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Iwatsuki Castle

Iwatsuki Castle (岩槻城) was constructed in the mid-15th century in what is now Saitama City in Saitama Prefecture. It was the residence of the Ota (太田) clan in the early 16th century and afterwards taken over by the Late Hōjō. During Toyotomi Hideyoshi's siege of Odawara Castle in 1590, the castle fell within a few days. In the early Edo Period, many fudai daimyō (feudal lords who were hereditary vassals to the Tokugawa family) became lords of Iwatsuki Castle which was regarded as an important fortification in the defence of Edo. Nowadays, the former castle grounds are part of the Iwatsuki Castle Site Park.

Walking to the park from Iwatsuki Station I came across several traditional Hina doll shops. Legend has it that some of the craftsmen who built Nikkō Tōshōgū Shrine settled in Iwatsuki and started to...
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