Thursday, August 26, 2010

Kanazawa Castle 金沢城

Kanazawa has a large, recently -restored castle near the city center. The Hishi Yagura turret, Gojikken Nagaya warehouse, and Hashizume-mon Tsuzuki Yagura turret were faithfully restored in 2001 to their 1809 form, using traditional construction methods. The castle's distinctive, whitish roof tiles are cast lead which is both fire resistant and, as local legend state, also serves as a source of bullets in times of siege; the tiles could be melted down and re-cast into bullets.

1 comment:

  1. I've heard that the koi in castle ponds and moats also served as emergency rations during a siege.