Medieval Japanese Castles Essay

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In the time period of Medieval Japan, the country has developed multiple layers to its society, which includes castles. The first ever castle to be built in Medieval Japan was in the year of and marked the start of where more castles were to come. The life and history of Medieval Japan is still evident in today’s society through structures, buildings or documents. After much research on Medieval Japanese castles I came to the question of ‘What was the purpose of constructing castles in the time of Medieval Japan?’ Based off the research done, castles were originally conceived to being a mere fortress. Their primary purpose being defense, these castles were placed in strategic locations, which were along trade routes, roads and rivers. Then castles also had the purpose and…show more content…
The purpose of the construction of the castle was that the castle acted as a fortification against local Shoguns. Despite looking at the defensive aspect to the Himeji Castle this particular castle could also be used for to look at art, architecture, how ell it used it surroundings for defensive purposes, how these type of castles become symbolic of Medieval Japan culture and what would have been some risk that could affect to state of the castle. The Gifu Caste is built on top of the 338metre Mt.Kinka in Gifu prefecture. This castle was built by Lord Nikaido, who governed this region back at the beginning if the 13th century and was first built as a fortress in 1201. The Gifu Castle is a primary source which falls under buildings, relics or artifacts however this castle was restored due to a fire in world war two (1943). Lord Nikaido is Japanese and as his name suggests he is from the class of Lords. The Gifu Castle is an unwitting source and the motivation of creating the castle was at first a fortress was changed to a bustling center of activity where ODA Nobunaga expanded his empire and unified the nation with fresh ideas and unique

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