Monday, October 17, 2011

Sites in Kumamoto Castle

Before read this story, it's better to read my visit to Kumamoto Castle. Then, continue read the story below about some interesting sites in Kumamoto Castle.

The Main Towers
The area around the main towers and the Hon-maru Goten was destroyed by fire three days before the Seinan Rebellion began. The cause of the fire remains unknown. The present main tower were rebuilt in 1960 to restore the castle's exterior. The larger main tower has 6 stories with a basement and about 30 meters above the stone fence, and the smaller main tower has 4 stories with a basement and about 19 meters in height.
Exhibition and historical relics of the two ruling feudal clans, Kato's and Hosokawa's as well as the Seinan Rebellion are housed in the tower buildings.
Kumamoto Castle Main Tower
The only multi-story Yagura turret dates back to the original construction of the castle. It has five stories with a basement, and is comparable in size and scale to main towers at many of the other castles. In its prime, Kumamoto castle had numerous multi-story turret like this one, and was trully an impregnable fortress.
Picture of Oto-Yagura, Kumamoto Castle (3 level donjon - Important Cultural Property)
Hon-maru Goten:
Palace O-Hiroma Main Hall
The Honmaru Goten Palace has been restored as part of Kumamoto castle restoration and improvement project. It was including O-Hiroma main hall for meeting, the sukiya tea ceremony house and the kitchen. Highlight include the unique underground “Kuragori-gomon” passegeway, the partation pictures in the Shokun Hall and Wakamatsu Hall, the tradition wood beam-and-post structure of the kitchen.
Hon-maru Goten, Kumamoto Castle
Naga-Bei (Long Wall)
Naga-bei is another Government designated as important cultural property beside Uto-Yagura. With beautiful contrast of black and white standing along the Tsuboi river in the Sakura season, it was the longest wall in the castle which has 242 meters.
Naga-Bei The Long Wall, Kumamoto Castle
Niyo-no Ishigaki (Stone Wall of Two Styles)
Many castles were built throughout Japan at the time Kumamoto Castle was constructed. Castle construction technology was developed rapidly during the period. The portion of the stone fence on the right castle, as seen here, was built in the earlier days of the castle's construction. Their slope are less steps, while on the left side of the fence a steeper slope was formed, showing the latter was an addition at a later dates. Similar difference in construction period can be seen in the stone fences of the main towers as well.
Picture of Niyo-no Ishigaki (Stone Wall of Two Styles)
O ya, if you are a Muslim, there is a prayer room (small mosque from dome) behind the main tower to do daily pray.
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