E-book about Bitchu Matsuyama Castle

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Bitchu Matsuyama castle is one of only twelve survived samurai castles in Japan. Among these dozen, it is the only mountaintop castle (yamajiro). Located at 478 m Mount Gagyu it is also the highest altitude castle in Japan. The book tells about the history of the castle from the early XIII c. to nowadays. Extant buildings of the castles date back to the XVII c. In spite of simple architecture, it is one of the most beautiful castles in Japan. The book is rich illustrated by photos mainly shot by the author. Recommended for those interested in Japanese history, culture and architecture.

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Bitchu Matsuyama (Takahashi) castle, Takahashi town, Japan

E-book about Matsumoto Castle

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Nicknamed “Crow Castle”, Matsumoto resembles black bird ready to fly. It is one of the most beautiful castles in Japan and one of only twelve castle with extant main keep. In 1952 it was designated National Treasure of Japan. Now there are only five castles with such high status. In this book one can find the history of the castle creation and would be able to learn about its distinctive architecture. The book is rich illustrated by photos mainly shot by the author. Recommended for those interested in Japanese history, culture and architecture.

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Nijo Castle

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Nijo Castle was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Tokugawa (Edo) shogunate (1603-1867). His grandson Iemitsu completed the castle’s palace buildings 23 years later and further expanded the castle by adding a five story castle keep.

After the Tokugawa Shogunate fell in 1867, Nijo Castle was used as an imperial palace for a while before being donated to the city and opened up to the public as a historic site. Its palace buildings are arguably the best surviving examples of castle palace architecture of Japan’s feudal era, and the castle was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994.

Corner Turret of Nijo Castle

Corner Turret of Nijo Castle

More info and pictures in e-book World Heritage Sites of Japan and in e-book Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto

E-book about Matsue Castle

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Matsue Castle is one of only dozen survived samurai castles in Japan. It was built in 1611 and remained its main keep intact until our days. In 2015 the castle was designated National Treasure of Japan, thus became the fifth castle with such status. In this book one can find the history of the castle creation and would be able to learn about its distinctive architecture. The book is rich illustrated by photos mainly shot by the author. Recommended for those interested in Japanese history, culture and architecture.

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