HAMAMATSU CASTLE sits on the MIKATAHARA PLATEAU...It was built by TOKUGAWA IEYASU(click), whose rule founded the EDO PERIOD(1603-1867)..IEYASU was born in 1542, and spend 17 years at Hamamatsu Castle from the age of 29-45...
During this time many famous batlles took place, ncluding the BATTLE OF MIKATAGAHARA in 1572, which was one of the toughest battles fought by Ieyasu...Although Ieyasu's 17 year stay at Hamamatsu Castle endured many difficult years, it did commence 300 years of glorious Tokugawa history...
The battle of Mikatagahara
The Battle of Mikatagahara was fought in 1572.. .
Takeda Shingen was headed for Tokugawa Ieyasu 's castle at Hamamatsu . Among his men were Yamagata Masakage and Baba Nobuharu. Ieyasu took about 11,000 men (3,000 of them Oda Nobunaga 's troops) out to meet Shingen in battle. Shingen had as many as 30,000 men.
Shingen defeated Ieyasu but bad weather and Tokugawa cunning prevented him from following up on the victory. The cunning part is this: Ieyasu managed to retreat into his castle, but ordered the gates left open and bonfires lit, to help his scattered troops to find their way back.
Sakai Tadatsugu, in the castle, even went so far as to beat on a drum. In addition to helping morale, these efforts convinced Masakage and Nobuharu -- pursuing the retreating Tokugawa forces -- that there must be some trick. Instead of attacking the wide open castle, they camped outside for the night. The following day, the Takeda army left.
The lords of Hamamatsu castle after Ieyasu were always to be very influencial figures..In particular MIZUNO TADAKUMI one of the LORDS was credited with reforming the Tempo era....As a result, hamamatsu castle is known as the CASTLE OF SUCCESS.
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