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  1. Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Castle

    The keep of Matsumoto Castle (松本城) as seen from the south, coming through the Black Gate (kuromon).
  2. Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Castle

    The keep of Matsumoto Castle (松本城) as seen from the south.
  3. Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Castle

    View of Matsumoto Castle (松本城) keep from the west.
  4. Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Castle

    Samurai re-enactor around Matsumoto Castle (松本城).
  5. Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Castle

    Eastern view of Matsumoto Castle (松本城).
  6. Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Castle

    Visible in this picture of the keep: the ishi-otoshi (stone drops), preventing enemies from climbing up the ishi-gaki (stone walls) as well as yazama (openings for archers) and teppo-zama (firearm openings), through which attacking enemies were shot at.
  7. Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Castle

    The Kuro-mon (Black Gate) at Matsumoto Castle: one of the two main gates for the honmaru (main wing), essential for castle security.
  8. Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Castle

    The Kuro-mon (Black Gate) at Matsumoto Castle: one of the two main gates for the honmaru (main wing), essential in the caste's defense.
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