Friday, February 29, 2008


This city, where the great feudal lord, Tokugawa Iyeyasu and brave Mikawa warriors were born, boasts a long history of time-honored traditions. Okazaki has a long and distinguished history. Since it is the birthplace of Tokugawa Iyeyasu, the city is rich in historic remains in association with the Tokugawa family.
Okazaki Castle is the symbol of the city, and for many years played a central role in the town's life.The castle was originally built by the warrior Saigo Tsugiyori in 1452, with control passing to the rising Matsudaira family when Matsudaira Kiyoyasu (Tokugawa Ieyasu's grandfather) captured the castle in 1524. At that stage the castle would have been a wooden fort with defensive earthworks, and recent research suggests that the original site of the castle was in nearby Myodaiji, with Matsudaira Kiyoyasu moving the fort to its current location when he took control of the region, probably forcing the relocation of the Inasaki Jinja shrine - where rice grown for the ceremonies at Ise Jingu was stored.

Okazaki City downtown

Walking street in Okazaki

The way to Okazaki jo

Okazaki jo & the park.

Okazaki Expo Park.

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