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People Yoshishiro [1/4] People Yoshishiro specialty, stone wall has begun to “Musha return”.

People Yoshishiro [1/4] People Yoshishiro specialty, stone wall has begun to “Musha return”.

Hitoyoshi Castle is the site of the modern castle built by Mr. Sagara, who ruled Hitoyoshi Kuma (the Shikumkuma) district for about 700 years. It is said that Sagara Nagayai, who received the life of the original Kamakura, was appointed to the Higo of the land and began to be built along the Kuma River across the region. After the renovation of Tensho 17 (1589) after the unification of Kyushu by Hideyoshi, it became a full-fledged castle (Yamashiro) in the 15th century. Mr. Lord Sagara changed the smaller dependent kingdoms ahead with Mr. Shimazu, Toyotomi, and Tokugawa according to the Times, and defended the provinces splendidly from the Kamakura period to the late Edo period. The building of the castle burned down by the fire repeatedly, and the last reconstructed building group of the Edo period almost burnt down in the Southwest war in the early Meiji era. Several turrets, gates, and earthen fences are now being rebuilt. The stone which has been lined up easily fallen on the stone wall called “Musha return” is famous.

Basic Data >
Name: People Yoshijo (Wikipedia)
● Location: Hitoyoshi-shi, Kumamoto ( map )
● Main building: Sagara Nagyori
-Castle: Early Kamakura period (around 1205)
-Remains: stone wall, earth base, Mizubori, restoration Tower Group
● Information: Japan 100 Meijo No.93 ( list )

Link: The one , the two , the three , the four .

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The vast Hitoyoshi castle ruins. First, we started the tour from the parking lot in front of the “People Yoshijo History Museum” which was built in west. If you wander the castle while looking at the drawings of the brochure in Yoshishiro History Museum, it is recommended because there is little miss.

View of the castle from the parking lot of Yoshishiro Historical Museum. The place of the lawn square in the foreground is a part of “West Wheel”. The other side of the low stone wall that is behind it is the ruins of the Lord, and the forest area behind it becomes “castle”. The Kuma River flows along the left side of the road. First of all, let’s go to the castle by the way along the river and start strolling from the castle.

Beyond the road, a long stone wall that suddenly comes into view. It is a stone wall of the ruins of the house of Lord built in the Edo period. The remarkable thing is, “overhang by stone wall” which was laid zratsu on the stone wall.

“Musha return” was built on the stone wall, using the structure of the western splashing method, in the domestic castle is very few examples of the stone wall, it is used in the Japanese castle only here people Yoshishiro or (other, such as Goryokaku). In addition to the fire protection purpose, there are also elements of defense to drop the top plate-like stone if there is an enemy who has climbed the stone wall.

Warrior returns. It is lined with the zulari without the gap compared with the stone wall of the bottom lespedeza.

“Musha returns” explanation panel. Originally, there was a long tower on the stone wall, but it was burnt by the fire in the Edo period, and after that, the stone wall was adopted instead of rebuilding the tower, and this “Musha return” was employed. Other than that, Shinagawa Daiba , Goryokaku, Ryuoka Castle, and it is said that it can be seen only here people Yoshishiro.

“Musha returns” is bent to an obtuse angle. It was hard to see because it was backlit, but it was processed to bend well by shaving the corner of the stone neatly.

There were also traces of drainage in the building.

Historical site Hitoyoshi Castle ruins explanation board. An explanation of a simple history and a map depicting the figure of the late Edo period have been published. In the Yoshishiro, there are a variety of explanatory panels installed in these stone-filled tiles. It is appreciated because the tile is read for a long time as long as it does not crack compared with the plate explanation board which becomes faded.

A picture of a model that was created in the late Edo period (Tempoage, 1830-1844) was added with a description of the character. Although the model seems to be the one in the history museum, I will take this explanation board in the photograph because it is not possible to refer by the photograph NG in the pavilion.

It seems that a long, narrow belt is extended between the front of the Musha and Kuma River, and several buildings were built. Lined with cornerstone groups. The soil wall of the back is restored by the way.

The ruins of “Interrice warehouse”. The cornerstone is lined up in an orderly fashion. They were paying for the annual tribute rice. Dismantled in the early Meiji period.

A splendid gate which continues to the Kuma River remains in the interior with the soil wall. “Water Hand”.

The “Water Hand” explanation board. A stone wall was piled up along the Kuma River, and it was here “water hand gate” to have built the pier of seven places for water luck, and the largest scale of them. It was a structure that could cope with the increase or decrease of water in the river.

There are two explanatory panels on the water hand. This is made in 1993, the previous one made in 2007. It seems to be an explanatory board that was built before the excavation was conducted, compared to those of 19 years, and has become only a drawing-based explanation. The clay wall was on the left side of the river and the Bamboo Grove was built on the stone wall from the right. Reduce costs, secure bamboo (building Torchwood), and more.

A water hand It seems that several steps were built outside the gate in order to go through the gate to the Low River beach. Some of them still remain.

On the opposite side of the water hand, there is a small gate set in the part of the end of the Gokan (the building is restored). “Horiai-mon”.

Horiai Gate. The gate which falls to the back door of the pavilion of the Lord is escaped from the fire in the Southwest War, and it is relocated and exists in existence (not visited this time). The gates and soil walls built here were rebuilt in 2007.

The stone walls of Horibe gate and Mikkan. It is an orthodox type of gate with a huge roof on top of two pillars called “Building Gate”.

“Horimating Gate” explanation board. It was restored appearance based on the appearance of the existing gate and the figure.

I peek inside from Horiai Gate. The right side is the Lord of the House. If you go to the left, you will lead to the bottom of the 2. This time I take the route to admission from the back rather than from the Horibe gate, not enter from here, back to the outer wheel.

There is a stone monument of “historical site Hitoyoshi Ruins” on the side of the road further from Horiai Gate. It is a little strange that the castle ruins monument is in a half-hearted place.

There is a place in the back of the castle ruins, such as the Rice warehouse, but it is like a slope of the lawn. According to the pamphlet, a rice warehouse called “The Missing Rice warehouse” and “Omura rice storehouse” was lined up here.

On the left side of the road, the Kuma River was formed with a popping shape. Let’s go inside.

The wheel which was made to auction out. It should have the name of the song Ring, but looked at the explanation panel missed.

The stone wall which remains on the opposite side is seen by separating Kuma River.

The stone wall which was built under the Guo of the part which was put out in Kuma River overlooks from the side. A stunning stone wall warp.

And go to the gate. It is said that it was a formal doorway when the Lord and the subordinate were climbing. There are only stone walls left, but still this presence. There is a similar stone wall (Tower Gate Foundation) to the right of the stone steps though it is not seen by the plant. Let’s take a look carefully.

EXPLANATION panel of “the Shimokado”. Along the river (not the Kuma River, along the west side of the Chest river), as well as the “Major gate”, Tower Gate hardened the left and right on the Ishigaki stand.

The Ishigaki stand on the left toward the lower gate. The stone wall is made up of three stages, the bottom (old type), the tower Gate second stage was listed (it looks a little on the far right) and the highest front kore. This part is not understood well even if the old figure is seen, and whether the building was built on this etc. is unknown.

From the front under the stone steps of the Shimokado. The shape of the gate at that time becomes easy to imagine when the tree on the right which grows up and extends the branch on the stone Steps is cut (only the branch).

From the middle of the stone steps, we look at the Shimokado stone wall.

Tower Gate on the Shimomon wall.

Just below the gate. Because the castle is a mountain, the stone steps continue beyond the gate.

The stone to stop in the center when the gate is probably closed in the center directly below the place where the tower gate was built.

Look down the mark on the stone steps. In the middle of the road, you can see that the stone in the “to fix it when you close the gate” is sitting somewhere (you don’t really know what it’s for).

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Date of Visit: September, 2015
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-M1 + XF14mm
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