matsumoto

  1. Mike Cash

    Rest in Peace, Mars Man

    A dear friend and well respected and loved member of our JREF family, Mars Man, passed away December 18, 2015 at about 10:30 p.m. at the age of fifty-nine. While he hadn't been active with us for a couple of years, in the past he not only was a very active and valued contributor to discussions...
  2. Matsumoto Castle

    Travel Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Castle (松本城 Matsumoto-jō) is located in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, and is one of the most famous Japanese flatland castles (平城 hirashiro). It is also called “Crow Castle” (烏城 Karasu-jō) due to the dark outer walls of its keep and the roofs that resembled spreading wings. The...
  3. Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Castle

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

    Matsumoto Castle

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

    Matsumoto Castle

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

    Matsumoto Castle

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

    Matsumoto Castle

    Eastern view of Matsumoto Castle (松本城).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Matsumoto Travel Guide

    Travel Matsumoto Travel Guide

    Matsumoto (松本) is located in central Nagano Prefecture and used to be a provincial capital from the eighth century. It was the base of the senior branch of the Ogasawara clan (小笠原氏), the shugo (守護, military governors) of the Shinano Province during the fourteenth and the fifteenth century and...
  12. Kaichi School

    Kaichi School

    The former Kaichi Elementary School (旧開智学校,) in Matsumoto, Nagano.
  13. Kaichi School

    Kaichi School

    Main entrance of the former Kaichi Elementary School (旧開智学校) in Matsumoto, Nagano.
  14. Kaichi School

    Kaichi School

    Former parsonage at the Kaichi Elementary School in Matsumoto, Nagano.
  15. Kaichi School

    Kaichi School

    A class room at the former Kaichi Elementary School (旧開智学校) in Matsumoto, Nagano.
  16. Kaichi School

    Kaichi School

    The room at the former Kaichi Elementary School in Matsumoto, Nagano, where the Meiji Emperor rested during his visit to the school.
  17. Kaichi School

    Kaichi School

    The lecture hall of the former Kaichi Elementary School in Matsumoto, Nagano.
  18. Kaichi School Museum

    Travel Kaichi School Museum

    In the wake of the Meiji Restoration and the subsequent drive to modernise the country, the newly founded Japanese Ministry of Education introduced a revised school system based strictly on the American model. Private Buddhist schools (寺子屋 terakoya, “temple schools”) were nationalised and...
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