TAK'S GUIDE TO JAPANESE CASTLES
Above is the Chinese character ('Kanji') for the word 'castle'.
general, it is pronounced 'SIRO'
when used alone, and is pronounced 'JO'
in conjunction with castle name (i.e. Edo-jo
Many Kanji are composed from several simpler characters. 'SIRO' is no exception.
'SIRO' can be broken down into two characters:
The character on the left is 'TSUCHI' or 'DO', which generally means 'earth' or 'dirt'.
The character on the right is 'SEI' or 'NA-ru', which generally means 'formed' or 'created'.
'SIRO' originally meant any state of fortification, formed from a common building material during the ancient period when the character was first created; namely earth.
Indeed, majority of castles constructed in
Castles constructed partially from stone, i.e. for more permanent
purposes, were not seen in
Late 16th century to early 17th century was the technological peak for castles and other Japanese military architecture. Major Japanese castles remaining today were built during this period.
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site shows major castles of
There are many major castles that I have not visited, and there are countless numbers of minor castles that I have visited yet chose to omit.
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Well, to make a long story short, just click and enjoy the scenery.