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    KAKEGAWAJYO TENSYU-KAKU

    by cheesecake17 Updated Mar 1, 2006

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    Kakegawa-jo was first established in 1513 by Asahina Yasuhiro.

    Asahina Yasutomo lost the castle to Tokugawa Ieyasu's forces.

    Tokugawa placed Imagawa Yoshitada and his son Yasumichi in charge of the castle. In 1590 the area was absorbed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi who replaced the Imagawa with Yamanouchi Kazutoyo.

    Yamanouchi renovated the castle and donjon into what you see today. After the Battle of Sekigahara, the castle was controlled by the Tokugawa until it was torn down after the Meiji Restoration.

    Although the donjon apears from the outside to consist of three levels, it is actually four stories inside..
    The true size of the donjon is not so big (12m x 10m)....

    THE DONJON OF KAKEGAWA IS THE FIRST IN JAPAN TO BE REBUILT WITH WOOD..

    The castle is open from
    March 1-November 20
    9-5

    November 21-February28
    9-4:30

    CLOSED......DEC 30-JAN1

    adults (16 and over) 300 yen
    Children(6-15) 150 yen...

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    MAIN GATE OF KAKEGAWA CASTLE

    by cheesecake17 Written May 14, 2005

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    Gates were strategically positioned in the walls of each bailey so that anyone who attempts to enter the castle must zig zag back and forth to reach the inner grounds and the donjon. Gates were often fortified by bolting metal plates over them for strength. .

    Gates came in several different styles and had several different purposes. Otemon is the term used for the main gate of a castle and is usually the most well fortified.

    As for the major gate there is a Shoho castle plan, but the accurate position had not been grasped. The present location of the gate is about 50m south, and you can see the change of color on the pavement where the original was...

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    KAMON or crests

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 24, 2006

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    Crests were design for a particular Samurai family.
    Family crests included symbols representing characters, numbers, figures, animals and plants..

    They came into use during the HEIAN period...During the EDO period, when clothing styles were systemized, clothes emblazoned with a family cest were established as a formal style..

    This one is from the OTA family, which ruled from 1746 to 1869...

    Each family crest is not only a symbol or an emblem of a family, but it is also the evidence of family blood, roots and furthermore, it may be possible to help establish self-identity.

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    STONE FOUNDATION....

    by cheesecake17 Written May 14, 2005

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    Donjon were built on top of a high stone foundation to help protect them from invasion

    The stones in this foundation were not held together by mortar. They were simply fit together with the larger part of each stone on the inside.

    This helped keep the foundation in place under it's own weight. Since no mortar was used to hold the stones together the foundation was flexible enough to withstand the many earthquakes that occur in Japan.

    Even though they could withstand some of the strongest earthquakes, they were very susceptible to fires becasue they relied heavily on wood construction

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    The wall &Atomizer well

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 24, 2006

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    Take a close look at the wall, you can see small openning which are called SAMA that served as a safe "window" to watch the outside. More importantly they were a safe place from which to shoot arrows, rifles or to lance enemies trying to breach the castle.

    Sama designed for arrows were generally rectangles and those for firearms were circles or triangles

    You can also see the ATOMIZER WELL....When Tokugawa house were under attacks , the fog which was release from the well envelops the castle and attack was prevented and the castle was saved ..

    This legend still remains calling this castle " cloud fog castle"

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    The PALACE in Kakegawa

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 24, 2006

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    The palace was constructed in the latter part of the EDO era..It had 3 functions;
    it was the place where official ceremonies were held,
    the official residence of the lord
    and finally it was a government office..

    This palace is similar to Kyoto's Nijo Palace in that they were both built within castle walls..
    This is a unique feature rarely seen in Japanese castles..

    .The total floor space is 947 square meter..but the original space was 1.091 ...

    The structure is a one storied wooden palace roofed with tiles..

    Palace style is SHOIN-ZUKURI, which has 20 rooms covered with tatami, and each room is divided by FUSUMA(paper wall)

    There are a few things on display as you walk around the different rooms

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    ISHI-OTOSHI aka ROCK SHUTES

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 24, 2006

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    Most donjon there are places just above the stone walls that slightly protrude from the main structure.

    These are not decorations but innovative tactical devices called ishi-otoshi (rock chutes).

    From these chutes defenders within the donjon could pour rocks or even boiling oil or water down on anyone attempting to scale the walls.

    Also the SAMA or loopholes are holes set up in castle walls or buildings in which were used to attack the enemy with firearms or arrows from within..

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    SHACHI

    by cheesecake17 Updated Aug 20, 2009

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    A great many castles have burned to the ground from fires caused by earthquakes, lightning and attack.

    Imaginary creature with the head of a tiger and body of a fish call SHACHI or SHACHIHOKO were frequently used as roof ornaments in Edo period (1600-1868) .

    Just look at any castle top , tower gates, and samurai homes. These fish-shaped ornaments are placed at both ends of the main roof ridge, with the male Shachi placed on the left and the female Shachi on the right.

    The creatures are thought to provide protection against fire, as they are attributed with the power to control rain.

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    TAIKO YAGURA or drum tower

    by cheesecake17 Updated Aug 20, 2009

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    YAGURA were used as store houses. The origin of the word yagura is "a storage place for arrows."

    Yagura weren't used exclusively for arrows, but were also used to store all manner of weapons, food and supplies.

    They were also strategically placed to serve as watch towers and defensive platforms.

    This particular Yagura was call the DRUM YAGURA or drum tower , it used to store a GIANT DRUM which was used to announce the TIME to people in and around the castle...At the moment you can view the drum in the PALACE HALL

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    STATUE OF KAZUTOYO YAMANOUCHI

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 24, 2006

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    Inside the castle, there is a very small museum in which the statue of YAMANOUCHI is display...

    KAZUTOYO YAMANOUCHI, was a vassal of the Toyotomi clan, became the lord of Kakegawa Castle.

    He renovated the damaged castle and aranged the town...Also he ordered the construction of the first donjon (tensyu-kaku) of Kakegawa castle...

    The interiors of Japanese castles are not divided into rooms and there are no grand audience chambers or living quarters, as many people expect.

    The main donjon of a castle is primarily a military structure despite the sometimes flashy exteriors. They generally have a rather spartan appearance with ordinary wood floors and walls. Sometimes the walls were covered in plaster like the outside.

    This one had a small display of objects....

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    NATIONAL CULTURAL LANDMARK

    by cheesecake17 Written May 14, 2005

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    The palace was destroyed in the great earthquake of 1854, so it was reconstructed by SUKEKATSU OTA, who was the lord of kakegawa castle at that time..

    Although the OTA clan continued to use the castle, by 1869 it had fallen into ruin...

    After it fell into ruin, the palace was appropriated by the military school of the TOKUGAWA family....

    In 1890 it was designated a NATIONAL IMPORTANT CULTURAL LANDMARK.

    The roof of the palace entrance was built in the MUKURIHAFU style.

    Hafu means the triangular aprt of the roof formed by the sloping eaves..But hafu bending upward like the one in the palace entrance are called MUKURIHAFU....

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    STRUCTURE

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 24, 2006

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    Some experts say the donjon's white-plastered appearance was modeled after JURAKUTIE in KYOTO and the black-lacquered balcony and railing after the donjon of OSAKA castle..

    HAFU are the triangular part of the roof framed by the sloping eaves characteristic of the architecture of those days..

    But the HAFU on the donjon are called KARA-HAFU.

    The windows on the 2nd floor of the donjon are in the KATO -MADO style, a window type used in zen temple structure....

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    NINOMARU MUSEUM

    by cheesecake17 Updated Aug 20, 2009

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    There is also a museum on the grounds of the palace in the kakegawa castle

    On display are the
    1.-KINOSHITA collection which are finely made work of arts.
    2.- SUZUKI collection, of modern japanese paintings
    3.- folk arts

    Open hours
    9am-5pm

    FEE
    200 yen adult
    100 child.

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    TEA CEREMONY

    by cheesecake17 Written May 14, 2005

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    There is a tea ceremony house between the Palace and the museum..

    You can be service in the tradional tea ceremony style for 500 yen..

    Open...930am to 430pm

    Look at my OKABE page for explanations on TEA CEREMONY

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    International Night Club/Restaurant Entertainment

    by MalsBar Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    For an evening of good music, interesting conversation, fascinating people and great food, don't miss Mal's Bar when you're in Kakegawa. It is an International Communication Space and Emporium of Gastronomic Excellence. People from all over the world flock there to broaden their horizons through warm at home hospitality with an exchange between Japanese locals and sophisticated international types. Bar Master and owner, Mal Adams, is an internationally known broadcast journalist from CNN and CBS news networks and is quite the raconteur telling stories of his days as a worldwide news correspondent and showing pictures of himself with some of his most famous friends and acquaintances such as U.S. Presidents, Japanese Prime Ministers, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson just to name a few. His wife and partner Kimie (Mama) Adams is a great cook and will prepare Neo Japanesque and western style dishes for your dining pleasure. It is a warm and lighthearted spot that features live Jazz and R&B music on a regular basis. You're gonna love it!

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