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Matsumoto or the Crow Castle – in external appearance the opposite of Himeji, still bird like, but a more ominous version, a crow, is probably the most evocative of violent feudal times. All these castles tend to have a very stark, spartan interior of wood beams, small windows barely letting any light in, dark wooden floors and walls and weapons as the only decorative element, no furniture, nothing that would indicate a more stationary, domestic and peaceful existence. And that lugubrious interior seemed to have seeped through the walls into the exterior, equally dark and somber. They were built as defense citadels and inhabited by daimyos (feudal lords) and their numerous samurai army. And like Himeji, despite its might and strength in feudal times, it was exposed to near extinction by modern interests, in this case a banal attempt to demolish it for other redevelopment. But public conscience pulled it from the brink of destruction. Most interesting it is associated with the legend of Tada Kasuke, a farmer who led the Jokyo Uprising against the shogunate to lower excessive taxes (70%) on the farming community who were already suffering from rampant poverty. Like most peasant uprisings during feudal time, this, too, found its end in public executions of 27 farmers, including Tada Kasuke, its leader. But apparently that harsh punishment caused a rift in the minds of the citizens and they attributed the lean of the tower to his curse instead of the actual structural problems. #matsumotojun  #nagano  #japan  #castle  #feudal  #jokyouprising  #tadakasuke  #japantrip  #japantravel  #travelphotography