[Castle EXPO 2016, Part 1] At Yokohama on Christmas Eve, rakugo storyteller Shunputei Shota enthusiastically talked about "castle"!
A castle without a castle? Venue that gets excited by the story!
The talk event of Shunputei Shota, Senda Yoshihiro, and Hagiwara Sachiko was held on Christmas Eve on the 24th, which is the middle day of Castle EXPO 2016 .
Even though it's Christmas Eve, the three people are happy that so many "castle fans" gathered in Yokohama for the "Japanese castle" event.
Moreover, the theme of this talk event is "Talking about the charm of Yamashiro!" Instead of the commonly known castle with a castle tower. I'm a pretty maniac.
"First of all, I don't see any pictures of the castle tower at this talk event. Please note that only the plain brown and green pictures come out (laughs)."
And Shota. As expected, there are only rakugo artists, and the hall is bursting with laughter from the beginning.
When you think of a "castle", you usually think of a magnificent "castle tower" like Himeji Castle or Osaka Castle, a moat, and a stone wall.
However, most of the castles in the Warring States period before Nobunaga Oda were "Yamashiro".
Yamashiro used the terrain of the mountain itself to create moats and earthworks, and there were many traps, making it extremely difficult to attack. The mountain itself was a military facility and a "fortress."
・ Medieval castle = Yamashiro is the mainstream! / Modern castle = Hirayama castle, Hira castle is the mainstream
・ Medieval castle = wall is soil! / Early modern castle = stone walls
Many people may think that a castle without a castle tower is a little unsatisfactory as a tourist spot, but the "castle" is not originally a castle tower, but a moat shop.It refers to a fortress that includes its shape.
In particular, medieval mountain castles are often made according to the mountain rivers and terrain of the land, and they are unique and very interesting compared to the uniform (general from our point of view) castles after Nobunaga.
Shota likes this "Yamashiro" more than a castle with a castle tower, and the story bounces while watching the slides with Hagiwara, a castle writer, and Chida, a castle archaeologist!
Nowadays, many mountain castles are covered with trees and become like "just a mountain".
However, when you go and walk, you will discover traces of artificial valley shapes, meaningful megaliths, earthworks that have become battlefields and have been strengthened many times, and so on. It seems that the real thrill of "I like Yamashiro" is what I imagine, and when I go around several places, I can really "see" it. (It's a deep world)
Mr. Hagiwara seems to be able to moe with the feelings of the siege side, saying, "Ashigaru and others may have been camping here in the past ♡" even if you just look at the ground. (It's a deep world)
moreover! It seems that you can enjoy twice as much if you walk with the feeling of attacking when you go to Yamashiro and the feeling of protecting when you return! (It's a very deep world)
All three said that they are very happy that the "charm of Yamashiro" is being recognized by the recent castle boom.
Thanks to this, the locals have been able to maintain the Yamashiro, which had been left unattended until now, making it easier to walk, and I am very grateful that the shapes of the moat and earthworks can be clearly seen.