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Japan -> Fukuyama
Hiroshima Prefecture

Fukuyama Castle in Fukuyama Park, is the main attraction of this town. The castle was built by daimyo Mizuno Katsunari in 1622 who was a cousin on Tokugawa Ieyasu. Tokugawa placed Mizuno here as a divider between the hereditary (fudai daimyo) and non-hereditary (tozama daimyo) vassals. He gave him all the money, materials, and buildings needed for quick construction in order to show his strength to the tozama daimyo. This was one of the greatest castles during the Edo period. The Mizuno family lived in the castle until the end of the 17th century. Many buildings survived the Meiji Restoration but most were destroyed during air raids in 1945. The castle has been restored and the original Fushimi Yagura and Sujigane Gate survive.

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