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Kurashima Castle: The activity base of Murakami, who had fortified the entire island.

Kurashima Castle: The activity base of Murakami, who had fortified the entire island.

Kurushima Castle is the sea castle of Kurashima, the southern edge of Geiyo islands, and the whole island of “Kurashima”, located just outside Shikoku. It was a stronghold castle to protect the narrow Kurushima Strait between Oshima and Shikoku. Mr. Murakami was originally from the naval forces of Iyo Guardian Kono, but then served Hideyoshi and became the feudal lord of the Iyo-Kazakō-gun 14000 stone. After Sekigahara, it became a seal to the Bungo Mori clan, and he claimed Kurushima ( Kurushima Jinya ). Kurushima Castle has a sea-erosion terrace on the outer periphery of the north half of the island, and there are many pit marks as well as the Nojima Castle and the Amagi Castle . It is a simple structure that seems to be a pirate castle only to have arranged a long and slender tune ring in the top of the mountain which cross the island. There are many traces of stone walls in the mountains, but the relationship with the castle and the age of construction are unknown.

Basic Data >
Name: Kurashima Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Off the wharf of Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture ( map )
Lord: Mr. Kono, Mr. Murakami, Kurashima
-Castle: Around the fifteenth century
-Remains: Reef pit, stone wall? , Melody, Horikiri, etc.

Date of Visit: December 2014

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murakami_kaigun_mapThe site of the Murakami Pirates of Geiyo Islands. The location of the Kurashima Castle is located in the southern, Shikoku and Imabari plains of the outlying islands.

kurushima-01_3794Shimanami Kaido does not go to Kurashima, and it is necessary to take a boat. We arrived at Kurashima port.

kurushima-02_3797The fluttering of the Kurashima Murakami Suigun. The shrine in the back is anxious. Murakami’s family crest, famous for “The top of the circle,” is a “Noh Island Murakami” (famous for Takayoshi Murakami), and Murakami is a mysterious pattern depicted in Novoli, called “three letters that shrink to Orijiki”.

kurushima-03_3798Before you go to the castle, visit the shrine. This shrine, which has a large number of killer whale, is enshrined at the entrance of Kurashima 8000 Trident Shrine (shrine). In the Oni plate and the round tile, “Three characters shrink to Orijiki” is Zulari.

kurushima-04_3800On the island, you can see a guide board showing the castle of Kurashima and the pillar hole. Pillar holes (reef pits) remain throughout the northern part of the island, and go clockwise or counterclockwise from the southern port. Let’s go to see the pit of the West side this time.

kurushima-05_3804I found it near the port, the handwriting of Kurashima Castle. Originally derived from Iyo suigun (Mr. Kono), Murakami Suigun each of the three branches and the base of the Noshima, Innojima, Kurashima, also active in the battle of various places from the Warring States period to Hideyoshi era, it is transferred to the Bungo Mori clan (Oita Prefecture) when it comes to the Tokugawa administration, history as the Navy has ended. When the figure is seen, there is a mark which is partitioned into several stages on the mount, and the mark of the pillar hole of the pavilion remains in the shore, and the yagatake etc. are growing on the island. The pillar hole which remains in the rock which was cut by the wave which is called the sea Erosion Terrace is made a mark which built the pillar for the pier or the mooring of the ship not the pavilion.

kurushima-06_38228000 visit the Kurashima tourist resting area near the Trident shrine to see the materials.

kurushima-07_3823Expected restoration of Kurashima Castle. A pier is drawn at the pit mark. Moreover, since there are many stone walls on the island, the outer periphery of the song Ring Group on the south side of the mountain is depicted as a total stone wall building.

kurushima-08_3802A handwritten drawing was also posted (might have been a different building). Now we are in the southern end of the city, and we will take a detour around the west side of the island to the north side and go down to the maritime terrace.

kurushima-08a_3802.jpgUp the description part. Easy to understand with simple sentences. There is an impregnable sea fortress, but according to an ancient document, Mr. Kurashima seems to have been attacked by the Kono-Mori army after he got into ODA in the Tensho period.

kurushima-09_3821Go north on the road that stretches straight west of the island. There are almost no people in the street that helpless the side of the residential area.

kurushima-10_3820I came to the end. Let’s go to the back of the house a little at the end.

kurushima-11_3819At the back of a large number of wave erase blocks, you can see the sea erosion terrace. It is said that a lot of reef pits (pillar hole) remains there. Because it can be descended from the back of the wave erase block, it wraps further.

kurushima-12_3817It is likely to get off here.

kurushima-13_3815I came down to the sea-erosion terrace! It is clear right under the bedrock of the west side, and it is also beach, and it is dim and the ground is damp slimy. If you slipped and Moss would be a big injury inevitable, proceed with care.

kurushima-14_3813A little further to the back of the sea erosion terrace.

kurushima-15a_3810.jpgIf you look closely at the feet, discover the Reef pit immediately! It is thought that it is only one in the foreground, and it is understood that three are lined up in a straight line toward the sea when seeing well. You will see that the tide is continuing more.

kurushima-16_3809Consecutive pillar holes.

kurushima-17_3812The bedrock is dug up quite deeply. It might be considerably deeper than seeing the hole and imagining it because the stone etc. are buried, and it is necessary to sting deeply if the inserted wood does not fall.

kurushima-18_3826Let’s go back from the terrace and head for the ruins of the mountain. I came back to the city and headed for “Kurashima Castle”. By the way, the “Shin-an”, which is also written, is built on the ruins of Lord, but not visited.

kurushima-20_3827The stone wall was built on the slope of the mountain when advancing for a while, and there was a monument of splendid “Kurashima Castle” in the front. I am glad that there is a castle monument, but the stone wall in the back is worrisome. It is built to draw a curve like Tokushima Castle, and the stone is also quite big. According to the materials received at the Murakami Suigun Museum ( Notojima Castle ), the stone walls of Kurushima Castle are unknown in ages.

kurushima-21_3829The stone wall behind the Kurashima Castle Monument. It can be said that it is too beautiful to think that it became a waste castle 400 years ago, and there are a lot of unnatural points such as the atmosphere of the stone has changed from the middle. However, there is a possibility that it has been renovated by Takora Todo which was the territory of Iyo as in the castle of Amagi. Detailed investigation is desired (the Kurashima castle ruins have not been investigated enough).

kurushima-22_3833It climbs from here to the mountain. Looking at the left and right of the middle road, it was processed gradually and the part where the side of the stone wall was seen. Not only the stage in front of eyes but also the top is a stone wall.

kurushima-23_3884Because Murakami shrine is enshrined in the hillside of the mountain, it seems to be maintained as a approach. The stone torii of Murakami shrine.

kurushima-24_3881This is Murakami shrine. It is different from the one seen in the Castle monument and the stage inflection wheel though there is a stone wall with the feeling made with the shrine.

kurushima-25_3834The picture was dedicated to the shrine. Let’s do a little tour.

kurushima-26_3838Figure depicting the famous master carpenter of the Kurashima Murakami family. It is a picture with the atmosphere. From the left, the village Kamidori, Michiyasu, and Michiyuki. In the parent and child who was active in the Warring States Period, it was the core of Kono Suigun at the end of the Muromachi, inherited the other house in the eldest son of the passage, and the third son of the total inherited, and then became a feudal lord success in the original of Hideyoshi. Each picture is signed with Yun Murakami Hiroshi.

kurushima-27_3841When it rises a little from Murakami shrine, it goes out to the wide-cut-flat ridge which seems to be a two-round mark perhaps.

kurushima-28_3842The wide, narrow-cut plains which seem to be the castle passage which connects two no Maru or Honmaru and two no Maru are advanced. The right side looks like it is dug up greatly to narrow the cutting ground.

kurushima-29_3846It reaches the Honmaru when going up another step from here. There was a big step between Honmaru and two No Maru, and it was not understood well by the grass tends although thought that it was probably a cut shore. From a small staircase that may have been developed as a hiking trail.

kurushima-35_3870I went to the summit. It is considerably neatly cut and is flat!

kurushima-34_3871Because the castle was built under the Honmaru, there is a splendid signboard of the Honmaru of the Kurashima castle instead. A steel tower is being received from the Ehime side for the power of the island. If you look from the bottom, you should aim at this steel tower.

kurushima-32_3879Let’s go to the north end of Honmaru. The trees are being cut down and the view looks good.

kurushima-33_3865The view from Kurashima Castle Honmaru, north side. The front view is Daimishima. The north end of the Shikoku Imabari Plain looks relatively close to the left. If there is a sight tower here, the surrounding area of Kurashima will be exactly the view.

kurushima-30_3860Let’s head south to Honmaru. Whether the left and right is a cut shore, it is a fine steep slope, and the impression of really slender cutting ground.

kurushima-31_3850There was a dent part to divide the inflection wheel. It is a trace which has been artificially dented because it is cut flat only this. Murakami is a pirate because it seems that the battle in Yamashiro was not expected too much, rather than Horikiri, I wonder whether due to the convenience of drainage or building structure.

kurushima-36_3847On the southeast side of the Honmaru was also a little protruding terrain. It was a place to behold the southeast. The south side extends to two no Maru.

kurushima-37_3867The view from Kurashima Castle Honmaru and the east side. The land on the right side is Shikoku and Imabari, and the Shimanami Kaido is carried out to the Oshima area across Magashima. The Murakami pirates would be a spectacle of surprise.

kurushima-38a_6612.jpgExtras: The islands of the Kurashima Strait from the Kamoyama Observatory in the southern part of Oshima Island. Amazing view. It is just too small to see the Kurashima Castle, so I try to zoom.

kurushima-38b_6614.pngBonus 2: Kurashima Castle is a small island in the back of “Kojima” seen in the back of the highway. The Kurashima Strait was not only the Kurashima castle, but also the other castle, Takeshi Island and the mid-Castle (Oshima). These two castles were under the control of Mr. Murakami, not Murakami. I wonder if the strait was divided between the island in the middle of the strait where the bridge runs through, and the Straits in Noh and Kurashima.

Date of Visit: December 2014
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-M1 + XF14mm
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