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    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    In a2.5 acres of the checkpoint ground, there where many other buildings but what is left today is only the main office...

    Most buildings were destroyed by an earthquake and rebuilt in 1855.....The main office has a frontage of 66 feet...

    It also has extending eaves and corridor all the way along the front and back....

    Under the eaves there is a long drape, gathered up at some places..as the picture shows...

    Outside the main gate stood a placard with MORAL CODES of that period....

    And inside the gate another one with regulations of passing the checkpoint and examples of passes...

    main office
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    by cheesecake17 Updated Nov 21, 2005

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    was under the direct control of the SHOGUNATE but in 1702 it was put under the control of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT...

    Since then the officials were appointed by the
    feudal lord of this area....

    The officials worked in 3 shifts..They were a director, 3 assistants, 6 foot soldiers and 2 checking men.....

    The main gate was open at 6am and closed at 6pm....Travelers in general were not allowed to pass the checkpoint while it was closed, though certain government officials were exceptional....:)...

    As you walk around the house, there is the main room, large and facing the front gate....the check point was equipped with
    10 spears
    25 bows....2 boxes of arrows
    25 guns...2 boxes of bullets
    3 sets of weapons for catching violators
    50 sticks
    3 handcuffts
    3 ropes for binding violators..

    Weapon

    (pic#2)3 sets of weapons for catching violators in the checkpoint but
    .......these are used now in schools around Japan due to the increase crime of strangers getting into the school and harming kids and teachers...

    weapon on display(pic#2)
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    by cheesecake17 Written Jul 5, 2005

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    In the EDO PERIOD, one had to go by boat across IMAGIREGUCHI which is the mouth of LAKE HAMANA to the pacific ocean...

    The geographic features of this area formed a natural fortress ......And that is mainly the reason why the checkpoint was built here.....

    The original checkpoint, called IMAGIRE NO SEKISHO, was located at the place jutting out into LAKE HAMANA, known as OHMOTOYASHIKI today....

    In 1701, the entire town houses as well as the checkpoint were moved to TOJUROYAMA, which is now called NAKAYASHIKI after a tidal wave.....which is the present location...

    the boats
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