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Kumamotojo Castle, 1/150 model, size: w. 50 cm (19.6") x h. 31.7 cm (12.4"), 80 hours to finish.

Erected between 1601 and 1607, Kumamotojo was one of Japan's greatest castles. It counted 49 turrets, 18 turret gates, 29 castle gates and 120 wells in its heydays. The outer citadel, now converted into the Ninomaru park, have a circumference of 13km, and the inner walls 5km. The walls were built with a backward curve to prevent assailants from climbing. These were known as nezumi-gaeshi or musha-gaeshi, meaning that they could repel warriors or even mice from ascending them. However, the castle was severly damaged by Saigo Takamori 55-day siege during the 1877 Satsuma rebellion. Most buildings were burned to the ground, and left in ruins until 1960, when the government reconstructed the present structure in concrete.

Kumamotojo Castle
Kumamotojo Castle is a hilltop Japanese castle located in Kumamoto in Kumamoto Prefecture It was a large and extremely well fortified castle. The castle keep (天守閣 tenshukaku) is a concrete reconstruction built in 1960, but several ancillary wooden buildings remain of the original castle. Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan, along with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle. Thirteen structures in the castle complex are designated Important Cultural Property.