Ueda Castle isn’t much of a castle anymore, only the entrance is preserved but the guy that defended it; Yukimura Sandada is a local legend.
Computer! Mid-16th century Japanese clothing please. Make it so!
The plaque that says:
This shrine is dedicated to all the past feudal lords of Ueda Castle – the Senada clan, the Sengoku clan and the Matsudaira clan.
Masayuki Sanada and his sons built Ueda Castle and made this town in 1583 (Tensho11) during the Sengoku (Warring States) period. The lords of Sengoku and Matsudaira did an exceptional job of administering the Ueda Clan and maintaining peace and order of society. Yukimura Sandada, in particular, is reputed to be the most resouceful general in Japan for twice defeating Tokugawa forces that were more that ten times the size of his troops, and so his soul is worshipped as a God of wisdom.”
In fact Yukimura Sandada has such a fan base here is a pic of the statue they built for him in the centre of town
It’s difficult to imagine such violent times, seems such a friendly place 🙂 at the shrine people put money in the box (for want of a better word) and prey then clap 2 times and ring the bell. It’s a lovely ritual.