New Discovery in Japan - FUKUSHIMA Prefecture in TOHOKU Region

June 4, 2015


I would like to explain about the history of Aizu Wakamatsu Castle.  There had been a lot of stories involved since it have been orignally built, dismantled and then re-built to date.


Aizu Wakamatsu Castle, also known as Tsuruga Castle, is a hilltop style of Japanese Castle in the city of Aizu Wakamatsu Fukushima Prefecture.


When Aizu Wakamatsu Castle was first constructed in 1384 under the orders of Ashina Naomori, it was named Kurokawa Castle.


In 1589 Aizu Wakamatsu Castle was captured by Date Masamune, only to lose it in 1590 to Toyotomi Hideyoshi.


In 1592 the new lord, Gamo Ujisato, redeveloped the castle and named it Tsuruga Castle, however it was also known as Aizu Castle and Wakamatsu Castle.


In 1868 in the Boshin War, Aizu Wakamatsu Castle was taken under siege for a month and then surrendered. Most of Aizu Wakamatsu Castle was then dismantled as part of the Meiji Restoration.


In 1965 a concrete reconstruction of the main keep was completed.



As you can see from such a long history on Aizu Wakamatsu Caste, many sad and painful stories had been invovled during SAMURAI's Warirror periods, which you can't imagine such stories from the nice-looking castle and peaceful environment with Cherry Blossom background today. 



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