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Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Samurai by TheKarelia :iconthekarelia: TheKarelia used this photo in her thekarelia.deviantart.com/art/… drawing, "Matsumoto Samurai."

The Last Battle by superalysson :iconsuperalysson: superalysson used this for "The Last Battle"


EDITED. I received several requests to eliminate the distracting modern buildings on the right over the bridge and eliminated them with Photoshop.

Matsumoto Castle (松本城, Matsumoto-jō?), also known as Fukashi Castle, is a flatland castle and one of Japan's historic castles. Located in the city of Matsumoto. Matsumoto is a small and very tranquil city. In contrast, Tokyo is a caldron of busy busy. When I walked around the castle, a volunteer approached me and invited me to allow him to give me a tour of the inside of the castle. I had heard there were such guides, but did not expect one to approach me. I accepted his offer and he spent an hour and a half showing me the castle and telling me its history.

The castle's origins go back to the Sengoku period. At that time, Shimadachi Sadanaga of the Ogasawara clan built a fort on this site in 1504, which was originally called Fukashi Castle. In 1550, it came under the rule of the Takeda clan and then Tokugawa Ieyasu.

When Toyotomi Hideyoshi transferred Ieyasu to the Kantō region, he placed Ishikawa Norimasa in charge of Matsumoto. Norimasa and his son Yasunaga built the tower and other parts of the castle, including the three towers: the keep and the small tower in the northwest, both begun in 1590, and the Watari Tower; the residence; the drum gate; the black gate, the Tsukimi Yagura, the moat, the innermost bailey, the second bailey, the third bailey, and the sub-floors in the castle, much as they are today. They were also instrumental in laying out the castle town and its infrastructure. It is believed much of the castle was completed in 1593-4.

andyserrano.deviantart.com/art… View of the Bridge by itself

andyserrano.deviantart.com/art… Front View of Matsumoto's Castle

andyserrano.deviantart.com/gal… More Japanese Photos

More Photos from Matsumoto

Matsumoto's Bridge by AndySerrano Matsumoto's Bridge

Matsumoto House Interior by AndySerrano Matsumoto House Interior

Geisha and Matsumoto Shrine by AndySerrano Geisha and Matsumoto Shrine

:thumb138226138: Matsumoto Park Crane
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:iconrlkitterman:
rlkitterman Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a beautiful castle!  I wish I could go there.
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marikuna1998 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I have to do school project about Asia and it's nations in Georgraphy. Can I use some of your works as decoration? :)
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure. I hope you learn a lot.
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marikuna1998 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! ^_^
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SayuriMVRomei Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Featured!;):squee::happybounce:
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AprilLight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Looks great. Beautiful japanese place :iconrosablu:
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:iconandyserrano:
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:icondsfav1plz::icondsfav2plz::icondsfav3plz: on Matsumoto's Castle. I'm happy you find it beautiful. This castle was never conquered. However, the poor peasants who had to defend it were never given armor, just spears and swords. The officers had armor. [link]
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PagodaComics Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool! Thank you for providing so much info and photo about this castle! *u*
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:iconmissrin:
MissRin Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Oh my i am in love with your collection of japanese gardens :)
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:iconandyserrano:
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:icondsfav1plz::icondsfav2plz::icondsfav3plz: on Matsumoto's Castle. This castle was never conquered. However, the poor peasants who had to defend it were never given armor, just spears and swords. The officers had armor. [link]
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MissRin Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Interesting :)
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KuribosBread Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Wow, this looks great!
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:iconandyserrano:
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:icondsfav1plz::icondsfav2plz::icondsfav3plz: on Matsumoto's Castle. This castle was never conquered. However, the poor peasants who had to defend it were never given armor, just spears and swords. The officers had armor. [link]
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MiYoung-Ko Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
I love this castle.
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:iconandyserrano:
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:icondsfav1plz::icondsfav2plz::icondsfav3plz: on Matsumoto's Castle. I love the castle too. This castle was never conquered. [link]
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MiYoung-Ko Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
That I knew. Since I haven't been there yet I took a computerized 3D tour of it, and even that was pretty awesome. I can't comprehend how amazing it'll be in person.
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A volunteer saw me wandering on the grounds and asked me if he could give me a tour of the castle. I asked if I could pay him and he said, "No. I volunteer to do this."
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superalysson Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
i use your stock in my work,take a look when you have a chance.
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It is wonderful and magical. I placed a link under my castle pointing to your artwork. Thank you.
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superalysson Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
i have to thank you for let me use your pic.thank you so much...
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:iconpacalvotana:
Pacalvotana Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
impressive ...how tranquil was mind of man who was walking on this bridge (cool edited and composed)
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:iconandyserrano:
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The great irony about Japanese gardens, castles, bridges, etc. is that they were created for warriors to relax. They were not created for monks or tranquil people. However, a true warrior was very composed and focused. Thank you for the fave
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Pacalvotana Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
Exact created for warriors to relax I mean.
But I bound it like mistake
with tranquilization .in fact it is huge difference between this things .Agree with you.
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OhJolly Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
WOW! Wonderful photo! :O
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:iconandyserrano:
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:icondsfav1plz::icondsfav2plz::icondsfav3plz: on Matsumoto's Castle. Yes. Very wonderful. This castle was never conquered. [link]
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OhJolly Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
WOW! :O
It's much interesting! ;)
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drumgirl Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
What a great shot! I really love the combo of the river with the gorgeous castle in the background. If I were there, I probably would have taken a dozen different types of photos with the castle in the foreground and background :giggle:
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're very sweet. I hope you go there someday.
Thanks for the fave!
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drumgirl Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
you're very welcome! :D :hug:
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andy-kun Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
That used to be my castle. :cries: Hehe! (In my dreams, pal!) [<- crazy dude talkin' to himself] :lmao:
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Maybe it used to be your castle in a past life!
THanks for the fave
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:iconrhed-dawg:
Rhed-Dawg Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
Gorgeous shot, what a wonderful place. Do you live there full time?
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
P.S. THank you for the fave!
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:iconrhed-dawg:
Rhed-Dawg Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
:hug: your welcome.
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:iconandyserrano:
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That would be a great place to live, but Matsumoto's Castle is a national treasure in Japan. It would be like living in the Statue of Liberty or living in Fort Knox or in the Washington Monument!
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:iconrhed-dawg:
Rhed-Dawg Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
:laughing: Sorry, I didn't mean the Castle, I meant Japan!
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:iconandyserrano:
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh. I guess I should have figured that out.
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:iconrhed-dawg:
Rhed-Dawg Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
:giggle: Sorry Andy, I'm not always careful about how I say things, don't you know your supposed to be a mind reader?
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What I should do is rub my forehead against the computer screen so that the writers' intentions become clear to me while I sit under an aluminum foil pyramid with a rabbit's foot in my hand and during a full moon. That should do the trick.
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Rhed-Dawg Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
:giggle: :lol: :laughing: :rofl: :lmao: :hug:
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Etain-McCloud Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! ::faves::
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
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pixxee Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
beautiful, and elegant :) Another excellent shot Andy!
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's a repost. I got rid of the ugly modern buildings on the right. Now it's much better.
Thank you very much for the fave.
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sw124 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
Matsumoto Castle..........my home..my sancuary..my prison. I alone am trapped here just popped in my head
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah. Such a nice poet.
What a lovely yet dark thought!
Thanks for the fave.
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sw124 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
welcome
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CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
very Japaneseish!
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:iconandyserrano:
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's because it is in Matsumoto Japan. Thank you for the fave!
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