Sunday, June 28, 2015

Preservation of Matsue Castle

Matsue Castle has been nominated for a National Treasure recently. The castle deserves for the title because it is one of the 12 remaining original castles in Japan. But if some people didn't try to preserve the castle, it would disappear now. 
The castle was once about to sell at a auction in Meiji era. For Meiji government, these castles were symbols of Tokugawa government or feudalism, so they were trying to sell castles. Buyers wanted to buy them as useful materials, like iron for nails or wood for burning fuel. 
Some wealthy farmers managed to purchase the castle and save it from destruction. Their efforts made it possible for the castle tower to survive until now and at least it was nominated as a National Treasure. 

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