horinouchi side became the Kensho temple precincts, and the trees were overgrown along the moat, but at that time, the soil base, the clay fence, and the fence were spread.

shozui_05_4801Across the moat to the precinct. Now, it becomes the precincts of the Kensho temple which has been relocated here in the Edo period, and the castle likeness is almost lost. Let’s go around in circles because the one to recalled the back at that time is still small. First, from the description Board of the tiles installed at the feet.

shozui_06_4800Katsurui Castle ruins Description panel. Mr. Hosokawa builds a guardian in the Muromachi period. It flourished as the center of the political culture of AWA. Then Mr. Miyoshi, who was a retainer of Mr. Hosokawa, seized power on the Kinai, and his brother Miyoshi Nagkei, Awa Sanuki, and his brother, Miyoshi Minoru, was ruled. However, Mr. Miyoshi was kicked out by the fight with Mr. Chosokabe Motochika of the Tosa, and the Chosokabe Motochika also succumb to the Hagba Army, and AWA becomes the territory of Mr. Hachisuka in Tensho 10 years (1585). Mr. Hachisuka built a castle in Tokushima, and Katsurui declined. The Kensho temple, which is now the family temple of Miyoshi, relocated to the mid-Edo period and remains the tomb of Miyoshi, who is associated with Katsurui in the precincts.

shozui_07_4802The Earth base remains on the side of the moat. It is said that it has been found that the whole circumference was covered by the excavation at that time although only part remains now. The ground base was 12m wide, 2.5 m in height, and the water moat was 14m wide. A large amount of tile fragments were excavated from Horibottoms, and the trace which had been destroyed in the fight with Mr. Chosokabe Motochika is seen.

shozui_08_4803The soil base and the water moat which remain slightly after 400 years or more after the abolition castle.

shozui_09_4804Only. A kind of sasa that had been planted in large quantities to make an arrow until the Warring States period. It was not from those days.

shozui_10_4806五女冢村 wins the Mizuyoshi monument. It is not, and it reads, and not the iris. 五女冢村 is a variants character of the mound, and it is a meaning of the monument enshrined the people who are related to Katsurui Castle. It is said that it is the drinks of Tokushima’s mid-Edo period, and the remembrance of the rise and fall of Miyoshi who was based in Katsurui and the memorial of the war dead. Town Cultural Property.

shozui_11_4810The tomb of Mr. Miyoshi’s fourth generation. The five towers lined up in an orderly fashion. From the left, the chief of the three, the former chief, Yoshiken, Nagaji. Yoshiken is a vulgar name of three-well-paid leave, and the actual holiday is called the admoniname before the lifetime.

shozui_12_4808I look back in the castle from the outside of the moat. It might have been a moat around here at that time because there was a survey result of 14m in the moat width at that time though this was reclaimed.

shozui_13_4809The whole view of Katsurui Castle.

shozui_14_4811Katsurui Castle Moat and Dobashi. I do not know whether there was a dobashi from that time, but now it is the approach to Kensho-ji Temple (car OK). Let’s go to see because there is a stone monument at the entrance of the roadway.

shozui_15_4838The historical of Katsurui Castle is located at the entrance of the roadway. On the left is the monument of family temple Miyoshi Nagaji. Nagaji was the eldest son of the actual leave, and it became a victory lord after a real truce, and the tyranny was lost and the trust of the subordinate and the resident was done, and power was lost after the rise of Nobunaga and Chosokabe Motochika before long.

shozui_16_4813I tried to go around the fort. There was a part that has become thinner in the development, etc., but even now the moat was surrounded. Since it has been designated as a National Historic site, it will not be sharpened more than this anymore.

shozui_17_4817Next, let’s go to “Katsuzukan ruins” which remains in a little distance from Kensho-ji temple. There is a huge square in the center of the residential area.

shozui_18_4815The description Board of the country historic Site Katsuzujo Kan. The ruins of the Kensho-ji temple, which I saw earlier, are designated as “castle ruins” as a set of historic sites. It is said that there is a chisen garden and the dry landscape, and the tea ceremony etc. are excavated instead though there seems to have been not a place to fight in the giant Castle Pavilion with the melody which is enclosed in a huge moat which exceeds 10m width. In Tensho 10 years, Miyoshi, who lost his battle with Chosokabe Motochika, has been in the Katsurui castle for some time, and he left the Lord to give up. The age moves from ODA to the age of Hashiba before long, and the Chosokabe Motochika parents who fought here and the tenth River are both fighting for shimadzu conquest in Kyushu, and crushing defeat and the death of the Nobuchika and the existence are killed.

shozui_19_4816Construction project of Katsuzukan ruins. It’s going to be a park like this. The moat at that time is left in the park as it is, and it will be shocked to see the site after 、、、 though it expects it to be a wonderful maintenance.

shozui_20_4818During the visit (February 2017), the park was still under construction and some excavations were underway. I went there because there was a place where I could visit the site.

shozui_21_4821The land here has not always been a historic park, but a huge Nagao ironworks has been operating in the past, and a huge foundation of concrete remains.

shozui_22_4820The stone product and the stairs of the garden ruins. It is not seen very far, and because it is almost covered with a blue sheet, what is not understood well.

shozui_23_4822And to the back of the park. There is a part which becomes a lawn and a place hardened with concrete.

shozui_24_4823Moat Mark, Cornerstone Building Trail explanation board. The concrete part in front of the eye is called “moat Mark”. The moat is hardened with concrete. I know that there was a moat around here at that time 、、、。 This might be a completed form because it had been painted to brown in the maintenance image ahead though it was thought that the water was saved when it was completed and it made it to “Mizubori”.

shozui_25_4824The moat traces that have become completely concrete. Moreover, it is considerably shallow.

shozui_26_4826To the back. The moat marks seem to be made concrete entirely.

shozui_27_4825Moat Trail Explanation board. It is completely different from the depth of the moat seen in the excavation photograph.

shozui_28_4827A curving moat

shozui_29_4828Parcel Groove Description Board of the hotel. This is also hardened with concrete. At that time, the right side of this ditch was a space of the hare with the garden etc Well let’s see.

shozui_30_4830Cornerstone Building Trail Description Board. The meeting place has been restored. Children had become playgrounds.

shozui_31_4829Cornerstone Building Trail Description Board. It was a “meeting place” which played a salon-like role in the castle because it was opposite the garden. The results of the excavation were also found to have been burnt down around the end of the sixteenth century.

shozui_32_4831The ruins of a dry landscape garden are located across the street. Quietly on the grass and have a face-to-stone. I dug up a little more neatly, or put it properly, or lower to the height of the time, or something a little better there was no way.

The mark of the guardian of Mr. Miyoshi who flourished as the center of AWA Country. The destruction by the development in recent years is not hopeless because both were built in the ground, but the ruins of the castle remains well, and a glimpse of the appearance to recalled at that time is seen. On the other hand, the atmosphere and the taste at that time were almost lost by the maintenance that the Castle Pavilion ruins were mainly concrete. It was a place where it was made to think as one history fan about how it was necessary to improve the ruins of the castle and the pavilion to tell the history to posterity.

Date of Visit: February, 2017
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-T10 + XF14mm
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