This winter, it looks like something is happening at Osaka Castle…
What in the world is happening…?
This year is the 400th anniversary of the Siege of Osaka!
What is the Siege of Osaka?
The Siege of Osaka (大坂の役 Ōsaka no Eki?, or, more commonly, 大坂の陣 Ōsaka no Jin) was a series of battles undertaken by the Tokugawa shogunate against the Toyotomi clan, and ending in that clan’s destruction. Divided into two stages (Winter Campaign and Summer Campaign), and lasting from 1614 to 1615, the siege put an end to the last major armed opposition to the shogunate’s establishment. The end of the conflict is sometimes called the Genna Armistice (元和偃武 Genna Enbu?), because the era name was changed from Keichō to Genna immediately following the siege.
To go with the 400th anniversary, there will be a once in a lifetime Siege on Osaka Castle Festival!
It seems that Osaka Castle has 4 plans in place.
Start the countdown!
1: The hidden turret will be open to the public.
Osaka Castle’s turrent is above the waterfront wall.
In architecture, a turret (from Italian: torretta, little tower; Latin: turris, tower) is a small tower that projects vertically from the wall of a building such as a medieval castle.
Usually, it’s a structure where no one is allowed in.
Since it’s an important cultural property, usually it’s an area that’s not open to the public, so people wonder what the inside is like.
2: Samurai ＆ ninja Show at Gokurakubashi
If you go over this bridge from Osaka Castle…
It looks like this!
If you cross Gokurakubashi from Osaka Castle, there will be exhibitions and shows set up for a limited time. There will also be areas for shopping and food.
They’re also having samurai and ninja shows!
3: Siege of Osaka Augmented Reality
The Siege of Osaka is rising to surface of modern-day Osaka!
The secret is in this tablet.
If you hold up the tablets provided at the Osaka Castle viewing areas, you’ll see the battle arrangements of the troops at the Siege and hear about historical episodes.
It will look like this.
4: Nishinomaru Dome
This huge 36m tent will be erected!
The Nishinomaru Dome can hold about 1000 people and will be used as an event hall. Jazz concerts, live music, traditional Japanese craft exhibitions, and other events will be held here.