Description: stone load-bearing walls
with tile roofs
Text: Moated castle with flared hipped
roofs. Structure dates primarily from the 17th century.
From Fletcher: In addition to the usual compounds,
turrets (yagura), turret-gates (yagura-mon) and earthen
walls were constructed within the castle complex.
However, the donjon was higher than usual; it had
six storeys with a series of pent roofs, undulating
gables and decorative dormers. Three small donjons
(ko-tenshu) are connected by corridors linking the
turrets. For defense purposes, gates were complicated
by maze-like spaces to confuse the enemy.
Citation: Stanley-Baker, Japanese Art
(1995) Page: 142
Citation: Fletcher, History of Architecture
(1987) Page: 744