Shozui Castle [Castle Special Topic Japanese History]

勝瑞城/アクセス・場所・地図 阿波三好氏の重要な拠点で三好実休が細川持隆から奪取した勝瑞城 【お城特集 日本の歴史】

[Castle name]
Shozui castle
The important base of Mr. Miyoshi of Awa

Shozui Castle is a flatland castle located in Shozui, Aizumi Town, Itano Gun, Tokushima Province. It was the representative castle from Kamakura Period to Sengoku Era when being the center of politics of Awa Country.
There are various theories about the castle built time, but after Jokyu Chaos, Ogasawara Nagakiyo built the guardian building was the most persuasive theory. After that, when entering Muromachi Era, Mr. Hosokawa reigned as a guardian and built it.

勝瑞城/アクセス・場所・地図 阿波三好氏の重要な拠点で三好実休が細川持隆から奪取した勝瑞城 【お城特集 日本の歴史】

When Onin Chaos ended and entered Sengoku Era, because [Hosokawa Masamoto] did not have son, he adopted 3 children. These 3 sons broke out a big dispute over Masamoto. In the end, [Hosokawa Harumoto] and his vassal [Miyoshi Motonaga] occupied Kyoto, and Harumoto settled in Ashikaga Shogun.
Although Motonaga supported Harumoto, he was killed by Harumoto. It is said that it was because the influence of Motonaga was becoming bigger and bigger. [Miyoshi Nagayoshi] inherited Motonaga and he exiled Harumoto who killed his father from Kyoto and got real power to rule the whole Kinai area.

勝瑞城/アクセス・場所・地図 阿波三好氏の重要な拠点で三好実休が細川持隆から奪取した勝瑞城 【お城特集 日本の歴史】

On the other hand, Tenmon 21 year (1552), in Awa Country, [Hosokawa Mochitaka] became the castle owner of [Shozui Castle], and [Miyoshi Jkkyu], the bother of [Miyoshi Nagayoshi] has the real power. However, in August the same year, Miyoshi Jkkyu betrayed and killed [Hosokawa Mochitaka] and occupied [Shozui Castle]. Therefore, Mr. Hosokawa was destroyed. Eiroku 5 year (1562), [Miyoshi Jkkyu] attacked Izumi Country, and died at the Battle of Kumeda. Miyoshi Nagaharu became the castle owner. At that time, Oda Nobunaga followed Ashikaga Yoshiaki and expanded his influence.

勝瑞城/アクセス・場所・地図 阿波三好氏の重要な拠点で三好実休が細川持隆から奪取した勝瑞城 【お城特集 日本の歴史】

Mr. Miyoshi lost his influence in Kinai after [Oda Nobunaga] came out, and he also lost influence in Shozui Castle. Tensho 4 year (1576), [Hosokawa Saneyuki] left Shozui Castle and decided to be independent. In March Tensho 5 year (1577), Miyoshi Nagaharu died.
Tensho 10 year (1582), [Chosokabe Motochika] who united Dosa attacked Awa Country and got [Shozui Castle]. After that, [Shozui Catle] of Motochika became abandoned.

勝瑞城/アクセス・場所・地図 阿波三好氏の重要な拠点で三好実休が細川持隆から奪取した勝瑞城 【お城特集 日本の歴史】

The center of Awa was a castle town and it was prospered greatly as a base for Mr. Hosokawa for 9 generations, For Mr. Miyoshi for 3 generations. Mr. Miyoshi’s Buddhist temple is left on Honmaru trace, and well and soil can still be seen on the current castle ruins.

〒771-1273 Shozui, Aizumi Town, Itano Gun, Tokushima Province


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