The Osaka Castle, or in Japanese, Ōsaka-Jo, is a Japanese castle that belongs to the Azuchi-Momoyama period, the Premodern Period, between 1573 and 1603. This castle was built in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It has eight floors and was made of wood, stone and plaster. It was built on two platforms of filled land, with walls made of cut stones, and it is surrounded by a well with water in a similar way to European castles. Inside there is a museum, a conference room, and the Toyokuni Altar, dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Japanese castles were built to guard important or strategic sites such as harbors, rivers, or roads and almost always followed the characteristics of the place for the best defense. About the history of the castle, it was destroyed in the wars of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. In 1843, money for reconstruction was collected, but it was again destroyed by the disputes that emerged in the late XIX century. It was again rebuilt, but it was again destroyed by bombing in World War II. The reconstruction that can be seen today ended in 1997, and very bit remains of the original castle.
The art of the period Azuchi-Momoyama is far from the Buddhist aesthetic, emphasizing the traditional Japanese values. Its most remarkable feature is the grandeur of the style. Also during this period, the first Western influences are received. About architecture, stand out the construction of large castles (shiro), which were fortified by the introduction in Japan of firearms of Western origin.
Japanese art is an expression of Japanese culture, developed over time in various periods and styles that have been happening in chronological order, parallel to the historical, social and cultural development of the Japanese people. The major art forms have their origin in religion and political power.
In conclusion, Osaka Castle is a beautiful Japanese construction which, fortunately, still stands. It is a castle that has suffered much, and although unfortunately not have much of the original, yet it is an artwork. Of course, the outside, because the indoor museum is too modern.
It is located in Osaka, Japan.